Strong distance running helped propel the Marcellus boys indoor track and field team to victory in last Saturday's OHSL Liberty/Patriot division championships at Colgate University.
The Mustangs finished with 119.5 points, well clear of Tully, who was second with 92 points. Among the local entries, Westhill/Bishop Ludden was fourth with 61 points, with Solvay sixth and Jordan-Elbridge seventh.
Marcellus saw Jesse Garn win the 1,000-meter run in 2:33.56, with J-E's Greg Bader second in 2:43.55. Garn also was first in the mile in 4:33.29 as teammate Joe Fallon settled into third place and J-E's Steve Slonosky was fourth.
Ryan Manahan and John Bell went 1-2 in the 3,200-meter run, as Manahan won in 10:20.55 and Bell (10:20.88) was inches behind. Ryan Manahan took the 600-meter run in 1:27.16, with Bader (1:30.73) in third place and the Mustangs' Justin Garn sixth.
To complete the work, Manahan, Garn, Bell and Fallon won the 4x800 relay in 8:41.06, well clear of the field as Westhill/Ludden was fourth. The Warriors did take the 4x200 relay as Malik Merritt, Jack Honis, Christian St. Amour and Mike Herholtz finished in 1:42.59
Moving to field events, the Mustangs' Chris Manke had a winning shot put toss of 36 feet 11 inches, with Solvay's Luke Randall (34 feet 3 inches) in third place.
Nick Huss cleared 11 feet 6 inches to win the pole vault, with Westhill/Ludden's Alex Phelan third and the Mustangs' Rob Coon in fourth. Nate Waite was third in the long jump (17 feet 6 1/2 inches), with Huss claiming third in the high jump.
Merritt won the 55-meter dash in 6.95 seconds, edging Solvay's Nick Cometti (7.00 seconds), who settled for second place. Honis added a win in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.28 seconds. Honis also was third in the 300-meter dash, where Cometti was fifth.