Section 1 Coaches Meet Summary
With churning legs making a molehill out of a mountain, the Dobbs Ferry hill climbing team continued a very successful season at the Section 1 Coaches Invitational at Bowdoin Park on Saturday, October 20. Going up against the top teams in the Section in a semi-preview of the Sectional meet slated for November 2, the guys and gals proved they're strong enough and tough enough to stay with most of the leading teams. The boys impressed mightily and moved up to 12th in the state C class ratings ahead of Bronxville. They also received their first ever Section 1 ranking at #14, one spot behind Pawling and one ahead of Bronxville. The girls finished not so far behind three of the four state-ranked Class C teams from Section 1.
The boys had the most to prove needing big performances to show that a Sectional title might be in reach. Entering the day at the back of a four-team race for the Section 1-C title, the boys took advantage of favorable circumstances to place 3rd behind Pawling and Irvington and ahead of Bronxville in the merged results and team average. The boys used an 18:53.72 team average to place 7th of 26 total teams in the Varsity 2 race and 21rst of 65 total teams in the Coaches merged results. With Pawling missing their #2 runner and Bronxville their #4, the results among the top 1-C teams were extremely close, though Pawling still had the best team average and merged score. But in the all-important matchup of 1-C runners only, Irvington's pack pulled away from the other teams, with the scores being: Irvington 50, Pawling 64, Dobbs Ferry 66, Bronxville 67, Croton Harmon 170, Dover 171, Pleasantville 174, Hastings 228, Westlake 239, North Salem 249, with Albertus Magnus, Valhalla, and Rye Neck all DNS. If the Tigers and Broncos are not at full strength on Nov. 2, the Bulldogs and Eagles may have a good shot at the Sectional title.
The girls also ran Bowdoin very well and posted nice results. The Eagles finished 8th of 23 total teams in their Varsity 2 race with an average team time of 23:17.29. Clarkstown North was 5 points ahead in 7th place and Somers finished a scant 2 points back in 9th. In the merged results, Dobbs finished 25th of 56 total teams, and two spots ahead of the state #16 Class B team, JFK Catholic. As a possible preview of the Sectionals, the 1-C-runners-only scoring was: Bronxville 22, Pleasantville 86, Irvington 89, Pawling 92, Dobbs Ferry 117, Albertus Magnus 118, Dover 196, with Hastings, Croton Harmon, Rye Neck, and Westlake all DNS. If Hastings and Croton Harmon qualify 5 runners, however, the Eagles would finish behind both Albertus Magnus and the Yellowjackets.
A month after surviving Bowdoin, the Eagles were well prepared to attack the hill and post great times. Leading the boys Varsity race second-shedders were Dylan Silberfein who cast off 77, Evan Fallor who dumped 58, and Viktor Mashalov who cleaved 42. The boys JV race had Ray Vincent snipping 49 and Quinn Wright shaving 48. The girls Varsity racers saw more big drops, with Lauren Hanley whacking 87, Karen Maehara slashing 68, Sarah King evaporating 44, and Mary Constant chipping off 41. The big time trimmers were the JV girls though, as Shanna Yue guillotined 190, Maddie Wright sundered 176, Rebecca Wiersma truncated 170, Morgan Wright lopped 155, Clara Winder pruned 88, and Chloe Wang decussated 80. Coach K knows how to run a cut-rate operation.
The Eagles were led by Patrick Wortner's lucky 13th place finish in the Varsity 2 race in 17:55 after he challenged in the top 5 to the top of the hill. Bolstering the rest of the team's standard 2nd half charge, Viktor Mashalov took 39th in 18:54, David King got 43rd in 18:59, Evan Fallor took 52nd in 19:11, Brendan Wortner placed 64th in 19:28, Dylan Silberfein took 81rst in 20:01, and Pat Newman got 103rd in 20:45. The JV squad was led by the return of Ray Vincent who got 79th in 20:07, Taka Masuda at 103rd in 20:53, Alan Sanseverino at 165th in 22:24, Quinn Wright at 210 in 25:03, and Matt Holt at 211 in 25:17. The JV team place 24th of more than 40 total teams.
The girls finished in a close pack of teams, so every place was vital with only 18 points separating the 6th through 9th teams. Running as always against much bigger and older teams, the Eagles were led by the fast-closing Sarahs, with Sarah King taking 36th in 22:42 and Sarah Coburn getting 38th in 22:44. The rest of the places were taken by Karen Maehara in 44th at 22:57, Lauren Hanley at 53rd in 23:38, Sofia Maluf in 60th in 24:23, Isabella Natale in 62nd at 24:27, and Mary Constant in 90th with 26:39. The big splash in the JV race was Rebecca Wiersma's 55th place 23:56 time, Dobbs' 5th best time overall. Following her were Clara Winder in 72nd at 24:53, Chloe Wang at 88 in 25:39, Shanna Yue in 106th at 26:25, Maddie Wright at 139 in 29:47, and Morgan Wright at 140 in 29:52.
With the Westchester County race coming up on Thursday and a return to Bowdoin for the Section 1 race on Friday, November 2, the Coaches meet provided a nice slice of what the action for the championship should look like. Patrick has the edge in the battle for the 2nd 1-C runner behind the great Colby Delbene, and a number of guys could fight for a top 10 spot. On the girls side, a couple of runners have shots to be in the top 20. The last week of work will be key to how everything gets cut and chopped in the end.