F-M girls win again at Grieve Invitaitonal

Avery, Zesky, Martin, Schug all win for local sides

A near-sweep of the relay events, combined with success in other disciplines, propelled the Fayetteville-Manlius girls indoor track and field team to yet another victory in Wednesday night's Bob Grieve Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

Yet what made this particular meet unique was that each of the area's four participating schools - F-M, Jamesville-DeWitt, East Syracuse-Minoa and Christian Brothers Academy - earned at least one victory before the meet was done.

Of course, the Hornets had the most to celebrate, having picked up 85.66 points to fend off runner-up West Genesee (57 points) and the rest of the field. J-D had 25 points to finish seventh, with ESM and CBA tying Cicero-North Syracuse for ninth place with 19 points.

F-M's relay dominance began in the 4x800, where Alana Pearl, Annika Avery, Jenna Farrell and Megan Menz finished in nine minutes, 56.18 seconds, with West Genesee (10:27.50) more than half a minute behind. J-D was seventh in 11:02.95.

Then, in the 4x200, a different Hornets quartet prevailed as Olivia Ryan, Chantal Brennan, Natalie Zazzara and Anna Perrotti finished in 1:51.97, more than two seconds ahead of Mexico (1:54.06) and the field.

In the 4x400, Perrotti joined Nicole Amico, Jessica Howe and Mikayla Ruthig as F-M, in 4:15.52, took second place behind Baldwinsville (4:09.24) in the top spot. Howe, on her own, would take fourth place in the 600-meter run in 1:44.95, with J-D's Elena Haarer (1:46.74) in fourth.

Avery and Pearl went 1-2 in the 1,000-meter run, as Avery won in 3:00.55 and Pearl got second place in 3:01.60, but that would be the Hornets' lone individual title.

Meanwhile, CBA's Anna Schug beat Liverpool star Ore Akinpelu, 7.47 seconds to 7.66, to take the 55-meter dash, and Schug nearly added the 300-meter dash, too, finishing second in 42.39 seconds, nipped by one-hundredth of a second by Corcoran's Patrice Williams (42.38 seconds).

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