Liverpool, C-NS pick up wins at state qualifier

Lawes, Okinpelu, Christensen, Buck all prevail for Warriors

— All kinds of athletes from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse took starring roles during Wednesday night’s Section III state qualifier at SRC Arena.

And with a string of victories, the Warriors and Northstars assured that both would have heavy representation this Saturday for the New York State Public High School Association championship meet at Cornell University’s Barton Hall.

In the Warriors’ case, the wins included several individual titles, starting with Ryheim Lawes, who went 6.63 seconds to edge Solvay’s Nick Cometti (6.72 seconds) in the 55-meter dash.

Moving to the long jump, Lawes was part of a 1-2 sweep where Mark Vanmarter prevailed with a top leap of 22 feet 3 ¼ inches, while Lawes had a top effort of 21’2 ½” for the runner-up spot. In the triple jump, Vanmarter, going 42’1 ¼”, settled for third place.

In yet another 1-2 sweep, C-NS swept the 55-meter hurdles as Morgan Austen, in 7.87 seconds, claimed the final over teammate Pete Girardi, who finished in eight seconds flat.

And the same thing happened in the mile for Liverpool’s tandem of Connor Buck and Dylan McCarthy, who ran together as Buck, in 4:30.89, edged McCarthy (4:30.90) at the line by one-hundredth of a second.

Both Austen and Girardi were already part of a C-NS victory in the opening race of the meet, the 4x400 relay, joining Nate Hilt and Evan Russell as the Northstars, in three minutes, 31.15 seconds, held off Fayetteville-Manlius (3:31.60) for that top spot. Hilt later finished sixth in the 300-meter dash in 38.63 seconds.

Liverpool senior Alex Christensen emerged victorious in the 1,000-meter run, pulling away for a time of 2:33.10, nearly four seconds ahead of Hannibal’s Ben Slate (2:36.90) as teammate Nick LeClair finished sixth in 2:55.05. Jake Rowell was sixth in the 600-meter run in 1:29.35. Christensen, LeClair, Buck and McCarthy finished third in the 4x800 relay in 8:37.06.

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