Verona When the calendar turns to November, the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country teams get even more serious – which is trouble for anyone that wants to get in their way.
Those serious-minded Hornets would sweep both portions of Saturday’s Section III Class A championship meet, held amid cold, wet, windy and muddy conditions at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, which also played host to the 2011 state meet.
It was the usual formula on the girls side, where F-M swept the top five and seven of the top eight spots for a perfect total of 15 points, with Liverpool (76 points) the runner-up.
Annika Avery and Alana Pearl put up the two fastest times in any of the four sectional races. Avery finished in 18 minutes, 38.3 seconds, well clear of the field as Pearl slid into second place in 19:03.2.
Jillian Fanning and Mary Barger ran together, with Fanning earning third place in 19:22.1 and Barger (19:22.4) just 0.3 seconds behind her. Katie Brislin (19:28.1) closed out F-M’s top-five sweep, with Michelle Duffy seventh in 19:48.9 and Jenna Farrell eighth in 19:49.3.
Moving to the Class A boys race, Nick Ryan and Bryce Millar zoomed to the front for the state no. 1-ranked Hornets, who had 36 points to easily out-distance runner-up Baldwinsville (68 points) and the rest of the field.
As with Avery, Ryan had, by far, the fastest time in the quartet of sectional contests, pulling away from Millar and prevailing in 15 minutes, 47.5 seconds, which left Millar settling for second place in 16:28.0, third-best of the day as Marcellus’ Ryan Manahan, the Class B champion, was second-fastest in 16:18.3.
Connor Farrell made his way to sixth place in 17:11.8, but the rest of the F-M stars stayed close to each other. Riley Hughes finished 13th, in 17:29.2, just ahead of Colin Fitzgibbons (17:31.1) in 14th place, while Adam Hunt was 16th in 17:33 flat and Charlie Beeler was 17th, in 17:34.9.