SYRACUSE Though the Liverpool boys indoor track and field team was unable to unseat Fayetteville-Manlius for the Section III Class AA championship, it did earn league honors a week later.
During Wednesday night’s CNY Counties League National division meet at SRC Arena, the Warriors, led by Ryheim Lawes, Alex Christensen and Mark Vanmarter, picked up 135 points, beating out the Hornets, who settled for second place with 129 points. Cicero-North Syracuse finished third with 84 points.
Lawes got started in the 55-meter dash, prevailing in 6.66 seconds as Brandon Mayfield gained third place with 6.89 seconds. In the 300-meter dash, Lawes rolled to victory in 37.67 seconds, with C-NS’s Nate Hilt third in 38.31 seconds and the Warriors’ Peter Gonalez (38.81 seconds) in fourth place.
Moving to the long jump, Lawes went 20 feet 4 ½ inches, finishing second to Vanmarter, who won with 21’9 ½” and also finished second in the triple jump, going 40’7” behind F-M’s Kyle Barber (40’9 ¼”) as C-NS’s Pete Girardi (38’3”) was third.
Vanmarter also got second place in the high jump, clearing 5’10”, but with fewer misses than West Genesee’s Ejay Harrell, who ended up on top. C-NS’s George Reader cleared 5’7” to finish fourth.
Christensen did his part with two close wins in distance races. First, in the 1,000-meter run, Christensen edged out F-M’s Bryce Millar, 2:34:44 to 2:34.47, while Nick LeClair (2:41.87) was fifth.
Much the same thing happened in the 600-meter run, Christensen this time going to the finish line neck-and-neck with the Hornets’ Kyle Barber, but winning in 1:25.53 to Barber’s 1:25.54, a difference of 0.01 seconds. The Warriors’ Jacob Rowell was sixth in 1:28.67.
Dylan McCarthy helped Liverpool by finishing second in the mile in 4:34.42 behidn Millar, who won in 4:28.65. Connor Buck got to third place in the 3,200-meter run in 9:46.65, with McCarthy (10:04.66) in fifth place.