SYRACUSE Regardless of the format or venue, the Fayetteville-Manlius indoor track and field teams continue to gain a foothold ahead of any possible challengers.
Such was the case again for the boys Hornets in last Tuesday’s Bob Grieve Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena, where the Hornets picked up 69 points to hold off Rome Free Academy (51 points) and the rest of a 26-team field, including Jamesville-DeWitt, who was seventh with 25.2 points.
Most of those points were, again, piled up in distance events. F-M went 1-2 in the mile, where Connor Farrell prevailed in four minutes, 34.40 seconds and Andrew Berger, in 4:37.58, made his way to the runner-up spot.
It was nearly the same in the 3,200-meter run, where Adam Hunt, in a time of 10:00.67, beat the field and Riley Hughes was third in 10:11.17 and CBA’s David Carey (10:21.15) was fifth. Colin Fitzgibbons was a close second (1:28.85) to RFA’s Erik Winberg (1:28.45) in the 600-meter run, where East Syracuse-Minoa’s Joe Coogan (1:30.17) was fifth.
Nick Ryan took on a smaller role, but in the distance medley relay he teamed with Fitzgibbons, Bryce Millar and Charlie Beeler to post a time of 10:33.34 and win a lively duel with Baldwinsville (10:36.60) as they pulled away from the field.
Beeler, on his own, was second (37.99 seconds) to RFA’s Josh Reed (37.19 seconds) in the 300-meter dash. Ryan, Jake Pulver, Josh Druger and Eli Pinner were fifth (3:54.04) in the 1,600 sprint medley relay and David Benman took sixth in the 1,000-meter run in 2:48.11.
In field events, F-M’s Zhengyue Zhu rose to fourth in the triple jump, going 39 feet 2 ¼ inches, and Zhu added a fifth in the long jump (19 feet 6 ¾ inches) as teammate Kyle Barber was seventh in the triple jump after a seventh in the 55-meter hurdles.