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Malone’s Smith has speed to burn on the track

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Harvey Smith spent his first spring of high school playing on the Salmon River boys lacrosse team and he almost joined Malone’s baseball team as a sophomore.

Fortunately, for Smith, he was talked into trying out for the track and field team instead after he moved to Malone.

Smith took to the sport immediately, has medaled two straight years at the state meet and recently signed a letter of intent to compete at the NCAA Division I level for Notre Dame next season.

“I’m pretty pumped about it,” Smith said of college. “It’s like a big family at Notre Dame. I’m looking forward to being part of that family.”

Smith started winning sprint races immediately as a sophomore at Malone, but he had no clue just how good he was becoming until he went to the state meet and placed fourth in the Division I boys 400-meter run. He also placed fourth in the Federation race.

Last year, Smith placed fifth in Division I and again was fourth in the Federation 400.

“I’m going to see if I can win states,” Smith said.

According to Smith, Notre Dame plans to use him in the 200 and 400. Last year, Smith won Section 10 titles in the 100 and 400 and he broke Brian Leonard’s Section 10 record in the 200 in a heat with a time of 22.15 seconds.

Leonard, a Gouverneur native who plays for the National Football League’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, heard about Smith breaking his record on Twitter and the following day had someone deliver an autographed mini-football helmet to Smith. The two then had a few conversations over the telephone.

“He helped me a little,” Smith said of Leonard. “He said to make the (college) decision for me and not to let other people say what I should do. He also said, ‘Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.’ That’s a very nice quote.”

Smith has taken Leonard’s quote to heart and taken steps to improve his speed heading into this season.

“I run a lot of hills and I do polymerics,” Smith said. “I have a box at my house and I do squats. My dad and I made a thing where I strap a tire onto my back and I run with a tire for resistance.”

Malone was the dominant boys team in Section 10 track last year, winning the Northern Athletic Conference title with a 10-0 record in dual meets and then claiming the Section 10 championship meet by 74 points.

“(Smith) is a great influence,” Malone coach Jim Heden said. “He leads by example. He’s a quiet guy, kind of reserved. He’s got great character and the kids all look up to him. His work ethic is fantastic.”

Becoming a team leader and mentor to the younger athletes is something Smith enjoys. He already sees himself someday taking on the same role Leonard played with him with a future Section 10 standout.

“That would be awesome,” Smith said. “If some guy ever breaks my records, I’ll contact him.”

Making it to Notre Dame has also had an impact on the program according to Heden.

“We had 55 or 60 kids sign up for track,” Heden said. “It’s one of the bigger teams we’ve had in a long time. He’s well-publicized in our area. Everybody knows about Harvey.”

Smith has already planned ahead to reach his goal of winning a state title in the 400. In order to assure that he’ll have a fast enough time to make the final heat, he has signed up to compete in the Glenn D. Loucks games from May 9-11 in White Plains.

“I have to have a good time,” Smith said.

Smith also has begun to plan ahead for his future. An honor student, he said he wants to major in science or business at Notre Dame so he can either become a doctor or go into business.

NAC OUTLOOK

Expect to see a lot of the same in Section 10 this season. Both champions, the Malone boys and Canton girls were undefeated last year and return almost all of their key athletes.

Almost all of last year’s individual champions have returned as well.

Returning boys champions include: Malone’s Harvey Smith (100, 400), Corey Lamere (steeplechase), Conor Gordon (1,600 and 3,200) and Aaron Sharlow (long jump); OFA’s Christian Lesperance (200), Nick Crawford (110 hurdles, 400 hurdles, high jump), Alex Wood (800) and Zach Petell (triple jump) and Clifton-Fine’s David Dobronsky (discus).

Returning girls champions include; Canton’s Gemma DelRossi (400), Laura Pierce (1,500 and 3,000), Rebecca DelRossi (800) and Lindsay Proulx (pentathlon); Clifton-Fine’s Hunter Hitchman (400 hurdles, steeplechase) and Lindsay Johnson (discus); Madrid-Waddington’s Katie Marcellus (shot put) and Tupper Lake’s Hannah Klossner (high jump).



The Smith file

Hometown: Malone.

Year: Senior.

Parents: William and Katherine.

Brother: Zach.

Other: Member of National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Epsilon, Rotary and in the school musical.

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