TEMPE, AZ. - Local professional triathletes, Matt Russell and Leslie LaMacchia, both enjoyed strong outings at Ironman Arizona on Sunday.
Russell, a 29-year-old Lisbon native who now lives in Scotsdale Az., placed eighth in the Mens Pro Division (8th overall) with a time of 8:30.50 and the 34-year LaMacchia, who practices law in Houston Tex., recorded a personal best 10:26.24 in placing 21st in the Female Pro Division.
Russell, who enjoyed a breakout season which included a first place finish at Ironman Canada, came out of the water from the 2.4 mile swim (1:05:41) in 46th place and methodically moved up with a 4:25:46 112-mile bike ride and a 2:54:18 in the 26.2 mile marathon run.
Nils Frommold, a 26-year old from Germany, placed first in 8:03:16 after taking second in the race for the previous three years.
Frommhold came out the water in first place at 48:19, dropped to third on the bike and charged past two Americans in Paul Matthews (8:04:58) and Ti Tollakson (8:07:36) with a 2:48:06 marathon for the victory.
LaMacchia came out the water with in 23rd place with a 1:12:45 time and then moved up two places with a 5:14:47 bike and a 3:52:39 marathon run.
Two Americans in Linsey Corbine (9:01:44) and Meredith Kessler (9:01:44) led the womens field.
Luckies Team Stopped
Short NS Soccer Final 4
Top ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University and its goalie with local connections, freshman Morgan Luckie, were stopped short of the NCAA Division II Womens Soccer Final Four on Sunday a 1-0 loss to West Florida.
Luckie stopped three shots on the day for the 19-2-2 Pirates who had held their first ever national number one ranking since Oct. 8 when they defeated no. 2 West Florida 2-1.
Luckie is the daughter of two Ogdensburg natives in Jamie and Candace (Barr) Luckie of Charlotte, N.C. and frequent summer visitor to Ogdensburg. Morgan was hoping to add to the familys NCAA Final Four experiences gained by her dads two trips to NCAA Division I Final Four as a basketball official.
The magic ran out today. We had one defensive breakdown in the entire match and they made us pay said Armstrong Atlantic State Coach Eric Faulconer on the AAS webstite.We scored goals all year but our ability to finish high quality chances two games in a row was too much to overcome. It simply comes down to that.
Rachel Story needed to stop just one shot for the West Florida shutout despite Armstrong States 10-7 advantage in shots at goal.
Earn Collegiate Starts
Former Ogdensburg Free Academy basketball teammates in guard Megan Morrison and forward Lindsay Drummond both earned starts for their respective collegiate teams, Nazareth College and Alfred University, in tournament action over the weekend.
Morrison, a junior guard, earned her first career start for Nazareth College in the Golden Griffins Onnies Classic. The Griffins are coached by Colton-Pierrepont product Devin Gotham. After scoring six points off the bench in Nazareths season-opening 70-52 loss to SUNY Fredonia, Morrison moved into the starting lineup for a 58-55 victory in the first round of the tournament over Kueka College. Massenas Anna Riley scored six points for Fredonia.
Morrison contributed six points, three rebounds and three steals against Keuka which features another former OFA All-NAC selection on freshman Mackenzie Cole who saw four minutes of action.
Morrison grabbed two rebounds in 20 minutes of action in the tournaments championship game where Vassar downed the Griffs 69-62.
Drummond enjoyed two very accurate shooting outings for Alfred which fell to host Buffalo State in the first round of the Bison Classic and dropped a 73-61 decision to Alvernia in the consolation game.
Drummond netted six points on 3/5 shooting and added two rebounds and two assists in the loss to Buffalo State. Against Alvernia she netted 13 points on 5-9 shooting with eight rebounds and three assists. As a freshman she made nine starts averaging 5.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game and shooting 82 per cent from the free throw line.
In the preseason Lindsay played as well as any of our post players. Shes developed a good rip-and-go move and she has that ability to hit from the outside, said Alfred Coach Jay Murphy n the colleges website.