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Manahan duels with Ryan at Constantino meet

Leff, Uczen both earn victories for girls Wildcats

Two memorable races, both involving Marcellus senior Ryan Manahan, challenging Fayetteville-Manlius superstar Nick Ryan, highlighted last Tuesday’s boys indoor track George Constantino Memorial Invitational.

For the first time this winter, the scene shifted from SRC Arena to Colgate University’s Sanford Field House, but the venue brought the same intense competition.

In the 600-meter run, Manahan would manage to hold off Ryan, posting a time of one minute, 25.22 seconds as Ryan (1:26.765) settled for second place. Justin Garn was sixth in 1:29.07.

The 1,000-meter run proved even closer, Manahan and Ryan nearly crossing the line together – but it was the Hornets’ star, in 2:32.94, holding off Manahan (2:32.96) by just 0.02 seconds.

In that same 1,000-meter race, West Genesee’s Nate Conroy (2:39.95) and Logan McAnulty (2:45.81) were fourth and sixth, respectively, part of the Wildcats earning 27 points to tie Nottingham for seventh place.

Manahan’s efforts carried Marcellus to a share of ninth place with Liverpool, each getting 21 points. Jordan-Elbridge had 14 points, with Solvay (13 points) and Westhill/Bishop Ludden (10 points) close behind among the local sides.

WG’s Pete Richardson, in 38.55 seconds, earned second place in the 300-meter dash behind Cicero-North Syracuse’s Shawn Webb (38.17 second), and also got to fourth in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.87 seconds. Jack Erhard earned a fourth-place time of 4:35.56 in the mile.

Elsewhere, the Wildcats had a solid effort in the 4x800 relay, where Mike Lannon, Nick Garty, Matt Romano and Mike Richards finished in 8:47.06 and earned third place.

For J-E, junior Jack Gugel had a chance to win the mile, beating 39 other runners, including Erhard, as he posted a time of 4:33.95, second only to F-M’s Colin Fitzgibbons, who won in 4:31.27.

Gugel teamed with Dylan Whittico, Austin Whittico and Bill Direnzo to finish third in the 4x400 relay in 3:43.43 as Westhill/Ludden (3:54.06) was sixth.

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