With Section III championships already secured, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt boys indoor track and field teams wanted to follow up with league titles a week later.
But neither the Hornets nor Red Rams could quite pull it off, finishing second in their respective divisions Wednesday in those league meets at SRC Arena.
F-M, in the CNY Counties League National division, picked up 128 points, sliding into second place because Liverpool, led by Ryheim Lawes (who won the 55 and 300-meter sprints, plus the long jump), won with 132 points.
Andrew Berge’ and Peter Ryan went 1-2 in the 3,200-meter run, with Berge’ prevailing in 9:21.69 and Ryan (9:22.80) right behind. Bryce Millar made his way to first place in the mile in 4:28.65, with Ryan (4:35.11) in third place.
Millar dropped a close 1,000-meter race to Liverpool’s Alex Christensen, finishing in 2:34.47 to Christensen’s 2:34.44, with Kyle Barber (2:36.03) in third place. In the 600-meter run, Christensen again edged out an F-M runner, 1:25.53 to Barber’s 1:25.54, with Berge’ third in 1:27.39.
But F-M did win the 4x800 relay, where Millar, Berge’, Josh Hannan and Jon Abbott finished in 8:16.54 to edge Liverpool (8:16.67) at the wire. And the Hornets also won the 4x200, where Luke Jordan, Parker Noble, Hamza ElHabbal and Ed Cheathen finished in 1:36.53, more than two seconds ahead of Liverpool (1:38.54) at the line.
Barber gave the Hornets a first-place finish in the triple jump, going 40 feet 9 ¼ inches to edge Liverpool’s Mark Vanmarter (40’7”) for the title. Justin Jones, clearing 11’3”, got past C-NS’s Connor Osborne (11’) to win the pole vault.
Hannan, Noble, Cheathen and ElHabbal were second (3:37.10) to Cicero-North Syracuse (3:35.07) in the 4x400 relay. Cheathen (8.87 seconds) and Harbour (8.95 seconds) were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 55-meter hurdles as Luke Jordan was fifth in the 55-meter dash. Kyle Bronson got a third-place shot put toss of 41’6 ½”, while Noble was fourth in the long jump, going 19’4 ¼” as Ben Testani (16’4”) was sixth.