On Sept. 27 the Bears Cross Country teams had their first meet at home against OFA and Gouverneur. Coming off of a larger meet at Utica the Bears placed extremely well.

The girls team beat their opponents easily, taking the top three places, and putting six runners total in the top 10.

The girls varsity teams get underway on Sept. 27. (Photo courtesy of Shannon Shannon)

In the boys race Canton was far and away the most competitive team, putting nine runners in the top 10. The Canton course is slightly hilly, but the Bears had a home field knowledge that assisted with their pacing.

In the girl’s varsity 5k Canton freshman Bennett Schmitt took first place with a time of 22:01.87, followed by sophomore Johanna Tupper placing second with a 22:39.66, and senior Grace McDonough less than a second later with a 22:39.99. They were followed by Gouverneur runners Meredith Bush, who placed fourth with a 22:52.13; Rikki Griffith, who placed fifth with a 23:31.36; Zoe Griffith, who placed sixth with 24:33.41; and Abbie Bowman who placed seventh with a 25:02.25. The top ten was filled out by Canton sophomore CJ McKinley, who placed eighth with a 25:33.60; senior Rori McCarthy, who placed ninth with 25:44.01; and sophomore Violet Foster who placed tenth with a 26:17.71. The final score saw Canton place first with 23 points and Gouverneur place second with 34 points. OFA was unable to score because they only had two runners.

In the boy’s varsity 5k Canton sophomores Kaden Worthley, Daniel Armendariz-Huang, Lucas Watts and Rylan Lee-Powell took the top four spots with times of 20:07.42, 20:10.55, 20:55.03, and 21:16.22. Kaden Wells from Gouverneur took fifth with a time of 21:39.12, closely followed by junior Nick Moquin of Canton who placed sixth with a time of 21:42.92. Canton filled out the rest of the top ten with freshman Adam Sabatini who placed seventh with a 21:44.54, followed less that a second later by fellow Canton freshman Duncan Harper who took eighth with a time of 21:44.92. Canton junior Aaron Putman placed ninth with a time of 21:46.90 and Canton sophomore Aiden Pearson placed tenth with a 22:04.54. Canton finished with a total of 16 points, only one away from a perfect score of 15. Both Ogdensburg and Gouverneur had only four runners, so they were unable to score.

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