OGDENSBURG A lot has changed at Ogdensburg Free Academys Van Dusen Memorial Track and Field Invitational since 1981.
But one thing that has stood impervious to the test of time, like an unreachable star, is the record double in the 800 (1:55.9) and 1,600 (4:13.1) that was set in 1981 by Norwood-Norfolks Jim Tyler.
Tyler, who went on to break the four-minute mark in the mile at the University of Notre Dame, made his first appearance at the Van Dusen since 1981 on Saturday. He saw a future Notre Dame athlete in Harvey Smith help Malone to the boys title in the 90th edition of the invitational, as the Huskies swept the boys and girls meets.
Smith won the 100- and 400-meter dashes and was named Outstanding Sprinter as the Malone boys tallied 165 points and were followed by Potsdam at 67, Gouverneur at 55 and OFA at 54.
The Malone girls took advantage of an opportunity created when Canton entered a group of runners in the William F. Eddy Meet in Schenectady. The Huskies tallied 110 points, with Canton taking second at 83.50 and Madrid-Waddington third at 58.50. In the combined standings, Malone led with 275, followed by Canton at 100.5 and Madrid-Waddington 91.
Tyler, meanwhile, was delighted to see some old friends and to see that the meet was still one of the crown jewels of north country track and field.
I usually get home every couple of years to see my folks but I usually dont visit this time of year, said Tyler who now owns an architectural firm in Bismark, N.D., and maintains his love for distance running as a marathoner.
I always loved this track and I have a lot of great memories from here, he said. It seemed that the straight-aways were always a little longer here.
The Malone boys didnt seem to have any problems and were helped by Indian River competing at the Cicero-North Syracuse Invitational on Saturday.
We had a great day and our depth really carried us. We were hoping that Indian River would be here, which would have been a great challenge for us, said Malone coach Matt Tessier, whose team features three NCAA Division I recruits in Smith, Rourk Marlow (University of Hartford) and Morgan Marlow (University of Massachusetts).
The Malone girls also took advantage of the absence of competitor in Canton.
We ran very well today and we have a very young team, said Malone girls coach Mike Wescott. Our prom always falls on this weekend but our girls still wanted to compete. So they did their events and headed home.
Canton gave us chance, sending some of their best runners to the Eddy Meet, but it meant a lot to our girls to win this meet.
In the boys meet, Potsdams Ethan Vinson was recognized as the Outstanding Runner, OFAs Taylor Bouchard was cited as the Outstanding Jumper, and Clifton-Fines Dave Dobronsky was cited as the Outstanding Thrower.
Malones Smith had his sights set on the meet records in the 100 and 400 dashes but fell short with high octane winning times of 11.0 and 49.0.
I ran my season best in the 400. I ran a 48.2 in the states last year but I think I am on schedule, said Smith, referring to his plans to become a sprinter at Notre Dame. Last year at this time I couldnt have run as fast I did today.
Potsdams Vinson broke up Malones domination of the distance arena, posting a classic 800 and 1600 double victory and ran on Potsdams first place 400 relay.
I broke two minutes in the 800 for the first time so that was a big step for me, said Vinson who plans to run collegiately at SUNY Plattsburgh.
Bouchard produced host OFAs only individual titles leading the triple jump and the high jump.
Dobronsky uncoiled two real big throws with NAC season bests the shot put in 44-7 1/2 and the discus throw at 143-7.
The Huskies girls illustrated their youth with eighth grader Emily Pomainville, who was honored as the Outstanding Female Runner. She edged her sister Carrie Pomainville for first place in the 1,500 run, prevailed by a lean over Moira Fayle of Lowville in the 3,000 run (both runners clocked at 11:16.20), and combined with Rebekah Bond, Madeleine Champagne and Hannah Perry on the winning 1,600 relay. Bond also ran on the Huskies 3,200 relay win and produced the only meet record of the day when she ran a 7:52.50 in the 2,000 meter steeplechase, bettering the 7:55.80 posted by Cantons Aimee Beaudette in 2011.
The steeplechase is my favorite event because you do so many different things, Bond said. It is just a lot of fun.
Joining Emily Pomainville in the circle of individual award winners in the girls meet were a pair of Tupper Lake standouts in Outstanding Sprinter Madi Fortier and Outstanding Jumper Samantha Ormsby, and the Outstanding Thrower Katie Marcellus of Madrid-Waddington.
Fortier won the 100 and 200 dashes, Ormsby paced the triple jump and took second in the long jump to Lowvilles Alexis Bach, and Marcellus placed first in the discus throw and took second in the shot put to Tupper Lakes smooth eighth grader Katie Zurek.
Rounding out the Van Dusen girls individual champions were: Paige Hamilton of Canton (400), Leta Ashley of Peru (800), Marissa Perez of Malone (100 hurdles), Emma Bonk of Indian River (400 hurdles), Jacalyn Lamica of Malone (high jump) and Briana Hayes of Norwood-Norfolk (pentathlon).
Bonk, who is the daughter of former OFA high jump standout Ryan Bonk, also ran on Indian Rivers first place 400 relay with Taylor Baynham, Margaret Frezar and Makele Shanks. Malone took the 3,200 relay with Rebekkah Bond, Brooke and Morgan Bonner and Madeleine Champagne.
Also earning first place medals and trophies in the boys meet were: Watertowns Matthew Olney (pentathlon); Massenas Kyle Nicholson (200 dash); Conor Gordon of Malone, who approached the 33-year old meet record of 9:15.4 in the 3,200 by running a 9:17.30; Anthony Way of Gouverneur (110 hurdles); John Picaro of Malone (400 hurdles); Corey Lamere of Malone (3,000 steeplechase); and Andrew Brush of Massena (long jump).
OFA won one of the best races of the day in 1,600 relay when Collin Sovie, Andrew Colburn and Donovan Smith set up Alex Wood for blistering come-from-behind victory over Potsdam. The Sandstoners claimed the 400 relay title with Ethan Vinson, Ebuka Ononye, Oden Robertson and Peter Clark.
Malone took the 3,200 relay with Josh Bordeaux, Will Bronner, Conor Gordon and Corey Lamere.
n NOTE: Because of ongoing renovations at St. Lawrence University, OFA has been designated as the host venue for the Section 10 Championships, which will be held on May 29-30. Action begins at 4:15 p.m. each day.