Hornets earn another sectional cross country sweep

F-M boys, led by Millar, go 1-2-3 to fend off Liverpool

— Working together with purpose and determination, the trio of Bryce Millar, Andrew Berge and Peter Ryan made sure the Fayetteville-Manlius boys cross country team did not have its reign as Section III Class A champions stopped by Liverpool.

The Hornets, perched atop the state rankings, beat the no. 3-ranked Warriors, 24 points to 37, in Saturday’s sectional Class A meet at Jamesville Beach Park in large part due to the 1-2-3 sweep Millar, Berge and Ryan executed.

From a pair of head-to-head races against Liverpool during the regular season, F-M knew that the Warriors provided a real threat, but that would dissipate as its top three runners got away from the field.

Millar crossed the finish line in 15 minutes, 37.8 seconds, just three-tenths of a second ahead of Berge (15:38.1) in second place, while Ryan stepped up his pace, getting to third place in 15:41.5, leaving Liverpool’s Ben Petrella (15:46.7) in fourth place.

Having posted the best three times of the entire sectional meet, the Hornets handled the rest, too, as Adam Hunt took seventh place in 16:09.6 and Kyle Barber, in 11th place (16:16.2), closed out the scoring column. Patrick Perry was 23rd, in 17:06.2, with Riley Hughes (17:17.1) in 26th place.

By stark contrast, the F-M girls side didn’t have to worry too much about Liverpool, or anyone else, as it easily won yet another sectional Class A title with 19 points, leaving the Warriors (56 points) far back in second place.

Annika Avery needed exactly 18:02 to post the fastest girls time of the day, half a minute better than Jenna Farrell, who was second in 18:32.9 as F-M runners occupied half of the top 20.

Alana Pearl made her way to fourth place, in 19:09 flat, with Megan Menz stepping up to take fifth place in 19:12.4. Olivia Ryan was seventh in 19:29.8 to clinch the title, with Jessica Howe ninth in 19:39.5. Reilly Madsen took 11th place in 19:48.4, ahead of Samantha Levy in 13th (20:06.2) and eighth-grader Sophie Ryan (20:22.7) in 15th place. Mackenzie Pierie was 19th in 20:32.4.

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