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Mustangs’ Manahan, Garn win big in weekend meets

West Genny also nabs wins in New Hartford, Rome events

Whether it was the boys New Hartford Invitational on Friday or the girls Rome Invitational on Saturday, Marcellus track and field stars Ryan Manahan and Rachel Garn both found their way to the forefront with impressive, season-best victories in their specialties.

It started Friday with Manahan competing in the 3,200-meter run in New Hartford. Blowing away the field, Manahan finished in nine minutes, 15.74 seconds, the best clocking in Section III this spring, as he beat Liverpool’s Nick LeClair (9:57.44) by nearly 42 seconds.

At Rome Free Academy Stadium on Saturday, Garn was the featured performer in the 800-meter run, going to the top of the sectional leaderboard as she won in 2:14.99. upending the previous leader, Baldwinsville’s Mackenzie Ross, who was second in 2:17.40.

As if that wasn’t enough, Garn also won the 1,500-meter run, topping another B’ville star, Rachael Miller, with a time of 4:52.01 to Miller’s 4:55.09. Garn accounted for all of the Mustangs’ 20 points in the meet, which tied for 10th place.

West Genesee had 34 points, earning seventh place as Abby Uczen, eight days removed from a victory in the April 26 Chittenango Invitational, prevailed again in the pole vault, clearing 9 feet 6 inches as no one else could top 9 feet.

In the 4x400 relay, the Wildcats prevailed as Laura Leff, Melissa Bakowski, Emily Iles and Tianna DeChick-Perrine finished in 4:12.25, nearly five seconds better than runner-up Bethlehem (4:17.19). WG also was third in the 4x800 relay in 10:29.07.

Brianna Richardson picked up 2,392 points and claimed third place in the pentathlon, as Leff was sixth in the 800-meter run and Emily Frazee was sixth in the long jump. Valerie Pirro took seventh in the 400 hurdles.

Back at the New Hartford meet, WG’s boys team did a bit better, with 36 points for seventh place in a 26-team field headed by Cicero-North Syracuse, who won with 94.5 points.

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