Steady finishes in all kinds of disciplines, with some wins thrown in there, all helped the Liverpool boys indoor track and field team to a second-place finish in last Thursday’s Section III Class AA championships at SRC Arena.
With 84 points, the Warriors trailed Baldwinsville, who won with 158 points. Cicero-North Syracuse got third place with 71.33 points.
Nathan Reeves won the boys mile for Liverpool, his time of four minutes, 38.93 seconds fending off B’ville’sAdam Davis (4:40.10) as C-NS had Nathan Poirier third in 4:40.29.
Liverpool also was victorious in the 4×200 relay, where Talmari Turner, Nazir Murray, Paul Dewan and Justin Chrisjohn went 1:36.34 to edge B’ville (1:36.51), with C-NS sixth in 1:38.88. Earlier in the meet, Murray, Chrisjohn, Eli Barbour and Dawson Newbern were second (3:41.63) to B’ville (3:38.26) in the 4×400 relay.
Reeves was second in the 1,000-meter run in 2:40.73 behind B’ville’s Adam Davis (2:40.15) as T.J. Praschunus was fifth in 2:42.40. In the 4×800 relay, Reeves, Praschunus, Cullen McLaughlin and Cameron O’Connell were second in 8:26.98 to Fayetteville-Manlius (8:23.26) as C-NS settled for sixth place.
James Gaffney cleared 12’6” in the pole vault, second to Central Square’s Joe Weaver and his sectional-record clearance of 15’3”, with Gaffney adding a third-place high jump of 5’8”. Arthur Bittel had a second-place shot put throw of 45’7 ¼ and, with a weight throw of 46’4 ½”, beat out Antwan Kelly (44’4 ¾”) for fifth place.
Spencer Ruediger got fifth place in the 3,200-meter run in 10:10.73 as Carter Rodriguez (10:17.23) was seventh. Ruediger was seventh in the mile behind Reeves and Poirier.
C-NS got a large chunk of its points from Jeremiah Willis winning three events, starting with the 300-meter dash, where he went 36.36 seconds to hold off B’ville’s Kieran Sheridan (36.72) for the title.
In the long jump, Willis prevailed by going 22’4 ½”, more than a foot ahead of the field as Dewan was fifth in 20’6 ¾” for Liverpool. Then, in the triple jump, Willis went 44’5 ¾”, again prevailing and again with Dewan (41’ ½”) getting to fifth place.
Joe Williams, who was sixth in the long jump, went 7.50 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles to beat the field by more than half a second, including Murray (8.11 seconds) in third place as Jason Hughes was sixth (8.72 seconds) and James Gaffney (8.84) in seventh place.
C-NS also had David Ware take second place in the 600-meter run in 1:25.55, with Michael McBride fifth in 1:28.29 and Calvin Garnes (1:31.63) in sixth place. Cameron Pisa was fifth in the shot put, heaving it 41’5 ¾”.
Malcolm Christian went 6.97 seconds in the 55-meter dash to beat out Turner (7.00) for fifth place. Hughes also was fifth in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet, and got sixth place in the pole vault.
Ryan Williams, Calvin Garnes, Derek Harned and Aidan Deitz were fifth in the 4×400 in 3:47.90. Sam Barber was eighth in the 3,200 as Poirier was eighth in the 1,000.
Over in the girls sectional AA meet, Liverpool had 90.5 points, finishing third behind Fayetteville-Manlius and B’ville, with C-NS getting fifth place thanks to its total of 44 points.
In the long jump, Marissa Baskin won for the Warriors with a top leap of 17’7 ¼”, with Meghan Milazzo third by going 16’2 ½”. In the triple jump, Baskin’s 36’4 ½” trailed only B’ville’s Lauren Addario (36’8 ½”) as C-NS’s Shayla Webb was fourth, going 35’4 ½”.
Baskin added a third-place finish in the 55 sprint in 7.55 seconds, where Anne Gullo (7.81) was seventh, though Gullo improved to fourth place in the 300 in 43.89 seconds.
Trinity Gray won the shot put for Liverpool, her heave of 42’5 ¾” edging Rome Free Academy’s Sarah Crockett (41’3”) as Sarah LaValley was fourth with 38’11 ¼”. LaValley threw the shot put 33’ ¾” for second place as Gray was fourth, going 30’11”.
Milazzo, who finished sixth in the triple jump, was second in the high jump, her 5’3” only topped by B’ville’s Adrianna Straughter (5’4”) as C-NS had Liliana Klemanski third by going 5’1” and Amina Sinclair was fifth for the Warriors with 4’8”. Lauren Fradette was fourth in the 55 hurdles in 9.14 seconds, with Kali Hayes ninth.
The big C-NS highlight again came from Mia Pestle, who in the 1,500-meter run went 4:47.32 to pull away from a trio of F-M runners as Sydney Carlson (5:06.20) added a sixth-place finish for Liverpool after taking sixth place in the 3,00-meter run.
Seventh-grader Kate Putman made it to third place in the 1,000 in 3:02.17, with Liverpool’s Windsor Ardner fourth in 3:09.07 as Ardner also got fifth place in the 600 in 1:43.39 to beat out the Northstars’ Sarah Davis (1:43.77) for that spot, with Natalie Kurz eighth..
Pestle and Putman, paired with Davis and Annina Marullo, went 10:07.89 for second place in the 4×800 as Liverpool had Ardner, Carlson, Kurz and Claudia Brown take third place in 10:15.17. Ashlyn Slate, Amanda Reilly, Julianna Hutt and Victoria Dunn were third in the 4×200 in 1:52.29 as the Warriors (1:53.76) were sixth.
C-NS did beat out Liverpool, 4:30.55 to 4:31.26, for fourth place in the 4×400. Victoria Dunn was sixth in the55 sprint in 7.77 seconds. Allison Newton was seventh and Annina Marullo eighth in the 3,000, with Lexi Gaetz and Savannah Kuhr seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 55 hurdles.