SYRACUSE Just a few days before 2011 ended, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls indoor track and field team propelled itself to a victory in Wednesday's Oscar Jensen Holiday Relays at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena.
The Hornets, in fact, beat out Jamesville-DeWitt for those team honors, earning 70 points as the Red Rams, with 55 points, held off Cicero-North Syracuse (52 points) for the second spot.
F-M, as expected, amassed lots of points in distance running. Jillian Fanning and Katie Sischo, in their first meet since helping the Hornets win a fifth straight cross country national championship earlier this month, went 1-2 in the 1,500-meter run, as Fanning won in 4:50.35 and Sischo was second in 4:52.35.
Natalie Zazzara and Marri Ryu did the same in the 300-meter dash, Zazzara prevailing in 43.15 seconds and Ryu second in 43.83 seconds, which kept the J-D team of Liz Pieri and Ally Fox second in 1:29.05, more than two second behind the Hornets. Zazzara and Ryu returned in the 400-meter dash to get second place in 2:06.29.
In the 1,000-meter run, Katie Brislin gave F-M another victory in 3:02.14 as Alana Pearl (3:09.14) completed yet another 1-2 sweep by F-M. Olivia Ryan and Hannah Smith helped the Hornets take the 600-meter run in a combined 3:27.54 by taking second and third, respectively, behind Liverpool's Ore Akinpelu.
Finally, Maggie Malone and Jenna Farrell combined as F-M won the 800-meter run in a combined 5:06.70, J-D again in the second spot as Fairbanks and Carpenter posted 5:11.96.
The Rams saw Maggie Fuller clear 5 feet 5 inches, a season best, to win the high jump, gaining sixth all by herself in the team event as F-M took fifth. But J-D did win the pole vault, where Danielle Doss and Liz Pieri combined to clear 16 feet.
Annika Avery and Emily McGurrin gave F-M a third-place finish in the 3,000-meter run in 22:41.61. The Hornets were also fifth (21.24 seconds) in the 55-meter hurdles, where J-D's tandem of Noelle Novakowski and Amanda Lee took third place in 20.62 seconds. Fox and Sierra Vasiliou were fourth in the 55-meter dash in 15.63 seconds.