Five Bears XC Runners Win All-Northern Honors at Interdivisionals

The Bears XC teams returned to Ogdensburg for Section X Interdivisionals, where the top seven runners received First Team All-Northern honors, and the next seven comprised Second Team All-Northern.

Freshman Bennett Schmitt made First Team All-Northern and sophomores Johanna Tupper, Lucas Watts, Daniel Armendariz-Huang, and Kaden Worthley made Second Team All-Northern. The entire section competed, including Norwood-Norfolk, Franklin Academy, Salmon River, Potsdam, Ogdensburg, Massena, Tupper Lake, Brushton-Moira, and Gouverneur.

The Boys team sailed to second overall, beating Salmon River and Franklin Academy for the first time this season after losing to Franklin Academy by one point, two meets in a row. The Girls team placed third overall even though they were missing runners due to illness.

In the boys race Norwood-Norfolk junior Dominic Fiacco finished first with a time of 16:44.96, followed by senior Watson Chodat from Franklin Academy, who had a time of 17:13.20. Third went to Norwood-Norfolk senior Anthony Fiacco who had a 17:33.11. For Canton, sophomores Lucas Watts (18:52.55), Daniel Armendariz-Huang (18:59.92), and Kaden Worthley (19:08.33) placed eighth, ninth, and eleventh. Canton’s fourth and fifth runners were sophomore Rylan Lee-Powell, who placed 21st with a time of 20:06.25, and freshman Adam Sabatini, who placed 25th with a time of 20:20.25. Norwood-Norfolk placed first with 22 points, followed by Canton in second with 74 points, Salmon River in third with 83 points, Franklin Academy in fourth with 86 points, and Potsdam in fifth with 102 points.

In the Girls race Norwood-Norfolk’s senior Sharon Colbert and freshman Madison Carista took first and second place with times of 20:04.08 and 20:27.41. The next runner to complete the race was Canton freshman Bennett Schmitt. Canton Sophomore Johanna Tupper placed eighth with a time of 21:49.21. The next three finishers for Canton were sophomore CJ McKinley, who placed 16th with a time of 24:24.45, senior Rori McCarthy who placed 19th with a time of 24:41.73, and sophomore Hailey Burnett who placed 24th with a time of 25:38.17.

The girls team still managed third place overall in the section despite missing key runners. The final scores had Norwood in first with 20 points, Gouverneur in second with 60 points, Canton was right behind them in third with 62 points, Franklin Academy in fourth with 103 points, and Brushton-Moira in fifth with 113 points.

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