SYRACUSE For the most part, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls indoor track and field team lagged behind rival Liverpool whenever the two met up during the winter.
However, in Thursday night’s CNY Counties League National division championships at SRC Arena, the Northstars made its way to second place, with 110 points, as the Warriors finished third with 75 points, each of them trailing Fayetteville-Manlius, who won again with 150 points.
Winning three times in field events, C-NS got a sweep from Javielle Fanizzi in the jumping events. That included a 1-2 finish in the long jump where Fanizzi, going 16 feet 5 ½ inches, prevailed as Olivia King went 15’6 ½” to gain second place.
Then, in the triple jump, Fanizzi 35 feet 1 inch to knock off West Genesee’s Brianna Richardson (34’9”) as Hannah Szumloz went 32’3 ½” to finish fourth.
Then, in the high jump, Nicole Herringshaw set a season mark by clearing 5’3”, which proved enough to edge Baldwinsville’s Emily Soeder (5’2”) for the top spot. Brittany House added a fifth-place clearance of 4’8”.
Also for the Northstars, Whitney Hotchkiss tied for second in the pole vault, clearing 7’6”, with the Warriors’ Sarah Pflanz in sixth place. In the shot put, Destiny Monica was third with a throw of 32’ ½”, behind Liverpool’s Nelliah Watkins (32’4 ¼”) in second place, but ahead of Watkins’ teammate, JeNiece Gallishaw, who was fifth as C-NS’s Shannon Hanmer was sixth.
C-NS also had Szumloz finish third in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.35 seconds, with Chayanna Collins fourth in 9.55 seconds. Sasha Pulaski, Kaitlyn Anderson, Hannah Nickels and Taylor McLaughlin finishe third in the 4x200 relay in 1:54.24, ahead of Liverpool (1:55.45) in fourth place.
Liverpool’s Ore Akinpelu still won twice. In 7.59 seconds, Akinpelu held off C-NS teammates Sasha Pulaski (7.68 seconds) and Fanizzi (7.73 seconds) in the 55-meter dash. Then, in the 300-meter dash, Akinpelu needed 41.25 seconds to hold off Baldwinsville’s Cierra Allen (41.59 seconds) at the top, with teammate Danelle Sims (43.96 seconds) in fifth place.