Cross country Hornets crush field, take state Class AA title

Just by themselves, the top runners on the Fayetteville-Manlius girls cross country are not overwhelming.

Put together, though, the Hornets can beat just about anyone -- and most of the time, it's a convincing, one-sided effort, even in the biggest of settings.

F-M continued its rampage at last Saturday's New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA championship meet, contested this year at Norwood-Norfolk High School, located near Massena and the Canadian border in the northern portion of the state.

Up against its long-time state rival, Saratoga Springs, the Hornets were again a lethal force, winning the state title with 23 points as Saratoga (71 points) had to settle for the runner-up spot.

When the results of the five races were combined, F-M was even further out in front, with 35 points, as Saratoga (151 points) again took the runner-up spot.

Each of the Hornets' seven competitors finished in the top 20 in the Class A race and inside the top 50 of the overall standings.

Freshman Courtney Chapman led a pack of four F-M competitors to the finish line as she finished in third place in 17 minutes, 55.4 seconds.

Right behind her, sophomore Mackenzie Carter was fourth, in 18:06 flat, inches ahead of Section III individual champion Hannah Luber as the sophomore finished fifth in 18:06.6 Fellow sophomore Molly Malone was sixth in 18:08.2.

Meanwhile, Jocelyn Richards, the lone senior in the group, finished 11th in 18:26.8, as sophomore Kristen Buchan finished 15th in 18:34.5. Rounding out the order, junior Kathryn Buchcan finished 20th in 18:52.2.

About the only thing F-M didn't claim were the individual honors that Saratoga's Hannah Davidson snapped up as she covered the 3.1-mile Norwood-Norfolk course in 17:46.2.

Over in the Class AA boys meet, Alex Hatz gave the Hornets a high finish as he took 27th place in a clocking of 16:27.1. Among Section III runners, only Liverpool's Ethan Hickey (sixth, 16:03.6) fared better. Hatz's F-M teammate, Andrew Sargrad, was 54th in 16:46.9.

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