SYRACUSE For much of the winter, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys indoor track and field team hovered close to the top in various CNY Indoor Track Association meets, but could not get to the top.
All of that changed on Tuesday night, though, as the Hornets, with strong distance-running efforts and a pair of relay titles, overtook Liverpool and won the Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.
F-M finished with 87 points, while Liverpool, who had beaten F-M a week earlier in the Bob Grieve Invitational, had to settle for second place with 74 points. Solvay was third with 51 points.
Andrew Berge' began F-M's winning push in the 1,000-meter run, where he prevailed in two minutes, 35.64 seconds, beating West Genesee's Nate Conroy (2:37.71) by more than two seconds as East Syracuse-Minoa's Jesse Perrone was third in 2:41.16 and CBA's Jack Brower (2:41.64) was fourth.
Then Berge' went to the 600-meter run and joined Kyle Barber in a 1-2 finish, Barber prevailing in 1:25.29 and Berge' second in 1:26.67, while another ESM runner, Jake Barker, was fourth in 1:27.96. F-M also had a sweep at the top in the 3,200-meter run. Bryce Millar won that race in 9:34.03, holding off Peter Ryan, who was second in 9:35.21.
And that pair was far from done, as Millar and Ryan went to the 4x800 relay to join Berge' and Jon Abbott, helping the Hornets, in a time of 8:16.51, blow away the field as West Genesee was second (8:29.65) and ESM, with Barker, Perrone, Nick Schug and Jared Henry, finished fifth in 8:57.64.
Even in the sprint races, the Hornets had a big presence, especially in the 4x200 relay, where Ed Cheathen, Hamza ElHabbal, Luke Jordan and Parker Noble managed a time of 1:38.08, inches clear of Skaneateles (1:38.26), Corcoran (1:38.40) and Solvay (1:38.73) to win that race. Jordan, Cheathen, Kyle Harbour and Josh Hannan were fourth in the 4x400 relay in 3:45.93.