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Ti Hall of Fame inductions slated

TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga Booster Club Hall of Fame will include five new members homecoming weekend.

Duane Crammond, Michelle DeFranco, Todd Henthorn, Andy Mattison and Jayna Andersen McLoughlin will be enshrined during halftime of the Ti High football game against AuSable Valley at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25.

A dinner honoring the inductees will be held that night at 5 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus on Montcalm Street.

Crammond, valedictorian of the Class of 1999, was an outstanding distance runner in the Sentinel cross country, indoor track and outdoor track and field programs.

As a four-year cross country standout, Crammond qualified for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet three times. He was a two-time Champlain Valley Athletic Conference all star and finished second in the CVAC championship meet his senior year.

He was also a four-year standout in indoor track, setting the school record in the 3200-meter run and was a member of the record-setting 3200-meter relay team.

In outdoor track and field, he had an outstanding career highlighted by his fourth place finish in the 3,200 meter NYSPHSAA championship race.

After graduation, Crammond attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he graduated in 2003 with a chemical engineering degree. While at RPI he was captain of the cross country team and enjoyed an outstanding collegiate career as a distance runner.

After graduating from RPI, he continued his running career dominating many local races, highlighted by winning the Adirondack Marathon in Schroon Lake.

Crammond died in a car accident in 2005 at the age of 25.

The Lachute Road Runners Club honors Crammond annually by sponsoring The Foot Race at Fort Ticonderoga in his memory and awarding the annual Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship.

DeFranco is a 1999 graduate of Ticonderoga High School. She was a member of the varsity gymnastics team for six years competing in the all around (vault, bars, beam, floor).

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