The Dobbs Ferry Track team is gaining critical mass and new expectations of success for the 2007 season. After a number of years with small teams that competed in a limited group of events, the combined varsity and modified track teams now feature about 115 boys and girls making it the most populated and one of the very popular sports at the home of the Eagles.
Though hampered by the lack of a track and little or no facilities for practicing the throwing, jumping, and hurdling events, the Eagles are flying on the strength of a strong running corps that hopes to capture a number of league and sectional championships in some key events. Coaches Jim Lindsay, John-paul Kaminsky, and Scott Patrillo are witnessing the emergence of a budding powerhouse in Class C.
In the first three meets of the year against teams first from Croton Harmon and Alexander Hamilton, then from Westlake and Leake & Watts, and finally Pawling, Lincoln Hall, and Solomon Schechter high schools, the girls' varsity is officially 6-1 and the boys' team is a strong 4-3. The girls' team one loss is in some question because a number of the Eagles' top places were not scored by meet officials in a close match.
Bolstered by strong performances by last year's sprint star Phoebe Maddox on the girls' side and new member Kadeem Scott on the boys' side, the team is developing quickly with the influx of a host of young athletes from both the high and middle schools. The Eagles are working to be competitive in every event except the pole vault.
The boys' team has already had a few show-stopping performances. Scott turned in an awe-inspiring effort in the rain on the final leg of the 4x100 relay against Westlake when he took the baton with a 5-yard deficit at his exchange and ran down the speedy Wildcat anchor at the finish. Although still sometimes running with a style that makes him look like he's carrying a football, Scott has also been burning up the 100 and 200 meter sprints with some of the best times in the region along with hitting the team's best long jumps.
Scott is backed by a strong and deep corps of sprinters that include juniors Alan Sanseverino and Matt Higbie, freshmen Devonte Brailsford, Idowu Wallace-Short, Ramson Ragin, and Ron Nagor. At the middle-distance level, sophomore stars Pat Newman, Evan Fallor, and Mark Olezsko are teaming with senior Adrian Radocea, sophomore Boris Opacic, and freshmen Yu Lin and Dylan Silberfein to turn in promising results. The long distance warriors are led by sophomore Viktor Mashalov and the Wortner dynasty, freshman Patrick and 7th-grader Brendan, and junior Jake Lane. Brendan already has a 3200 meter victory run in the twilight at Croton Harmon.
The athletes in the other events are saddled with the problems of imperfect practice conditions but are soldiering on. Sophomore hurdlers Kevin Dahill and junior Plamen Naydenov have placed well for the Eagles, and Scott, juniors Chris Roh and Charlie Harden, and Lin and Dahill are getting there steps down in the high, long, and triple jumps. The weight crew are also getting places as they work on their spin controls and are led by senior Jon Tabacoff and sophomore Mike Altman, along with juniors Edgar Remotti, Colin Spodek and Johnny Cappelli.
The girls team has leaped out of the gate with four dominating wins led by Phoebe Maddox and senior captain Paulina Nunez. Like the boys team, the core strength of the team is the running events and features a top group of young runners. The relay teams have yet to be really tested and are undefeated in all six races in the first two meets.
In the sprints, freshman Lisa Tessitore has been blazing to great times in the 100 meters and Maddox has been working up to last year?s stellar level in both the 200 meter and 400 meter races. Sophomores Celia Muoser and Nicoleta Hardesty have also captured places in the sprints and have been backed by sophomores Yerusalem Derry, Sara Sucher, Melissa Rogow, and Emily Rosenbloom, senior Alexandra Ferrari, and freshman Allison White. Maddox's support in the 400 includes place-winners Nadejda Orlowski and sophomore Alexandra Laczay along with 7th-grader Sarah Coburn, freshmen Becca Delphin, Tara Whitty, Gabrielle Varanelli, and Laura Allen, and sophomore Leah Richardson.
The Eagle girls have done well taking top places in the middle and long distance events this season. Freshman star Lauren Hanley has posted strong times in the 800 meters followed by her shadow Andrea Koenigsberg, who has placed in both meets. Orlowski and junior Emma Stiefler Johnson and senior Gail Gutman have also been doing the double circuit. Nunez has teamed with senior Grace Epstein to mainly control the 1500 meters, while in the 3000 meters, 7th graders Sarah King and Sofia Maluf have led the youth contingent, with King providing an early-season highlight with a final-meter dash in the dark past a Croton-Harmon star for the win.
Although their training resources are limited, the athletes in the other events have also been flexing their muscles. Freshman Annalee Groner has racked up two wins in the tough 400 meter hurdles, and sophomore Sara Sucher has taken a first and a second in the 100 meter high hurdles. Sophomores Marissa Ilardi and Celia Smith and senior Lauren Emerson have also placed in the hurdle events, which also include sophomore Isabella Natale and senior Aly Ferrari. In the long jump, Maddox has added to her sprint glories by taking a first while Koenigsberg has added a third, and Rosenbloom and Natale have also jumped well. Emerson and Tessitore are kicking up their heels in the high jump and a number of athletes have taken shots at mastering the triple jump. The throwers include the quartet of sophomore Sophia Veiras and freshmen Julia Remotti, Allison Sheridan, and Maureen Lauer, and Veiras and Remotti have putted outstanding distances for places.
The Eagles' girls team went to the Croton-Harmon Girls Relays last Saturday and had a rewarding day. Going up against the state power Bronxville team, the Eagles still managed to win silver medals in the 400 meter relay, 1600 meter team race, and 1200 meter race walk, and third to fifth place bronze medals in the 400 meter hurdles, 3200 meter relay, long jump, discus, shot put, 800 and 1600 relays, and 1600 JV relay. The hurdlers had the best time of the Class C teams but were disqualified due to a premature start on a relay leg.
As the Eagles finish up their regular season slate and get set for the league and sectional championship meets, they are also cheered by the knowledge that the middle school's modified team may soon be providing the varsity with some fast young feet including record-breakers Antoinette Green and Kelsey Simmons, and top runners Spencer Avalos, Darien Bica, Sam Broda, Taka Masuda, Matthew Holt, Rocco Cipriano, Allie Jacobs, Megan Moynihan, and Karen Maehara. The exploits of all the teams can be viewed on the team's Dobbs Ferry Eagles Track web site.