F-M track sweeps Auburn in season opener

Even as temperatures struggled to climb, the Fayetteville-Manlius track and field teams still claimed early control in the CNY Counties League American division.

The Hornets hosted Auburn last Wednesday afternoon and, in chilly and damp conditions, earned an 84-48 victory on the girls side and 80-47 on the boys side.

Heather Martin led the way for the girls Hornets, taking the 400-meter dash in 59.3 seconds and the 800-meter run in 2:30 flat. Katie Sischo won the 3,000-meter run and Heather Zazzara claimed the 200-meter dash. Jessica Puro was first

in the long jump as Courtney Chapman needed four minutes, 44 seconds to prevail in the 1,500-mter run.

Over in the boys meet, Austin Perez ran the 200 in 23.1 seconds. Nick Ryan went under 10 minutes in the 3,200-meter run - 9:50.7, to be exact - and Kerry Lightcap won the 400-meter dash in 52.7 seconds. Mark McGurrin, in 2:08.1, claimed the 800.

Both Jamesville-DeWitt and CBA competed in the Homer April Fools Relays - which actually took place on April 2, a day after the event for which it's named.

On the girls end, the Red Rams won the 1,600 sprint medley relay in a time of 4:45.8 and also took the high jump with combined clearances of 14 feet 2 inches. J-D also had second and third-place efforts in the 800 sprint medley and also was third (24:56.3) in the 4x1,600 relay, where CBA prevailed with a clocking of 24:00.6.

Moving to the boys side at Homer, CBA had 41 points, nearly half of them from winning the 4x400 relay in 46.4 seconds and claiming the distance medley relay in 11:57 flat. The Brothers also got third in the 800 sprint medley (9:44.0) and shot put, with three throws that added up to 93 feet 5 1/2 inches.

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