FORT COVINGTON — Out in the backwoods behind Salmon River Central School, through the twisting paths of the Shamrocks’ home course, it was the Norwood-Norfolk boys and girls cross country teams that came out of the treeline on top in Tuesday’s interdivisional race.
The Flyers, in sweeping the top three, placed six top 10 finishers in the girls’ race — Maddie Dinneen (1st, 19:14.27), Sharon Colbert (2nd, 19:46.51), Rachel Hewey (3rd, 21:19.58), Lauren Sweet (5th, 21:51.93), Madison Ashley (6th, 22:02.50), and Madison Carista (7th, 22:02.83).
Gouverneur’s Rikki Griffith (21:38.09), amongst a swarm of Flyers broke Norwood’s chain of consecutive finishers in the top 10 with a fourth place finish for the Wildcats. Gouverneur’s Zoe Griffith (22:55.94) and Abbie Bowman (23:01.98), rounded out the race’s ninth and 10th spots respectively to place three Wildcat top 10 finishes.
Canton’s Grace McDonough was the sole runner who was not a member of either Norwood or Gouverneur, to place in the top 10, with an eighth place time of 22:07.66.
Brushton-Moira’s Olivia Bobbie clocked the Franklin County girls’ best finish of the day with a 13th place time of 23:31.39. Salmon River’s Jasmine Oakes paced closely behind her for a 14th place finish of 23:44.90. With their interdivisional times, Bobbie and Oakes were both named to the All-Northern Second Team. Six of the seven slots on the First Team were claimed by Norwood-Norfolk (Dinneen, Colbert, Hewey, Sweet, Ashley and Carista).
Five Franklin County boys were named to the All-Northern Team. Franklin Academy’s Watson Chodat and Salmon River’s Cayde Lazore earned First Team Honors, while the Huskies’ Nick Thompson and William Leroy and the Shamrocks’ Gunner Mitchell grabbed spots on the Second Team.
Chodat was the top boys’ finisher for the county, placing fourth with a time of 17:59.81. Lazore crossed the line behind Chodat, for a fifth place finish of 18:05.19. Mitchell clinched two top 10 finishes for the Shamrocks, with an eighth place finish of 18:58.64.
Canton, in the boys’ race took first and second place, behind a 17:06.29 time from Nick Lyndaker and a 17:23.37 time from Max Finley. Norwood-Norfolk placed three top 10 finishers — Dominic Fiacco (3rd, 17:50.98), Anthony Fiacco (7th, 18:51.90) and Jace Williamson (9th, 19:11.73).
Runners on Tuesday needed to deal with muddy conditions, all the while trying to scan the path, through turn after turn.
“Every single turn you have to slow down on, so you don’t fall,” Lyndaker said.
Dinneen added, a woody course can make it difficult to tell where one is situated in the race.
“If you’re trying to stay with someone it can kind of be difficult sometimes — because you can’t see ahead of you,” Dinneen said. “So, for the girls who are trying to stay with other girls, it can be sometimes tough. Or vice versa, if there‘s someone with you trying to stay with you, you don’t know where they are behind you.”
The Flyers’ boys team edged out Canton for the day’s top rank with an average time of 19:06.02. The Golden Bears took the second place slot with a 19:18.41 average time, followed by Franklin Academy with a time of 20:10.10.
With their six top 10 finishes, Norwood’s girls team, claimed the top rank of the day over Gouverneur, with an average time of 20:50.96. The Wildcats clocked a time of 22:57.45, with the Golden Bears running at an average pace of 25:25.60.
The sectional championship is scheduled for next Thursday at 3:30 p.m., at Franklin Academy.