F-M track teams sweep past C-NS

Girls Hornets survive major challenge from Northstars

— Having seen their male counterparts take a rare defeat on April 24 at Baldwinsville, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls track and field team wanted to avoid a similar fate.

But it didn’t prove easy, as the Hornets endured both heavy rain and a tough, determined opponent in Cicero-North Syracuse Wednesday afternoon to prevail by a 74-67 margin.

Every bit of the Hornets’ depth was needed, especially in the relays, where it swept all three races to counter C-NS’s advantage in individual events.

It started in the 4x800, where Annika Avery, Jessica Howe, Stephanie Levy and Alana Pearl posted a top time of 10:06.3. Avery and Howe, joined by Olivia Ryan and Rachel Bise, claimed the 4x400 relay in 4:22.2, with Sarah Olick-Sutphen, Natalie Zazzara, Nicole Amico and Chantal Brennan winning the 4x100 relay in 53 seconds flat.

Depth helped in other races, too. Pearl went 5:03.8 in the 1,500-meter run, with Avery going 2:24.4 to win the 800-meter run and Levy winning the 3,000-meter run in 11:02.3. Anna Perrotti added a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash in 1:03.4.

Though C-NS won four of five field events, Christabel Ezidiegwu, who won four times against Baldwinsville the week before, managed to take the triple jump with a top attempt of 34 feet 6 inches.

Meanwhile, the F-M boys track team, heavily motivated in the wake of its April 24 defeat at Baldwinsville, did not get beat again, handling its portion of the meet with C-NS and winning by a score of 77-59.

As with the girls, the boys Hornets conceded every field event except the triple jump, Kyle Barber taking the honors by going 38’11” as part of a performance that also included wins in the 400 hurdles in a blazing 56 seconds and the 400 sprint in 53.4 seconds.

Parker Noble claimed the 100 sprint in 11.6 seconds and the 200 in 23.5 seconds. Amid a sweep of distance events, Andrew Berge’ won the 800 in 2:04.5, Bryce Millar took the mile in 4:42.8 and Adam Hunt won the 3,200-meter run in 10:02 flat.

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