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Girls track Hornets race to AA sectional title

At just the right moments, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls track and field team likes to unleash its full roster of talented distance runners to leave the rest of the field far behind.

Such was the case in Tuesday's Section III Class AA championship meet at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium, where the Hornets earned all kinds of sweeps, claimed a pair of relays and didn't stop until it had the team title in its collective grasp.

F-M finished with 150 points, with host CNS settling into second place with 106 points and no one else in triple figures. More than half those points were earned in races 400 meters or longer.

That included the 800 and 1,500-meter runs, both 1-2-3 sweeps worth 48 total points. In the 800, Katie Brislin nudged past teammates Katie Sischo and Courtney Chapman, winning in 2:19.35 to Sischo's 2:19.39 and Chapman's 2:19.68. Moving to the 1,500, it was Jillian Fanning's turn to win, hitting the line in 4:36.76 as Chapman got second (4:37.14) and Sischo was third in 4:42.51.

Heather Martin needed just 58.08 seconds to cover 400 meters, with Natalie Zazzara settling into second place in 1:01.30 and Kelly Muller in sixth. Up in the 3,000, Chapman got a victory in 10:09.56, comfortably ahead of Fanning, who was second in 10:13.45, while Alana Pearl worked her way to victory in the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 7:35.50 as Maggie Malone (7:51 flat) was fourth.

F-M also went to the top in the 4x800 relay, where Fanning, Chapman, Sischo and Brisling needed just 9:25.08 to cover the two miles, with everybody else 10 minutes or slower. The 4x400 saw Martin, Zazzara, Muller and Sischo get to the line in 4:06.30, more than seven seconds ahead of runner-up Baldwinsville.

The Hornets were strong in the other sprints, too. Molly Levy was a close second (12.89 seconds) to B'ville' Gabrielle Jordan (12.81) in the 100-meter dash, with Martin third in 12.93 seconds. In the 200-meter dash, Zazzara was third in 27.50 seconds as Martin took fifth. Isabelle Carapella got fifth in the 400-meter hurdles and helped the Hornets run to fifth in the 4x100 relay.

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