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 4x400 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 4x800 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.