Warwick Invitational Report
The Eagles had another promising display of fleet feet at the Purple Wave Mania Festival in Warwick on September 29. At a meet dominated by the host Warwick Valley and attended by many state ranked teams from New York and New Jersey, the Dobbs runners placed well against bigger and older teams. The Warwick runners won at all six race levels -- boys Varsity merged, JV, Frosh, and girls Varsity merged, JV, Frosh -- but the Eagles came away with four individual medals, a lot of team pride, and an 11th-rated Class C New York State ranking for the boys. And best of all, it was a music and dance wave of fun.
On the boys side, the lone medal was won by Varsity frontrunner Patrick Wortner who took 18th in the boys Division 2 race, which was the bigger and more hotly contested of the two races. Based on the merged results of the two races, Dobbs had four runners in the top 100, with David King, Viktor Mashalov, and Brendan Wortner joining Patrick. Evan Fallor, Pat Newman, and Raymond Vincent completed the slate for the Eagles, who finished 14th of 36 qualifying teams (43 total) in the merged race and 9th in the Division 2 race. Brendan was the only 8th grade runner and finished ahead of all but one 9th grader. Dobbs finished far ahead of Section 1-C rivals Croton Harmon and Albertus Magnus and stayed respectably close to Class B powerhouse Pearl River, whose uniforms are similar to the Eagles.
The boys JV also placed well in a race that swarmed with dozens of Warwick runners. Dylan Silberfein finished in the top spot for the Eagles at 89th, and he was followed by Taka Masuda, George Epstein, Alan Sanseverino, Boris Opacic, James McLoughlin, and Quinn Wright. The team was 16th of 21 scoring teams and 28 total in the race, and Taka and George were the top 9th graders in the JV race.
On the girls side, captain Lauren Hanley got her step back and appeared to be rounding into the form she is aiming for when she medaled in 45th place in the Division 1 race and 81rst in the merged results. She was joined in the medal winning group by Sarah King, who finished 93rd overall and 2nd among 8th grade runners. Like the boys team, the girls ran in the more competitive race which meant that Sarah Coburn and Karen Maehara just missed winning the top-50 race medals even though they finished in the top 100 overall. Sofia Maluf, Isabella Natale, and Clara Winder completed the Eagle results. Clara was one of the two 7th graders running in the Varsity races. Overall, Dobbs was 14th of 22 scoring teams (35 total) in the Varsity races, and they did well in comparison to Section 1-C rivals Croton Harmon and Albertus Magnus who did not finish the required five runners. The Falcons and Jackie McGowan are ranked among the top 5 teams in Westchester but have a habit of not qualifying in invitationals.
On the JV front, Rebecca Wiersma did the team proud by medaling at 39th place. She was backed by Chloe Wang, Shanna Yue, Maddie Wright, Morgan Wright, and Emma Stiefler Johnson, as the Eagles finished 7th of 9 scoring teams (18 total). Rebecca's excellent time earned her a Top-7 promotion.
With hot new T-Shirts and the disturbing knowledge that their coach is a dance maniac, the team heads onward to the Brewster Bears Classic in the afternoon of October 6th after a dual meet encounter with a nonthreatening Valhalla squad on October 2nd. The Brewster race may give Dobbs the chance to compete against a full Pawling squad and to see Suffern's renowned runner, Shelby Greany, in action. With an 11th place ranking on their back, the Dobbs boys will now have a rep to live up to.
Results are available at: http://ny.milesplit.us/meets/27678
35 -- Patrick Wortner, 16:47.5
86 -- David King, 17:48.2
88 -- Viktor Mashalov, 17:50.0
98 -- Brendan Wortner, 17:57.5
131 -- Evan Fallor, 18:28.5
151 -- Pat Newman, 18:49.1
158 -- Raymond Vincent, 18.57.8
89 -- Dylan Silberfein, 19:40.2
99 -- Taka Masuda, 19:55.0
116 -- George Epstein, 20:12.7
162 -- Alan Sanseverino, 21:24.1
215 -- Boris Opacic, 22:40.7
224 -- James McLoughlin. 23:03.2
256 -- Quinn Wright, 24:21.2
81 -- Lauren Hanley, 21:58.9
93 -- Sarah King, 22:21.8
97 -- Sarah Coburn, 22:25.6
99 -- Karen Maehara, 22:33.5
112 -- Sofia Maluf, 22:59.7
113 -- Isabella Natale, 23:00.3
134 -- Clara Winder, 24:17.9
39 -- Rebecca Wiersma, 23:39.6
57 -- Chloe Wang, 25:21.8
70 -- Shanna Yue, 26:44.0
79 -- Maddie Wright, 27:26.8
81 -- Morgan Wright, 27:38.9
86 -- Emma Stiefler Johnson, 28:57.4