Hornets sweep to Class AA indoor track titles

Ryan, Pearl both win twice in distance races

— Just as it did a year ago, the Fayetteville-Manlius indoor track and field teams took full command over their respective Section III Class AA fields Wednesday night at SRC Arena.

The girls Hornets went to the top with 114.33 points, enough to fend off Liverpool (80 points) and nine others. In the boys meet, F-M had 110 points as Rome Free Academy (69.33 points) settled into the runner-up spot.

Two days before he signed his college letter of intent to go to Syracuse University for cross country, Nick Ryan was busy winning races across town at Onondaga Community College's new arena.

In the 600-meter run, Ryan finished in one minute, 24.12 seconds, beating Erik Winberg (RFA) by 1.77 seconds as Charlie Beeler (1:26.93) took third place. Ryan ran together with Connor Farrell in the 1,000-meter run as Ryan prevailed in 2:31.25 and Farrell (2:31.45) was second, ahead of Connor Fitzgibbons in sixth place.

F-M was even more dominant in the mile and 3,200-meter run, each of which produced 1-2-3 sweeps. Bryce Millar, in 4:27.52, took the mile over Ryan (4:27.66), with Farrell in third place in 4:32.72.

Millar also claimed the victory in the 3,200 in 9:35.03, pulling away from Andrew Berger (9:46.35) and Adam Hunt (9:48.53) within the Hornet pack. Combined, the mile and 3,200 produced 48 of F-M's points.

In the 4x800 relay, Millar, Beeler, Farrell and Fitzgibbons were second in 8:22.30 as Baldwinsville (8:14.60) prevailed. Beeler, teamed with Kyle Barber, Ed Cheatham and Jake Pulver, ended up third (3:36.68) in the 4x400 relay.

Barber was fourth in the triple jump, going 40 feet 1/4 inch, just behind Zhengyue Zhu (41' 1 3/4") in third place, and added a sixth in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.49 seconds. The Hornets were also sixth (1:39.47) in the 4x200 relay as Cheatham, Luke Jordan, Eli Pinner and Parker Noble took part.

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