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Marcellus boys repeat as OHSL cross country champs

In all, 22 teams went to the starting line for the annual Onondaga High School League boys cross country championships Saturday at Jamesville Beach Park. And no one would catch Marcellus.

Repeating its title from 2009, the Mustangs, led by the duo of Ryan Manahan and Jesse Garn, won by a comfortable margin, finishing with 55 points. Hannibal was second with 100 points as Jordan-Elbridge rose up to claim third place with 134 points. Westhill was seventh and Solvay got ninth place.

Manahan, just a sophomore, conquered the 3.1-mile Jamesville Beach course in 15 minutes, 57.8 seconds, the only sub-16 minute time. Just behind him, Garn lay claim to second place in 16:08.9, and the Mustangs were on its way.

Joe Fallon took ninth place in 17:00.9, while John Bell worked his way to 20th place in 17:28.1. When Mike Epp crossed the finish line in 31st place (17:52.8), the Mustangs secured the league title.

J-E's high finish included Greg Bader claiming sixth place in 16:48.3. Steve Slonosky took 12th place in 17:04.1, while Jack Gugel got 33rd place (17:56.8) and Tom Poppe was 35th in 17:59.7. Alex Suslik (18:41.9) rounded out the scoring column.

Westhill saw Jon Moore take 36th place in 18:02.1, just ahead of Casey Bunce (18:07.4) in 38th as Peter Lynch got 59th place. On Solvay's side, Cody McCarthy worked his way to 19th place in a time of 17:24.8, with Matt Cregan earning 37th place in 18:04.5.

As for the girls OHSL meet at Jamesville Beach, Marcellus had a strong showing here, too, getting fourth place with 146 points as Tully (67 points) beat Cazenovia (93 points) for the league championship. Westhill fit into seventh place (186 points), with J-E 11th and Solvay 18th in the 20-team field.

Rachel Garn powered the Mustangs' effort, finishing fourth among individuals in a clocking of 19:36.1. Maggie Dunn landed in 16th place in 20:44.5, while Molly McGuane got 19th place in 20:53 flat. No other Marcellus runner ended up in the top 50, though.

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