SYRACUSE Beginning their respective post-season journeys, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt boys track and field teams both earned league championships Wednesday night at SRC Arena.
The Hornets were victorious in the CNY Counties League American division with 160 points, while the Red Rams amassed 149 points and earned the Onondaga High School League Freedom division title.
Nick Ryan needed 2:33.04 to prevail in the 1,000-meter run, ahead of Colin Fitzgibbons (2:39.27) in second place. It was the same 1-2 finish in the 600-meter run, where Ryan, in 1:24.62, pulled away from Charlie Beeler (1:29.17) in the runner-up spot.
Bryce Millar held off Connor Farrell, 4:24.91 to 4:25.26, to prevail in the mile, but the pair were together in the 4x800 relay, joining Ryan and Fitzgibbons to roll to victory in 8:15.39, with Central Square (8:55.34) and the rest of the field far behind.
F-M also took the 4x400 relay, where Beeler, Kyle Barber, Jake Pulver and Hamza Elhabbal posted a time of 3:41.08, nearly 17 seconds clear of runner-up Central Square.
Barber didn't stop there, going to the triple jump and winning it with a leap of 40 feet as Zhengyue Zhu was second with 39'10", just two inches behind. Zhu had a third-place long jump of 18'6", with Zaire Ashley (17'9") fifth. Pulver took fourth in the shot put.
Justin Jones had the lone clearance of 8'6" in the pole vault. Beeler added a second-place time of 37.69 seconds in the 300-meter dash, with Ed Cheatham (39.13 seconds) in fourth as Cheatham, Luke Jordan, Parker Noble and Eli Pinner took second place (1:40.32) in the 4x200 relay.
Barber also was third in the 55-meter hurdles, with Kyle Harbour fourth as Harbour added a fifth in the long jump. Andrew Berger (9:48.37) and Adam Hunt (9:51.49) were second and third, respectively, in the 3,200-meter run.