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Runners, jumpers headed for state track meet

F-M, J-D, CBA competitors all win at sectional qualifier

— Strong performances by a host of local track and field athletes in Thursday’s Section III state qualifier at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium means that they’ll be back in that same venue next weekend in hot pursuit of state titles.

Fayetteville-Manlius had plenty of wins in distance events. Alana Pearl also pulled away in the 2,000-meter steeplechase, finishing in 7:06.45, more than 17 seconds ahead of any other runner.

Annika Avery went 4:37.49 in the 1,500-meter run and beat Liverpool’s Abby McNamara (4:51.92) by a wide margin, too. Jenna Farrell’s victory came in the 3,000-meter run, where she posted 10:11.15 as part of a 1-2 finish with Samantha Levy (10:15.62), with East Syracuse-Minoa’s Natalie Marra getting third place in 10:26.58.

Avery, Pear. Farrell and Jessica Howe needed 9:09.48 to pull away from the field and win the 4x800 relay, the only Division I side to contest the event as Homer (9:38.86) led the Division II chasers. Howe settled for second place in the 800-meter run in 2:22.57.

Avery, Olivia Ryan, Rachel Dise and Anna Perrotti finished a close second (3:59.31) to Baldwinsville (3:58.37) in the 4x400 relay. F-M took fourth in the Division I portion of the 4x100 in 51.84 seconds.

Ryan went on her own to take third in the 400-meter dash in 1:01.41, ahead of teammates Shauna Cheathen (1:01.83) and Perrotti (1:01.97), with Jamesville-DeWitt's Catherine Keane in sixth place.

On the boys side, F-M’s Andrew Berge’ won the mile in 4:23.24, with East Syracuse-Minoa’s Jesse Perrone second (4:29.40) and Jamesville-DeWitt’s Patrick Dye (4:35.64) in fourth place. Bryce Millar, in 9:20.26, beat Liverpool’s Ben Petrella (9:23.39) by more than three seconds in the 3,200-meter run, while Jon Abbott added an 800-meter title in 1:59.31.

Millar and Berge’, joined by Jon Abbott and Kyle Barber, tore to a time of 7:44.63 to win the 4x800 relay over Liverpool (7:46.90), with ESM (8:22.31) in fifth place.

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