Beaulieu's Second Place Run Leads OFA In Home CC Meet
BY DAVE SHEA
OFA's two varsity cross country teams were incomplete for their home opener on Wednesday at the 3-mile course on the grounds of the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority. But there was no lack of effort in the Blue Devils' running according to Coach Chris McRoberts.
Leading the Devi Harrier was Lexi Beaulieu who took second in the Varsity Girls Race and Mitchel McCarthy and Cody Fifield finished 11th and 12th in the Varsity Boys Race.
In the Modified Races Tanner Smith led the OFA Boys in sixth place and Lucy Edwards paced the Lady Devils in seventh place.
Canton swept varsity team honors led by Girls Medalist Arianna Whittaker and Boys Medalist Nick Lyndaker.
"I was very happy with the way we ran today. Especially Lexi Beaulieu who had an awesome run. She has worked very hard and showed that she has a good shot at qualifying for the state meet," said OFA Coach Chris McRoberts who have his team back home on Tuesday.
"She really deserves to go the states."
VARSITY GIRLS RACE
Lexi Beaulieu (20:48) rendered an outstanding run to place second behind Canton standout Arianna Whitaker (19:47) in the Varsity Girls Race where Canton was the only complete team. Rounding out the top six of the race were: Grace McDonough of Canton (21:32), Saundra Kwasniak of Tupper Lake (21:49) and two Madrid-Waddington students who run for Canton through a merger agreement in Maria Allen (22:10), and Emily Pandel (23:52).
Canton's fifth runner was Katrina Schefield who took seventh in 24:18.
Because of injuries OFA only had two finishers in the game. Emma Murray was OFA's second finisher in 10th place in 24:57.
BOYS VARSITY RACE
Canton runners filled six of the top eight places and defeated Massena in the match of the only complete teams. Because of injuries OFA entered four runners and Tupper Lake two.
Nick Lyndaker (16:54) and Robert Reed (17:20) of Canton led the field with Massena's John Harvey running third in 1929.
Cooper Stuntz (17:56) and Sean Shannon (18:24) placed fourth and fifth and Tupper Lake's Patrick Cote (19:02) took sixth.
Mitchel McCarthy (19:32) and Cody Fifield (19:39) led the OFA entries in 11th and 12th place. James Martin (19450 took 14th in his first varsity race and Brogan LaRose (22:04) finished 18th.
OFA entered the only complete in the Modified Girls Race which was led by Natalie Pearson (10:17) of Canton and Reagan Fritts (10:33) of Tupper Lake. Lucy Edwards (12:43) led OFA in seventh place and Evelyn Crews (13:16), Jessica Harmon (13:53), Emma Johnson (14:16), June Fuller (16:24) and Maive Putman (16:30) finished 11th through 15th.
Five of OFA's sixth runners are seventh graders.
The Massena duo of Taka Thompson and Brooks Meller led the Modified Boys Race where Canton downed OFA in a match of the only complete teams. Daniel C (9:16) and Payton Ashley (9:25) led Canton in third and fourth place.
Seventh grader Tanner Smith (9:42) led OFA in sixth place and the other Blue Devil finishers were: Landon Polniak (10:12) in ninth place, Dillon Rivers (11:23) in 19th place, Aiden Irish (13:06) in 25th place, Adrian Place (13:25), in 27th place, Peyton Worden (13:31)in 29th place, Gavin Shaver (14:11) in 30th place and Judson Wells (14:40), Gavin McGill (14:56) and Austin Lawton (`15:04) in 31st-33rd place.
N-N RUNNERS SWEEP
In a talent rich matchup at Potsdam Norwood-Norfolk swept the varsity races defeating Potsdam and Salmon River. The host Sandstoners downed Salmon River in Boys and Girls action.
In the Girls action it was N-N 25 - Potsdam 31, N-N 16 - Salmon River 46 and Potsdam 17 - Salmon River 39. N-N's Maddy Dinneen led the way in 18:31 followed by Potsdam's Isabelle Shattraw in 19:45.87. Shannon Colbert gained a key third place finish for N-N.
In Boys action it was N-N 23 - Potsdam 40, N-N 15 - SR 48 and Potsdam 26 - SR 31.
Skye Crocker issued a medalist run for Potsdam at 17:48 followed by 12 N-N striders led by Clayton Reed in 17:59 and Laeton Colbert in 18:04.46.