MADRID - The Canton Girls Track-Field team continued to show the extreme depth and breathe of its talent on Saturday by claiming the team title at Madrid-Waddington Invitational.
The Lady Bears outscored Malone 174-135 in the latest big meet matchup in a time-honored rivalry. A matchup which is a prelude for Mondays dual meet showdown.
A showdown where the Bears could be without the services of Lisbon Central senior and University of Virginia bound Laura Pierce, the holder of several Section 10 distance records, who has been sidelined this week with a severe cold.
To win today without Laura Pierce says a lot about our team. This team is really amazing, we have it all. Our distance people could win sprint events and we have sprinters who can do distance events very well, said Tori Daley, a sophomore middle distance stalwart.
To me it is really something to be on a team with Laura and Gemma and Rebecca DelRossi who are all going to run for Division I colleges. They are a great runners and great people. I have always loved track and field because of the sportsmanship. You compete hard in the meets and then afterwards people on both teams are always very friendly.
First year coach Barry Whiteford says that his teams achievements are truly remarkable because they have no track-field facilities because of an on-going construction project.
We really have no place to train right now. We run in the halls or we run the streets but the girls just keep wracking up the personal bests, said Whiteford.
These girls really work hard and our seniors are really tough. Wait until our facilities are completed and then you will really see something.
The Bears showed alot in outscoring a talented Malone team and the Malone Boys continued to reap the fruits of a major rebuilding project outscoring OFA 171-94 for team honors.
The Huskie Boys are also undefeated in the dual meet ranks after replacing an extraordinary senior class from a year ago.
We had some people who didnt perform last year come back out and we have several people who have developed a great deal, said Malone Coach Matt Tessier.
Tyler Martin is a great example. We didnt know what to expect from him and he is now our best sprinter.
The Huskies and Bears were both well-represented in the meets individual awards.
For Canton, Morgan Rosser was honored as the outstanding jumper and Maria Ricalton was cited as the Outstanding Runner. For Malone Dan Badgley was named the Outstanding Jumper and Tahatakenta Boots shared the Outstanding Thrower Award with Madrid-Waddingtons Ian Hawkins.
Oden Robertson of Potsdam was voted the Outstanding Runner in the Boys Meet and Katie Zurek of Tupper Lake received the Outstanding Female Thrower Award.
Rosser led the triple jump and placed second and third in the long jump and high jump and Ricalton led the 1500 and 3000 runs and combined with Gemma and Rebecca DelRossi and Paige Hamilton on the first place 4x400 relay team. Zurek swept shot put and discus throw honors.
Robertson led a dominant showing by the Potsdam sprint corps. He and Dan Stone placed 1-2 in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes and then teamed with Taylor Prosper and Sam Lee to win the 4x100 meter dash.
Badgley led the 110 and 400 hurdles races, took third in the long jump and second in the high jump. In the throwing events Boots placed first in the shot put and second and in the discus and Hawkins led the discus throw and took second in the shot put.
The Potsdam sprint control extended into the girls meet where Maddie Drechsel led the 100 and 200 dashes. Rebekkah Bond led the Malone Girls winning the 400 hurdles and the 400 dash.
Rebecca and Gemma DelRossi placed 1-2 in the 800 for Canton, shared the 4x800 relay victory and combined with Tori Daley and Paige Hamilton on the winning 4x400 relay. Claire Olin was another double medalist as she paced the long jump and collaborated with Dasha LaPoint, Carly Whiteford and Emma Collins for a 4x100 relay victory.
Cantons Lindsay Prolux won a sterling day-long duel with Norwood-Norfolks Brianna Hayes for the Outdoor Penathalon title.
Highlighting OFAs second place finish in the Boys Meet was a 1-2-3 finish by Jake Sias, Taylor Bouchard and Alex Sias in the triple jump.
Donnie Smith led the 400 dash and combined with Bouchard, Jake Sias and high jump medalist Joe Grizzuto on the winning 4x400 relay team.
Rounding out the individual medalists on the day were: Norwood-Norfolks Kyle Fulk (1600), Malones Joe Tracy (800) and Jamiel Stapleton (Outdoor Pentathlon), Jacob Erdman of Gouverneur (3200) and Massenas Andrew Brush (long jump) and Marissa Perez (110 hurdles).
Madrid-Waddington Girls Track-Field Coach Larry LaMere speaking for himself and boys coach Shane Sudol called the meet a total victory.
It didnt rain and we had a great meet, said LaMere.
We love hosting this meet every year and it is always a lot of fun.
OFA BOYS SECOND
The OFA Boys approached the 100-point mark taking second with 94.
Other lead efforts for the Devils were: Alex Sias (2nd 110H, 6th LJ), Donnie Smith (4th 200, 3rd 100), Joe Grizzuto (6th 400), a second from the 4x100 relay team of DaKota Pratt, Alex Sias, Jake Sias and Kevin Joanette and Devin Compo (5th SP).
Leading the efforts of the OFA Girls was a sixth place finish by the 4x100 relay team of Charlotte Miller, Kiara Lasiege, Savannah Harris and Chelsea Montroy, a sixth place from the 4x400 relay team of Sara Mitchell, Shelby Mack, Ellen Miller and Eliza Jane Hamilton, a sixth from Kayla Tolman in the outdoor pentathlon and a fourth place from Charlotte Miller in the long jump.
Joining Ian Hawkins as M-W leaders were: Hannah Marcellus (6th 100H, 400H), Cassidy Scott (6th 1500), Kaleigh Field (6th 800), Tim Allen (6th 3200), Gabby Scott (4th 3000), a fourth from the 4x100 relay team of Taylor Harris, Megan McCall, Susan Clark and Gabby Scott, Megan McCall (5th TJ), and Connor Maskell (4th outdoor pentathlon).