Sam Otis roared to third place in 15:19.3, with Geoff Howles fourth in 15:57.9. James Peden, finishing seventh in 16:16.7, led a group that included Jack Altimonda (16:41.2), Trevor Krukin (16:46.2), Daniel Patrick (16:50.5), Ben Perry (17:00.7), Owen Snyder (17:11.8) and William Seamans (17:15.7).Now they all went to Saturday’s Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Invitational, on the same course where the Section III championships are run in November. As expected, F-M claimed both Varsity 1 division titles.Going first, the girls Hornets had Walters blaze to a time of 18:30.1, setting a new VVS course record, though Tully’s Brooke Rauber would go 18:11.6 in a race later in the morning.Walters was half a minute ahead of the 19:00.7 from Hannah Kaercher. White, in 19:03 flat, was third and Grace Kaercher (19:22.8) completed a top-four sweep as Sydorowych was seventh in 20:04.2. Amack finished 14th in 20:59.6.When the F-M boys ran, it had a top-three sweep, led by Geehrer, who in 16:15.7 was exactly five seconds ahead of the 16:20.7 from Otis as Howles got third place in 16:22.7. Peden roared to seventh place in 17:30.9, with Patrick (18:07.0) edging Altimonda (18:08.9) for ninth place.East Syracuse Minoa, who is hosting its own invitational meet next weekend, was also in the Varsity 1 race and the Spartans’ Nick Berg recorded one of the best boys times outside of F-M, roaring to fifth place in 17:24.8. The ESM boys finished fifth overall as Casey Engineri was 26th in the team standings in 19:10.7.The girls Spartans finished seventh, led by Rachael Ladd, whose time of 21:32.5 left her 17th among team runners, four spots ahead of Mary Roach (22:22.6) in 21st place.Competing in Varsity 2, Christian Brothers Academy had Mike McMahon make his way to fifth place in 17:40.6, with Riley Nash 10th in 18:05.6. The CBA girls was seventh in a 12-team field, though Isabella Cannizzo finished in 21:51.4 and Lea Kyle (22:36.5) was 21st.Jamesville-DeWitt ran in the Varsity 4 division and finished fourth in the boys event, the Red Rams led by Nate Rindfuss, who finished 19th in 18:38.7 as Ahviere Reese was 21st in 18:48.1. Luke Hobika had a 25th-place time of 18:58.9 as Ashton Corona was 29th (19:09.9) and Tyler Aitken finished in 19:32.6.Up in the girls Varsity 4 race, J-D was fifth, freshman Megan O’Malley posting 22:50.9 for 25th place in the team standings (27th overall). O’Malley was one spot ahead of Madeline Foss (22:52.5) as Kathryn Sizing finished in 23:07.3, ahead of Cora Gilbert-Sicherm (24:13.0) and Miriam Zoghby (24:27.3).Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Rarely in the last 15 years has both of the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country teams entered a season with reasons to be hungry.Yet 2019 offers that opportunity.The girls Hornets are bent on regaining the state Class A championship after Saratoga Springs denied it to them by a single point in 2018 and the boys, who are reigning state champions, looking for more after last December’s fifth-place showing at the Nike Cross Nationals.Each of the F-M sides return most of their top runners, and with SCAC Metro division schedules moved up, they both would have a busy first week of September. Tags: CBAcross countryESMF-MJ-D First, the Hornets hosted West Genesee last Wednesday, sweeping both sides of that league meet as the girls swept the top six positions, Grace Kaercher winning in 18 minutes, 19.7 seconds to edge Claire Walters (18:20.4) for individual honors.Phoebe White finished third in 18:39.1, comfortably ahead of Ani Sydorowych, who impressed with a fourth-place 19:09.1. Amelia Amack was fifth in 19:17.7 as Lejla Borcilo was sixth in 19:41.6, ahead of Debbie Lucchetti (19:50.9) and Fiona Mejico (20:01.7).The F-M boys got a bit more of a test, especially in the individual race, where Peyton Geehrer had to go 15:02.5 to hold off West Genesee’s Matt Bartolotta (15:07.7) and take the individual race.
Facebook Twitter Google+ As a young kid growing up on the blacktop of the outdoor courts in Queens, N.Y., and eventually gymnasiums around the Northeast, James Southerland constantly feared missing shots. He couldn’t handle it. It wasn’t acceptable. Any miss, which Southerland viewed as “the end of the world,” resulted in a temper tantrum on the court and self-inflicted blows to the head out of frustration.“I was still doing it here my freshman year, I’m not going to lie,” Southerland said after Sunday’s win over Colgate. “I missed a shot and I used to be pissed, always get down. But after a while you just realize that when you’re open, you’re going to shoot it and you’ve just got to think ‘make’ the whole time.”And lately, making shots is all Southerland has been doing.For the second consecutive outing he led Syracuse in scoring, this time with a game-high 18 points — 16 of which came in the first half — in an 87-51 win over Colgate. He matched the four 3-pointers he had against Princeton on Wednesday with four more on Sunday to jumpstart the offense early and lead the Orange to an easy victory.“If James gets shots, he makes them,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He gets a lot of shots. He could have had 30 (points) at the half. If he gets his shots, he’ll make some. He’s playing well.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSoutherland teamed up with sophomore point guard Michael Carter-Williams to surge ahead of Colgate for good by the 15-minute mark of the first half. While the former did the scoring, the latter did the passing. The result was a 23-12 spurt in which Southerland had 13 points on five field goals, four of which were assisted by Carter-Williams.The streak began with penetration by Carter-Williams, who curled from left to right into the paint and dumped the ball off to Southerland for an easy layup. Then came a beautiful back-door alley-oop from Carter-Williams to Southerland that saw the 6-foot-8-inch swingman leap up and over a Colgate defender.Southerland then hit three out of his next four 3-pointers to give Syracuse a 33-20 lead with 5:18 to play in the first half.“He’s doing great,” Carter-Williams said. “He has a lot of confidence in his shot. He’s shooting the ball great. He had a couple tough ones, in-and-outs today. He’ll be right back to it next game.”For the game, Southerland finished 7-for-12 from the field and 4-for-9 from long range. Several of his 3-pointers rattled in and out, prompting Southerland to apologize to his point guard for taking away a few assists.But it’s the free-flowing nature and lack of hesitation that pleases Boeheim and assistant coach Gerry McNamara in the early part of the season. Southerland played extended minutes in the first two games of last year’s run to the Elite Eight, scoring a combined 30 points while shooting 5-for-7 from 3-point range. It bred confidence, he said, and told him that the 2012 team could and would rely on his scoring ability.That’s why he has been quick on the trigger through Syracuse’s first four games. And discounting the season opener against San Diego State— the Orange purposefully avoided taking outside shots — he’s hoisted up 19 attempts in the last three games, connecting 47 percent of the time.“He’s going out there and playing loose and having fun,” McNamara said. “When James plays at that level, he’s really, really effective. Right now he’s out there enjoying himself.”Gone are the temper tantrums from his youth and the fears of being yanked quickly by Boeheim that nestled in his mind during his freshman and sophomore years. And in their place are confidence and cold-bloodedness so far in 2012.His father always used to tell him that he would get another shot, that his mood swings after every miss were worthless. And now, after two years of college and hundreds of games before that, Southerland finally believes him.“The leash is gone,” he said with a smile. “So I can do whatever I want.” Comments Published on November 26, 2012 at 2:54 am Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13