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F-M track sweeps to sectional Class AA titles

Hornets dominate girls, boys distance races to pile up points

— Sheer numbers of talented runners, especially in the distance events, proved the secret to Fayetteville-Manlius capturing both Section III Class AA championships at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.

The girls Hornets went first last Tuesday afternoon and earned 162 points, enough to fend off the host C-NS Northstars, who were second with 135 points. No one else reached triple figures as Baldwinsville (70 points) slid into third place.

In a trio of distance-running events, F-M went 1-2-3 at the top. It began in the 3,000-meter run, where Christie Rutledge won in nine minutes, 58.34 seconds, with Jillian Fanning second (10:04.13) second and Michelle Duffy (10:11.33) in third.

Moving to the 800-meter run, Katie Brislin, in 2:13.80, pulled away from Hannah Smith (2:19.78) and Katie Sischo (2:19.96) amid a top-three sweep. Fanning would go to the top in the 1,500-meter run as she edged Sischo, 4:42.35 to 4:42.36, with Alana Pearl (4:44.99) behind them in third place.

That spread to the relays, too, as Brislin joined Heather Martin, Natalie Zazzara and Olivia Ryan to shatter the four-minute mark and win the 4x400 relay in 3:56.52, leaving Liverpool (4:00.44) in second. It was more lopsided in the 4x800, where Brislin, Smith, Annika Avery and Emily McGurrin finished in 9:34.84, nearly 24 seconds ahead of C-NS (9:58.52) in the runner-up spot.

Martin had her own victory in the 400-meter dash, where in 57.67 seconds she topped a field that included teammate Olivia Ryan, who was second in 1:00.57. In the 4x100 relay, Martin, Zazzara, Sarah Olick-Sutphen and Jordan Noble took third in 50.77 seconds.

Alana Pearl contributed more points when she got to second in the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 7:23.59, with Maggie Malone third (7:30.14) and Mary Barger (7:35.71) in fourth place. Anna Castro, with 2,141 points, earned fourth place in the pentathlon.

Valuable points came from field events, too. Christabel Ezidiegwu landed in second place in the triple jump, going 35 feet 3 3/4 inches as Utica Proctor's Kierra Arthur (37' 6 3/4") prevailed.

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