Over 5,000 meters, Smith dueled with a tight pack, as the top seven runners finished less than 10 seconds apart. In particular, Dan Galford (Monsignor Farrell) pushed Smith to the line, but in 15 minutes, 58.8 seconds, Smith edged Galford (15:59.6) by eight-tenths of a second.
Megan Pierce also ran at the Federation meet on the girls side, the CBA freshman taking 75th place in a clocking of 20:03.9. Bronxville’s Mary Cain won in 17:40 flat, with West Genesee’s Laura Leff (18:09.9) in second place.
Neither of the state Class A champion teams from Fayetteville-Manlius competed, choosing instead to train and prepare for the Nike Nationals in Portland, Ore., early next month.