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Track athletes pile up victories at state qualifier

Garn, Manahan both win for Marcellus in distance events

— Most of the area’s high school track and field teams would find some degree of success during Thursday’s Section III state qualifying meet at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.

At the same C-NS oval where next week’s state meet takes place, Marcellus earned win on both the boys and girls Division II (small school) sides.

The Mustangs steadily pulled away in the boys Division II 4x800 relay. Justin Garn, John Bell and Joe Fallon built a comfortable lead in front of anchor Ryan Manahan, who got further away as Marcellus finished in 7:58.73, more than 19 seconds ahead of runner-up Tully.

Manahan also advanced in the individual 3,200-meter run, where he finished in 9:26.41, easily the best Division II time ahead of South Jefferson’s Nick Tyler (9:53.40).

Marcellus nearly made it to the state meet in the girls 4x800, too. Abbie Fallon, Mary Morocco and Maggie Dunn set it up for anchor Rachel Garn, who tore down the stretch. The Mustangs finished in a school-record 9:47.57, less than a second from the qualifying standard of 9:46.74.

Garn, already the record-holder in the 2,000-meter steeplechase, was in the state meet, so this race was just a warm-up as she held off South Lewis star Victoria Campanian, 7:26.72 to Campanian’s time of 7:27.69.

And in the 800-meter run, Garn qualified with a clocking of 2:18.30, though it was second to Hamilton’s Sage Hurta (2:17.20). Morocco added a fifth in the 1,500-meter run in 5:13.22, one of her best times of the season.

Meanwhile, in Division I West Genesee’s Nate Potash won again in the 400-meter dash. Potash’s time of 51.23 seconds held off Whitesboro’s Luis Gonzalez (51.70 seconds) and the rest of the field. Also for WG, Abby Uczen tied for the top spot in the pole vault, clearing 9 feet 6 inches, but with fewer misses than C-NS’s Jessica Wheeler.

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