OGDENSBURG - Before Tuesdays season-opening dual meet with Potsdam, OFA Girls Track-Field Coach Diane Jeneault told her girls that every point would be precious.
Shawn Rickett interpreted her coachs instructions to the letter.
After placing third in the shot put and sixth in the discus she volunteered to become the Devils third entry n the 3000 meter run in the final individual event of the day.
She completed the 10 lap event in sixth place and scored a point which proved crucial when the Potsdams foursome of Tiffany Love, Kate Hildreth, Marissa McIntosh and Arielle Stoian put together their best 400 times of the season to secure a must win which left the meet in a 158-158 tie.
OFA dominated the boys meet 132-78.
GIRLS FINISHED TIED
Potsdam also won the 4x100 relay and OFAs foursome of Kurstyn Macaulay, Ellen Miller, Sarah Mitchell and Danielle Steenkamer led the 4x800.
Macaulay finished as a triple winner pacing the 400 and 3000 meter runs and Ellen Miller came through with a first place in the 400 hurdles.
Madi Dow led the 800 and 1500 meters with Potsdam taking the 100 and 200 dashes with Maddie Drechsel. Stoian doubled as the high jump medalist and Chitrara Robertson paced the shot put.
Sam King led the shot put and took second in the discus for OFA which also received first place points from Kayla Tolman in the 100 hurdles and Charlotte Miller in the triple jump.
OFA BOYS PREVAIL
OFAs depth controlled the Boys Meet where a small Potsdam contingent produced a triple-time medalist in Oden Robertson who led the 100 and 200 meter dashes and anchored and a 4x100 meter victory and a double individual medalist in Devin Crary who placed the discus throw and shot put. Peter Clark led the 110 hurdles and ran on the victorious 4x400 relay team Thomas Hobbs, Sam Lee and Kurt Waters.
Pacing the OFA Boys were: a 1-2-3 finish by Taylor Bouchard, Bailey Phelps and Nate Stowe in the 400 hurdles and 1-2 finishes Bouchard and Alex Sias in the triple jump, Alex Wood and Joe Grizzuto in the 1600 run and Grizzuto and Stowe in the high jump.
Bouchard also won the long jump and Donovan Smith led the 400 dash. The Devils rounded out their first place points with 4x800 relay foursome of Smith, Wood, Collin Sovie and Shaugh Wiers.
MEET AT N-N
In another NAC boys and girls tri-meet held in Norfolk, the host Flyers gained a split against both their Frankin Academy and Tupper Lake counterparts.
Will Schiavone led the N-N boys with wins in both the triple jump and high jump as the Flyers outscored Tupper Lake 161-33 but fell to FA 145-95.
Brianna Hayes paced the Lady Flyers with a win in the 400 after placing second in the 100. Kaycee Saucier was second in both the 800 and 1,500.
The N-N Girls beat Tupper Lake 194-74 but were outscored by FA 171-148.