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F-M girls win seventh straight cross country national title

Hornets dominate again at Nike Nationals

The Fayetteville-Manlius girls cross country team after claiming the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore., for the seventh consecutive year. From left: Jenna Farrell, Michelle Duffy, Alana Pearl, Jillian Fanning, Mary Barger, Annika Avery, Katie Brislin, head coach Bill Aris.

The Fayetteville-Manlius girls cross country team after claiming the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore., for the seventh consecutive year. From left: Jenna Farrell, Michelle Duffy, Alana Pearl, Jillian Fanning, Mary Barger, Annika Avery, Katie Brislin, head coach Bill Aris. Marnie Carter

Some early trouble, though, forced the Hornets senior into a catch-up mode, and given that, Ryan did quite well, finishing in 15th place in 17 minutes, 37 seconds. Sam Wharton won the race in 17:06, barely half a minute ahead of Ryan.

F-M's boys, also running as Manlius XC, claimed 16th out of 22 teams with 372 points as Arcadia, from California, went to the top with 108 points, holding off American Fork (Utah), who was second with 122 points.

Behind Ryan, F-M got its best effort from Bryce Millar, who was in 120th place in a time of 18:56, just six places ahead of teammate Adam Hunt, who finished in 19:01. Connor Farrell finished in 19:08, with Riley Hughes (19:21) and Colin Fitzgibbons (19:22) claiming consecutive spots in front of Charlie Beeler, who finished in 20:06.

Of the seven top F-M girls runners, three – Fanning, Brislin and Duffy – are seniors. That means Pearl (a junior), Avery, Barger (both sophomores) and Farrell (a freshman) will be back to spear-head an eighth consecutive national championship push in 2013.

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