Track Invitational Missing More than Half the Teams Due to Cold

On Friday, February 3 the Indoor Track teams in Section X were supposed to have a large invitational at SLU, in which many teams from Section III would be coming over to compete with Section X schools for the only time this season. Unfortunately, many schools from St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties, as well as most of the schools from Section III were unable to come due to the extremely cold temperatures. Of the 17 teams, only nine were able to make it. Even though there were fewer teams than expected, the Bears were still able to put up some strong times and distances, finding lots of competition with Clinton High School, which had a very large team.

Caleb Young in the 4×400. (Photo courtesy of Shannon Shannon)

The Canton boys 4×800 meter took second to Norwood-Norfolk with a time of 9:11.52, a season-best for the team consisting entirely of sophomores. The relay team’s members were Daniel Armendariz-Huang, Rylan Lee-Powell, Lucas Watts, and Aiden Rodriguez-Doyle. Canton teams swept the 60-meter dash, with senior Hailee Blair running to first place with a time of 8.64 for the girls, and senior Caleb Young placing first for the boys with a time of 7.56. In the 60-meter hurdles, Canton junior Stella Shipman placed second in the girls race with a time of 10.74, and Canton senior Owen Hall placed third for the boys with a time of 10.77. The girls 4×200 meter relay (Hailee Blair, Stella Shipman, Julia Seegar, and Madison Brandy) placed first with a 1:56.99, which is the fastest time in the section on the season so far. In the girl’s 1500-meter run, Canton eighth-grader Aurora Casserly placed third with a time of 5:16.07, and Canton Freshman Bennett Schmitt placed fifth with a time of 5:17.08. This scoring was mirrored in the boy’s 1600-meter run, where Canton sophomore Daniel Armendariz-Huang placed third with a 4:53.79, and sophomore Lucas Watts placed fifth with a 5:03.49. In the girls 600-meter run, Senior Grace McDonough placed fifth with a 1:57.59. In the boys 600-meter run, sophomore Rylan Lee-Powell placed first with a time of 1:38.23, and sophomore Aiden Rodriguez-Doyle placed second right behind him, with a time of 1:38.88. For the girls 300-meter dash senior Rori McCarthy from Canton took second with a time of 46.55, and in the boys 300-meter dash, senior Caleb Young placed first with a time of 37.81. Canton Senior Owen Hall also tied for third in this event, with a time of 40.15. In the girls 3000, Bennett Schmitt took second with a time of 11:57.61, and in the boys 3200 Canton took second, third, and fourth. Sophomore Lucas Watts placed second (10:58.81), sophomore Aiden Rodriguez-Doyle placed third (11:08.88), and sophomore Kaden Worthley placed fourth (11:44.76). The girls 4×400 meter relay team (Rori McCarthy, Aurora Casserly, Grace McDonough, and Julia Seeger) took second with a 4:47.51, and the boys 4×400 meter relay team (Caleb Young, Owen Hall, Rylan Lee-Powell, and Daniel Armendariz-Huang) placed first with a section-leading time of 3:48.91.

In the field events, Canton senior Ella Kitzman placed fifth in the high jump with a jump of 4-04, senior Maddie Armstrong placed second in the long jump with a jump of 14-09.50, and junior Stella Shipman placed second in the triple jump with a jump of 31-05.50.

Overall the Canton girls team placed second with 106 points, 8 points behind Potsdam, and the Canton boys team placed second with 96.5 points, 28 points behind Clinton.

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