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F-M girls smash to Constantino Invitaitonal title

Ediziegwu gives Hornets 24 individual points

— What was true late in 2013 remained true at the outset in 2014 - it's difficult for any local girls indoor track and field team to catch Fayetteville-Manlius.

Led by Chrisatbel Ediziegwu's trio of top-three finishes, the Hornets again went to the top of the standings during Wednesday night's George Constantino Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

F-M, overall, picked up 81.6 points, with West Genesee rising up to second place as it earned 51 points. Further back, East Syracuse-Minoa, with 22 points, finished seventh, with CBA (17 points) sliding into 10th place ahead of Jamesville-DeWitt (14 points).

Ediziegwu's victory came in the triple jump, where her top effort of 35 feet 8 1/4 inches was more than a foot better than J-D's Patrece Martin, who was second with 34'7".

Then, in the high jump, Ediziegwu could not quite catch ESM's Nina Zesky, who again finished on top as she cleared 5 feet 4 inches, but Ediziegwu (5'3") was an inch behind in the runner-up spot, good for eight more points, while teammate Anna Castro (5 feet) earned fourth place.

Finally, in the 55-meter hurdles, Ediziegwu made her way to third place with a time of 9.37 seconds, setting the tone for what F-M's other runners would accomplish on the Onondaga Community College oval.

F-M beat the field in the 4x400 relay as the quartet of Anna Perrotti, Natalie Zazzara, Mikayla Ruthig and Megan Menz finished in 4:25.19, less than two seconds clear of runner-up Skaneateles (4:27.02).

During the 3,000-meter run, the Hornets earned 14 points, seeing Alana Pearl finish second in 10:32.72 and Annika Avery get third place in 10:47.16 behind West Genesee's Laura Leff, who won in 10:17.01. J-D's Hannah Butler was fifth in 10:57.43, with CBA's Megan Ann Pierce (10:59.89) in sixth place.

Fourteen more points were attained in the 600-meter run, where Olivia Ryan, in 1:42.84, prevailed over Jordan-Elbridge's Abby Gugel (1:44.38) as Sophia Ryan grabbed fourth place in 1:45.72 and J-D's Elena Harter was fifth (1:45.72), ahead of Laura Wengert in seventh place. Wengert did take sixth place in the 1,000-meter run.

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