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Section 1 Championship Preview

Posted Sunday, October 29, 2006 by Perry King
In 2005 the Section 1 Championship was held at the Bear Mountain 3 mile course hosted by the Northern Counties, whereas this year Westchester is hosting at the Westchester Community College 5K course. For this meet the section teams run against the teams in their class, AA, A, B, C, or D. Last year there were 9 qualifying teams plus Dobbs in the girls C race, and 11 teams in the boys C race. Smaller schools such as Dobbs rarely compete in the JV races in the sectionals. The top team and runners advance to the NY State Championship meet.

Last year the Eagles pulled a stunner in the boys varsity class C race, finishing 3rd behind Pawling and Pleasantville with 134 points. They edged out four teams by 3 to 17 points, three of whom -- Bronxville, Irvington, and JFK Catholic -- had beaten the Eagles by 100-200 points a week earlier in the County championship and along with the fourth team Albertus Magnus by 100-400 points at the Section 1 Coaches meet 10 days earlier. The three runners on the girls team also ran extremely well but did not qualify for a team score.

Senior runner Amanda Hudson finished first in the C race to lead Bronxville to the team championship 20-95 over Pawling. Shelby Greany of Suffern was the top runner among all classes in 17:32.89, but Bronxville edged Suffern for the overall sectional team title 77-85. 63 runners competed in the C race and 292 competed in all varsity races.

On the boys side, Chris Miller of Westlake was tops in class C at 16:08.49, but Pawling dominated the team competition 39-113 over Pleasantville. Overall, Dan Cartica of Arlington led in 15:48.86, and his team won the sectional crown by 101-116 over Byram Hills. 72 runners competed in the C race and 347 competed in all varsity races.

The girls saved up their best for their last race with Paulina Nunez taking the 13th spot in the C race in 20:50.79, good for 81st overall. Lauren Hanley finished a minute behind at 21:50:87 to take 22nd place in the C and 132nd overall. Anna Preddy ran 22:23.92 for 31st place in the C and 162nd overall.

The Dobbs boys ran their hearts out to get the bronze, with senior Scott Sitman leading the way in 18:01.31 for 18th place in the C and 118th overall. Fellow senior Kevin Byrne went out with an 18:25.45 for 25th in the C and 150th overall. Following in a pack that pushed the team into third were Yoshi Miura (29, 190) in 18:59.16, David King (30, 196) in 19:02:15, Pat Newman (32, 201) in 19:05.49, and Pat Luckett (35, 206) in 19:08.05. The boys average team time was 1 second slower than 4th place Irvington and 7 seconds than 5th place Bronxville, but Newman's 5th spot was much better than every team except Pawling's to help edge out the 4th-7th place teams.

Judging from the races of the last weeks, on the girls side the top runners in C should be the peaking Bronxville's Tori Flannery, Emma Clarke, Henrietta Miers, Olivia Bruton, and Caitlin Hudson, with Sofia Spring from Croton-Harmon trying to infiltrate the Broncos' pack. Jackie McGowan of Albertus Magnus, Alix LeClaire and Hannah Borenstein of Edgemont, and naturally Paulina Nunez of Dobbs will be fighting for spots somewhere in the top 10. The team contest may be a tough one for the Eagles since they finished 6th of 6 C teams at the Coaches meet (with Westlake, Hastings, Pleasantville, and North Salem being NQs). The girls were within 7 team places of Edgemont, Croton-Harmon, and Pawling, however, so if they run like hares and catch favorable placement gaps like the boys did last year, a 3rd place finish might be possible, though tough. If all C class runners from both qualifying and NQ teams were included in scores from the Coaches race, the six qualifying teams would have scored: Bronxville 28; Albertus Magnus 68; Edgemont 102; Croton Harmon 105; Pawling 113; Dobbs Ferry 135, with 4 teams NQ. Outstanding performances are needed from all to move up.

The boys' situation is not that different from the girls except that they have more teams in the C race that will finish the 5 runners needed to qualify. The top runners are Colby Delbene, Reid McGrath, Tom Brogan, and Jon Nash of Pawling, Zach Borenstein, Ben Steinberg, and Andrew Silverberg of Edgemont, Jack Hutton of Bronxville, and Josh Goldenberg of Westlake. John Nico of Albertus Magnus and David King of Dobbs will also be trying to break into the top 10. The team is positioned at 4th in class C going into the Sectionals, with Pawling and Edgemont at the top and Bronxville and Dobbs battling for the next two spots. Pleasantville appears to have faded to 5th after losing 3 of their top 4 from last year. If Dobbs can pack it in like last year, they have a chance to pass Bronxville. If all C class runners from both qualifying and NQ teams were included in scores from the Coaches race, the six qualifying teams would have scored: Pawling 34; Edgemont 51; Bronxville 98; Dobbs Ferry 116; Albertus Magnus 153; North Salem 174; with 5 teams NQ. If the Eagles can move their 3-6 spot pack up 5 places each and the top 2 gain 3 places, they might just catch the Broncos.

Luck to all.

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