SYRACUSE Throughout the winter, the Liverpool boys indoor track and field team had picked up a string of victories against CNY Indoor Track Association opponents.
But that changed in Tuesday night’s Fred Kirsschenheiter Memorial Invitational, where the Warriors, without sprint star Ryheim Lawes, finished second to Fayetteville-Manlius.
Liverpool had 74 points and did take second place, but F-M (87 points), with lots of success in distance races and a pair of relay titles, finished in front. Cicero-North Syracuse, with 38 points, tied West Genesee for fourth as Solvay (51 points) had a surprising third-place effort.
Still going 1-2 in the mile, the Warriors gained 18 points when Connor Buck, finishing in four minutes, 32.76 seconds, pulled away from Alex Christensen, who still managed to take second place in 4:37.40. C-NS’s Brian Bausinger was fifth in 4:39.09.
Mark Vanmarter added his own victory in the long jump, going 20 feet 8 inches, the only competitor past 20 feet as Solvay’s Garrett Lee (19’3 ¼”) was second.
Moving to the triple jump, Vanmarter went 40’11” and nearly won again, but Solvay’s Isaiah Lee (40’11 ¾”) was just a bit better, leaving Vanmarter in second place. Vanmarter also was second in the long jump, clearing 5’8” as Corcoran’s Charles Stokes (6 feet) prevailed.
Another shot put duel between Liverpool’s Geoffrey Bell and C-NS’s Joe Castaldo went in Bell’s favor, Bell throwing it 48’4 ¾” as Castaldo, in second place, had a top toss of 47’ ¾”.
With Lawes absent from the sprints he has won all winter, Brandon Mayfield stepped up in the 55-meter dash and finished fourth, in 6.90 seconds, part of a tight bunch at the top where Fowler’s Delee Williams (6.79 seconds) prevailed.
Buck, Dylan McCarthy, Jacob Rowell and Nick LeClair worked their way to third place in the 4x800 relay in 8:41.03, with C-NS (8:58.88) in seventh place. Liverpool also was seventh in the 4x200 relay (1:41.08), just behind Cazenovia (1:40.86) for a points spot, as Rowell got seventh place (1:31.36) in the 600-meter run.