MADRID - Jaliegh Pier had a decision to make. Continue playing girls lacrosse or pursue track and field.
The Canton Central junior chose the latter and that sits just fine with Golden Bear coach John Casserly.
"Jaliegh is such a talent. She's going to break all the school records. She's a super track kid. Her decision to come to track is really going to be to her advantage," said Casserly after the heralded sprinter won the 100 and 200 meters, as well as contributing a leg on the winning 400 relay team, at the annual Northern Athletic Conference Invitational hosted by Madrid-Waddington Central on Saturday.
Pier is in her first year of spring track after two seasons of success in indoor track convinced her to make the move from lacrosse, which is also played in the spring.
"I went to states in the 55 dash my first year and then again this winter. That's when I decided track was what I wanted to pursue," said Pier who hopes to one day attend Dartmouth College and run sprints for the Big Green.
"People have always told me I'm fast. My goals in track right now are to break some high school records and to have fun."
Pier is still learning proper sprinting techniques from the veteran Casserly who is known for producing top distance runners, but apparently knows his way around the sprint arena as well.
"I still have a lot to learn and coach Casserly is really helping me. I definitely need to work on the blocks, on arm techniques and on where your legs are supposed to be under you. I have a ways to go."
Casserly is currently working with a strong group of sprinters who combined with Pier to win the 400 relay on Saturday, including Marilyn Kitts, Bridget Sanderson and Jen Lomacki.
"Jaliegh and all these girls have fired themselves up this year. They're the hardest working group of sprinters we've had here in a long time. They're really fun to coach."
Team-wise, it was Malone's day as the Huskies swept the championships of both the boys and girls meets. The Huskie Boys outscored OFA 171-101 while the Lady Huskies outpointed Canton 137-93.
Other individual winners in the girls meet included Tupper Lake's Kyla Kenyon in the 100 hurdles, the 400 and the 800; Malone's Rebekkah Bond in the 1500; Malone's Kylee Disotelle in the 400, M-W's Lauren Orosz in the 3000, Northeastern Clinton's Mallory Honan in the long jump, Tupper Lake's Samantha Ormsby in the triple jump, Tupper Lake's Hannah Klossner in the high jump, Massena's Courtney White in the shot put, Malone's Amanda Gadway in the discus; and Saranac Lake's Nikki Trudeau in the pentathlon.
Winners in the boys meet included OFA's Nick Crawford in the 110 hurdles and high jump; OFA's Christian Lesperance in the 400 and long jump; Malone's Harvey Smith the 100 and 200; Massena's Anto Almasian the shot put and discus; OFA's Alex Wood in the 1600; Malone's Chris Payton in the 400 hurdles, Saranac Lake's Jon Davison the 800; Malone's Connor Gordon in the 3200; Malone's Austin Perry in the triple jump and Tupper Lake's Bryan Geiger in the Pentathlon.
MADRID - The OFA Boys registered a strong second place showing while host Madrid-Waddington enjoyed a solid collective showing as the hosts for the Northern Conference American Legion Invitational on Saturday.
The OFA Boys scored 101 points placing second to an impressive 171-point showing by Malone under a steady rain. The M-W Boys placed fourth with 58.5 points and the Lady Yellowjackets took sixth with 40.5 points.
Leading the OFA Boys was Nick Crawford, Christian Lesperance and Alex Wood.
Crawford received the Outstanding Jumper Award after winning the 110 hurdles with a NAC season-best time of 15.7, leading the high jump and taking second in the 400 hurdles.
Lesperance recorded a triple medalist outing by winning the 400 meter run and the long jump with a personal best 19' 3" and combining with Grenier, Wood who soloed to a first in the 1600 meter run and Nick Steenkamer for a 4x400 relay victory.
"Our 4x4 team is really coming along, Nick Crawford ran the best time of the season in the hurdles and Taylor Bouchard is showing promise in the pentathlon," said OFA Coach John Tebo.
"The weather was miserable, hopefully the Van Dusen will be warm on Saturday."
Crawford and Zach Grenier ran 1-2 in the 110 hurdles and Zach Petell completed another 1-2 following Crawford in the high jump. Other Devil scoring efforts came from: Lesperance (3rd 100), Steenkamer (4th 400), the 4x800 relay team of Gian Rufa, Aaron Peo, Russ Jaquith and Colin Sovie which took fourth and Taylor Bouchard (5th Pentathlon).
The OFA Girls scored five points with Kurstyn Macaulay placing sixth in the 3000 meters and the 4x800 relay team of Janelle Fredericks, Macaulay, Julianne Mitchell and Danielle Steenkamer taking fifth.
M-W's lone first place of the day came from Lauren Orosz in the Girls 3000 meter run. Other scoring for the Lady Jackets came from: Shelby MacIntosh (6th 100H, 4th TJ), Orosz (6th 1500), sixths by the 4x800 relay team of Courtney Ashley, Jennifer King, Jessica Lamay and Orsoz and the 4x100 relay team of King, Katie Marcellus, Shelby MacIntosh and Brittany Pierce; Brittany Pierce (4th LJ, 3rd TJ), Katie Marcellus (5th shot put, 5th discus) and Ashley Schiller (4th discus).
The M-W Boys enjoyed an immediate scoring burst as Tyler Jaquith, Jerry Jock and Zach Marcellus ran 3-4-5 in the 110 hurdles. Jaquith also took third in the high jump, Tyler Whiteford placed second in the discus throw and Brom Steinberg placed second in the Pentathlon.
Other M-W scoring efforts were: Kody Sharlow (4th 1600, 3200), Marcellus (3rd 400H), Jock (5th LJ), Randy Ball (6th TJ), Will O'Bryan (6th discus) and a sixth in the 4x100 relay with Jaquith, Marcellus, Jock and Ball.