SYRACUSE As they have done throughout the winter, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse girls indoor track and field teams finished near the top of the standings during Wednesday night’s George Constantino Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.
Having seen both girls and boys meets postponed by weather late in the first week of 2014, everyone was eager to compete again, and the girls would go first.
Liverpool, with 44.6 points, got third place in the 25-team field. C-NS, with 36.6 points, settled into fourth place. They both trailed Fayetteville-Manlius, who won with 81.6 points, and West Genesee, whose 52 points meant the runner-up spot.
By far, the Warriors’ most impressive effort came in the 4x800 relay. Kristina Moore, Juliana Basla, Morgan Chewning-Kulick and Maia Henry won that race in 10 minutes, 25.47 seconds was well clear of runner-up East Syracuse-Minoa (10:33.31) as C-NS (11:06.85) settled for seventh place.
The Warriors’ Ore Akinpelu won again in the 300-meter dash, her time of 41.35 seconds well clear of the field as CBA’s Anna Schug (42.82 seconds), beaten in a near dead-heat in the 55-meter dash by Fowler’s Nytasia Survia, was second here, too.
Also for Liverpool, Nelliah Watkins threw the shot put 33 feet 3 ¼ inches) and that was good for second place behind Nottingham’s Shayna Santarelli-Hansen (38’8 ½”). Sarah Pflanz, clearing 7 feet, joined C-NS’s Paige Critella in a large tie for fifth in the pole vault.
Morgan Mahoney also ran well, as she was third in the 1,500-meter run in 5:02.68, with teammate Abby McNamara taking fifth place in 5:09.44. Mahoney added a fourth in the 3,000-meter run in 10:56.08 as Basla got to sixth in the 600-meter run in 1:46.90.
C-NS’s Taylor Parry rose to third place in the 1,000-meter run in 3:14.55, ahead of McNamara (3:18.69), who again finished fifth. Javielle Fanizzi needed a leap of 15’11 ¾” to finish third in the long jump, while Nicole Herringshaw cleared 5 feet for third place in the high jump, where Brittany House was seventh.