MADRID - Even at less than full strength, the Canton Girls and Malone Boys proved to be too strong for all challengers for the team titles at the Madrid-Waddington American Legion Track-Field Invitational on a cold, overcast Saturday.
Cantons record-setting distance ace Laura Pierce and Malone standouts in Rourke Marlow, Connor Gordon, Cory LaMere and Harvey Smith were all competing at the Glen W. Loucks Memorial Games in White Plains on Saturday.
The Canton Girls posted a 148-106 margin of victory over Malone with Tupper Lake outscoring Madrid-Waddington 81-76 for small school honors and third place.
The Malone Boys tallied 141 points with Potsdam shading OFA 80-78 for second place. The M-W Boys rounded out a high-scoring composite effort for the host school with 62.5 points.
The Section 10 Track-Field contingent will re-assemble on Saturday, along with entries from other sections at OFA, for the running of the 90th VanDusen Memorial Invitational.
It was important for the girls today to place first without Laura (Pierce). They really wanted it and everyone did a lot of things, said Canton Coach John Casserly who pointed to the development throughout the Bear ranks which manifested itself in victories in all three relays.
This is a just a great team which is really enjoyable to work with. We have several people who are coming into their own. Claire Olin had a fine meet today, she is a very underrated runner and we call Paige Hamilton our Stealth Runner because she operates under the radar.
Two Canton performers who operate well above radar, Maria Ricalton and Gemma DelRossi, were honored as the Most Valuable Female Runners.
Ricalton led the 1500 and 3000 meter runs and ran on the winning 4x400 relay team with Gemma and Rebecca DelRossi and Paige Hamilton. Gemma DelRossi led the 400 and 800 meter runs and was also a member of a second winning relay combining with her twin sister Rebecca, Paige Hamilton and Abby Hampson in the 4x800 event.
Other MVPs of the Girls Meet were M-Ws Katie Marcellus in the throws and Tupper Lakes Sam Ormsby in the jumps.
Marcellus, who plans to continue her track-field career at SUNY Plattsburgh next season, paced the discus throw with a personal best of 114 4 and took second in the shot put to Tupper Lakes talented eighth grader Katie Zurek.
Marcellus is looking forward to majoring Occupational Therapy at SUNY Plattsburgh and joining two former Section 10 champion throwers in Ashley and Amanda Gadway of Malone in the track-field program.
I got to be good friends with them (Gadway sisters) and I am looking forward to competing at the college level, said Marcellus.
OFAs Alex Wood showed the depth of his running ability as the Running MVP of Boys Meet. Wood led the 800 and 200 meter dashes and anchored Phillip Adami, Shaughn Wiers and Donovan Smith to a 4x400 relay victory with charge-from-behind in the anchor leg.
Jamiel Stapleton emerged as the leader of the Malone championship effort as the Jumping MVP in a 110 hurdles, triple, high jump trifecta. Clifton-Fines Dave Dobronsky secured the MVP Thrower Award by sweeping shot put and discus throw honors.
Potsdams second place finish in the Boys Meet was led by double medalists in Peter Clark and Oden Robertson. Clark led the 400 hurdles and Robertson paced the 100 meter dash before the duo joined Ebuka Ononye and Tom Hobbs for a 4x100 relay victory.
Norwood-Norfolks Connor Levison led the 110 hurdles and combined with Deven Grant, Adam Saucier and Tyler Hardy on the first place 4x800 relay team. Tupper Lakes Maddie Fortier posted a 100-200 meter sprint double in the Girls Meet.
Madrid-Waddingtons Austin Scott, who has set school records in the 400, 800 and 1600 meter runs as a first-year senior, led the 1600 run. Dylan LaVoie led the 3200 run as the latest in a long line Malone distance standouts.
Rounding out the Boys Meet champions were the Massena duo of Kyle Nicholson in the 400 and Andrews Brush in the long jump and Bach Schanck in the Outdoor Pentathlon.
Rounding out the Girls Meet medalists were: Brianna Hayes of Norwood-Norfolk in the Outdoor Pentathlon, Maria Perez of Malone in the 100 hurdles, teammate Rebekkah Bond in the 400 hurdles, Waheson Lazore of Massena in the high jump and Cantons 4x100 relay quartet of Emma Collins, Claire Olin, Carly Whiteford and Holly Williams.
We had a very good meet, even with the weather. The officials really did a good job keeping things moving, said M-W Coach Larry LaMere.
I just wish the Section 7 schools that have come in the past could have made it.