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Donnie Smith continued to make a lot of noise as a first year senior in the NAC Cross Country ranks while sophomore Sarah Mitchell continued her quiet emergence as OFA hosted Malone and Brushton-Moira in its home opener on Tuesday on their 3-mile course at the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority and St. Lawrence State Psychiatric Center grounds.

Mitchell (22:42) established an early lead and maintained it over B-M’s Veronica Stauffer (23:22) and a fivesome of Huskies, led by Madeleine Champagne (23:47), running side-by-side.

“We are so proud of Sara for winning her first varsity cross country race. She didn’t run her best time but she was close and she ran a very nice race,” said OFA Coach Chris McRoberts after the Lady Devils dropped a 20-35 decision to Malone and were edged 25-30 by B-M.

Smith, followed up a 21st place finish among 160 runners on the state meet course at the Queensbury Invitational on Saturday, by prevailing over Malone’s Dylan LaVoie by a two-second margin 17:30-17:30.

The duo pulled away from the field in the second half of the race and Smith relied on his sprinting experience from track-field to burst ahead in the final 200 yards.

“Donnie Smith is really having a great season. He is very fast and has a very strong kick,” said Coach McRoberts after the OFA Boys gained a 16-39 win over B-M and dropped a 20-35 decision to an extremely deep Malone squad which filled the second through seventh place positions. “Overall we had a very good day with some personal bests and a lot of people approaching their best times.”

Ellen Miller took eighth place as OFA’s second finisher in the Varsity Girls Race and Shelby Mack placed 17th. Rounding a five-runner entry were: Shawna Rickett (29), Markie Willard (30) and Zoey Bishop (31).

Joe Grizzuto took eighth as OFA’s second finisher in the Varsity Boys race and Nick Vielhauer (14), Bailey Phelps (15) and Owen Pearson (13) rounding out the scoring unit. Other finishers were: Sebastian Quintilliani (19), Collin Sovie (20), Ian Pearl (24). Seth Tebo (25) and Garrett Dennis (26).

Veronica Nichols (11:18.7) and Josh Paquin (10:22) of Malone took individual honors in the 1.5 mile Modified Race. Leading OFA were Courtney Loffler who took fourth in the Girls Race in 11:49.9 and Shawn Rubin (12:45) who took 11th in the Boys Race. Kiana Conger took ninth for the girls team and Ian Berg and Chris Cole ran 13th and 14th for the boys.



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