County Meet at Van Cortlandt Park
The Westchester County Meet at Van Cortlandt Park on Thursday, October 25 is one of the two biggest post season races for the Eagles. Sadly, it is also the last Fall season meet for many of the runners. Running at VCP for the third or fourth time this year, the team knows the course well for a meet that pits them against all Westchester teams, from the large class AA squads to the almost invisible D teams.
Last year's boys Varsity race featured a terrible place-keeping and scoring problem that will hopefully not be repeated this year. Because of the timing problems, the boys results can only be guessed at, though they likely finished 15th among the 38 teams running. Max Kasak of Byram Hills beat Scarsdale's Julian Sheinbaum for the title and his team easily took 1rst over Iona Prep. David King was the top Eagles runner at 79th place.
The 2006 girls race featured a great battle between Kaylin Gilmartin-Donohue of White Plains and Tori Flannery of Bronxville for the title. Flannery was 2nd by 2 seconds but her team beat Horace Greeley for the team title. Dobbs Ferry was 12th of 34 total teams led by Paulina Nunez's stellar 30th place. Lauren Hanley ran her best race of the season to get 51st.
This year the Eagles' prospects are better on both the boys and girls side. Last year's top two teams in the boys race have fallen back, with Byram Hills looking at maybe a 14th place finish and Iona Prep should finish back also. Scarsdale and Somers should battle for the title, with Horace Greeley, Iona Prep, and White Plains taking the next three spots. Irvington, Bronxville, and Dobbs Ferry should battle for the 6th - 8th places, and Fox Lane and Ossining may complete the top 10. Sheinbaum should be 30-40 seconds ahead of the next runner. Going by the Coaches Meet placements and assuming that some other runners and teams will run at the County Meet, the Eagles' expected finishing places might be around: Patrick Wortner (13), Viktor Mashalov (48), David King (52), Evan Fallor (62), and Brendan Wortner (72). Since Bowdoin and VCP are very different courses, the order and place approximation is very rough. To get those places, each runner will need to lop about 20-30 seconds from their League Meet times, a challenging task for all.
On the girls side, Bronxville is as strong as ever but will have a tough time beating the emerging Ursuline team. Following the top two in the top ten should be Horace Greeley, New Rochelle, Pleasantville, Irvington, White Plains, Scarsdale, Somers, and Dobbs Ferry maybe in 10th. Bronco teammates Tori Flannery and Emma Clarke will battle Ursuline's Katie Sullivan and Meghan Brown for the individual title. Again, based on Coaches Meet results, the appearance of a few more key teams and runners, and an assumption that everyone improves by say 20 seconds over the League Meet times, the expected finishes might be around: Sarah King (60), Sarah Coburn (62), Karen Maehara (68), Sofia Maluf (92), and Isabella Natale (95). Due to Lauren's injury, some of the 7th-graders such as VCP-loving Mary Constant will also be stepping up.
With only 2.5 miles to run, the key for all runners will be to get as far upfront as you can through the hills and to stay strong down the last 600 meter straightaway where many places can be shaved off if you have a second wind and a kick. Falling too far behind is a killer at VCP since there is a limit to how much you can make up on the cinders. Luck to all.