first_imgIn a close girls meet, the Warriors, coming off an appearance in last December’s Nike Cross Nationals, fended off a strong challenge from the Northstars to prevail 26-29 as both sides easily swept the third team in the meet, Henninger.Jenna Schulz finished in 18 minutes, 13.6 seconds, more than a minute clear of C-NS’s Kate Putman, who won the battle for second place in 19:35.9 to the 19:40.9 from Liverpool’s Sydney Carlson.Bella Brancato’s 20:16.8 proved valuable for the Warriors since she beat out the Northstars’ Marissa Navarra (20:18.2) for fourth place, while Allison Newton was sixth (20:36.8) and Gabby Putman seventh (20:52.6) for C-NS. Collectively, cross country teams in the Salt City Athletic Conference Metro division moved up their regular-season slates in 2019, finishing league meets in September.Among other things, it helps these powerful programs to go to as many large-scale October meets as possible and fully prepare and train for Section III and state championship meets in November.This meant that Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse opened their regular season earlier than seasons past – against each other, with the Warriors sweeping both sides of their rivalry clash Wednesday afternoon at Long Branch Park. To help Liverpool hang on, Eva Woodworth had to take eighth  place in 21:03.8 and Gabby McCarthy finished ninth in 21:26.1, with the Northstars’ Marissa Doty (21:40.0) edging Hannah Reichard (21:46.6) for 10th plac.eIt wasn’t as close in the boys meet, Liverpool topping C-NS 19-38 as, again, both sides handled Henninger. The Warriors had a top-three sweep as Carter Rodriguez won in 16:41.8 and Jake McGowan was second in 16:51.4,with Ryan Cartwright third in 17:13.5.Matt LeClair led the Northstars, finishing fourth in 17:31.2 to edge teammate R.J. Davis (17:33.9), but Liverpool clinched its win by having Charlie Praschunus (17:59.3) and Ethan Glashauser (18:03.4) in the next two spots and Ryan Feenelly (18:14.4) ninth. Zach Bergman was eighth for C-NS in 18:09.1 ahead of Josh Koeppe (18:17.1) and  Evan Romano (18:17.8).Now both sides went to Saturday’s Vernon-Verona-Invitational, with C-NS in the Varsity 2 race and Liverpool in Varsity 4.And the girls Warriors were victorious, 32 points to runner-up Rome Free Academy’s 64, with Schulz going 18:41 flat but finishing second behind Tully star Brooke Rauber, whose 18:11.6 shattered the course record of 18:30.1 Fayetteville-Manlius’ Claire Walters had set earlier in the meet.Liverpool had half of the top-10 finishers. Carlson working her way to fifth place in 20:04.9 as Woodworth was seventh in 21:08 flat. Brancato finished eighth in 21:11.5 and McCarthy was 10th in 21:29.3.In the boys race, Liverpool, with 53 points, was a close second to Beaver River’s 46 points, the Beavers getting a 1-2 sweep from Colton Kempney (16:21.3) and Cory Demo (16:26.6) ahead of any of the Warriors’ runners.Rodriguez made his way to fourth place in 16:50.9, with McGowan fifth in 17:05.9. Ryan Hagan had a strong race, getting to 12th place in 18:13.3, two spots ahead of Glashauser (18:22.8) as Praschunus was 18th in 18:32.7.Baldwinsville was at the VVS meet, too, squaring off with C-NS in Varsity 2, but it was the Northstars sweeping the boys and girls races, with the Bees second to C-NS in the boys division.Davis led the boys Northstars and the field as his time of 17:04.8 was just ahead of B’ville’s Jack Michaels, who was second in 17:08.1. Michaels’ teammate, Colin Delaney, got third place in 17:24.1.Yet C-NS took over by having five of the top 14 finishers, while no other Bees runner hit the top 20. Mat t LeClair was fourth in 17:26.9, with Evan Romano eighth in the team race (11th overall) in 18:08.9. Bergman (18:28.5) beat out Koeppe (18:32.4) for 13th place, the Bees having Justin Chemento(18:54.5) and James Cary (18:58.3) 22nd and 23rd, respectively.Over in the girls race, Kate Putman, finishing fourth in 19:51.7,  led four Northstars with top-10 efforts. Navarra got sixth place in 20:52.2, beating out Gabby Putman (20:54.2) in seventh place as Newton was ninth in 21:26.8 and Doty 11th in 21:39.9.No one on B’ville could match those totals, with McKenzie Schmidt leading the Bees as she got 16th place in the team standings (19th overall) in 22:24 flat. Sarah Fawwaz, in 22:50.7, was just ahead of Vivian Holden-Betts (22:52.6), Margaret Solomon (23:09.6) and Anna Conklin (23:24.1).This came after the Bees won its league opener last Wednesday over Nottingham 18-45 (boys) and 15-52 (girls), with Michaels victorious in the boys race at 17:10, nearly half a minute ahead of the 17:39 from Delaney. Cary was fourth in 18:36, edging Chimento (18:39) for that spot,In the girls race, B’ville swept the top seven, Schmidt winning in 21:53, just ahead of Olivia Creelman’s 22:09. Fawwaz was third in 22:15, followed by Solomon (22:35), Vivian Holden-Betts (22:56), Conklin (23:23) and Sage Springsteen (23:27).Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: BaldwinsvilleC-NScross countryliverpoollast_img

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