Liverpool, C-NS pick up wins at state qualifier

Lawes, Okinpelu, Christensen, Buck all prevail for Warriors

— Meanwhile, Ore Akinpelu, focusing her energies on the 300-meter dash, pulled away for a victory, her time of 40.33 seconds nearly a full second better than Corcoran’s Patrice Williams (41.18 seconds) at the wire.

Moving to field events, C-NS’s Javielle Fanizzi won the girls long jump, her top leap of 16’10 ½” just enough to hold off F-M’s Christabel Ezidiegwu (16’9 ½”) by an inch as Fanizzi’s teammate, Olivia King, was seventh with 15’7”.

Fanizzi also had a third-place triple jump of 35’2 ¾”, missing out on the state meet by less than two inches as Jamesville-DeWitt’s Patrece Martin (35’4 ½”) took it and Hannah Szumloz (32’7 ¼”) gained seventh place.

Liverpool’s Geoffrey Bell, with a second-place shot put toss of 48’8”, qualified for the state meet with Rome Free Academy’s Robert Adler (55’5 ¼”) as C-NS’s Joe Castaldo, with a top throw of 47’8 ¼”, finished fourth.

In the girls shot put, the Northstars’ Destiny Monica was third with 34’3 ½”, just behind Westhill/Bishop Ludden’s Bella Sterly (34’4 ¾”) for the state qualifying meet berth, and the Warriors’ Nelliah Watkins fourth (32’10”) as RFA’s Mariah Mays threw it 41’10 ¾”.

C-NS had Jilliann Norris finish third in the girls 600 in 1:42.19, just outside of the top two along with Liverpool’s Juliana Basla, who finished fourth, just behind Norris, in 1:42.28. Morgan Mahoney had a fifth-place time of 5:01.23 in the 1,500-meter run.

Connor Osborne, clearing 11’6”, was fourth in the boys pole vault, with teammate Tate LaPorte (10’6”) settling for 10th place as Jamesville-DeWitt’s Zach Liebmann won by topping 14 feet. Nicole Herringshaw was sixth (4’10”) in the girls high jump, with Brittany House (4’8”) in 10th place.

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