Liverpool’s track and field teams both stepped up during the April school break, on two different fronts.
The Warriors gained an early edge in the CNY Counties League race by sweeping Wednesday’s pair of meets against West Genesee, prevailing 74-67 in the boys meet at LHS Stadium and 79-62 in the girls meet in Camillus.
Denied any wins in the sprints, the boys Warriors countered with Zavon Watkins running the mile in 4:54.0 and also taking the 800-meter run in 2:04.0. Watkins also teamed with Alex Christensen, Anthony Ostuni and Dan Muldoon to win the 4x800 relay in 9:04.9.
Keewan Rondinello backed up his first-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (a swift 57.0 seconds) by helping Steve Fiorello, Ryan Ronk and Ryheim Lawes to take the 4x100 relay in 44.7 seconds. Also, Rondinello, Christenson, Fiorello and Brockton Barton claimed the 4x400 in 3:40.0 to complete a relay sweep.
Elsewhere, Gaurab Bhattacharya earned a win in the 110 high hurdles in 17.6 seconds. Nick Leedom threw the shot put 42 feet 5 inches as Christian Grannell had a first-place discus throw of 112’6”. Zach Harris tied WG’s Zach Schrader for first in the high jump, each clearing 5’4”.
For the Liverpool girls team, Jazmine Herbert and Ore Akinpelu led the way. Together, they, along with Nicole Barrett and Alexus Gersbacher, won the 4x100 relay in 53.7 seconds, with Akinpelu, Madeline Murphy, Jessica Turner and Alexandra Whiting claiming the 4x400 in 4:34.7.
Individually, Akinpelu moved from running the 400 sprint in one minute flat to winning the 400 hurdles in 1:11.2. Herbert swept the other sprints, claiming the 100 (13.2 seconds) before running the 200 in 28.0 seconds.
Emily Butler chimed in with her own pair of victories, covering 1,500 meters in 5:12.2 before winning the 3,000-meter run in a clocking of 11:19.9. In field events, Mary Reed won the discus, heaving it 85’6”, while Kahmoni Richardson had a first-place triple jump of 29’9” and Kathryn Dalton (13’1/2”) was first in the long jump.