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Manhattan Invitational Summary

Posted Sunday, October 14, 2007 by Perry King
Taking Manhattan, October 13, 2007

(Note: Because of timing and placement problems at the meet, only inaccurate results are displayed on the Armory site and no times will be used for state ratings for runners. The Dobbs results are either inaccurate or not displayed.)

The girls had the day of the biggest race all to themselves for the humongous Manhattan Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Van Cortlandt Park. Running in both the Intermediate and Varsity races, the 11 Eagles pulled in 8 medals and three state rankings on their way to another statement day of the now and the future.

With the boys taking the day off to work individually on their mega-mile weekend workouts in preparation for the League Championship meet on Tuesday at VCP, the girls had a split action day with the IM squad racking up a trophy trove in the morning and the Varsity taking a trio in the last race of the day in the late afternoon. This tally has to be a team record for the Dobbs girls and appears to be a bright portent for the future.

In the IM race, Rebecca Wiersma, Mary Constant, Clara Winder, Chloe Wang, and Shanna Yue all raced to medals in a group that also included Maddie Wright. Finally facing off against runners of their own age, they showed that the Eagles have a lot to look forward to.

The varsity 5 of Lauren Hanley, Sarah King. Karen Maehara, Isabella Natale and Morgan Wright hit the line late in the afternoon to cap off a day of exciting races with teams from as far away as California. Though Isabella's cut big toe ended her run midway, the remaining runners had by far their best races of the season. Sarah sprinted home around 80th in 17:41 and was followed closely by Karen and Lauren for three state-ranking-worthy results and Sarah and Karen among the top-10 8th graders in Class C. Morgan finished up 4th for the Eagles, who did not have a team score but with a full squad would have placed close behind a strong White Plains team. With the team back to full strength for the last four meets of the season, the girls are looking ready to challenge for a pretty high team result the rest of the way. Believe in the pack.

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