Leading off today:
The Fayetteville-Manlius boys and girls cross country teams scored decisive victories
Saturday in the Nike Cross Nationals regional meet at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls.
F-M was the defending champ in both races and qualified for a return to the national meet Dec. 7 in Portland, Ore., where the girls are seven-time defending champions. Junior Annika Avery, the reigning Section 3 Class A champion, paced the girls victory by earning top individual honors in 18:05.3. Teammate Alana Pearl (18:33.1) placed third.
Bryce Millar (fourth) and Andrew Berger (fifth) led the boys to victory with just 48 points to 76 for Northport and 94 for Liverpool. Northport, whose Mike Brannigan was the individual winner in 15:29.9, locked down the region's second spot in the national meet.
In the girls scoring, F-M (32) easily outdistanced Saratoga (88), which is also headed to the finals. East Aurora (142) finished third, bolstered by Sophia Tasselmyer, who transferred in from Starpoint after finishing second in Class B at the NYSPHSAA championships earlier in the month.
Meanwhile, the Northeast Region qualifier for the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships was held at Van Cortlandt Park, where race winner Mickey Burke of Rush-Henrietta (15:19) was the only New Yorker to finish in the top 10 and qualify for the national race Dec. 14 in San Diego.
Tessa Barrett of Waverly, Pa., won the girls race in 17:33 and will be joined in San Diego by a quartet of New Yorkers: runner-up Anoush Shehadeh (17:38) of Larchmont, a student at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., Warwick Valley's Megan Reilly (sixth, 17:50), Corning's Jessica Lawson (seventh, 18:03)and Penfield's Katie Lembo (ninth, 18:04).
Hitting the century mark: Senior QB Joe Capobianco threw the 100th TD pass of his career in leading Lawrence to a second straight Long Island Class III title by beating Huntington 41-32.