F-M girls set sectional mark at state qualifier

Once again, a full complement of track and field stars from Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt will make their way to the state championship meet, to be held next Friday and Saturday at Vestal High School near Binghamton.

That includes both of F-M's 4x800 relay teams, which feature a girls side that found its way into the record books during Thursday's Section III state qualifying meet at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.

Courtney Chapman, Hannah Luber, Mackenzie Carter and Molly Malone teamed up to post a time of 9:02.13 in the 4x800, shattering its own sectional mark for that event set in 2009 by more than eight seconds.

And Chapman didn't stop there, either, rallying in the final 100 meters to get past Cicero-North Syracuse eighth-grader Maria Lamontagne to take the 1,500-meter run in 4:32.05, with Lamontagne (4:33.61) also advancing to the state meet.

F-M also won the 4x400 relay as Heather Martin, Kathryn Fanning, Audrey Wallace and Katie Sischo blazed to a time of 3:58.60. As if that wasn't enough, freshman Jillian Fanning, in a time of 9:54.33, fought past CNS's Taylor Wendler (9:56.03) to win the 3,000-meter run.

Meanwhile, the Hornets' Alex Hatz continued to gear up for the bigger meets ahead as he breezed to victory in the mile in 4:17.66. In the 4x800, Hatz anchored the Hornets' effort, joining Paul Merriman, Mark McGurrin and Joe Hartnett as they qualified in a time of 7:52.61 behind Liverpool, whose 7:43.62 also broke a sectional record.

Andrew Roache, by finishing second in the Division I 3,200-meter run (9:20.94) to CNS's Chris Buchanan (9:18.61), also advanced to the state meet, while Owen Strong finished fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:14.50.

J-D's Marae Tearney won the Division I shot put with a toss of 36 feet 1/2 inch as Sierra Vasiliou finished seventh. Vasiliou got fifth in the long jump with 16 feet 3 1/2 inches, with Olivia Costa fifth in the discus.

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