Four members of Canton Centrals Section 10 Championship Girls Track and Field team took a memorable season to the next level on Friday, Saturday and Sunday competing in the New Balance National Outdoor Track-Field Championships at North Carolina A&T University.
Juniors Laura Pierce, a Lisbon Central student running for Canton through a merger agreement, Gemma and Rebecca DelRossi and sophomore Maria Ricalton combined to better two Section 10 records and open new horizons for their running futures.
The foursome placed seventh in the 4x800 relay in 9:10.44 to surpass the Section 10 record of 9:15.33 they established at the New York State Championships earlier this month.
And came within one meter of earning All-American status according to Canton Central Assistant Coach Paul Pierce.
The top six finishers in every race earned All-American honors and the girls held the sixth position until the other team nipped them right at the finish, said Pierce recalling the finish where Raber TC-In took the highly coveted sixth position in 9:09.73.
They were one meter away from All-American. It was just incredible to watch four girls from a small school like Canton run right with the teams from much larger areas.
Pierce also took 14th in the 5000 meter run running a 17:25.73 in her first 5K on a track ever. An extremely fast 5K headed by Wesley Fraser of Raleigh, N.C. in 15:55.94. Fraser ran within 10 seconds of Mary Cains national record and also claimed national championships in the one and two mile races.
Pierce qualified for the race through her Section 10 record time of 10:0.21 which carried her to a New York State Division II Championship in the 3000 meters.
Laura was shooting to run a 17:30 and was very happy with her time. It was a very fast race, the two lead girls have a big rivalry and they just took off right at the start, said Coach Pierce.
Gemma and Rebecca DelRossi also ran in the Emerging Elite 800 meter race with excellent results. Gemma DelRossi took ninth in 2:14.15 to better the Section 10 record 2:15.79 she ran at the state meet and Rebecca DelRossi took 21st in the field of 28 with a 2:16.36 which was a very significant drop in her personal best.
There were three heats of the race and Gemma and Rebecca DelRossi both ran very well, said Coach Pierce who related that he was unsure if the relay run and Gemma DelRossis 800 run would be acknowledged as Section 10 records because the girls were entered as members of the Canton Track Club.