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Track and field: Canton, Malone win M-W Invite titles

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MADRID — Even at less than full strength, the Canton girls and Malone boys proved to be too strong for all challengers for the team titles at the Madrid-Waddington Track and Field Invitational on a cold and overcast Saturday.

Canton’s record-setting distance ace Laura Pierce and Malone standouts Morgan and Rourke Marlow, Connor Gordon, Cory LaMere and Harvey Smith were all competing at the Loucks Games in White Plains on Saturday.

The Canton girls posted a 148-106 margin of victory over Malone, with Tupper Lake outscoring Madrid-Waddington 81-76 for small school honors and third place.

The Malone boys tallied 141 points, with Potsdam shading Ogdensburg Free Academy, 80-78, for second place.

The Madrid-Waddington boys rounded out a high-scoring composite effort for the host school with 62.5 points.

The Section 10 contingent will return Saturday, along with entries from other sections at OFA, for the running of the 91st VanDusen Memorial Invitational.

“It was important for the girls today to place first without Laura (Pierce),” said Canton Coach John Casserly, who pointed to the development throughout the Canton ranks that manifested itself in victories in all three relays. “They really wanted it and everyone did a lot of things.

“This is a just a great team, which is really enjoyable to work with,” Casserly added. “We have several people who are coming into their own. Claire Olin had a fine meet today, she is a very underrated runner, and we call Paige Hamilton our stealth runner because she operates under the radar.”

Two Canton performers who operate well above radar, Maria Ricalton and Gema DelRossi, were honored as the Most Valuable Female Runners.

Ricalton led the 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs and ran on the winning 1,600 relay team with Gemma and Rebecca DelRossi and Hamilton. Gemma DelRossi led the 400 and 800 runs and was a member of a second winning relay combining with twin sister Rebecca, Hamilton and Abby Hampson in the 3,200 event.

Other MVPs of the meet were M-W’s Katie Marcellus in the throws, and Tupper Lake’s Sam Ormsby in the jumps.

Marcellus, who plans to continue her career at SUNY Plattsburgh next season, paced the discus throw with a personal best of 114 feet, 4 inches, and took second in the shot put to talented Tupper Lake eighth-grader Katie Zurek.

Marcellus is looking forward to majoring in occupational therapy at Plattsburgh and joining two former Section 10 champion throwers in Ashley and Amanda Gadway of Malone in the program.

“I got to be good friends with Gadway sisters, and I am looking forward to competing at the college level,” Marcellus said.

OFA’s Alex Wood showed his running ability as the Running MVP in the boys meet. Wood led the 200 and 800 dashes, and anchored Phillip Adami, Shaughn Wiers and Donovan Smith to a 1,600 relay victory with charge-from-behind in the anchor leg.

Jamiel Stapleton emerged as the leader of the Huskies’ effort as the Jumping MVP in a 110 hurdles, triple and high jump trifecta. Clifton-Fine’s Dave Dobronsky secured the MVP Thrower Award by sweeping shot put and discus throw honors.

Potsdam’s runner-up finish in the boys meet was led by double medalists in Peter Clark and Oden Robertson. Clark led the 400 hurdles and Robertson paced the 100 dash before the duo joined Ebuka Ononye and Tom Hobbs for a 400 relay victory.

Norwood-Norfolk’s Connor Levison led the 110 hurdles and combined with Deven Grant, Adam Saucier and Tyler Hardy on the first place 3,200 relay team. Tupper Lake’s Maddie Fortier posted a 100 and 200 sprint double in the girls meet.

Madrid-Waddington’s Austin Scott, who has set school records in the 400, 800 and 1,600 runs as a first-year senior, led the mile run. Dylan LaVoie led the 3,200 run as the latest in a long line of Malone distance standouts.

Rounding out the boys meet champions were the Massena duo of Kyle Nicholson in the 400 and Andrews Brush in the long jump and Rin Schanck in the pentathlon.

Rounding out the girls meet medalists were: Brian Hayes of Norwood-Norfolk in the pentathlon, Maria Perez of Malone in the 100 hurdles, teammate Rebekkah Bond in the 400 hurdles, Waheson Lazore of Massena in the high jump and Canton’s 400 relay quartet of Olin, Emma Collins, Carly Whiteford and Holly Williams.

“We had a good meet, even with the weather. The officials really did a good job keeping things moving,” M-W coach Larry LaMere said. “I just wish the Section 7 schools that have come in the past could have made it.”

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