Apr 11, 2011 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
In a rousing start to the spring track and field season, Liverpool nearly pulled off a sweep at last Saturday’s Cicero-North Syracuse Relays at Bragman Stadium.
Finally able to practice on its own track after a couple of seasons entirely spent on the road, the boys Warriors held off the host Northstars, 55.17 points to 53.5 points, for first place in a 20-team field. Not only that, but the Liverpool girls got 73 points to finish a close second to Rush-Henrietta (74 points) in that portion of the meet.
Zavon Watkins teamed with Kam Arnold, Ryan Ronk and Steve Fiorello to win the 1,600 sprint medley relay in 3:30.62, with Chris Buchanan, Ryan Connor, Frank Volino Jr. and Mark Broughton putting CNS in second place in 3:39.03.
Moving to the 4×400 relay, Watkins and Arnold joined Keewan Rondinello and Julian Anjorin for a winning time of 3:25.89, nearly three seconds better than runner-up Indian River.
Liverpool dominated the 400-meter hurdles as Rondinello took the individual title in 57.36 seconds and Joe Spernyak (58.86 seconds) was third, leading to a team victory. In the 110 high hurdles, Spernyak beat CNS’s Kareem Lee, 15.32 seconds to 15.92, for first place and combined with Justin McGriff to win the team event in 32.60 seconds. The Northstars were fourth.
McGriff won the individual triple jump with 42 feet 9 1/2 inches and combined with Ryan Ronk for third place (79 feet 7 1/2 inches). Geoff Bell and Nick Leedham were fifth in the shot put, with Chris Grannell and Kyle Dalton sixth in the discus.
Not getting shut out, the Northstars went to the front in the 4×100 relay as Volino, Broughton, Avery Yarn and Ryan Connor sped to victory in 44.31 seconds, more than a second ahead of runner-up Baldwinsville. The Northstars also were fourth (11:18.62) in the distance medley relay.
And led by Buchanan, CNS claimed the mile relay, Buchanan winning the individual race in 4:20.93 and joining Jared Walther, Anthony Lupia and Neil Gill for the top spot.
Lee and Joel Brousseau prevail in the high jump, combining to clear 11 feet 4 inches, two inches better than Baldwinsville as Liverpool tied for fourth. Mike Hyde was second in the pole vault, clearing 12 feet, as Lee and Jalen Jenkins were fifth in the long jump.
Liverpool had more points in the girls meet, cleaning up in field events. Shanice Leach, by going 15 feet 9 1/2 inches in the long jump, edged Armani Moore (15 feet 9 1/4 inches) by a quarter of an inch as they combined to win with 31 feet 6 3/4 inches.
Not only that, but Breanna Burns and Shae Shenandoah teamed to win the pole vault, clearing 13 feet 6 inches between them. Leach and Megan Earle paired up to go 66 feet 5 1/2 inches in the triple jump, second to Ithaca.
Meagan Turner and Tammy Brodie were second in the high jump (10 feet). Mary Reed and Shania Williams teamed for third place (164 feet 9 inches) in the discus.
On the oval, Liverpool won the 4×100 relay where Moore, Leach, Hannah Anthes and Connie Torres, beat Rush-Henrietta, 51.51 seconds to 51.80. Leach, Anthes, Kyla Bills and Ore Akinpalu were third (4:34.44) in the sprint medley relay.
Bills, along with Rachel Putman, Jessica Turner and Lindsey Thiel, were second in the 1,500-meter run in 22:31.15, just behind Maine-Endwell (22:27.02) as CNS claimed sixth place. The Warriors added a fourth in the distance medley (13:54.85) and sixth in the 4×400 relay.
CNS only had 27 points in the meet, but still won the 100-meter high hurdles. Katie Osborne took individual honors in 16.10 seconds and combined with Hannah Szumloz for the victory in 33.92 seconds. Liverpool (36.15 seconds) was fourth.
Also, Jade Jenkins and Justine Seliger got third and fourth, respectively, in the 400 hurdles and helped the Northstars win that event in 2:33.11, more than four seconds ahead of Whitesboro. Mariah Thomson won the individual discus with a throw of 94 feet 4 inches and was second (33 feet 5 inches) in the shot put.
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