continued Cheyanna Collins was fourth in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.69 seconds, while Sasha Pulaski took sixth in the 55-meter dash in 7.83 seconds. Hannah Szumloz was sixth (32’3 ¼”) in the triple jump.
Pulaski, Szumloz, Hannah Nickels and Kaitlyn Anderson were fifth in the 4x200 relay in 1:56.95, just ahead of Liverpool’s quartet of Akinpelu, Danelle Sims, Yasmeen Griffin and Gates Hardy (1:57.93) in sixth place. Anderson joined Rachel Wisely, Bethany Mitchell and Kristin Schug to take fourth in the 4x400 relay in 4:39.77, where Liverpool (4:42.73) was seventh.
Each of Liverpool’s teams was back in action Saturday at the Southern Tier Invitational, held on the same Barton Hall track at Cornell University where they’ll stage the state championship meet on March 1 – and each of them would pick up some victories.
Akinpelu, on the girls side, and Ryheim Lawes, on the boys side, swept the sprints. In the girls 55 sprint, Akinpelu prevailed in 7.41 seconds, and then in the 300 she needed 40.22 seconds to again go to the top of the Section III standings in that event.
Meanwhile, Lawes needed 6.54 seconds for his victory in the 55 sprint, going on to prevail in the 300 in 35.70 seconds. Also, Geoffrey Bell emerged with a victory in the shot put as his top toss of 50’11” beat the field, and he had a top weight throw of 44’9”.
Mark Vanmarter went 39’2” in the triple jump and 21’3 ½” in the long jump, while Connor Buck ran 3,200 meters in 9:46.99 ahead of Dylan McCarthy (9:50.56). Alex Christensen posted a 1,000-meter time of 2:38.95, beating Buck (2:45.73) as Jacob Rowell ran the mile in 4:50.80.
On the girls side at Cornell, Mahoney ran 3,000 meters in 10:38.57, but was behind McNamara in the 1,000 as McNamara got a time of 3:12.82. Basla posted 1:45.86 in the 600-meter run.