F-M track splits with Corcoran

While the Fayetteville-Manlius girls track and field team still sets the pace in the CNY Counties League American division, the boys Hornets now sit in second place.

This came due to last Wednesday's meet at Corcoran, where the F-M girls beat the Cougars 82-59, but the boys fell to Corcoran 87.5-57.5.

Leading on the girls side, Jess Marini broke the one-minute mark in the 400-meter dash, winning in 59.8 seconds, and added a quick time of 1:05.3 in the 400-meter hurdles. She also teamed with Courtney Chapman, Molly Malone and Natalie Alibrandi to take the 4x400 relay in 4:10.3.

Malone won the 800-meter run in 2:17.6, as Gennie Ariotti prevailed at 1,500 meters (5:08) and Kristen Buchan won the 3,000 in 12:14. In the 4x800 relay, Buchan, Hannah Luber, Mackenzie Carter and Colleen Mulvihill won in 10:47.2.

Jhoville Pommels threw the shot put 31 feet 3 inches to win that event as Amanda Saunders and Kelly Muller both cleared 6 feet 6 inches in the pole vault. Isabell Carapella broke Corcoran's domination of the sprints, tying the Cougars' Gwen Thomas as they both finished the 100 high hurdles in 17.6 seconds.

F-M's boys had plenty of great moments, despite the team defeat. Pushed by Trenton Sparks, who finished in 1:57.8, Alex Hatz tore through the 800-meter run in 1:53.8, setting a new F-M school record. Sparks broke the Corcoran school record in the same event.

Hatz helped Ben Sargrad, John Cico and Joe Hartnett win the 4x800 relay in 8:48. Cico, on his own, won the mile in 4:47.3, edging out Owen Strong (4:48.3), who did take the 3,200-meter run in 10:25.7.

Corcoran won most of the sprints and field events, but Karl Thomson did sweep the throwing events as he tossed the discus 123 feet 8 inches and the shot put 45 feet 4 inches.

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