NORWOOD — The Norwood-Norfolk girls track and field team really enjoyed a home-track advantage Thursday during the first day of the Section 10 outdoor championship meet.
Sophomore Maddie Dinneen won two individual events and ran on a winning relay on her home track to help the Flyers move into first place after the first of two days of competition. Norwood-Norfolk scored 57 points, followed by Gouverneur at 46 and Massena at 32.
The Flyer girls won five of the first seven events in the competition. Sydney Levison started things Wednesday by winning the steeplechase at Ogdensburg Free Academy. She joined Dinneen and Rachel Hewey and Erin Dickinson in the 3,200 relay title.
Alaina Elliott won the discus for the Flyers and Dinneen won the 1,500-meter run and then held off a strong challenge from Gouverneur’s Alaina Porter to win the 400.
“It was awesome,” Dinneen said after the 1,500. “I get to practice here every day, so to race here and compete and go to win and go to states is a lot of fun. It’s comfortable, being on your own track.”
Norwood-Norfolk’s boys team also won an individual title Thursday when junior Bodie Molnar won the 400. This will be his last home meet as he is heading to the Hotchkiss Prep School next year in an attempt to someday play NCAA Division I hockey.
“It’s definitely more comfortable having run here in practice and at meets,” Molnar said. “I usually can’t hear any (fans) but there was a lot more noise this time around. I’m happy about it.”
Malone has a comfortable lead in the boys standings after day one with 68 points. Gouverneur is second with 38 and Massena is third with 32.
One of the more interesting reactions Thursday came from Massena’s Violet Reyes when she won the 100 hurdles in 16.47 seconds. Reyes has struggled all season with an unresolved breathing issue, she compared to asthma but said was not asthma. Thursday was one of the first times all season she ran with no issues.
“I couldn’t breathe after my (earlier) races,” Reyes said. “I would be OK after I was running, but after the 400 meters it would kick in and there would be fluid in my lungs. We still don’t know what I have, but luckily today my lungs are fine, it just cleared. It was perfect. The last three weeks it’s been really bad. I’m not coughing, I’m not doing anything, it’s just luck.
“Individual meets, like the tri-meets, I would still win, but I wouldn’t (get a personal record) at all. Today it was great. I held it, it was perfect. I’m excited. I’ve never been to Middletown (the state meet site) at all. Going against everyone that’s automatically faster I’m hoping to push myself and PR even more.”
The other girls individual champion Thursday was Madrid-Waddington’s Hailee Blair, who won the long jump.
Malone’s only boys individual champion so far is Sam Dumas, who won the steeplechase Wednesday at Ogdensburg Free Academy. The Huskies also won the 3,200 relay behind Dumas, Isaac McPherson, Keegan Reyome and Dylan Perry.
Ogdensburg Free Academy produced two boys champions in Luc LaFlair (shot put) and Nate McNally (1,600). Gouverneur’s Caleb Farr won the long jump and Massena’s Jeremiah von Borstel won the 110 hurdles.