F-M sweeps to sectional cross country titles

Girls Hornets, despite injuries, dominate Class A again

— Unscheduled absences of two star performers would hurt most cross country teams. Of course, it's long established that Fayetteville-Manlius is not like most teams.

The girls Hornets, even with some newer faces at the front of the field, dominated Saturday's sun-kissed Section III Class A championship meet at Jamesville Beach Park, and the F-M boys also rolled to a one-sided sectional victory.

F-M is heading into the heart of its post-season slate without Heather Martin, who broke a bone in her foot and is out the rest of the way, and Christie Rutledge, who is sidelined by back problems and may not return, either.

That didn't matter one bit at the sectional meet, as F-M again showed that its superior depth is unmatched by anyone in the state - or the country. Led by another championship-tested veteran, Jillian Fanning, the Hornets, with 19 points, easily outpaced Cicero-North Syracuse (69 points) and the rest of the Class A field.

Fanning covered the 3.1-mile Jamesville Beach course in 18 minutes, 1.2 seconds, nearly 18 seconds ahead of West Genesee's Laura Leff, who was second in 18:19.1. No less than eight F-M runners followed Leff and filled out the rest of the top 10.

Katie Sischo led that group, claiming third place in 18:45.1, while Jenna Farrell gained fourth place in 18:47.1. Katie Brislin, in 18:56.2, rounded out the top five, with Hannah Smith sixth in 19:00.3.

Smith beat out Alana Pearl, who worked her way to seventh place in 19:02.9. Annika Avery was eighth, in 19:12.2., while Emily McGurrin got ninth (19:38.7) and Maggie Malone was 10th in 19:53.9.

Going first in the Class A boys meet, F-M, who like their female counterparts are atop the state rankings, crushed all possible foes with 18 points. Liverpool, with 82 points, lay far back in second place.

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