Jun 03, 2011 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Never mind the conditions – the Fayetteville-Manlius girls track and field team’s group of distance runners can still dazzle.
That was evident in Thursday’s Section III state qualifying meet at Cicero-North Syracuse, where chilly temperatures and fierce winds belied the early-June setting, but didn’t slow down the Hornets one bit as it broke its own year-old sectional record in the 4×400 relay.
F-M’s team of Natalie Zazzara, Katie Sischo, Katie Muller and Heather Martin blazed to a time of three minutes, 57.31 seconds, which broke the old sectional mark (3:58.33) by more than a second. Jamesville-DeWitt’s quartet of Ally Fox, Katy Pieri, Liz Pieri and Danielle Doss were second in 4:08.01.
Martin, Sischo, Katie Brislin and Courtney Chapman were victorious in the 4×800 relay in 9:07.90, nearly a full minute ahead of any Division I (large school) opponent, including J-D, who was fifth in 10:28.68.
This came on top of several other Hornet wins at the state qualifier. Martin claimed the 800-meter run in 2:15.65, while Courtney Chapman, in a time of 4:38.32, earned a win in the 1,500-meter run, with Jillian Fanning second in 4:42.78.
Fanning would go to the front in the 3,000-meter run in 10:12.27, more than 22 seconds ahead of the field as East Syracuse-Minoa’s Gabby Pallotta was fourth.
ESM had its big moment in the high jump, where Nina Zesky cleared 5 feet 5 inches to win that event by three inches over Mexico’s Kaylea Morse. J-D’s Maggie Fuller (5 feet) was fifth as Doss, in the pole vault, cleared 8 feet 6 inches to tie for third. F-M’s Molly Levy was fifth in the 100-meter dash (12.98 seconds) and Alana Pearl was fifth in the 2,000-meter steeplechase.
For J-D, Liz Pieri rose to second in the 400-meter dash in 1:01.35. Fox got third in the 100 in 12.92 seconds and third in the 200-meter dash (26.99 seconds), right behind Zazzara (26.98 seconds) in the runner-up spot.
The Rams’ Sierra Vasiliou was third in the long jump, with 16 feet 3 inches, ahead of ESM’s Amanda Wall (16 feet) in fourth. CBA’s Betty Etheredge was third (35 feet 8 1/4 inches) in the Division II triple jump.
CBA had lots of success in Division II on the boys end. Emmanuel Collins would prevail in the 100 in 11.43 seconds and team with Nate Fornal, Kevin Frasor and DeShawn Salter to prevail in the 4×100 relay in 44.99 seconds.
Brendan Smith won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:52.53, topping South Lewis’ Sam Anderson by more than six seconds. Frasor was third in the 400 (53.13 seconds), while Dan Predmore took third in the discus with 134 feet 5 inches.
For J-D’s boys, Amani Jackson won the Division I 100-meter dash in 11.12 seconds, with Ira Griffin fourth (11.20 seconds) and F-M’s Ryan Jones in sixth.
F-M nearly won a tight boys 4×400 relay, as Langston Lightcap, A.J. Blitz, Andrew Veilleux and Austin Perez finished in 3:27.92, just behind Corcoran, who won in 3:27.55.
Nick Ryan was second in the 3,200-meter run in 9:29.34, with Ben Thomas third in 9:47.56 and J-D teammates Dan Driscoll and Will Hohreiter sixth and seventh, respectively. Lightcap got to third in the 800 (2:00.73), with Eric Billingson seventh, as Mark McGurrin and Bryce Millar were fourth and sixth, respectively, in the mile.
J-D’s Nate Sturgeon was third in the Division I pentathlon with 2,436 points. Griffin, Taumeras Howard (eighth in the 100),Michael Meyer and Navale Taylor were third in the 4×100 relay in 44.35 seconds. Will Sterriker got fourth in the 400 hurdles in 58.75 seconds,
ESM’s Mike Coogan got third in the Division I part of the 3,000 steeplechase (9:52.53), while Jeff McDuffie was seventh in the long jump.
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