Bowdoin Invitational Report
The first of three 2007 races for the Eagles at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls on September 22 introduced the the team to one big hill, a fair amount of rain and humidity, and more gutty performances by younger runners. All survivors of the long climb know that any other hill they face this year will be far less daunting, especially as legs and lungs work into shape.
Led again by Patrick Wortner's flying feet, the boys' team placed 7th among the 19 qualifying (21 total) teams in the Varsity race. Patrick's 7th place finish brought him in just ahead of the top two Bronxville runners, a hopeful sign for the Eagles' season-long battle with the 4th-place Broncos for one of the top four spots in the 1-C class. The rest of the finishing order was David King in 39th, Viktor Mashalov in 44th, Brendan Wortner in 52nd, Evan Fallor in 58th, and Pat Newman in 71st. The varsity did pretty well among the mainly much bigger field, and they placed all their runners ahead of Class rival Albertus Magnus.
The boys' JV team also put on a brave show after the sun broke out for most of their race and raised the humidity level to jungle conditions. Raymond Vincent dug in spikes and elbows for a fine 51st place finish and was followed in at 57th place by Dylan Silberfein in borrowed shoes. (Note: there is probably no truth to the rumor that Dylan got the spikes off a Varsity runner who expired on the way up the hill earlier.) George Epstein gave a fierce frosh effort for Dobbs' third spot in 78th place, and Boris Opacic in 103rd and Quinn Wright in 111th finished off the JV day. The team finished 12th among the 17 teams in the race and scored a resounding 107-point victory over Bronxville to redeem the Eagle pride.
The Screaming Eagle girls donned war paint and etched fight slogans on their biceps to get themselves in the right mood for Mount BowDoom and the pelting storm that blew through at the start. The varsity effort was highlighted by 7th grader Clara Winder's filling in of the ranks for the short-winged Eagles when Isabella Natale had to retire from the race with an injury going up the hill. Winder's spirited performance punctuated a middle school Eagles sortie, as Sarah King's 44th place topped all 8th graders among the 21 qualifying (23 total) teams in the race. The second and third top 8th graders in the race were Karen Maehara and Sofia Maluf in 60th and 61st, and Lauren Hanley's 82nd and Winder's 104th rounded out Eagles' finishing quintet. The team finished in 15th place but not far out of the top 10 in a race that featured many bigger and older teams.
The JV girls also daubed themselves up for a brave-hearted attack on the Bowdoin's hill and all came back down to fight another day. Leading the way for the Eagles was a trio of 7th graders: Rebecca Wiersma in 79th, Chloe Wang in 84th, and Mary Constant in 90th. Shanna Yu in 106th, Maddie Wright in 117th, Morgan Wright in 118th, and Emma Stiefler Johnson in 125th completed the race for the Eagles, who finished 12th, 4 points ahead of Curtis and only two spots behind the JV high schoolers of the renowned Greenwich team.
Bowdoin's action serves as a good tune-up for another high-quality race on Saturday, September 29th at the Warwick Invitational. An intervening semi-scrimmage with Bronxville at Van Cortlandt Park looms in between on Tuesday. The Broncos' girls ran in Bowdoin's elite Championship race and did respectably with a 9th out of 13 teams, though they are very much a work in progress.
(Article posted by the roving correspondent in London, and remaining race pictures from PKing will be posted on return this weekend.)