Ryan gains three wins at sectional state qualifier

F-M senior fights off illness, takes 3,200, mile

— Even at less than 100 percent health, Fayetteville-Manlius boys track and field star Nick Ryan is still a strong force, and difficult to beat.

The ailing Ryan had to deal with hot, steamy conditions in Thursday’s Section III state qualifier at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium, and still managed to win three times.

To start with, Ryan teamed with Connor Farrell, Bryce Millar and Charlie Beeler as F-M tore to first place in the 4x800 relay in seven minutes, 51.18 seconds.

No one else came close to breaking the eight-minute mark as East Syracuse-Minoa’s team of Jake Barker, Jesse Perrone, Joe Coogan and Nick Schug finished third among Division I (large school) sides in a time of 8:21.45.

In the individual 3,200-meter run, Ryan pulled away and, in 9:30.44, beat Liverpool’s Ben Petrella by nearly eight seconds. And though Ryan slowed down a bit in the mile, his time of 4:25.71 still was tops among Division I runners.

Ryan will have plenty of local company for this weekend’s state meet at Middletown High School, including several F-M distance runners.

Katie Brislin was victorious again in the 1,500-meter run in 4:43.93, with ESM’s Natalie Marra second in 4:51.53. Alana Pearl won the 3,000-meter run in 10:12.10, with the Spartans’ Gabby Pallota fourth in 11:02.22.

The girls Hornets’ 4x800 relay team of Katie Brislin, Olivia Ryan, Hannah Smith and Jessica Howe roared to victory in 9:16.69, with Jamesville-DeWitt’s quartet of Laura Wengert, Hannah Stefl, Emilee Carpenter and Rachel Fairbanks second in Division I in 9:52.68.

But Fairbanks scored her own victory in the Division I 800-meter run, prevailing in 2:15.54 as Carpenter finished fourth (2:23.10) and ESM’s Juliette Miller was fifth in 2:24.83.

Another J-D win came in the Division I triple jump, where Patrece Martin had a top leap of 36 feet 2 inches, the same as Liverpool’s Alexus Gersbacher, while F-M’s Christabel Ezidiegwu (35’7 ½”) claimed fourth place . Tangela Hightower was third in the discus, throwing it 99’6”, while Taylor-Rae Danforth earned third place in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet.

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