Hornets roar to Kirschenheiter Relays titles

Ryan, Farrell, Fitzgibbons each win races

— One more bit of regular-season work remained for the area's indoor track and field teams - including Fayetteville-Manlius, who continued its month-long win streak by claiming both ends of the Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

During Thursday night's girls meet, the Hornets picked up 81 points. Jamesville-DeWitt nearly grabbed the runner-up spot as it earned 44 points, just behind second-place Liverpool (46 points). East Syracuse-Minoa was eighth with 21 points.

All three local teams would win events, though. In F-M's case, that meant Mary Barger edging J-D's Rachel Fairbanks, 2:58.82 to 2:58.95, for first place in the 1,000-meter run, while Olivia Ryan prevailed in the 600-meter run in 1:41.05.

The Hornets also beat the field in the 4x800 relay, where Barger, Katie Brislin, Annika Avery and Alana Pearl tore to a time of 9:30.99. Fairbanks, Kim Walsh, Laura Wengert and Emilee Carpenter gave J-D a third-place finish in 10:27.13 as ESM was fifth in 10:19.01.

In the 4x400 relay, a different F-M quartet, composed of Christine Lavoie, Anna Perrotti, McKenna Everding and Mikayla Ruthig, beat the field, holding off Mexico, 4:23.79 to 4:25.52.

J-D won twice in field events, including the long jump, where Sierra Vasiliou went 17 feet 3/4 inch, nearly a foot better than Cicero-North Syracuse's Javielle Fanizzi (16'2 1/2"). Patrece Martin, in the triple jump, went 34'5" and got past F-M's Christabel Ezidiegwu (34'3 3/4"), who was a close second.

ESM's main moment came in the high jump, where Nina Zesky, by clearing 5'1", was four inches better than a group of five jumpers, including F-M's Anna Castro (4'9"). Also for the Spartans, Natalie Marra was fourth in the 1,500-meter run (4:57.06), just ahead of CBA's Maire-Kate McGlynn in fifth and F-M's Avery in sixth, and Gabby Pallotta was sixth in the 3,000-meter run.

The Hornets had to settle for runner-up finishes in the 1,500, where Pearl (4:36.36) could not catch West Genesee's Laura Leff (4:33.96), and the 3,000, where Michelle Duffy (10:26.85) and Jenna Farrell (10:31.04) were second and third, respectively, behind Fabius-Pompey's Erin McConnell, who won in 10:17.27.

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