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Track Hornets roll to sectional clean sweep

F-M girls, boys both win Class AA championships

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".

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