St. Lawrence University’s Newell Athletics Center, Wednesday Evening

The Canton Boys Indoor Track and Field team may have taken second to Franklin Academy for the team title but they certainly flexed their muscles on the track claiming victories in every event greater than the 600 meters! The 3200 Meter Relay team of Brendan Nolan, Max Finley, Hayden Bregg and Nick Lyndaker cruised to a win in the opening race in a time of 9:26.04 leading the second place Huskies who ran a 9:38.70.

Coach Kris Boettcher pictured here with Seniors: From Left Hayden Bregg, Nick Lyndaker, Max Finley, Brendan Nolan, Emily Ames and Henry Hebb

The fun for the senior boys did not end there. Bregg went out very hard in the 600 meter race on his quest for a season’s best as he muscled his way to a 4 second victory over the second place finisher from Salmon River. As if two wins weren’t enough for Bregg, he then attempted to win a third race on the evening pushing hard in the 300 meter race falling short however of the task, taking third place to an outstanding runner from Indian River.

Senior Hayden Bregg earlier this season!

Max Finley and Nick Lyndaker put on probably the best show of the evening in the 1600 meter dash. Yes, the way manner in which they run the race it’s called 1600 meter “Dash”. The duo has not only an unbelievable friendship but they also have an equally strong desire to achieve. Friendship would be put on hold however, during this race! What looked to be a three horse race when a boy from Malone attempted to join the duo quickly became and “friendly” battle for bragging rights for the pair. Not to disappoint the hometown crowd as cheers came from all angles of the Newell Complex, the race would come down to the final lap! As the guys rounded the last corner it was clear that it would be a sprint to the finish! Fortunately for the automated timing system in use that night because not a person could truly tell which of them won the race! As their chests leaned across the line the timing system revealed that the race would go to Lyndaker in a time of 4:30.99 inching Finley who ran a 4:31.00.

Finley would then go on to win the 1000 meter race in a time of 2:48.08. Lyndaker would cruise to a third Championship hat in the 3200 meter run in a time of 9:56.09. Nick’s time was a full minute and thirty seconds faster than the second place runner.

Nick Lyndaker with family and officials receiving the Outstanding Male Athlete Award.

Nick would go on to win not only the Most Outstanding Runner event on the evening but was also selected by the Section X Officials as the Outstanding Male Athlete.

All four senior boys will advance to the NYSPHSAA State Championships at Ocean Breeze Athletic Center on Staten Island New York on Saturday, March 5.

Go Bears!

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