The Eagle runners headed north today with hopes of bringing home some hardware (Trophies). The day started off early and cold, but with warm spirits the girls were pumped up and ready to fly. The ladies team was lead by Paulina through the 1st mile and was looking VERY strong. But things started to make a turn for the worse when at the 2 mile mark; I had only counted 5 of my runners. Where was Lauren? Unfortunately Lauren had an off day and was unable to finish. But with a little bad luck came a diamond in the ruff. 7th Grader Sofia Maluf answered the call and stepped up for the team, having a breakthrough meet and helping her teammates still bring home a trophy. Paulina also found a new tool in her bag (a sprint) and was able to use it to make one of the strongest finishing kicks that I have seen in four years.
On the boys side, the day started off with the absences of 4 of our top 8 runners. The top 4 runners on the team (King, Mashalov, Newman, and Miura) were not going to be denied a trophy. All week these four have been working like I have never seen before. Their focus and determination to get better as a TEAM is unmatched. But like all cross country teams we were looking for our 5th runner. Senior Alex Wilde was able to help his teammates out by crossing the line 5th for the team.
The exceptionally young girls JV squad came up big today with many great performances by all. Anna Quintero found her stride today and was able to lead her team to a 2nd place team trophy. Shanna Yue who continues to improve week to week made many strong moves and showing a glimpse of things to come. Katie Luckett gained a lot of confidence this weekend with a strong run and many hard efforts during the race. Coach K is extremely proud of this young, young girls team.
And last but certainly not least, Taka and George showed up to run in the JV boys' race. I was a little disappointed that I was not able to put together a full JV squad. But to my relief Taka was a man on a mission today. He was not going to let the Dobbs Ferry Eagles JV Team go unnoticed. This young man took a note from Coach K about running each hill hard and it proved to be his ace in the hole. And not to go unnoticed, George Epstein showed a lot of promise by responding to every coaching tip that he was given.
As a whole, I was much happier when we left JFK than when we had arrived. In order for this team to move ahead we need more people to make sacrifices like many of the individuals that you just read about. The season is not even half over and I still truly believe that we can get this team on track and ready to bring home hardware at sectionals.
This concludes Coach Ks weekly review.