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OFA sweeps in cross country


OFA’s Senior Day Cross Country meet produced a sweep of Varsity Boys and Girls action as both Blue Devils squads leveled their record at 3-3.

The OFA Girls received wins from Canton and Potsdam who were both incomplete while the Devil Boys bested Canton 22-39 and gained a 20-39 win over Potsdam which downed Canton 25-31.

Individual honors on the 5K course at the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority went to a pair of seniors. OFA’s Donovan Smith led the Boys Varsity race in 17:39 and Lisbon senior Laura Pierce paced the Girls Varsity in 19:28 for the highly-regarded Lady Bears who have been beset by injuries and illness all season.

OFA senior Kurstyn Macaulay returned from injury and ran second in a personal best of 20:41. Madrid-Waddington student Cassidy Scott took third for Canton and Marie Amell of Potsdam and Canton’s Carly Whiteford rounded out the top five. “We had a lot of personal bests today and a lot of good runs,” said OFA Coach Chris McRoberts who also offered Senior Day recognition to Shawna Rickett, Seth Tebo, Seth Montpelier, Vinnie Molinari, Colin Sovie, Alex Cole and Jacob Skaggs

OFA’s Sarah Mitchell logged a personal best 22:49 in sixth place, Ellen Miller ran seventh, Shelbie Mack took ninth and first-year senior Shawna Rickett broke 30 minutes for the first time with a 29:30 in 11th place.

OFA’s first four runners finished in the top eight of the Varsity Boys race. Following Smith were: Joe Grizzuto with a personal best 18:53 in third place, Bailey Phelps with a personal best 20:05 in sixth place and Nick Vielhauer in seventh place. Canton’s Darren Ricalton ran second and Potsdam’s Ben Miller placed fourth. Sebastian Quintilliani rounded out OFA’s scoring unit in 10th place and Colin Sovie (11), Owen Pearson (12), Ian Pearl (18) whose 23:40 was a personal best by over two minutes, Garrett Dennis (21), Alex Cole (23) and Vinnie Molinari (24) rounded out the Devil runners.

Displaying true sportsmanship were OFA’s Seth Tebo who helped a teammate, who had fallen back to the starting line, and Potsdam German exchange student Anna Kickect who helped a Canton runner, who was struggling with her breathing, back to the starting line.

Canton swept honors in the Boys and Girls Modified races where Brandon Locey and Tim Allen ran 1-2 for the Bears and Madrid-Waddington student Gabriella Scott, Grace Bessette, Hannah Tupper and Claire Bartlett filled the first four places. OFA’s lone girls entry, Kiana Conger, placed sixth and Dylan Arquitt led the boys in sixth place. Chris Cole, Ian Berg and Shawn Rubin took eighth, ninth and 10th.

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