Ryan sets sectional 3,200 mark in Oneida meet

F-M senior leads Hornets to sweep of team titles

— Dwarfing all the other developments in Friday’s weather-shortened Oneida Invitational, Fayetteville-Manlius boys track and field senior Nick Ryan broke the Section III record on his way to a victory in the 3,200-meter run.

Right from the start, Ryan set a torrid pace, covering the first mile in 4:27.7. His final 800 meters (2:10.3) proved faster than his first 800 (2:12.8), a superb pace that led to a special time.

In eight minutes, 55.93 seconds, Ryan destroyed the mark held by another F-M runner, Tommy Gruenewald, who went as past as 8:58.98 in a two-mile event. He also was part of a 1-2 finish in the race as Bryce Millar, in 9:38.06, finished a distant second.

This was all part of an F-M sweep of the Oneida meet. Even with relay races cut out by rain and lightning, the Hornets still got 103 points on the girls side and 80 points on the boys side, with Rome Free Academy second in both events and Jamesville-DeWitt (52 points) third in the girls meet.

To augment Ryan’s record race, Andrew Berge won the mile in 4:34.76, with Adam Hunt (4:40.41) in third place. Connor Farrell was the only 800-meter run to break two minutes, winning that event in 1:59.68, while Charlie Beeler took the 400-meter dash in 50.60 seconds and Kyle Barber won the 400-meter hurdles in 57.48 seconds.

F-M’s success bled into field events, too, as Terius Wheatley, clearing 6 feet, won the high jump because he had fewer misses than Old Forge’s Ethan Kress. Zhengyue Zhu was fourth in the triple jump (40’4”) as Ed Cheatham, fifth in the 400 hurdles (1:00.96), was seventh in the 110 high hurdles.

J-D only had 20 points in the boys event, eight of them from Zach Liebmann clearing 13 feet in the pole vault to finish second behind Camden’s Aaron Davis, who went 13’9 ¼”. David Elmore was fifth in the discus (130’7”) as Brian Roth took sixth in the shot put.

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