Jun 04, 2010 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
With much bigger goals in mind, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse track and field teams both earned wins during last Thursday’s Section III state qualifying meet at Bragman Stadium.
In particular, the boys Warriors’ 4×800 relay team geared up for a shot at state honors this weekend at Vestal High School by breaking its own sectional mark.
Alex Wilke, Chris Clemons, Colin Savage and Zavon Watkins posted a time of 7:43.62, just better than the old mark of 7:44.46 as Savage (1:52.3) and Watkins (1:51.1) blazed through the last two legs. In the 800-meter run, Savage won again, edging Watkins, 1:56.45 to 1:56.67, as both advanced to the state meet.
Joe Spernyak emerged to take the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.05 seconds, just ahead of Andrew Hoover (Baldwinsville), who was second in 15.15. In the shot put, Jason Osborne won with a toss of 50 feet 8 1/2 inches as CNS’s Jared Thomson took fifth place.
The Northstars had better luck in the girls discus, where Valerie Langevin’s heave of 111 feet 9 inches led to an easy victory. Also, Cameron Shaughnessy won the boys pole vault, clearing 12 feet 6 inches to top teammates Mike Hyde and Brendan Ryan (12 feet each).
Also, in the pentathlon, Jasmine Thompson won the Division I title with the top overall efforts in the 100-meter high hurdles (15.27 seconds), high jump (5 feet 3 3/4 inches) and long jump (16 feet 10 1/2 inches) on her way to 3,025 points. Just behind her, teammate Katie Osborne, in third place with 2,881 points, also qualified for the state meet.
Chris Buchanan, with a time of 9:18.61, held off Fayetteville-Manilus’ Andrew Roache (9:20.64) for the Division I title in the 3,200-meter run. In a dramatic girls 1,500-meter run, eighth-grader Maria Lamontagne led until the last 100 meters, when F-M’s Courtney Chapman passed her.
Still, Lamontagne’s time of 4:33.61 qualified her for the state meet, with Nicole Watterud third in 4:50.26, while Taylor Wendler earned a place at Vestal by finishing second in the 3,000-meter run in 9:56.03. Lamontagne, Wendler, Nicole Campagna and Marissa Colburn were second in the 4×800 relay in 9:27.11.
Liverpool’s Tatiana Gladney just missed winning the shot put, throwing it 36 feet, half an inch behind Jamesville-DeWitt’s Marae Tearney as CNS teammates Mariah Thomson and Casey Wilmer were fifth and sixth, respectively. Rachel Putman, Skye Borasky, Ashley Letteney and Trina Bills were third in the 4×400 relay in 4:04.38.
The two sides both got runner-up finishes in the steeplechase, CNS’s Dan Fritz second in the boys 3,000 in 9:47.05 as Liverpool’s Lesley Bowers did the same with a time of 7:21.92 in the 2,000. Jacqlynn Halstead was fourth in 7:43.93.
Tony Shuler gave the Warriors a fourth-place time of 23.05 seconds in the 200-meter dash. Bills took fifth in the 800 (2:19.55), with Putman in sixth place, while Keewan Rondinello took eighth in the 400-meter dash (53.07 seconds). CNS saw Chris Poniros, Mark Broughton, Andrew Johnson and Shaun Webb take fourth in the 4×100 relay in 45.04 seconds.
Armani Moore was third in the long jump (17 feet 3/4 inch) as CNS’s Jessica Wheeler was second in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet. In boys field events, Liverpool teammates Justin McGriff and Shuler were fifth and sixth, respectively, in the shot put.
Dec 12, 2017