CANTON - For the second time in two weeks a member of the Canton Girls Track-Field team set a record at Saturdays indoor meet at the St. Lawrence University Newell Fieldhouse.
And for the six time in six meets, the OFA and Boys and the Canton Girls, broke away from the field in the race for team honors. The Blue Devils Boys outscored Malone 135-99 and the Canton Girls, featuring a record run by Laura Pierce in the 3000, gained a 183-125 edge over Malone.
Indian River was kept at home because of weather conditions opening up scoring opportunities which both front-running teams exploited and both team recorded matching relay sweeps.
The Devils and Lady Bears will look to complete perfect seasons by winning team titles at the Section 10 Championship at SLUs Newell Fieldhouse on Friday (6 p.m. start).
OFA CONTINUES ROLL
Along with a sweep of relay honors, OFA also featured a 1-2-3 finish in the triple jump by Sebastian Quintilliani (personal best 41 8), Jake Sias and Taylor Bouchard and a 1-2 in the 300 dash with Taylor Richardson and Sias.
We came into the season hoping to finally end the dominance of FA (Malone) and the boys took on the challenge from day one. We have worked hard to develop the younger athletes in Alex Sias, DaKota Pratt, and Dallas Ashley for example to replace our scoring losses from last year, said OFA Coach John Tebo.
Guys like Joe Grizzuto, Owen Pearson, Sebastian Quintilliani and Taylor Richardson have become proven winners adding to scoring punch of Donnie Smith, Jacob Sias and Taylor Bouchard. Hopefully we can hang on one more week and secure our first overall title since 2008.
On Saturday, the 4x800 squad of Owen Pearson, Donnie Smith, Joe Grizzuto and Garret Dennis won the first event and 4x400 relay team of Taylor Bouchard, Donovan Smith, Jacob Sias and Taylor Richardson remained unbeaten on the season.
Nate Stowe, Dallas Ashley, Jordan Miller and Alex Sias combined for their first 4x200 win of the season.
Smith remained unbeaten in the 600 meter run to round out a triple medalist evening.
Other scoring efforts for the Devils came from: Nate Stowe (3rd 55H), Alex Sias (55H, 5th HJ), Joe Grizzuto (7th 1600, 3rd HJ), Owen Pearson (4th 600, 7th HJ), Dennis Garret (7th 300), Nick Vielhauer (6th 3200), Seth Montpelier (8th 3200), Sebastian Quintilliani (2nd HJ, 3rd LJ), and Taylor Bouchard (4th LJ).
OFA Girls Coach Diane Jeneault was delighted to see some new faces in the scoring column as her team scored 40 points to place fifth. Leading way were Sam King who took second in the shot put and Charlotte Miller who took third in the triple jump.
The Lady Devils took fourth places in the 4x800 relay with Sara Mitchell, Ellen Miller, Kurstyn Macaulay and Hannah Berg and in the 4x400 relay with Mitchell, Macaulay, Miller and Camille Marshall.
Individual placings came from: Charlotte Miller (5th 55D), Kurstyn Macaulay (5th 1500), Ellen Miller (8th 1000), and Sara Mitchell (4th 3000).
PIERCE SETS RECORD
Laura Pierce set out to earn herself a top 10 state meet position in the 3000 run of Saturdays NAC Indoor Track-Field finale. She did just that and further etched her name into the Section 10 recordbook.
Pierce ran a 10:09 to break her own record by 15 seconds just one week after Canton teammate Gemma DelRossi set a sectional mark in the 1000 meters. Pierce, a Lisbon Central senior, was part of a massive 183-point scoring effort by the Lady Bears.
Maria Ricalton (1000M), Rebecca DelRossi (1500M), Gemma DelRossi (600M), Lindsay Proulx (55 Hurdles, Shot Put), Emma Collins (55 meters), Morgan Rosser (TJ) all won individual events for the Bears.
In the relays, Rebecca DelRossi, Claire Bartlett, Gabby Scott and Grace Bessette finished first in the 4x400 relay and Emma Collins, Dasha LaPoint, Claire Olin and Carly Whiteford teamed for a win in the 4x200 relay. Cantons 4x800 relay team of Gemma DelRossi, Paige Hamilton, Maria Ricalton and Claire Bartlett started a relay sweep.
Other first place performances by were turned in by double medalists in Norwood-Norfolks Kyle Fulk (3200M, 1600M)and Massenas Andrew Brush (LJ, 55 Dash), Malones Bailey Fellion (1000M), Gouverneurs Alex Prespare (SP), Malones Abe Gravel (HJ) and Norwood-Norfolks Connor Levison (55H).