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N-N boys sweep Canton, B-M in NAC cross country opener

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NORFOLK - The Norwood-Norfolk boys cross country team opened the 2012 NAC season by claiming a home sweep over Canton (15-50) and Brushton-Moira (27-28) on Tuesday.

Jay Kepes of Canton led the field with a time of 19:08 but the host Flyers took four of the next seven places in sweeping team honors. Kyle Fulk was second overall in 19:34. Devn Grant ran fifth in 20:00 while Adam Saucier placed seven in 20:46 followed by Connor Levison in 21:17.

Luke Ducharme paced B-M by placing third in 19:44.

Canton dominated the girls meet as Laura Pierce (19:52), Maria Ricalton (20:30) and Lauren Orosz (20:32) finished one-two-three for the Lady Bears as they beat N-N 17-44 and B-m 15-50.

Kaycie Saucier was fourth overall in 21:01 to pace N-N which gained a split by outscoring B-M 16-42. Leah Livernois was eighth overall for the Lady Flyers in 23:12 followed by Jeff Fulk in 24:04.

MEET AT MALONE

There was very little team competition for the Franklin Academy boys and girls cross country teams as the host Huskies opened the regular season with wins over Potsdam and an incomplete Salmon River contingent.

The FA boys dropped Potsdam 17-46 while both Malone and Potsdam defeated an incomplete Salmon River team, 15-50. The Lady Huskies won 21-36 over Potsdam while both teams picked up 15-50 victories over Salmon River.

Running on the revamped 3.1-mile course, the Huskies’ Corey Lamere established a new course record in posting his first-place finishes.

Lamere had company at the finish line as teammates Connor Gordon and Morgan Marlow were second and third, respectively. The three FA runners were all within one second of one another with Lamere crossing in 18 minutes, 36.9 seconds. Gordon finished in 18:37.2 and Marlow ran the course in 18:37.4.

Potsdam’s Ethan Vinson ruined the FA sweep with his fourth-place finish in 18:52 as Malone crossed the next nine consecutive runners. Rourk Marlow (19:04) and Dylan LaVoie (19:32) rounded out the top five for Malone,y finishing fifth and sixth, respectively.

Salmon River’s David Dawson, who is in his first year of cross country competition covered the 3.1-mile course in 27:04.

For the Lady Huskies, Carrie Pomainville (23:52), Morgan Bronner (25:35), Charlene Scott (25:35) and Brooke Bronner (25:40) finished second through fifth, respectively, as Potsdam’s Madi Dow won the girls’ race in a course-record time of 23:43. FA’s Rinn Schanck rounded out the scoring for the lady Huskies, finishing seventh overall in 26:11.

MEET AT OFA

Led by medalist runs by Danielle Steenkamer and Alex Wood, the ODFA Cross Country teams opened their Northern Conference season by winning three of four close decisions in action against Gouverneur and Tupper Lake at the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority grounds.

Steenkamer broke away early and cruised to a one-minute margin over Gabby Dunkelberg of Gouverneur leading the OFA girls to a 25-30 win over Tupper Lake and a 22-33 margin over the Wildcats.

Three freshmen in Ellen Miller (8th), Sara Mitchell (8th) and Markie Williard (14th) were all cited for strong runs behind Kurstyn Macauley who ran placed fourth behind Tupper Lake standout Hannah Klossner.

Alex Wood answered a late charge by Gouverneur’s Jake Erdman to post a 10-second margin of victory (17:18-17:28) for trhe OFA Boys who nipped Tupper Lake 27-28 but lost to Gouverneur 24-31.

Steenkamer broke away early and cruised to a one-minute margin over Gabby Dunkelberg of Gouverneur leading the OFA girls to a 25-30 win over Tupper Lake and a 22-33 margin over the Wildcats.

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