F-M sweeps to sectional Class A cross country titles

first_imgPlanted atop both of their respective state rankings, the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country teams returned from their long break to begin what they hoped was a month’s worth of championship efforts.The first of them proved the easiest as the Hornets knocked off all challengers in Saturday’s Section III Class A championship races at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School.On a chilly, windy morning at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School the boys Class A race was the first on the card – and F-M runners were the first three to cross the finish line. Two hours later, the girls Class A sectional race was underway, with F-M getting closer to the vaunted team approach that has carried it to 11 different national championships in the last decade and a half.Claire Walters again tore to the front, the North Carolina State-bound senior finishing nearly a full minute ahead of her future Wolfpack teammate, Liverpool’s Jenna Schulz, as Walters won in 17:29.6 and Schulz got 18:21.3.Then the Hornets swept the rest of the top five, starting with Hannah Kaercher getting to third place in 18:36.5, with Phoebe White fourth in 18:48.7 and Grace Kaercher claiming the battle for fifth place in 19:29.6.Emerging as F-M’s fifth runner, Debbie Lucchetti made her way to eighth place in 19:53 flat as the Hornets finished with 21 points to Liverpool’s 55. Ani Sydorowych finished 12th in 20:15.9, with Amelia Amack earning 20th place in 20:58.5.It is likely this group of runners that will join the F-M boys as they all make their way to SUNY-Plattsburgh next Saturday for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships. The girls Class A race is at 9 a.m. and the girls race is at 11 a.m.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Running together, Peyton Geehrer and Sam Otis easily outpaced the field, Geehrer prevailing in 15 minutes, 59.1 seconds and Otis, in 15:59.2, one-tenth of a second behind. Geoff Howles was by himself when he took third place in 16:12.6, nearly 20 seconds ahead of fourth-place Nick Ferretti (Rome Free Academy).That top-three sweep accounted for most of F-M’s eventual winning margin as, with 30 points, it was clear of Liverpool’s second-place total of 58 points.To lock up that team title, James Peden made his way to 11th place in 17:09.1, while Jack Altimonda was close behind, getting 13th place in 17:12.5. Ben Perry was 21st in 17:55.5 as Daniel Patrick got 26th place in 17:58.4, followed by William Seamans finishing 29th in 18:04.7.center_img Tags: cross countryF-Mlast_img

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