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Lake Placid boys strong in track opener

Marli Damp takes the baton from Lake Placid teammate Annie Rose-McClandlish during the 1,600-meter relay race Tuesday at the North Elba athletic fields in Lake Placid. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

LAKE PLACID — On an ideal day to open the high school track season in the North Country, the Lake Placid boys and girls split their meet at home against AuSable Valley on Tuesday.

The boys came through with an 82-46 victory over the Patriots, while Lake Placid’s girls lost a tight contest by a 73-62 score in the Blue Bombers’ first Champlain Valley Athletic Conference meet of the season. The meet was the second this spring for AuSable Valley, whose boys and girls squads both fell in their opener against powerhouse Saranac Central.

This spring, the Blue Bombers are bolstered by an influx of new student-athletes from Keene Central, and the added numbers certainly helped. In the boys’ competition, Lake Placid won 11 of the 16 events in the meet on the way to notching the win.

Junior Justin Novick triumphed in three individual events to pace the Blue Bombers, while Kyle Shambo and Noah Fine were double winners. Novick took first place in the high jump, and the 110 and 400 hurdles. Grady, a senior from Keene swept the throwing events with wins in the discus and shot put, and Fine, another Keene senior, raced to victory in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters.

Cooper Grady was Lake Placid’s other individual victor, placing first in the 100-meter dash.

Kyle Shambo releases the shot put during Tuesday’s high school meet. Shambo swept both throwing events to help the Lake Placid boys defeat AuSable Valley. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Lake Placid swept all three relays. Fine, Zach Gavin, Mike Skutt and Max Flanigan won the 3,200 relay; Grady, Darren Ellening, Patrick Manning and Gary Negroni took first in the 4×100; and the same foursome teamed up to triumph in the 1,600 relay.

Zach Moussa was a double winner for the Patriots in the 200 and the triple jump. Kyler Besaw, Ethan Leibeck and Aidan Tallman posted one win each for AuSable Valley.

In a close girls meet, Lily Potthast was a difference maker, posting three individual victories to lead the Patriots to an 11-point win over the Blue Bombers. Potthast took first in the 3,000, the 1,500 and the 800.

Lake Placid’s girls picked up five individual wins and took first in two out of the meet’s three relay races. Annie Rose-McCandlish and Lura Johnson were double winners for the Blue Bombers and Deidra Kellerman grabbed an individual victory.

Annie Rose-McCandlish won the 200- and 400-meter races and also ran legs in Lake Placid’s two relay wins. Johnson swept the discus and shot put competitions.

Lake Placid’s winning 3,200 relay consisted of Marli Damp, sisters Sara and Annie Rose-McCandlish and Haley Cohen. Damp, the Rose-McCandlish sisters and Mackenize Kondrat teamed up on the Blue Bombers’ winning 1,600 relay.

Jenna Stanley was a double winner for AuSable Valley, taking the high jump and triple jump competitions. Kassidy Matott, Anna Pridel and Dakota Tender posted one individual victory each for the Patriots.

Bill Frazer, who co-coaches the Blue Bombers’ track and field teams with his wife Mel, said he was pretty pleased with Lake Placid’s performance, especially since Monday was their first day back from the two-week spring vacation. He pointed out that a couple girls were missing due to a lack of required practices, and some of his other team members had never jumped into a pit until Monday.

“On the girls side, we were definitely missing some depth in the jumping and sprints,” he said. “On the boys side, Noah ran really well, and I was really happy about our throwing for both teams. We’ve never really had a throwing coach, and we’re really excited to have Donna Moody working with us there.

“We have gaps here and there, but numbers should definitely help us later in the season,” Frazer added. “We kind of said at practice Monday that this meet will be a gauging point for the season. As long at the kids can keep getting those PR s, we’ll be happy. That just gets the whole team up.”

The Blue Bombers boys and girls will next be on the road Thursday at Peru.

Wednesday’s Results

Boys

Lake Placid 82, AuSable Valley 46

3,200 relay – LP, (Fine, Gavin, Skutt, Flanigan), 10:25; 110 hurdles – LP, Novick, 20.3; 100 – LP, Grady, 11.2; 1,600 – LP, Fine, 4:56; 400 relay – LP, Grady, Ellening, Manning, Negroni), 48.3; 400 – AV, Besaw, 1:00.2; 800 – AV, Liebeck 2:31; 200 – AV, Moussa, 24.7; 3,200 – LP, Fine, 10:29; 1,600 relay – LP (Manning, Negroni, Ellening, Grady), 4:10; High jump – LP, Novick, 5-6; Long jump – AV, Tallman, 16-5; Triple jump – AV, Moussa 32-6, Shot put – LP, Shambo, 35-4; Discus – LP, Shambo, 108-1.

Girls

AuSable Valley 73, Lake Placid 62

3,200 relay – LP (Damp, A. Rose-McCandlish, S. Rose-McCandlish, Cohen), 11:30; 100 hurdles – AV, Matott, 19.7; 100 – AV, Pridell, 14.2; 1,500 – AV, Potthast, 5:10; 400 relay – AV, 59.1; 400 – A. Rose-McCandlish, 1:05.7; 400 hurdles – LP, Kellerman 1:25; 800 – AV, Potthast, 2:45; 200 – LP, A. Rose-McCandlish 28.9; 3,000 – AV, Potthast, 11:29; 1,600 relay – LP, A. Rose-McCandlish, S. Rose McCandlish, Kondrat, Damp), 4:56; High jump – AV, Stanley 4-0; Long jump – AV, Tender 12-7; Triple jump – AV, Stanley, 29-2; Shot put – LP, Johnson 25-2; Discus – LP, Johnson 66-6.

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