With all the points it piled up in distance events, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls indoor track and field team came close to snatching the top spot at last Wednesday night's John Arcaro Memorial Invitational at Manley Field House.
The Hornets finished with 62 points, beating everyone except Cicero-North Syracuse, who won for the first time this season at Manley with 74 points. Liverpool, winners of the previous three Manley events, got third place with 54 points.
F-M's points came from just four events, all of which it dominated. In the 4x800 relay, Molly Malone, Mackenzie Carter, Kristen Buchan and Hannah Luber posted a top time of 9:41.57 that beat runner-up CNS by more than eight seconds.
Moving to the individual events, Malone did an even greater job in the 500-meter run, the sophomore setting a new Section III record by posting a time of 1:17.01 as teammate Jessica Marini took third place (1:20.79) and CBA's Melissa Zajdel (1:18.70) slid between them for second place.
As for Carter, she would finish second in the 1,500-meter run, in 4:53.65, as Jocelyn Richards pulled away from the field to win in 4:46.81.
This same pattern was evident in the 3,000-meter run, where freshman Courtney Chapman won in a clocking of 10:27.91 and sophomore Kathryn Fanning got second place, in 10:34.45.
Jamesville-DeWitt finished sixth in the team standings, with 14 points, as Natalie Mannion got third place in the high jump (4 feet 10 inches) and Eileen Cody ran to third place in the 1,500 in 4:54.89 behind the F-M duo of Carter and Richards.
Mannion, Colline Miller, Lindsay Royer and Kathryn Blackley combined for a fifth (1:53.88) in the 4x200 relay. East Syracuse-Minoa's Jill Mitchell sprinted to third place in the 55-meter dash in 7.75 seconds.
In the boys edition of the Arcaro meet, F-M won twice, earning 20 points for sixth place in the standings as CNS (78 points) won big. J-D was 10th, with 15 points, as ESM got 9.5 points and CBA earned nine points.