High-SchoolNew-York: NXN

F-M's Jillian Fanning wins Gatorade Cross Country ROY

January, 12, 2012
Fayette-Manlius' Jillian Fanning was named Gatorade New York Girls' Cross Country Runner of the Year on Thursday.

The senior had a banner year, earning gold at the Class A state meet and Nike Cross New York Regional. She then went on to place fourth at the Nike Cross Nationals meet with a time of 17:50, leading the Hornets to their sixth straight team title.

Click here for the full breakdown of Fanning's award.

Fall postseason update

November, 16, 2011
Each week, readers of this space have been updated on the progress of the state's top football teams, but we both know there have been some intense playoff battles going on in the other fall sports of soccer and cross country. So here's an update of how things are going and have shaken out:

*After failing to reach the PSAL final for the first time in 15 years, MLK returned to the throne of New York city soccer by beating Francis Lewis, 3-2. Ibrahim Diaby provided the decisive goal, scoring on a header in the 69th minute to give the Knights their 13th crown in the last 16 seasons. The Knights now possess the No. 5 spot in the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings.

*Fordham Prep won its first-ever CHSAA title, defeating St. John the Baptist, 2-1, in the AA final. Dylan Cope and Spencer Heitmann provided both goals while sophomore GK Mark Rajovic had six key saves in the win.

*Top-seeded JFK copped the PSAL Class B crown as Edwin Munoz netted a goal in double overtime to secure a 1-0 win against Washington Irving.

*After Baldwinsville pulled off a major upset by downing previously undefeated Fayetteville-Manlius, Shenendehowa Central knocked off Baldwinsville to debut in the POWERADE FAB 50 at No. 11 and move into the Class AA semifinals against Hicksville, which is now ranked No. 12 in the nation.

*Nick Ryan helped cement his status as arguably the top runner in the state by easily winning the Class A title at the NYSPHSAA cross country state meet in a time of 16:28.4. The Fayetteville-Manlius junior was joined on the medal stand by senior teammate Matt Deyo (third-place time of 16:58.5) and Victor senior M.J. Erb (second-place time of 16:54.8). As a result, the Hornets won the team title by a slim margin of 63-64 over Rush-Henrietta.

*The statewide Federation meet will take place this Saturday, Nov. 19 at Bowdoin Park, followed by the NXN NY regional meet the following weekend. In the meantime, click here for more NYSPHSAA coverage from Dyestat.

Brandon Parker covers New York for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

New York cross country preview

August, 25, 2011
Today we'll branch out to cross country — you know, the sport that makes most of us look ridiculously out of shape.

Shaker leads the way for New York, with Christian DeLago leaded an experienced, talented squad that could compete for national supremacy. Here's what DyeStat's Marc Bloom has to say about the upcoming season:
While the state will be in need of some individual gravitas—only one non-senior in last fall’s Federation top-10—Shaker’s Eastern States champions return with a stellar line-up after an excellent spring season. Christian DeLago, a 1:51/4:18 trackman, leads the team. The Albany area team will get plenty of competition in State Public A and the regional from NXN runner-up Fayetteville-Manlius (which doesn’t have much a team back, but, hey, it’s F-M) and a gutty Rush-Henrietta squad. And Shaker could face national #1 Christian Brothers (NJ) in defense of its Manhattan Invitational Easterns title.

Fayetteville is led by junior Nick Ryan, who came into NXN last year as a 5:06 miler and (if the Stotans get that far) would come in this time as a 9:11 3200 man. In addition to DeLago (and maybe Ryan), other individual headliners include Chaminade senior Thomas Awad.

Click here to get the cross country scoop on all 50 states and here to get an idea of how the girls competition could shake out.

Brandon Parker covers New York for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.