It was anything but unusual for OFA and Malone to stage a duel of unbeatens in Thursdays Boys Track-Field triangular at the Blue Devils Alton W. Elliott Athletic Complex.
The Huskies 149.5-91.50 margin of victory didnt reflect the tradition of the rivalry but did verify the overall talent and the fathoms of depth in the Malone distance corps.
Both teams claimed wins over a small Salmon River contingent. Malone downed OFA 191-121 in the Girls Meet and both teams downed Salmon River.
The OFA, Malone and Salmon River teams will all compete at the Madrid-Waddington Invitational on Saturday (11 a.m. start).
The Huskies, who climbed to 7-0 on the season, are led by three Division I recruits in sprinter Harvey Smith, the Section 10 100 meter dash recordholder, who is bound for Notre Dame and the distance tandem of Morgan (University of Massachusetts) and Rourke Marlow (University of Hartford).
Smith led the 100 and 200 dashes with another Huskie distance stalwart, Dylan Lavoie, leading the 1600 and 3200 runs. The Huskies field performers were led by a double medalists in Jamiel Stapleton (HJ, LJ).
OFA showed similar quality in its leadership as Alex Wood, who led the 800 run in 2:01.7 which is the best time in the NAC this season, ran second to Smith in the sprints with excellent times of 11.3 and 23.80 and combined with 400 dash medalist Donovan Smith, Andrew Colburn and Collin Sovie to win the 4x400 relay.
Taylor Bouchard emerged as a double medalist in the field leading the long jump and triple jump and Russ Jacquith paced the discus throw.
Malone is an extremely strong and extremely large team. But we performed well, said OFA Coach John Tebo.
Alex Wood had a great meet today. To be able to run such excellent times in the 800 and the two sprints is really unusual.
OFAs other individual first place points against SR came from: Bouchard (400H) and Joe Grizzuto (1600. HJ, 3200).
The Malone Girls climbed to 7-1 with a sweep while OFA finished the day at 2-4-1.
We had a good day. To score 121 points against Malone was very good, said OFA Diane Jeneault.
Sarah Mitchells race in the 3000 was excellent. She is really coming along.
Mitchell (11:50.80) matched strides with Malones Rebekkah Bond (11:49.20) who pulled away in the final 200 meters.
Bond also won the 400 hurdles for the Huskies who received a 1500-800 double from Carrie Pomainville and a 100-200-LJ triple from Hannah Perry who also anchored the winning 4x100 relay team.
Nikki Duprey emerged a triple medalist for OFA leading the 100 and 200 dashes and anchoring Charlotte Miller, Markie Willard and Danielle Steenkamer on the first place 4x100 relay team.
Individual first places against Salmon River came from Kayla Tolman (110H, TJ), Steenkamer (1500), Kurstyn Macaulay (400), Ellen Miller (400H), Emily Switzer (800), Sarah Mitchell (3000), Charlotte Miller (LJ), Shawna Rickett (DT) and Samantha King (SP).
In boys lacrosse action on Thursday night OFA fell to Potsdam in overtime 9-8. See story on Pag 3B.