F-M track beats RFA, Nottingham

Mixing its usual domination of distance running with some key points elsewhere, both of the Fayetteville-Manlius track and field teams passed a major test last Tuesday with a sweep of Rome Free Academy.

In the closer girls meet, the Hornets beat the Black Knights 74-67, with Jessica Marini taking the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.8) and teaming with Molly Malone, Heather Martin and Natalie Alibrandi to take the 4x400 relay in 4:21.8.

Malone, on her own, needed 4:40.7 to run 1,500 meters, as Gennie Ariotti took the 3,000-meter run (10:55.0) and Courtney Chapman covered 800 meters in 2:28.8. Hannah Luber, Meaghan Anklin, Katie Sischo and Kathryn Fanning combined to win the 4x800 relay in 10:22.

With RFA dominating in the sprints and most of the field events, Martin stepped in to win the long jump, going 14 feet 8 inches. Erika Davin tied Kelley Benfey in the high jump, each of them clearing 4 feet 6 inches.

F-M's boys team got a bit more room at the top, beating RFA 76-65. It started with Alex Hatz, Mark McGurrin, Ben Sargrad and Joe Hartnett needing 8:38 to run the 4x800.

Jon Cico covered the mile in 4:52, as Andrew Roache took the 800 (2:16.6) and Owen Strong ran 3,200 meters in 10:32. Jordan Foster broke through with a winning 400-meter time of 55.4 seconds.

Tyler Rhinehart cleared 11 feet to prevail in the pole vault, as Hornets teammate Chris Ruggeri won the high jump, clearing 5 feet 8 inches. RFA's Anthony DeJean ran 100 meters in a swift 10.5 seconds and also took the 200-meter dash (22.5 seconds) and long jump (21 feet 8 1/2 inches) before it was done.

Three days later, the Hornets swept again, this time against Nottingham, notching a 102-35 win on the girls side and 100-41 on the boys side.

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