CICERO — There were no area champions on the first day of the New York State Pubilc High School Athletic Association outdoor track and field championship meet.
But four Canton girls athletes earned individual medals and Indian River sprinter Shane Davis made it to two finals Friday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
Canton hopes to win a state title today in the 3,200-meter relay and the four girls who will run that race for the Golden Bears each won individual medals Friday.
“I think we already kind of know what to expect, but it’s definitely good to have some individual success as well going into (today),” Canton’s Laura Pierce said.
Pierce, a senior who is a student at Lisbon High School and runs for Canton as part of a merger agreement, was disappointed at the end of her race.She came up one spot short of defending her state title in the girls Division II 3,000.
Pierce was leading the Division II runners in her heat going into the final lap but East Aurora’s Sophia Tasselmyer passed her on the first corner and held on for a win in 10 minutes, 2.69 seconds. Pierce finished in 10:03.9.
“It was pretty good,” Pierce said. “I would have been happier with a little-bit better finish. I can’t be too frustrated with it. I felt like there was a pack of us who were going to try to keep the pace pushing and not led the lead pack (three Division I runners) get too far away.”
Pierce’s Canton teammate, Maria Ricalton, ran in the first heat and finished first in 10:08.54, a time good enough to give her a third-place finish in Division II.
“I knew it was a good time, looking at last year’s results, so I’m happy about that,” Ricalton said. “I liked the placement of the heat. I like being in the front. I think I run better up there and I think it was really good for me. I didn’t have to deal with the traffic of the fast heat. I knew what time I was going for and it was easy to look at the clock.”
The other highlight for Canton came in the girls Division II 800 as twins Rebecca and Gemma DelRossi each earned medals.
Rebecca finished third in 2:14.79 and Gemma was fifth in 2:15.10. As soon as the race ended and each twin saw their time on the scoreboard they joined in a hug.
“I felt confident going into the race,” Rebecca DelRossi said. “I didn’t know I was going to get third place. I wasn’t expecting that high up. It’s so great. I’m euphoric right now. It’s a great feeling to know I’ve worked for four years and now it’s finally come down to showing some work.”
Gemma DelRossi medaled in the same race last year, finishing sixth, but spent part of this season working her way through some injuries.
“I had lost a lot of confidence in my racing ability, but coming back (from injury) and being able to stick with Rebecca, and run the time that I did was really good,” Gemma DelRossi said.
For the twins the fact that each medaled in the same event made it more special.
“It’s pretty awesome,” Gemma DelRossi said. “Generally when we medal it’s in our own (events), or one doesn’t medal. It’s special.”
Meanwhile, Davis technically hasn’t medaled yet, but he has put himself in position to take home two on the final day of the meet today.
Davis had the fifth-best NYSPHSAA time in the 100 with a mark of 10.91 seconds. He ranked eighth when including the Federation runners.
Davis set a school record of 22.27 in the 200 and had the third-best time among NYSPHSAA runners and sixth overall.
Two other area athletes just missed medals Friday.
South Jefferson’s Skylar Pastor, who won the girls Division II 400 in 2011, finished seventh in 58.74 seconds, missing a medal spot by one place.
Malone’s Rebekkah Bond also came close to medaling Friday, finishing in seventh place in the Division I 400 hurdles.