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F-M track sweeps to Chittenango Invitational titles

Girls Hornets also win 4x800 at Penn Relays

— In just three days, the Fayetteville-Manlius track and field teams accomplished plenty, both outside and inside the Central New York area.

It all began Thursday, at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia. F-M’s girls sent its 4x800 relay team of Heather Martin, Katie Brislin, Katie Sischo and Jillian Fanning to take on top national competition.

But it wasn’t even close. Brislin posted the fastest 800-meter split (2:12.4) of the entire day. Combined with Sischo’s 2:15.8, Fanning’s 2:17.4 and Martin’s 2:18.6, it translated into a winning time of nine minutes, 4.21 seconds that beat the runner-up by more than 13 seconds.

Quickly, the Hornets dashed home for Saturday’s Chittenango Invitational, where it won the girls division with 145 points, nearly double the total of runner-up Cazenovia (85 points), with Jamesville-DeWitt third as it got 72 points.

Brislin and Martin joined Hannah Smith and Natalie Zazzara as F-M got a top time of 4:08.23 in the 4x400 relay. Four others – Emily McGurrin, Annika Avery, Olivia Ryan and Mary Barger – took their turn in the 4x800 and won in 9:46 flat, more than 45 seconds clear of the field.

On an individual basis, Brislin won the 800-meter run in 2:19.72, with Smith (2:23.81) in second. Sischo, in a rare mile run (usually the girls go 1,500 meters), posted 5:08.55 as she and Fanning (5:10.32) got another 1-2 finish.

Martin held off Baldwinsville’s CIerra Allen, 59.30 seconds to 59.84, to win the 400-meter dash as Zazzara (1:00.84) took third. Christie Rutledge, in the 3,000-meter run, tore to victory in 10:03.30, leaving teammate Michelle Duffy 27 seconds behind in the runner-up spot.

In the 2,000-meter steeplechase, F-M’s Alana Pearl took the title in 7:20.66, nearly 14 seconds clear of Westhill/Bishop Ludden’s Betsy Black, with Maggie Malone fourth in 7:36.38. Hanna Lee, Sarah Olick-Sutphen, Jordan Noble and Christine Lavoie were third in the 4x100 relay in 53.50 seconds.

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