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Hornets sweep to CNYCL American track titles

F-M girls, boys win all six relay races

Carrying over what it did in the regular season, the Fayetteville-Manlius track and field teams easily turned back all challengers to repeat in Thursday's CNY Counties League American division championship meets at Central Square.

On the girls side, the Hornets earned 226 points, more than double the total of the host Central Square Red Hawks, who with 96 points edged Corcoran (92 points) for the runner-up spot.

It started with a relay sweep, as in the 4x800 Hannah Smith, Jessica Howe, Michelle Duffy and Katie Brislin posted a time of 9:28.98, while in the 4x400 Brislin joined Natalie Zazzara, Christine Lavoie and Olivia Ryan to win in 4:02.57. And in the 4x100, Zazzara, Jordan Noble, Sarah Olick-Sutphen and Anna Perrotti held off Corcoran, 50.92 seconds to 51.79.

Individually, Brislin, in 4:46.86, and Mary Barger (4:52.80) went 1-2 in the 1,500-meter run, and Brislin added a second title in the 800-meter run in 2:16.34, with Smith (2:22.20) second. Alana Pearl claimed the 3,000-meter run in 10:03.43, the best time in Section III this spring, with Jenna Farrell (10:27.95) in the second spot.

Christabel Ezidiegwu would beat Caitlin Ferro, 16.91 seconds to 17.83, in the 100-meter hurdles, but Ferro prevailed in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:10.28, with Nancy Bansbach second in 1:13.65. Ezidiegwu also won the triple jump, going 35 feet 3 1/2 inches, and was second (4'10") in the high jump, where Anna Castro was third after finishing fourth in the long jump.

Annika Avery joined in when she won the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 7:28.60, where Maggie Malone (7:41.25) was third. Savannah Pidkaminy threw the discus 95'11" and won that event, with Jessica Puro (87'6") in third.

Ryan was second in the 400-meter dash in 1:00.23, with Perrotti (1:01.09) was third. Noble got to third in the 100-meter dash in 13.85 seconds, edging Olick-Sutphen (13.90 seconds) in fourth, while Zazzara was third in the 200-meter dash in 28.05 seconds, again with Olick-Sutphen (28.06 seconds) close behind in fourth place.

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