Once it knew that it could place up to four entrants in any single event during Tuesday's Section III Class AA championship meet at Central Square, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls track and field team did so - and it seemed to work out well.
The Hornets piled up victories and high finishes in its specialty, distance running, and used that as a foundation for a total of 145.5 points, nearly double that of runner-up Rome Free Academy, who was second with 83 points.
It all started in the 4x800 relay, where F-M's strong quartet of Annika Avery, Alana Pearl, Jenna Farrell and Jessica Howe posted nine minutes, 30.66 seconds, leaving West Genesee (9:47.68) and the field far behind them.
Then, in the 1,500-meter run, Avery, with a top time of 4:37.24, led a 1-2-3 sweep that included Pearl in second place (4:40.46) and Farrell in third place (4:50.42), with Samantha Levy getting fifth place in 4:54.07 to give the Hornets 26 points in this race alone.
Not done yet, Avery also won the 800-meter run in 2:17.63, edging out B'ville's Rachael Miller (2:16.83) at the line, with Pearl third in 2:17.90 and Howe (2:18.38) in fourth place.
Pearl finally got a victory in the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 7:04.9, with Avery (7:17.4) creating yet another 1-2 finish and Sophia Ryan fourth in 7:43.1.
Levy took her turn at the top in the 3,000-meter run, finishing in 10:34.52 to pull away from WG's Lindsay Weaver (10:39.31), with Farrell third (10:48.85), Mackenzie Pierie fifth and Reilly Madsen sixth.
And to cap off this domination on the oval, F-M's 4x400 relay team of Howe, Olivia Ryan, Rachel Dise and Anna Perrotti made their way to first place in a thrilling finish, edging B'ville by 0.05 seconds, 4:02.79 to the Bees' 4:02.84.
Dise, on her own, took third place in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:08.40, while Christobel Ezidiegwu got third in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.59 seconds. Perrotti took third in the 400-meter dash in 1:00.32, with Olivia Ryan (1:00.77) taking fourth place. Ezidiegwu added a third-place triple jump of 35 feet 10 1/2 inches and a fifth-place long jump of 15'1 1/4".