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OFA Girls Climb To 2-1 In Senior Cross Country Meet


OFA's Senior Day Cross Country meet was staged in a biting cold gusting wind on the grounds of the St. Lawrence State Psychiatric Center grounds on Saturday morning.

Despite the fact the OFA Boys and Potsdam Girls did not field complete varsity teams the meet featured complete efforts and warming sportsmanship by all the runners and a feeling of gratitude by the Ogdensburg School District that it had the opportunity to honor four fine senior student athletes in Makenzie Spicer, Lexi Beaulieu, Mitchel McCarthy and Connor McRoberts.

Following their race Spicer and Beaulieu stayed at the finish line to support all the varsity boys runners.

"We have four fine seniors who have been with our program for a long time. We are happy to honor them today, they work hard and they are great to be around," said OFA Coach Chris McRoberts.

Beaulieu took second in the Girls Varsity in 22:09 seven seconds behind Potsdam's Isabelle Shatraw and led the Lady Devils who climbed to 2-1 with a win over an incomplete Potsdam squad. The Devils lone loss came in a one-point decision at Malone. Abigail Hughes of Potsdam placed third in 24:04 followed by a cluster of three OFA runners in Brianna Mc Roberts 24:53, Emma Murray 26:44 and Quinn Crosson 27:01.

Myah Myers 28:09, Jessica Harmon 31:17 and Makenzie Spicer 33:17 finished 8th, ninth and 10th for OFA.

Dean Finnegan of Potsdam (1-1) broke away from the field at the start of the Varsity Boys race and cruised to a winning time of 17:39 followed by OFA's Mitchel McCarthy in 20:29. Jack Joyce 20:39 and Emiliano Gomez 21:17 of Potsdam placed third and fourth and OFA's Connor McRoberts (22:18) and Jay Sovie (22:56) rounded out the top six.

In the Modified Races the OFA Girls received a victory over an incomplete Potsdam team which featured the top two runners in Millie Dean (11:45) and Adalei DeMarco 11:46. Jackie Lalonde 13:08 led OFA's runners who took the next five places: Karlin Finley 13:25, Delia Payne 14:14, Evelyn Davis 14:50 and Maeve Putman 16:15.

In the Modified Boys race Potsdam's three runners led the way: Chase 0:56 and Graham Rozler (10:01) and Max Haggett (10:05). Lucas Downie led OFA's six-man team in 10:37 followed by Tanner Smith 11:04, Jaxton Skelly 12:45, Seth Martell 12:57, Jackson Duprey 18:06 and Patrick Beaulieu 19:14.


The host Huskies and Bears split two well-contested races.

The Malone Boys climbed to 5-0 with a 29-30 victory where the Huskies overcame a 1-2 finish by Nick Lyndaker 17:40 and Max Finley 17:51. Dylan Perry led Malone in third place in 18:18 and the Huskies secured the win with a string of 6-10 finishers led by Tye Royal.

Shawn Shannon of Canton placed third in 18:29.

Grace McDonough 22:43 finished first and Julia Bessette 23:18 ran third to lead Canton (1-1-2) to a 25-32 victory which handed Malone its first loss. Bethany Poirier took second for Malone (4-1) in 23:12 and the decision swung to the Lady Bears' camp when Lydia Kennedy 24:30 and Emily Pandell 25:06 placed fourth and fifth and Delaney O'Brien took sixth.


The Gouverneur Boys recorded a 1-2 finish and the Lady Wildcats posted a 1-2-3 in a meet in Massena where the host Raiders were incomplete in both races.

Cole Siebels finished first and Jack Shroeder was second for the Gouverneur Boys (1-1) and Logan Dobbins finished third for Massena (0-1). Randi Griffith finished first for the Gouverneur Girls (1-1) and Ella Impaglia and Rikki Griffith finished second and third.


The Norwood-Norfolk Boys and Girls both climbed to 3-0 with wins over incomplete B-M squads. Owen Hass, Anthony Fiacco and Dominick Fiacco posted a 1-2-3 finish for the N-N Boys and Rachel Hewey and Maddie Ashley posted a 1-2 for the Lady Flyers. Olivia Bobbie placed third for the Panthers (0-2-3).

OFA honored its four Cross Country seniors and their parents on Saturday. (Dave Shea Photo)


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