Leading off today:
The Fayetteville-Manlius girls cross country team earned its 10th Eastern States championship on Saturday, winning the featured division in the 47th Manhattan Invitational.
Fayetteville-Manlius placed four runners in the top 11 of the traditionally deep field, led by runner-up Claire Walters. The senior finished 12.7 seconds behind winner Katelyn Tuohy (13:33.2) of North Rockland. Seven of the top 11 finishers hailed from Section 3, including Tully's Brooke Rauber in third in 13:52.1.
Tuohy's clocking was second all-time for the course behind her 13:21.8 two years ago, and the race marked the first time that three girls broke 14 minutes in the same race.
"We figure we can't run with her but we try to stay close," Rauber said of Tuohy. "She's just amazing and in her own little race. She's so determined, so mentally strong. Nothing gets in her way."
F-M powered past Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles School 64-122 for team honors, with Liverpool third at 165.
"The girls ran pretty well," Hornets coach Bill Aris told DyeStat.com. "Our strength has been our top four. We've struggled to manufacture a fifth runner. Today our fifth runner did a credible job."
Cornwall freshman Karrie Bologa finished with the fastest girls time outside the Eastern States race, winning the Varsity A contest in 14:22.
The boys Eastern States title went to LaSalle Academy in Rhode Island, with Allentown (Pa.) senior Liam Murphy capturing individual honors in 12:15.2 on the 2.5-mile course at Van Cortlandt Park. Junior Peyton Geehrer was fourth to help F-M to sixth place in the team standings.
Home cooking: Host Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake continued its strong start to the season by capturing team honors in the large-school boys division of their 38th annual invitational.
The Spartans, building on previous triumphs at Baldwinsville and McQuaid, edged Guilderland 85-87. Burnt Hills is ranked No. 1 in the state in Class B and Guilderland is No. 2 in Class A. Sophomore Ryan Allison led the way with a time of 15:17.31 for 3.04 miles to finish fourth.
The top girls race saw Saratoga fend off Shenendehowa 25-43. The Blue Streaks placed six runners among the top nine finishers including champion Ella Kurto in 17:19.07 and third-place finisher Sheridan Wheeler in 18:04.49.
"We're pleased with the way they ran at this point of the season," Saratoga coach Linda Kranick said. "We still have a long way to go and a lot more work to do, but we're happy with the way we ran."
More cross country: There was a small meet in Newark that had the kind of photo finish to the girls race that fans of the sport live for. Penn Yan (39) edged Our Lady of Mercy (40) and Newark (41) in the team race.
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