Again propped up by its deep core of distance runners, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls indoor track and field team made a big push to win the Section III Class A championship meet last Wednesday at Manley Field House.
When all was added up, the Hornets had 106 points -- a number that topped everyone except Cicero-North Syracuse, who won with 135 points.
In all, 70 points came from F-M's near-sweep of the distance events. Mackenzie Carter started the trend when, in the 3,000-meter run, she recorded a top time of 10:25.60 as fellow freshman Hannah Luber (10:46.24) finished second.
More youthful talent emerged in the 1,500, where freshman Kathryn Fanning won with a clocking of 4:54.48, with Kathryn Buchan (5:01.99) taking the runner-up spot.
In yet another 1-2 finish, Hilary Hooley needed 3:06.27 to prevail in the 1,000-meter run, while Buchan (3:07.41) again settled for second place.
Buchan would get to the front in the 600-meter run, needing 1:38.69 to win that event as Jessica Hauser (1:40.06) landed in third place.
Hauser would also team with Hooley, Fanning and Molly Malone for a victory in the 4x800 relay in 9:48.87. In the 4x400, Hauser, Jessica Hotchkiss, Jess Marini and Kathleen Fletcher finished second (4:13.61) to CNS (4:10.91), while Fletcher, Marini, Claire Luber and Alex Seabury got fourth (1:52.94) in the 4x200 relay.
Seabury, an eighth-grader, had a bigger impact in the long jump, going 16 feet 3 1/2 inches to take third place as she was also sixth in the 300-meter dash. Lindsey DuPell and Kate Bonsted were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the high jump. Luber was sixth in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.91 seconds.
The sectional meet had been pushed back a week by the Valentine's Day snowstorm, meaning that it followed, by just two days, the state qualifier at Manley.