Before Tuesdays season-opening dual meet with Potsdam, OFA Girls Track-Field Coach Diane Jeneault told her girls that every point would be precious.
Shawna Rickett interpreted her coachs instructions to the letter.After placing third in the shot put and sixth in the discus she volunteered to become the Devils third entry in the 3000 meter run in the final individual event of the day.
She completed the 10 lap event in sixth place and scored a point which proved crucial when the Potsdams foursome of Tiffany Love, Kate Hildreth, Marissa McIntosh and Arielle Stoian put together their best 400 times of the season to secure a must 4x400 relay win which left the meet in a 158-158 tie.
The girls did an awesome job today. I used everyone I had to the fullest and so did Potsdam, said Coach Jeneault.
The way the meet finished with Shawna Rickett stepping forward to run the 3000 and Potsdam winning the last relay was wonderful. April (Potsdam Coach April Barnes) and I were delighted when it finished in a tie.
OFA dominated the Boys Meet 132-78.
We didnt have many great times or distances but we had a lot of solid efforts, said OFA Coach John Tebo.
Potsdam also won the 4x100 relay and OFAs foursome of Kurstyn Macaulay, Ellen Miller, Sarah Mitchell and Danielle Steenkamer led the 4x800. Macaulay finished as a triple winner pacing the 400 and 3000 meter runs and Ellen Miller came through with a first place in the 400 hurdles.
Potsdams Madi Dow led the 800 and 1500 meters and Potsdam led the 100 and 200 dashes with Maddie Drechsel. Stoian doubled as the high jump medalist and Chitrara Robertson paced the shot put.
Sam King led the shot put and took second in the discus and Charlotte Miller led the long jump and took second in the triple jump for OFA which also received first place points from Kayla Tolman in the 100 hurdles and Charlotte Miller in the triple jump. Other seconds came from Nicole Duprey with a personal best 4 6 in the high jump and in the 100 and 200, Steenkamer (1500-800) and Mitchell (400).
OFAs depth controlled the Boys Meet where a small Potsdam contingent produced a triple-time medalist in Oden Robertson who led the 100 and 200 meter dashes and anchored and a 4x100 meter victory and a double individual medalist in Devin Crary who placed the discus throw and shot put. Peter Clark led the 110 hurdles and ran on the victorious 4x400 relay team with Thomas Hobbs, Sam Lee and Kurt Waters.
Pacing the OFA Boys were: a 1-2-3 finish by Taylor Bouchard, Bailey Phelps and Nate Stowe in the 400 hurdles and 1-2 finishes from Bouchard and Alex Sias in the triple jump, Alex Wood and Joe Grizzuto in the 1600 run, Wood and Collin Sovie in the 800 and Grizzuto and Nate Stowe in the high jump.
Bouchard also won the long jump and Donovan Smith led the 400 dash. The Devils rounded out their first place points with 4x800 relay foursome of Smith, Wood,
Collin Sovie and Shaugh Wiers. Other individual seconds came from: Colburn (100), Wood (200), Russ Jacquith (discus) and Tyler Fiacco (SP).