Liverpool, C-NS track stars advance to state meet

Vanmarter, Akinpelu, Girardi, Austen, Herringshaw earn wins

— Individually, the Warriors’ Ben Petrella gained second place in 9:23.29 behind F-M’s Bryce Millar (9:20.26) in the 3,200-meter run. LeClair got fifth place in the boys 800-meter run in 2:06.84, with Morgan Chewning-Kulick third in the girls 800 in 2:23.21 and Juliana Basla seventh in 2:26.33, with Morgan Mahoney fourth in the girls 3,000-meter run in 10:54.50.

Geoffrey Bell, throwing the shot put 51’2”, nearly beat Rome Free Academy’s Robert Alder, who won in 51’5”, while C-NS’s Joe Castaldo was third (49’6”) and Tyler Mosher was fifth (47’1 ¾”). Bell took third (140’8”) and Castaldo fourth (135’8”) in the discus, where Alder (170’4”) again prevailed.

The Northstars’ Mark Hentges was second in the pole vault, where he cleared 13 feet, only topped by Jamesville-DeWitt’s Zach Liebmann (13’6”). Javielle Fanizzi added her own second-place effort in the long jump, going 17’7 ½” as Auburn’s Shannika Williams (17’11 ½”) prevailed, with Fanizzi adding a fifth (34’7 ½”) in the triple jump.

Abby McNamra gave Liverpool a second-place finish in the 1,500-meter run in 4:51.92 behind F-M’s Annika Avery (4:37.49),

Bearkland was fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:13.14, behind Liverpool’s Dylan McCarthy (10:09.98) in third place. The girls had a 2,000-meter steeplechase where the Northstars’ Taylor Parry got third place in Division I in 7:48.69.

Hannah Szumloz, in 16.56 seconds, was second to Rome Free Academy’s Mariah Johnson (15.89 seconds) in the 100-meter hurdles, with Casey Baldwin (16.92 seconds) in fourth place.

Liverpool’s Nelliah Watkins got to third place in the shot put with a throw of 33’2 ¾”. C-NS also was fifth in the girls 4x100 relay in 52.15 seconds and sixth in the boys 4x400 relay as Whitney Hotchkiss, clearing 9 feet, finished third in the pole vault.

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