Hornets continue strong indoor track run

F-M sweeps Grieve Invitational; J-D, ESM also win events

— Zach Liebmann provided J-D with a victory in the pole vault. As the only competitor to clear 13 feet, Liebmann outlasted the trio of Travis Chewning-Kulick (Liverpool), Noah Paccia (Tully) and Carson Schwab (Skaneateles), who could only clear 11’6”.

The Red Rams also saw Taumeras Howard tie for third in the high jump, clearing 5’10”, and take fourth in the 55-meter dash in 6.79 seconds, while Nate Sturgeon needed 38.78 seconds for fourth place in the 300 and added a fifth (8.62 seconds) in the 55 hurdles. Billy Hohreiter got to fifth (4:41.84) in the mile behind Farrell and Berger. Brian Roth was eighth in the shot put.

A night later, F-M’s girls went out and dominated its portion of the Grieve meet, winning with 95 points. J-D, with 45 points, got third place behind Liverpool (50 points) and ESM, with a pair of victories, rose to eighth place with 26 points.

Mary Barger (10:32.54) and Jenna Farrell (10:41.40) went 1-2 for the Hornets in the 3,000-meter run. Michelle Duffy prevailed in the 1,500-meter run in 4:50.19, beating out J-D’s Rachel Fairbanks (4:52.65) in the runner-up spot. CBA’s Maire-Kate McGlynn was fifth.

Alana Pearl (3:03.06) and Annika Avery (3:07.01) were second and third, respectively, in the 1,000, but Avery joined Jillian Fanning, Katie Brislin and Olivia Ryan to win the distance medley in 12:34.21. This came before Pearl, Barger, Duffy and Marri Ryu won the 4x400 relay in 4:17.26.

F-M also saw Ryan get to second place (44.31 seconds) in the 300 sprint, while Christabel Ezidiegwu earned third place in the 55 hurdles (9:46 seconds) for F-M as the Rams’ Taylor-Rae Danforth (9.79 seconds) took sixth place.

But it was ESM’s Juiliette Miller earning the victory in the 600, getting to a top time of 1:44.83 to edge out Liverpool’s Ore Akinpelu (1:45.37) as F-M saw Christine Lavoie take fourth and Mia Blatt finish fifth. The Spartans’ Natalie Marra was third in the 3,000 (10:45.36) behind Barger and Farrell.

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