Boys Hornets, Rams earn indoor track league titles

Ryan wins twice for Hornets; ESM, CBA stars also stand out

— In their own manners, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt boys indoor track and field teams matched their girls counterparts with league championship efforts on Wednesday night.

The Hornets picked up 148 points, fending off Corcoran (119 points) for the CNY Counties League American division title at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena, while the Red Rams gained 132 points for the OHSL Freedom division title, well clear of runner-up Phoenix (77 points) and the rest of the field.

For F-M, Nick Ryan ran the fastest mile of the entire meet, winning in 4:30.83 as Ben Thomas (4:40.12) was second. In the 1,000-meter run, Ryan (2:39.63) and Thomas (2:41.02) also went 1-2.

Bryce Millar posted the quickest time in the 3,200-meter run, winning in 9:44.57, with Colin Fitzgibbons third in 9:53.63. Langston Lightcap took his turn in the 600-meter run, prevailing in 1:27.22, just ahead of Charlie Beeler (1:27.62) in yet another 1-2 F-M effort.

Austin Perez ripped to a victory in the 300-meter dash in 36.92 seconds, with Lightcap (38.42 seconds) in third. Not only that, but Perez teamed with Beeler, Said Shukri and Tanner Carter to win the 4x200 relay in 1:38.01, edging Corcoran (1:38.69) to highlight a relay sweep.

Lightcap, Beeler, Shukri and Perez dominated the 4x400 relay, winning in 3:35.96. Ryan, Millar, Fitzgibbons and Thomas won the 4x800 in 8:42.72 as, like the 4x400, the Hornets had the quickest time of the entire evening.

Elsewhere, Zhengyue Zhu rose to second in the triple jump, going 41 feet 3 inches, with Konrad Niemiec fourth after he got to third (18 feet 11 ½ inches) in the long jump, ahead of Zhu in fifth. Kyle Harbour finished third in the high jump, clearing 5 feet 2 inches. Kyle Barber was fourth in the 55-meter hurdles.

For J-D, Amani Jackson beat Taumeras Howard, 6.75 seconds to 6.88, in the 55 sprint, while Will Sterriker earned first in the 55 hurdles, beating Nate Sturgeon, 8.17 seconds to 8.33. Jackson, Howard, Sterriker and Zach Liebmann won the 4x200 in 1:38.21 as East Syracuse-Minoa (1:46.57) was third.

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