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Hornets break record at indoor track state qualifier

Several indoor track and field athletes, especially from Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt, won at Monday night's snow-delayed Section III state qualifier, making it to this Saturday's state meet at Cornell University.

None resonated more than the Hornets' dominant effort in the 4x800 relay. Combined, Kathryn Fanning, Katie Sischo, Heather Martin and Courtney Chapman shattered the Section III mark in the event, posting a time of 9:11.63 -- more than six seconds faster than the mark the Hornets set two years ago at Cornell. F-M finished nearly a minute ahead of the field here.

From there, Sischo and Chapman went to the 1,000-meter run and pulled off a 1-2 finish, as Sischo hit the finish line in 2:54.43 and Chapman took the runner-up spot in 2:55.33. CBA's Rachel Zajdel was fourth in 3:06.60.

Meanwhile, in the boys distance races, Alex Hatz toyed with the field, the senior gliding through the mile in 4:21.40 to comfortably finish in front by nearly three seconds over Fulton' s Noah Carroll. And in the 3,200, Hatz won in 9:39.08, again more than three seconds clear of the runner-up, in this case Westhill's Kevin Zych. CBA's Tom Voorheis was third in 9:45.75, just missing a state meet berth.

J-D had its fair share of winners, too, including David Salbert, who held off Utica Proctor's Richard Pete in the triple jump. Salbert went 46 feet 4 1/4 inches, just 2 1/2 inches better than Pete.

Salbert also helped Ira Griffin, Eric Semmel and Will Sterriker take second place in the 4x200 relay in 1:35.36, just behind Rome Free Academy (1:34.63).

In the 4x400 relay, Salbert, Griffin, Bumkuth Jiak and Tim Kendrick again took second place (3:29.40) behind Liverpool (3:26.87).

Jiak would earn a state meet berth by finishing second in the 600-meter run in 1:21.91 as the winner, Marcellus' Mike Quercia (1:19.37), tied his own sectional record. Griffin was fourth in the 55-meter hurdles in 6.79 seconds.

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