CANTON - Lisbon Central junior Laura Pierce has set several Section 10 distance records as the fifth sibling in her family to forge outstanding track-field and cross country careers at Canton Central through a merger agreement.
But very few have come with impact of Friday nights 1500 meter run at the Section 10 Indoor Track-Field Championships at the St. Lawrence University Newell Fieldhouse.
In the first leg of a indoor distance triple crown Pierce fashioned a winning time of 4:43.5 shattering her own section standard of 4:50.21. She went on to win the 1000 and the 3000 to earn the Outstanding Runner Award and lead her Lady Bears team to a repeat team championship in a season-high 160.5 points and outdistance second place Malone (94).
Her 1500 record run also made a tough decision much easier.
I was really having a hard time deciding whether to run the 1500 or the 1000 at states but my time tonight made it a lot easier, said Pierce who also set the sectional record in the 1000 at 3:01.7 earlier this season.
Over the years I have really learned how to run the 1500 and after tonight I think I have a better chance of running a PR at states to place in the top six and win a medal.
Pierce credited balance as the key to the impressive team total by the Lady Bears who also also outstanding leadership from 1000 runner-up Rebecca and 600 medalist Gemma DelRossi who ran on the winning 4x800 and 4x400 relays, Lindsay Proulx who led the 55 hurdles and Emma Collins who led the 55 dash.
Coach John Casserly offered high praise in a few words for both the Canton Girls and Boys.
This group just gets it. They know that the most important efforts come in practice. They have fun in practice, our Tuesday night workouts here at the SLU Fieldhouse are really something special, he said.
If there was one big development for the girls it came from the sprinters. The sprinters really came on at the end of the season.
Pastor Lowers Record
Two other runners looking to earn state meet medals on March 2 at Cornell University, are Skylar Pastor, a South Jefferson sophomore who runs for Beaver River, and Morgan Marlow who was part of stellar senior group which paced the Malone Boys to a 152.5-105 margin over OFA.
Pastor was honored as the Outstanding Field Events Performer after placing second in the high jump and long jump and lowering her own Section 10 300 dash record to 41.0. Earlier in the season she bettered a sectional record in the 600 which had stood since 1982.
Marlow led the 1600, took second in the 1000 and teamed with his twin brother Rourk, 3200 winner Corey LaMere and Mike Haas two win the 4x800 relay.
On March 9 the Marlow brothers, LaMere and Connor Gordon will run the High School 4x1Mile relay at the New Balance Gameson the banked track of the legendary New York City Armory.
The guys wanted to enter meet because it as at the Armory. Distance runners normally run faster times on banked tracks so it will be a great experience, said Malone Coach Matt Tessier who ran on the famous banked track at Virginia Tech as a collegiate runner at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Tessier called the trip to New York as part of a mission by the senior laden Huskie team.
Morgan and Rourk Marlow both hit a pole on the course at the state cross country meet. Morgan lost 30 seconds and because of that we didnt do as well as expected, he said.
Since then they have been determined to win everything in the indoor and spring seasons.
Indian River senior Darrius Bryant was honored as the Outstanding Field events performer in the Boys Meet winning 55 meter dash and the triple jump and running on the Warriors victorious 4x200 relay which included 300 dash medalist Felix Garcia.
Relaxing Revives Wood
OFA senior Alex Wood put a hip and back problems in his wake to close the season with two sensational meets.
On Friday he tied his own school record of 1:23.3 leading the 600 meter dash, used a super-charged finish to win the 1000 and anchored Taylor Richardson, Donovan Smith and Andrew Colburn on the winning 4x400 relay team.
My doctor prescribed muscle relaxers and they have worked tremendously. I am running pain free, it has been amazing, said Wood.
Smith also ran third in the 600 and combined with Colburn, Richardson and Colin Sovie for a second place finish in the 4x800 relay.
Taylor Bouchard led the latest in a long line of productive nights by OFA jumpers taking second in the long jump and third in the triple jump. Jacob Sias took second in the triple jump. We had a great night with a lot of personal bests. It was really a fine season, said OFA Coach John Tebo.
Alex Wood is going to make a run at the Section 10 record in the 600 at the states and I think he has a shot because his time tonight should place him in the fast heat. Our 4x400 team is also looking to take a shot at the sectional record and Taylor Bouchard and Jacob Sias have just come so far in the triple jump. We have never had two 41 jumpers before.
OFA Girls Coach Diane Jeneault shared similar thoughts.
We had personal bests all over the place and Kurstyn Macauley will represent us the state meet.
Macauley ran third in the 600 and teamed with Ellen Miller, Sarah Mitchell and Melissa Jones for a fourth in the 4x400 relay. Taylor Fisher took fourth in the shot put.
Potsdams Drechsel Triples
Potsdam sophomore Maddie Drechsel also turned in a triple medalist performance by winning the 55 dash in brilliant three-way duel with Taylor Barynham and Tupper Lakes Maddie Fortier (all three timed at 7.6), prevailing over Beaver Rivers Pastor by a tiebreaker in the long jump and combining with her sister Hannah Drechsel, Kali Bartlett and Madi Dow to outleg Canton in the 4x200 relay. Also earning Section 10 championships were: IRs Brandon Bliss and Elizabeth Kolody in the shot put, Malones Aaron Sharlow (LJ) and Abe Gravell (HJ), Tupper Lakes Samantha Ormsby (TJ) and Hannah Kloossner (HJ) and Beaver Rivers Cody Updike (55H).