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Canton Girls, Malone Boys lead track sectionals

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CANTON — For the Canton girls and Malone boys, the Section 10 outdoor track and field championship meet capped an end to a perfect school year.

Both teams dominated the two-day event at St. Lawrence University and ended the school year as champions in cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field.

Canton’s girls finished 69 points ahead of second-place Madrid-Waddington, totalling 153 points. Malone was third with 80. The Golden Bear girls produced seven individual-event titles and won all three relays.

Malone’s boys earned 194 points and were 74 ahead of second-place Ogdensburg Free Academy. Potsdam was third with 83. The Huskies had eight individual-event winners.

“We had some really good performances here and there,” Malone boys coach Matt Tessier said. “We knew we had to stack events in order to win the meet. It just kind of went pretty smoothly all the way until the three relays. We had some disappointments, but that’s part of what track is all about. You have to live with the results of some of the events, how they go.”

The top performance Thursday belonged to Canton sophomore Laura Pierce, who won the 3,000-meter run in a time of 10 minutes, 17.78 seconds, breaking the Section 10 record of 10:21.3 set by Massena’s Jody Richards set in 1985. Pierce won the 1,500 on Wednesday and she ran a leg on Canton’s winning 1,600 relay.

“It went good,” Pierce said. “I went out really fast, which I like doing. It makes it easier the second half. I was pretty happy with that. I’d have liked to have run a little faster.”

Pierce, a Lisbon student who runs for Canton as part of a merger agreement, is the youngest of five kids, all of whom have ran for Canton. Her oldest brother, Jon, was a state champion in the 3,000 and 1,600 in 2002 and competed at Stanford University.

Although she set a record in the 3,000, she will not compete in that event next weekend at the state meet at Cicero-North Syracuse.

“I’m going to go for the 1,500,” Pierce said. “I’ve run 4:41 in the 1,500 and the Section 10 record is 4:38.5 (Katie Tyler, 1988) so I’d like to aim for that and I think I should make it into the fast heat, hopefully, so that should make it easier. I just keep having fun and working for the team and doing individual things. I’m really happy.”

Joining Pierce as a champion from Canton were Jen Lomaki (long jump), Rebecca DelRossi (800), Gemma DelRossi (400), Jayleigh Pier (200) and Lindsay Proulx (pentathlon).

Madrid-Waddington’s Brittany Pierce won the 100 and triple jump and Clifton-Fine’s Hunter Hitchman won the steeplechase and 400 hurdles. Malone’s Kylee Disotelle won the 100 hurdles. Madrid-Waddington’s Katie Marcellus won the shot put. Clifton-Fine’s Lindsay Johnson won the discus and Tupper Lake’s Hannah Klossner took the high jump.

Malone’s boys effort was led by sprinter Harvey Smith and middle distance runner Conor Gordon. Smith set a Section 10 record in the 200 trials Wednesday, finishing in 22.15 seconds. He won the 100 and 200 Thursday but was sick and finished second in the 200.

“I’ve been sick for two weeks,” Smith said. “I had a heat stroke two weeks ago and I haven’t recovered and I’m just trying to get well for states. I’m definitely going to (compete) in the 400, maybe the 200.”

Gordon won the 1,600 on Wednesday and added a win in the 3,200 Thursday. Malone’s other winners were Corey Lamere (steeplechase), Aaron Sharlow (long jump), Aaron Decosse (pentathlon) and Mike Sharrow (shot put).

The top boys individual was OFA’s Nick Crawford, who won the 110 hurdles, 400 hurdles and high jump. Crawford, who will run for SLU in the fall, also ran on OFA’s championship 400 relay.

“I think I did pretty well,” Crawford said. “I didn’t get exactly what I wanted in the 400 hurdles but I improved the first half of it. In the 400 hurdles (at the state meet) I’d like to get 54.4, to break our school record, and hopefully get a medal.”

Potsdam won the 1,600 and 3,200 relays. The foursome of Joe Bartlett, Ethan Kelly, Tyler Belleau and Ethan Vinson combined to pace the 1,600 in 3:37. Teaming up to lead the 3,200 were Kelly, Vinson, Bartlett and Ebuka Ononye in a time of 8:14.59.

Other boys individual champions included: Clifton-Fine’s David Dobronsky (discus), OFA’s Alex Wood (800), OFA’s Christian Lesperance (200) and OFA’s Zach Petell (triple jump).

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