SYRACUSE Whatever way they got there, for the Fayetteville-Manlius boys and girls indoor track and field teams, the destination ended up the same - a Section III Class AA championship.
Both titles were earned in Tuesday night's sectional meet at SRC Arena, where the boys Hornets got away from hard-charging Liverpool and the girls nearly doubled the total of runner-up West Genesee.
On its way to 142 points as the Wildcats (75 points) finished second, the F-M girls went 1-2-3 in the 1,000-meter run for 24 of those points as Annika Avery won in 3:00.28, getting past Alana Pearl (3:04.83) and Jessica Howe (3:05.49) in the second and third spots.
Avery wasn't done, either, going to the 600-meter run and, in 1:36.21, beating out Olivia Ryan, who was second in 1:39.10. To finish her day, Avery, joining Howe, Jenna Farrell and Sophia Ryan, helped the Hornets win the 4x800 relay in 9:50.58, with WG second in 9:55.56.
Though WG's Laura Leff won both the 3,000 and 1,500-meter events, F-M filled up the spots behind her. In the 3,000, Farrell was second (10:31.30) and Pearl third (10:33.27), with Samantha Levy fifth and Reilly Madsen sixth. Pearl needed 4:51.08 to finish second behind Leff (4:48.36) in the 1,500, with Farrell in third place (4:58.89) and Sophia Ryan fourth in 4:59 flat, ahead of Levy in sixth place.
Elsewhere, Anna Perrotti, Nicole Amico, Natalie Zazzara and Chantal Brennan were second (1:50.98) to Baldwinsville (1:49.17) in the 4x200 relay, with Mikayla Ruthig and Olivia Ryan joining Zazzara and Perrotti in the 4x400 as, again, the Hornets, in 4:09.50, finished second to B'ville, who won in 4:05.58.
Christobel Ezidigewu, with a best leap of 34 feet 7 3/4 inches, earned second place, just behind WG's Brianna Richardson (34'10"), in the triple jump. Also, Ezidiegwu went 15'10 3/4" to get third place in the long jump and needed 9.46 seconds to finish fourth in the 55-meter hurdles.