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High school track and field: Canton girls team overcomes adversity to win Madrid-Waddington Invitational

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MADRID — The Canton girls track and field team continued to show the extreme depth and breadth of its talent on Saturday by claiming the team title at Madrid-Waddington Invitational.

The Golden Bears out scored Malone, 174-135, in the latest big meet matchup in a time-honored rivalry, a matchup that is a prelude for Monday’s dual meet showdown.

And in that showdown, the Bears could be without the services of University of Virginia bound Laura Pierce, the holder of several Section 10 distance records, who has been sidelined this week with a severe cold.

“To win today without Laura Pierce says a lot about our team,” said Tori Daley, a sophomore middle distance runner for Canton. “This team is really amazing, we have it all. Our distance people could win sprint events and we have sprinters who can do distance events very well.

“To me it is really something to be on a team with Laura and Gemma and Rebecca DelRossi who are all going to run for Division I colleges. They are a great runners and great people. I have always loved track and field because of the sportsmanship. You compete hard in the meets and then afterwards people on both teams are always very friendly.”

First-year Canton coach Barry Whiteford said that his team’s achievements are remarkable because they have no track and field facilities because of an on-going construction project.

“We really have no place to training right now. We run in the halls or we run the streets but the girls just keep racking up the personal bests,” Whiteford said. “These girls really work hard and our seniors are really tough. Wait until our facilities are completed and then you will really see something.”

The Bears showed a lot in outscoring a talented Malone team.

Meanwhile, the Malone boys continued to reap the fruits of a major rebuilding project outscoring OFA 171-94 for team honors.

The Malone boys are also undefeated in the dual meet ranks after replacing an extraordinary senior class from a year ago.

“We had some people who didn’t perform last year come back out and we have several people who developed a great deal,” said Malone coach Matt Tessier. “Tyler Martin is a great example. We didn’t know what to expect from him and he is now our best sprinter.”

The Huskies and Bears were both well-represented in the meet’s individual awards.

For Canton, Morgan Rosser was honored as the outstanding jumper and Maria Ricalton was cited as the outstanding runner. For Malone, Dan Badgley was named the outstanding jumper and Tahatakenta Boots shared the outstanding thrower award with Madrid-Waddington’s Ian Hawkins.

O’den Robertson of Potsdam was voted the outstanding runner in the boys meet, and Katie Zurek of Tupper Lake received the outstanding female thrower award.

Rosser led the triple jump and placed second and third in the long jump and high jump, and Ricalton led the 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs and combined with Gemma and Rebecca DelRossi and Paige Hamilton on the winning 1,600 relay. Zurek swept shot put and discus honors.

Robertson led a dominant showing by the Potsdam sprint corps. He and Dan Stone placed 1-2 in both the 100- and 200 -meter dashes and then teamed with Taylor Prosper and Sam Lee to win the 400-meter dash.

Badgley led the 110 and 400 hurdles races, took third in the long jump, and second in the high jump. In the throwing events Boots placed first in the shot put and second in the discus, and Hawkins led the discus throw and took second in the shot put.

The Potsdam sprint control extended into the girls meet where Maddie Drechsel led the 100 and 200 dashes. Rebekkah Bond led the Malone girls, winning the 400 hurdles and the 400 dash.

Rebecca and Gemma DelRossi placed 1-2 in the 800 run for Canton, shared the 3,200 relay victory, and combined with Daley and Paige Hamilton on the winning 1,600 relay. Claire Olin was another double medalist as she paced the long jump and collaborated with Dasha LaPoint, Carly Whiteford and Emma Collins for a 400 relay victory.

Canton’s Lindsay Proulx won a sterling day-long duel with Norwood-Norfolk’s Brianna Hayes for the outdoor pentathlon title.

Highlighting OFA’s second place finish in the boys meet was a 1-2-3 finish by Jake Sias, Taylor Bouchard and Alex Sias in the triple jump. Smith also led the 400 dash and combined with Bouchard, Jake Sias and high jump medalist Joe Grizzuto on the winning 1,600 relay.

Rounding out the individual medalists on the day were: Norwood-Norfolk’s Kyle Fulk (1,600), Malone’s Joe Tracy (800) and Jamiel Stapleton (outdoor pentathlon), Jacob Erdman of Gouverneur (3,200) and Massena’s Andrew Brush (long jump) and Marissa Perez (110 hurdles).

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