F-M, J-D earn league indoor track titles

Fanning leads Hornets with 1,000, 1,500-meter wins

— For local indoor track and field teams, the post-season lasts a full month, with at least four different meets of increasing importance leading up to the March 3 state championships at Cornell University.

All of it started with Monday’s league championships at SRC Arena. There, Fayetteville-Manlius easily lay claim to the CNY Counties League American division crown as Jamesville-DeWitt beat East Syracuse-Minoa for OHSL Freedom division honors.

For the Hornets, who accumulated 162 points on the night (more than double that of runner-up Corcoran, who had 74 points), Jillian Fanning claimed both the 1,000-meter run in 2:57.32 and the 1,500-meter run in a time of 4:44.37. Christie Rutledge was second (4:55.15) in the 1,500.

Annika Avery won the 3,000-meter run in 10:33.02 as Jenna Farrell took second, while Katie Brislin (1:39.86) beat Hannah Smith (1:41.42) in the 600-meter run. Natalie Zazzara beat out Marri Ryu, 42.79 seconds to 43.08, in the 300-meter dash.

As if that wasn’t enough, Jessica Puro (9.97 seconds) and Caitlin Ferro (10.23 seconds) went 1-2 in the 55-meter hurdles, with Jordan Noble third in the 55-meter dash in 7.94 seconds.

To commence the relay sweep, Zazzara, Ryu, Brislin and Heather Martin took the 4x400 in 4:04.27, the same quartet winning the 4x200 in 1:49.31. Katie Sischo, Emily McGurrin, Mary Barger and Olivia Ryan ran the 4x800 in 9:35.65.

Also, Christabel Ezidiegwu was victorious in the high jump by clearing 4 feet 10 inches as Sarah Olick-Sutphen earned second in the long jump (14 feet 11 ¼ inches), with Puro third in the triple jump.

J-D had 180 points in the Freedom division to ESM’s 95, as Danielle Doss (8 feet 6 inches) and Liz Pieri (8 feet) swept the top two positions in the pole vault. Doss and Liz Pieri would team with Ally Fox and Katy Pieri to win the 4x400 relay in 4:14.03, with the Spartans second in 4:49.28.

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