Brewster Bear Classic Report
The Dobbs boys continued a strong push toward a great post season with an impressive 3rd place trophy and five individual medals in the Varsity C race on October 6 at the Brewster Bears Classic. Sitting for a second week in the state rankings, the boys showed they are ready for the final surge to the Section 1-C showdown with Pawling, Bronxville, and Irvington. The girls again ran shorthanded and had some problems on the course, but the DFXC tribe still took a respectable 6th place and one individual medal due to a strong final charge.
The boys faced two of the top runners in the state in Pawling's Colby Delbene and Cornwall's Colin Anderson in the C race. They also were matched against a highly-ranked Class A Cornwall school that was almost certain to place five runners in the top 10. Lead by Patrick Wortner's probably best season's effort for a 6th place finish, the Eagles responded with four more top 25 medals with David King in 12th, Viktor Mashalov in 17th, Evan Fallor in 19th, and Pat Newman in 25th. Brendan Wortner in 35th and Dylan Silberfein in 37th rounded out the scoring for the Eagles who finished only 17 points behind the 4th-ranked Pawling Tigers. Most impressively, Dobbs finished 9th out of 31 teams (35 total) in the three races combined, and the 8th place team barely ahead of the Eagles were the 11th ranked Class A team, Horace Greeley.
The girls quintet faced a difficult task missing Sofia Maulf and Isabella Natale and also running against the big Cornwall squad and another highly ranked Class A team, Miller Place, in the C race. Rebecca Wiersma was called up from the JV squad for her first stint in the big time and responded most excellently with a 47th place finish as Dobbs' fifth runner to secure the Eagles' 6th place finish. Captain Lauren Hanley suffered recurring dizziness and had to drop out temporarily before recovering to sprint in for 38th place. Karen Maehara picked herself up after a nasty fall early in the race to tough out a strong 33rd place. That left the two Sarahs to make a mad dash in pursuit of the Miller Place runner in the final medal spot and they caught her at the finish, with Sarah King taking 25th and Sarah Coburn 26th. Their combined efforts brought the Eagles in ahead of the state-ranked Eldred team.
The JV squads ran against much larger and older squads but pulled through very well in viciously hot conditions. The boys were led by a serene George Epstein in 82nd. Following him were Taka Masuda in 112th, Boris Opacic in 116th, James McLoughlin in 141st, and Quinn Wright in 156th for a 15th place team effort. The girls were led by Mary Constant in 37th place for the Eagles, who were one of only five teams to qualify five runners for scoring. Mary was followed by Shanna Yue in 42nd, Clara Winder in 48th, Morgan Wright in 57th and Maddie Wright in 59th.
The Boys Varsity has a Week 4 Class C state ranking of 13th following the addition of two new teams to the list from last week. In light of Dobbs' close battle with powerhouse Pawling, the likely cause of the drop is that the Brewster meet's times were rated much lower than those of some other shorter races and the Eagles' speed ranking mainly fell this weekend. Some runners from other teams at Brewster experienced a 15-point drop in their speed ratings.
The next race for at least some of the Eagle runners will be the gigantic and fun Manhattan Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park on Oct. 13th. Many of the best teams and runners in the country will be among those creating the XC tent town.