F-M, CBA athletes win big at state qualifier

Ryan wins boys mile, 3,200-meter run

— Having already proven themselves in a successful spring, area high school track and field athletes got one more chance to compete in advance of next weekend’s state championships at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.

During Thursday’s Section III state qualifier, also held at C-NS, stars from Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy both blanketed the win column.

Nick Ryan led the boys Hornets. Though not matching his mile from the Mary 22 sectional Class AA meet, Ryan still won in 4:18.33, with Bryce Millar third in Division I (large schools) in 4:27.77.

In the 3,200-meter run, Ryan prevailed in 9:15.40, with Matt Deyo (9:27.06) and Ben Thomas (9:34.85) completing a 1-2-3 sweep. Ryan, Millar, Langston Lightcap and Connor Farrell worked together to win the 4x800 relay in a swift 7:57.64.

Meanwhile, F-M won two of the three girls relays. Natalie Zazzara, Olivia Ryan, Katie Brislin and Heather Martin took the 4x400 in 3:57.55, with Jamesville-DeWitt third in 4:07.15. Hannah Smith, Annika Avery, Katie Sischo and Hannah Smith won the 4x800 in 9:28.71, with J-D again in the third spot in 10:07.72.

Alana Pearl, in a time of 4:46.79, and Jillian Fanning (4:47.37) went 1-2 in the girls 1,500-meter run. Charlie Beeler took fourth in the boys 400-meter dash in 52.56 seconds. Christie Rutledge won at 3,000 meters, going 9:59.61 as teammate Michelle Duffy (10:03.88) was second.

CBA had some unusual experiences. After the favored 4x100 relay team lost the Division II final due to a bad pass before the third leg, the Brothers returned in the 4x400 and saw Jack Brower, Kevin Frasier, Jared Sayles and Brendan Smith hold off Solvay, 3:29.24 to 3:30.01.

Smith wasn’t done, of course. He went to the 3,000-meter steeplechase and led from start to finish, winning overall in 9:40.65 and beating the Division II field by more than 16 seconds. Dan Predmore again won in the discus, where he threw it 148’3” as J-D’s Ryan Peters was third (135’1”) on the Division I side.

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