Red Storm track sweeps NCCS

SARANAC LAKE – The Saranac Lake boys and girls track teams swept their way to close dual-meet victories Tuesday as they kicked off the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference regular season at home.

Against visiting Northeastern Clinton, the Red Storm boys claimed a 63-59 win while Saranac Lake’s girls triumphed 68-58.

The boys won eight of the 15 contested events, and senior Kevin Morgan led the way with three wins on the track. He captured first in the 100, 400 and also won the long jump in his first try at the event. Morgan claimed first in the 100 in 11.7 seconds, posted a winning time of 54.9 seconds in the 400 and won the long jump with a 19-foot, 3-inch effort.

Kyle McGrain swept the throwing events for Saranac Lake. The senior won the shot put with a 41-foot toss and took first in the discus with a throw of 90 feet, 6 inches.

Saranac Lake opened the meet with a victory in the 3,200 relay, with Zane Pelletieri, Eli Hameline, Nick Mann and Anuj Prajapati winning in 10:04. Pelletieri also grabbed first in the 1,600 meters with a winning time of 5:31. Nykael Colon claimed the other win for the Red Storm, posting a 31-5.5 result in the triple jump.

In the girls meet, the Cougars captured one more event than the Red Storm, posting eight wins, but Saranac Lake’s girls were able to rack up points with a slew of second- and third-place finishes.

Vanessa Salamy was a double individual winner for the Red Storm. The senior won the 100 dash in 13.6 to lead a three-way Saranac Lake sweep in the race, with Kate Stevens placing second and Selena Baillergeon taking third. Salamy also won the 400 hurdles in 1:17.8 with teammate Logan Hochwald finishing runner-up.

Kate Stevens won the 400 for the Red Storm in 1:10.6, teammate Sam Martin captured first in the 800 with a 2:44.2 result, and Baillergeon won the shot put with a throw of 27-7.

The Red Storm also won two relays. Martin, Johanna Mohrs, Hochwald and Lauren Reeves won the 3,200 in 11:16, and Annie Frenette, Baillergeon, Randi Rondeau and Blair Moody won the 4×100 relay in 56.9.

Mallory Honan, who is one of the state’s top-ranked hurdlers paced the Cougars with four individual wins. She took first in the 100 hurdles, the 200, and the long and triple jumps.