It was a busy cross country Saturday on two fronts, as Fayetteville-Manlius and other local teams went to the Bronx for the annual Manhattan Invitational, while others stayed closer to home for the Tully Invitational.
F-M's Nick Ryan was dead-set on winning the featured Eastern States championship division in the Manhattan meet, and nearly did so.
On the 2.5-mile Van Cortlandt Park course, Ryan finished in 12 minutes, 5.7 seconds, topped only by St. Benedict’s Edward Cheserek, who won in 11:58.7.
As a team, the Hornets were fourth out of 28 entries with 218 points, with Bryce Millar also among the top competitors as he sped to seventh place in 12:27.2. Colin Fitzgibbons made his way to 54th place in 13:14.9, ahead of Riley Hughes in 70th (13:23.9) and Connor Farrell (13:35.2) in 85th place.
On the girls side, the Hornets, still without Jillian Fanning (recovering from a minor quad strain), had 90 points in its Eastern States race, finishing second to Tatnall, from Delaware, who won with 81 points.
Alana Pearl earned eighth place in 14:46.2, just ahead of Katie Brislin (14:48.3) in ninth place. Annika Avery finished 20th in 15:10.8 as Michelle Duffy was 24th in 15:23.1. Jessica Howe, in 15:33.9, and Hannah Smith, in 15:35.9, earned the 29th and 30th spots, respectively.
F-M’s girls did get a win, though, at the Tully Invitational, picking up 21 points to run away from the rest in the Large School division as Homer, with 71 points, was the runner-up.
Seven of the top 11 spots went to Hornets, and again it was Jenna Farrell setting the pace, getting third place in 19:55.1. Colleen Englert was fourth, in 20:00.1, with Megan Menz in sixth place (20:09.1) and Bea Panozzo (20:16.3) in seventh place. Mia Blatt, in ninth place (20:29.3), led the next group as Caitlin Ferro was 10th (20:40.4) and Emma Noble was 11th, in 20:41.9.