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Girls indoor track Hornets share Morse Relays title

J-D scores well in both girls, boys season openers

— Less than two weeks after the Fayetteville-Manlius girls cross country team was winning another national title in Oregon, indoor track and field got underway.

Each of the area’s teams made it to Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena for the Jack Morse Relays, spread out over two days – Wednesday for the boys, Friday for the girls.

In the latter of these meets, Fayetteville-Manlius tied Liverpool for the girls team title, picking up 41 points. Jamesville-DeWitt made its way to sixth place with 32 points in a tightly-bunched field.

The Hornets twice won relay races. In the 4x400, Olivia Ryan, Meaghan Kincaid, Mikayla Ruthig and Marri Ryu finished in 4:22.20, with Skaneateles (4:23.98) in the runner-up spot. Ryan and Ryu returned in the 1,600 sprint medley to help Anna Perrotti and Hilary O’Neil get a time of 4:31.75, with Baldwinsville (4:31.88) just behind them.

F-M’s success spread to field events, too. Christina Ezidiegwu, teaming with Anna Castro, cleared 9 feet 8 inches between them and beat Clinton by two inches to take the high jump.

J-D emerged with a victory in the 4x200 relay, where Sierra Vasiliou, Taylor-Rae Danforth, Casey Keane and Ally Fox had a time of 1:53.40, well clear of Mexico (1:57 flat) and the rest of the field. Vasiliou also emerged with a victory in the individual long jump, going 15’ 10 ½”.

In the 4x800 relay, the Rams won again, this time with the quartet of Rachel Fairbanks, Laura Wengert, Samantha Clemons and Emilee Carpenter, whose time of 10:00.03 was more than 25 seconds ahead of runner-up Homer. F-M, in 10:47.37, finished sixth.

Anna Castro and Caitlin Ferro put F-M in third place in the 55-meter hurdles in 20.82 seconds, where J-D (21.27 seconds) was fifth. Ally Fox, third among individuals in the 55-meter dash, teamed with Patrece Martin for 15.99 seconds to finish fourth.

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