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F-M girls win AA indoor track title

By virtue of its total domination of distance running, and enough strength in other places, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls indoor track and field team lay claim to the Section III Class AA championship Monday night at Manley Field House.

Having not won a meet all winter, the Hornets picked a good time to go to the front, accumulating 105 points to outlast Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse, who had dominated most of the indoor season but here tied for second place with 88 points.

F-M won two relays as the foundation for its victory. In the 4x400, Shannon McHugh, Jessica Marini, Kathryn Fanning and Mackenzie Carter combined to post a time of 4:06.70 that beat runner-up West Genesee by more than 13 seconds.

And in the 4x800, the Hornets ruled again as Carter and Fanning joined Jocelyn Richards and Kristen Buchan to earn a time of 9:44.48, the only team to break 10 minutes in that event in any of the classes.

Three times, F-M went 1-2 in distance events, amounting to 54 points, more than half the Hornets' eventual total.

Hannah Luber took charge, winning the 3,000-meter run in 10:00.60 as Richards (10:02.73) fit into second place. Luber would also place second in the 1,500-meter run in 4:54.42 right behind Courtney Chapman, who won in 4:54.04.

Molly Malone emerged in the 600-meter run, taking that title in a clocking of 1:39.88 with Richards again fitting into the runner-up spot in 1:42.04. Adding to that, Malone also prevailed in the 1,000-meter run in 2:59.37 as Chapman (3:04.01) claimed fourth place.

F-M also earned 17 other points in the meet. Marini got third place in the 300-meter dash in 43.07 seconds. Alex Seabury got fourth place in the long jump, going 16 feet 4 1/2 inches, and helped Marini, McHugh and Lauren Ruggiero run to third place (1:52.83) in the 4x200 relay.

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