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F-M cross country roars to state championship sweep

Millar wins thrilling boys race; girls top Saratoga again

Fayetteville-Manlius boys cross country runner Bryce Millar beats out Northport’s Mike Brannigan (left) and Rush-Henrietta’s Mickey Burke in last Saturday’s state Class A championship race at Queensbury High School. The Hornets also won the boys and girls state Class A team titles.

Fayetteville-Manlius boys cross country runner Bryce Millar beats out Northport’s Mike Brannigan (left) and Rush-Henrietta’s Mickey Burke in last Saturday’s state Class A championship race at Queensbury High School. The Hornets also won the boys and girls state Class A team titles. Rob Jonas

F-M also saw junior Riley Hughes post a time of 16:35.9, good for 29th place in the team event, while freshman Patrick Perry was 40th in those same team standings in 16:51.7.

With their title secure secure, the boys stepped aside and watched the F-M girls easily make its way to another state championship, picking up 31 points as Saratoga, with 67 points, finished second. Suffern was third with 101 points.

Four Hornets finished within the top 15 of the individual standings and made up three of the top five in the team race, led by junior Annika Avery, who was second in the team race and sixth overall in 17 minutes, 54 seconds.

Avery was just ahead of sophomore Jenna Farrell, who was seventh overall and third in the team race in 17:56.7, while junior Jessica Howe, in 17:59.5, was ninth in the race and fifth in the team standings.

Senior Alana Pearl maintained the F-M domination, as she got to seventh in the team race and 13th overall in 18:07.3, while junior Olivia Ryan clinched the team honors as she ran to 32nd place in 18:46.1, which put her 14th in the team standings. Sophomore Megan Menz was 37th (17th team) in 18:48.3, with freshman Reilly Madsen (19:21.1) taking 60th place, but 30th among team runners.

Here, as in the boys race, Section III also won the team competition as its All-Star runners - Abby McNamara (Liverpool), Laura Leff (West Genesee), Morgan Mahoney (Liverpool), Jacqlynn Halsted (Cicero-North Syracuse) and Marissa Lathrop (Baldwinsville) - took the prize.

Meanwhile, East Syracuse-Minoa's Jesse Perrone, the Section III Class B individual champion, took 25th in the state Class B race in a time of 16:11.1. Jamesville-DeWitt's Isaac Tupper and Patrick Dye finished 50th and 51st, respectively, though they both posted the same time of 16:29.4.

In the Class B girls race, J-D's Emilee Carpenter finished 58th in a time of 19:20.3. CBA's Megan Ann Pierce was 47th in the Class C race in 20:01.2, part of a second-place sectional team performance.

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