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F-M finds form in time for Nike Nationals

Ryan sets Bowdoin Park course record at regional qualifier

Fayetteville-Manlius boys cross country senior Nick Ryan finishes in a Bowdoin Park course-record time of 15 minutes, 27 seconds to win last Saturday’s Nike New York Regional. Ryan also broke the course record at Elma Meadows en route to winning the state Class A championship on Nov. 10.

Fayetteville-Manlius boys cross country senior Nick Ryan finishes in a Bowdoin Park course-record time of 15 minutes, 27 seconds to win last Saturday’s Nike New York Regional. Ryan also broke the course record at Elma Meadows en route to winning the state Class A championship on Nov. 10.

Just as they had done in the state Class A meet two weeks earlier, the four top F-M girls stuck together, which proved too much for the 15 other teams in the field as, with 28 points, the Hornets prevailed over Saratoga (59 points) for the victory.

Essentially, Katie Brislin, Alana Pearl, Annika Avery and Jillian Fanning kept together, finishing within 2.4 seconds of each other.

Brislin, in 18 minutes, 48.4 seconds, was seventh overall and third in the team race. Pearl gained a time of 18:50.1, inches ahead of Avery (18:50.2) and Fanning (18:50.8), which led to fourth, fifth and sixth-place efforts in the team race and seventh, eighth and ninth place runs overall.

Mary Barger closed out the victory, getting 10th in the team race (20th overall) in 19:01.6. Close behind her, Jenna Farrell earned 15th in the team race (29th overall) in 19:11 flat, with Michelle Duffy needing 19:30.5 to get 21st among team runners and 41st overall.

Now it remains to be seen if this strong F-M girls group snares a seventh national title in Portland, with Ryan determined to do the same in front of the boys Hornets making the same 2,200-plus mile trip for its most important race of the season.

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