What set apart the Jamesville-DeWitt girls cross country team’s sweep of Homer and Cortland last Wednesday afternoon from previous victories was the performance of Rachel Fairbanks, who smashed the J-D course record she already held by nearly half a minute.
The previous best time was 18 minutes, 45 seconds, but in perfect running conditions Fairbanks tore through the 3.1-mile course in 18:19, beating out Emilee Carpenter, who also set a new personal mark when she took second place in 18:44.
All of this was part of the Red Rams’ double victory, as it beat the Trojans 20-41 and the Purple Tigers 19-42. Laura Wengert finished fourth among individuals in 19:28, while Samantha Jaffe was eighth (20:34), Jess Picone was ninth (21:52) and Emily Pomeroy was 10th in 22 minutes flat.
J-D’s boys team would also sweep Homer (16-44) and Cortland (15-48) behind a top-four individual sweep. Patrick Dyer pulled away to win the race in a time of 16:36, with Nick Street (17:10) edging Isaac Tupper (17:13) for the runner-up spot and Brady Wing (17:25) finishing fourth. Also, Matt Murad took sixth place in 17:56 as Jake Parker (18:14) slid into eighth place.
Fayetteville-Manlius cruised past Oswego in a pair of 15-50 sweeps. David Benman went to the front in the boys race, posting a time of 17:16 to beat Pat Perry (17:20) by four seconds.
Peter Ryan, in 17:32, was just in front of a pack in 17:33 that included Riley Hughes, Bryce Millar and Andrew Berge’, with Paul Billinson (17:55), Nick Sischo (17:59) and Ken Kaiser (18:04) rounding out the Hornets’ top-10 sweep.
For the girls Hornets, Sophie Ryan won in 19:50, two seconds ahead of Mackenzie Pierie. Annika Avery and Jessica Howe both finished in 19:55, with Jenna Farrell (19:56) and Alana Pearl (19:56) close behind. Reilly Madsen (20:03) got past Megan Menz (20:04) for seventh, with Olivia Ryan ninth (20:13) and Samantha Levy (20:25) in 10th place.