OGDENSBURG Heading into Saturdays Van Dusen Memorial 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, Whiteford said.
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 the meets 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 back 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 each and Norwood-Norfolk scored 85.
OFAs boys featured the Outstanding Jumper in Taylor Bouchard and the Outstanding Sprinter in Donnie Smith, while Norwood-Norfolk featured the Outstanding Runner in Kyle Fulk.
Madrid-Waddingtons Ian Hawkins and Tupper Lakes Katie Zurek received the Outstanding Thrower awards, and Malones Rebekka Bond was honored as the Outstanding Female Sprinter.
Cantons Ricalton, a junior, figured in two of the three records set on the day. She ran the 3,000 meters in 10 minutes, 20.2 seconds and combined with Division I-bound seniors in Laura Pierce (Virginia), Gemma DelRossi (Vermont) and Rebecca DelRossi (Villanova) on the Section 10 record-holding 3,200 relay, which dropped the meet record to 9:44.8.
Pierce led the 1,500-meter run, and Gemma and Becca DelRossi posted a 1-2 finish in the 800 meters.
I was really surprised that I ran so well today, said Ricalton after she dropped her personal best in the 3,000 by 15 seconds.
I really love running the relays; they are special, she said. 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 surprised at all at Ricaltons record.
I told Maria that she was going to run in the 10:20s today. She is having a great year, Pierce said.
Ricalton found the winners circle for a third time in the 1,600 relay where she collaborated with Tori Daley, Paige Hamilton and Rebecca and Gemma DelRossi.
Malones Bond produced the other meet record as she lowered her own mark in the 2,000 steeplechase to 7:39.3 and then showed remarkable versatility by winning the 400 dash and the 400 hurdles.
Running the steeplechase didnt bother me. I plan to run it in the sectionals and in the states, Bond said.
Rosser won the high jump and triple jump for the Bears and took second to teammate Claire Olin in the long jump.
OFAs Bouchard repeated as the Outstanding Jumper by winning the triple jump and high jump, taking fourth in the long jump. He also ran on the Blue Devils 1,600 relay 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 and third in the 100.
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, Bouchard said. We really wanted that 4x400 relay title and to 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 and I run about the same splits. He runs second and sets the tone for the race, Smith said. He just flew into the lead today.
Fulk became one of very few freshmen to win the 1,600 and 3,200 in the Van Dusen, and Norwood-Norfolk coach Bill Dyke sees great things ahead.
Kyles learning curve is definitely very high. He is doing some speed work now and he is only going to get better, Dyke said.
The Flyers also featured a double winner in Connor Levison who dominated the 100 and 400 hurdles.
Tupper Lakes Katie Zurek swept the shot put and discus honors. Madrid-Waddingtons Ian Hawkins won the discus and took fourth in the shot put.
In other Canton girls victories, the Golden Bears 400 relay of Emma Collins, Paige Mooridian, Dasha LaPoint and Claire Olin edged 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 Norwood-Norfolks Bryana Hayes in the pentathlon.
Potsdams Ebuka Ononye recorded a dash double, leading the 100 and 400, Malones Joe Tracy won the 800, Saranac Centrals Zach Lepage paced the 3000 steeplechase, Massenas Andrew Brush paced the long jump, Matt Olney of Watertown took the pentathlon and Malones Tehatakenta Boots took shot put honors.
Relay victories went to Gouverneurs 400 foursome of Chad Curio, Brayton Dusharm, Jose Flores and Fernando Manriquez, and Malone 3,200 combination of Josh Bordeaux, Will Bronner, Mike Campbell and Bach Shank.