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Hornets roar to Kirschenheiter Relays titles

Ryan, Farrell, Fitzgibbons each win races

— Elsewhere, Brislin was fourth in the 300-meter dash, with J-D's Tangela Hightower fourth in the shot put (31'3 1/4") and Ally Fox sixth in the 55-meter dash. The Rams' Taylor-Rae Danforth rose to fifth (7') in the pole vault as Fox ran a leg for J-D in the 4x200 relay and took fifth in 1:55.50, edging F-M (1:55.77) in sixth.

A day earlier, The boys Hornets dominated its portion of the Kirschenheiter meet, earning 76 points, nearly twice the total of runner-up C-NS, who with 41 points edged Corcoran (40) for the second spot.

It took exactly nine minutes, 21 seconds for Nick Ryan to tear to victory in the 3,200-meter run, with Riley Hughes second in 10:09.10. And in the 4x800 relay, Ryan, teaming with Colin Fitzgibbons, Connor Farrell and Bryce Millar, prevailed in 8:22.47 as Liverpool (8:40.12) was nearly 18 seconds behind.

Already, Fitzgibbons had won the mile, covering those 1,600 meters in 4:32.11 to edge C-NS's Anthony Lumia by 0.70 seconds, while Farrell engaged in a 1,000-meter classic with Mexico's James Gowans, prevailing by 0.03 seconds, 2:34.27 to Gowans' 2:34.30.

Millar, meanwhile, rose to third place in the 600-meter run (1:28.24) as Charlie Beeler, in 1:27.49, just missed victory, second behind Tully's Nate Delles (1:27.24). Parker Noble, Ed Cheatham, Luke Jordan and Eli Pinner were second in the 4x200 relay in 1:40.65.

It was J-D, whose total of 22 points tied Nottingham for seventh in the team standings, that won the 4x200, seeing Zach Liebmann, Mike Montanez, Nate Sturgeon and Taumeras Howard pound to a time of 1:37.95 to beat F-M by 2.77 seconds.

Then, in the 4x400 relay, it was CBA beating the field, the quartet of Jack Brower, Zach Zajdel, Liam Price and Matt Stedman posting a time of 3:37.32, topping runner-up Solvay (3:39.58) by 2.36 seconds. F-M was sixth in 3:52.76.

Liebmann also gave J-D a second-place finish in the pole vault, clearing 12'6", topped only by Liverpool's Travis Chewning-Kulick (12'9") as ESM's Corey Vollmer was fifth, clearing 11'. Howard cleared 5'10" for fifth place in the high jump.

F-M's Kyle Barber was fourth in the triple jump (39'7 1/2") and sixth in the 55-meter hurdles behind J-D's Sturgeon, who was fifth in 8.52 seconds. ESM's Joe Coogan just missed the points, taking seventh (1:31.87) in the 600, with F-M's Cheatham seventh in the 300-meter dash.

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