Austin and Cassidy Scott are no strangers to the winners circle but both noted a first in their running careers on Sunday.
The brother-sister combination from Waddington both claimed medalist honors at the Ogdensburg International Seaway Festival Four-Mile Maple City Trail Run-Walk and in doing so became the first brother-sister combination to lead their respective fields.
And both siblings did it in impressive fashion in a perfect morning for running. The duo’s mom Dr. Kelly Scott took 40th overall in a field of 101 with a 35:34 time.
“We run together but I can’t keep up with those two,” said Dr. Scott referring to her children.
“We have a seven block loop we run at home. Austin gives me a head start and then sees how fast he can catch me.”
Scott, who runs cross country and track and field for Worcester Polytectic Institute in Massachusetts, pulled away from the men’s field finishing with a 22:38 margin over 30-39 medalist Shawn Spriggs, a Heuvelton native who is a teacher in the Parishville-Hopkinton School District.
“I am running the races this summer to get ready for the fall cross country season at college,” said Austin Scott who rewrote the distance running chapter in the Madrid-Waddington Central school recordbook in just one spring season.
“In college I concentrate on the 1500 and 3:58 is my best time.”
Cassidy Scott, who helped Canton Central to championships cross country and indoor track-field and runs spring track from Madrid-Waddington, placed 10th overall in Sunday’s field with a 28:32 time. After the race Cassidy said she was looking forward to her senior season in all seasons.
Shelby (Spriggs) Wears, a former OFA sprinter who is now a pharmacist and mother of two in North Carolina, was the second female finisher. She posted a 29:20 time and placed 12th overall as the Women’s 30-39 medalist.
Rounding out the top five men’s finishers were: Lisbon’s Kevin Hollis 25:37 who led the Men’s 40-49 division, former OFA distance standout and current New York City resident Erik Felitto 25:42 and Men’s 50-59 medalist Brett Boismenu 26:20.
The race for third place overall in the ladies ranks was the best of the day and was produced by a pair of sisters from Ogdensburg. Karen Matthews, a teacher in the Ogdensburg City School District, edged New York State Trooper and 70.3 triathlete Kendra Moran 30:18-30:19.
The 20-29 Division leader Chrissy Tedaldi rounded out the First Five Ladies of the race.
Todd Aldous, a Louisville resident, was the first male walker taking 53rd overall in 38:22 and Lori Hackett led the lady walkers in 72st position in 48:25.
“We had a great race today and the weather was absolutely perfect,” said Race Director John Tebo who coordinated a group of OFA coaches who administered the race.
“I want to thank Pepsi Cola and Price Chopper from providing refreshments and the City of Ogdensburg.”
Male Runner - Austin Scott 22:38. Female Runner: Cassidy Scott 28:32.
Male Walker – Todd Aldous 38:22, Female Walker – Lori Hackett 48:25.
Male 40-49: Kevin Hollis 25:37. Female 40-49: Jennifer Zoeller 34:08.
Male 50-59: Brett Boismenu 26:20. Female 50-59: Mary Kelly 35:15.
Male 60-69: Rick Swift 26:46. Female 60-69: Kathy Wears 36:40.
Male 70 over: Merv Hodgson 35:46.
Male 14-Under: Sam Hackett 29:24. Female 14-Under: Natalie McCormick 37:34.
Male 15-19: Austin Scott 22:38. Female 15-19: Cassidy Scott 28:32.
Male 20-29: Joshua Akins 29:18. Female 20-29: Chrissy Tedaldi 30:28.
Male 30-39: Shawn Spriggs 24:40. Female 30-39: Shelby Wears 29:20.