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Canton Girls, Malone Boys lead Van Dusen


Heading into Saturday’s Van Dusen Memorial Track-Field Invitational at Ogdensburg Free Academy, Canton Girls Coach Barry Whiteford plotted a very simple strategy.

“I decided to gather up all of our horses; let them go and see what they could do,” said Whiteford.

What the Golden Bears did was record one of the highest scoring totals and most prolific first place harvests in the 91-year history of the event.

Led by Outstanding Runner Maria Ricalton and Outstanding Jumper Morgan Rosser, the Bears recorded 10 first-place finishes including a sweep of relay honors and outscored Malone 187-109 for the team title.

The Boys Meet featured four outstanding scoring efforts. Malone bounced from having a five-year dual meet win streak snapped by Gouverneur to repeat the team title with 119 points.

OFA and Gouverneur followed with 95 points and Norwood-Norfolk scored 85.

The Devils featured the Outstanding Male jumper in Taylor Bouchard and the Outstanding Sprinter in Donnie Smith while Norwood-Norfolk featured the Outstanding Runner in Kyle Fulk.

Madrid-Waddington’s Ian Hawkins and Tupper Lake’s Katie Zurek received the Outstanding Thrower Awards and Malone’s Rebekka Bond was honored as the Outstanding Female Sprinter.

Three Records Set

Canton’s Ricalton, a junior, figured in two of the three records set on the day. She ran a 10:20.2 in the 3000 meters and combined with Division I bound seniors in Laura Pierce (Viriginia), Gemma DelRossi (Vermont) and Rebecca DelRossi (Villanova) on the Section 10 record-holding 4x800 relay team which dropped the meet record to 9:44.8.

Pierce led the 1500 meter run and the Gemma and Becca DelRossi posted a 1-2 in the 800 meters.

“I was really surprised that I ran so fast today,” said Ricalton after she dropped her personal best in the 3000 by 15 seconds.

“I really love running the relays they are special. I am really going to miss the seniors next year and I have learned so much from them about everything. But we have some excellent young runners that I can help.”

Pierce, on the other hand , was not suprised at all at the 3000 meter mark.

“I told Maria that she was going to run in the 10:20s today. She is having a great year and I believe she ran the second fastest 3000 meters in Section 10 history today.”

Ricalton found the winners’ circle for a third time in the 4x400 relay where she collaborated with Tori Daley, Paige Hamilton and Rebecca and Gemma DelRossi.

Malone’s Rebekka Bond produced the other meet record as she lowered her own mark in the 2000 steeplechase to 7:39.3 and then showed remarkable versatility by leading the 400 dash and the 400 hurdles.

“Running the steeplechase didn’t bother me. I plan to run it in the sectionals and in the states,” said Bond.

Rosser won the high jump and triple jump for the Bears and took second to teammate Claire Olin in the long jump.

OFA’s Bouchard repeated as the Outstanding Male Jumper by winning the triple jump and high jump, taking fourth in the long jump and he also ran on the Blue Devils 4x400 relay victory with Smith, Jake Sias and Owen Pearson.

Smith also placed second to Sias for an OFA 1-2 in the 200 meters, took second in the 400 meters and third in the 100 meters.

“Winning the outstanding jumper award was important to me and going one-two with Jake Sias in the triple jump was really big for the team,” said Bouchard.

“We really wanted that 4x400 relay title and do that we just had to get Donnie Smith in the lead because nobody is going to catch him.”

Smith credited Sias for getting the all-important lead.

“Jake (Sias) and I run about the same splits. He runs second and sets the tone for the race,” said Smith.

“He just flew into the lead today.”

Fulk became one of a very few freshmen to ever win the 1600 and 3200 in the Van Dusen and N-N Coach Bill Dyke sees great things ahead.

“Kyle’s learning curve is definitely very high. He is doing some speed work now and he is only going to get better,” said Dyke.

The Flyers also featured a double winner in Connor Levison who dominated the 100 and 400 hurdles.

Tupper Lake’s Katie Zurek swept the shot put and discus honors, M-W’s Ian Hawkins won the discus and took fourth in the shot put.

Meet Champions

Canton’s 4x100 relay team of Emma Collins, Paige Mooridian, Dasha LaPoint and long jump winner Claire Olin nipped Indian River (53.70-54.0) in the best race of the day and the Bears’ Lyndsay Proulx continued her control of the 100 hurdles.

Rounding out the Girls Meet champions were Indian River sprinters Makayla Jones (100) and Lydia Torres (200) and N-N’s Bryana Hayes in the Steve Barlow Pentathlon.

Potsdam’s Ebuka Ononye recorded a dash double leading the 100 and 400 meter events, Malone’s Joe Tracy led the 800 meters, Saranac Central’s Zach Lepage paced the 3000 steeplechase, Massena’s Andrew Brush paced the long jump, Matt Olney of Watertown won the Steve Barlow Pentathlon and Malone’s Tehatakenta Boots took shot put honors.

Relay victories went to Gouverneur’s 4x100 foursome of Chad Curio, Brayton Dusharm, Jose Flores and Fernando Manriquez and Malone 4x800 combination of Josh Bordeaux, Will Bronner, Mike Campbell and Bach Shank.

Joe Grizzuto of OFA tied for second in the high jump, Charlotte Miller placed third in the high jump and Chelsea Montroy took fourth in discus.

Madrid-Waddington’s Brendan O’Neil took third in the 400 hurdles and Meghan McCall took third in the triple jump.

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