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The 2013 Northern Athletic Conference Cross Country campaign opened on Tuesday with Gouverneur hosting Tupper Lake and OFA and Canton hosting Norwood-Norfolk and Brushton-Moira on a very hot and humid late afternoon.

“The course at the Gouverneur Country Club was up and down hills and today just as the meet began the humidity was very bad. I wasn’t really looking at times but I felt we did well for the first meet,” said OFA coach Chris McRoberts after his Lady Devils received a win from an incomplete Tupper Lake team and lost to Gouverneur 24-31 and his Devil Boys lost to Tupper Lake 23-34 and Gouverneur 19-38.

Gouverneur’s Margeux Simmons and Gabby Dunkelberg went 1-2 in the girls race that saw just 14 runners entered. Simmons combed the 3.1 course in 23:36 while Dunkelberg finished 24:20.

Sarah Mitchell produced OFA’s best time in a solid run of 24:45 for third with Kurstyn Macaulay placing fourth in 25:40 and Ellen Miller (30:12) ran seventh.

Markie Willard ran 11th for OFA in 35:24 and Shauna Rickett was 14th in 38:13.

The Wildcats finished 1-2-5 with Luke Dunkelberg at 18:56, Jake Erdman at 19:09 and Fred Nentwick at 22:04. OFA’s Donovan Smith ran third in 19:46. Anson Gagnier of Tupper Lake finished fourth on the 3.1 mile course in 21:54.

Nick Vielhauer provided OFA’s second best time in 22:37 (10th), Joe Grizzuto was 12th in 23:27, Bailey Phelps was 13th in 23:39, Garrett Dennis (22nd 27:37), Owen Pearson (23rd 27:58) and Colin Sovay (24th 28:10). Also competing for OFA were Ian Pearl (30th), Sebastian Quintillani (33rd), Seth Tebo (34th), Nate Stowe (35th).

“Donovan (Smith) is coming into his own and Nick (Vielhauer) had a great race,” said McRoberts.

MEET AT CANTON

Laura Pierce, a Lisbon student, paced the 3.1 mile course for Canton in 19:51 but Norwood-Norfolk swept the Bears 27-28 and Brushton-Moira 17-45. Canton beat B-M 19-36.

Kaycie Saucier (19:52), Leah Livernois (22:02), Hanah Gray (22:03) placed second through four for the Flyers. Madrid-Waddington student Cassidy Scott ran sixth for Canton (23:09).

“We were missing some of our faster runners today but the girls ran well,” said Canton Coach Tom VanDeWater

In the boys meet, N-N finished 1-2-3 behind Kyle Fulk (18:24), Adam Saucier (20:59), and Deven Grant (20:59). The Flyers topped Canton 16-46 and incomplete Brushton-Moira. Brandon Fenn took seventh in 21:49 to lead Canton.

Meet at Malone

Malone swept incomplete Potsdam and Salmon River as Rebekkah Bond finished first In the boys meet.

Malone filled the top 10 positions in the boys race paced by Dylan Lavoie, Will Bronner and Patrick Gordon.

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