County Meet Wrapup
(Note: on second look, I can't quite believe that the Varsity boys results are at this point worth working with. The county's coaches are being asked to send their runners' results, which raises other issues. Too late for this year, but hopefully next year the coaches can unite and insist on acceptable service from meet officials. I raised a caution on the Armory site a month ago, but it's still the same old, same old.)
Each season some things change and some remain the same. For the second season in a row at the Westchester County Meet, a group of 7th grade girls came up big in their races and the boys Varsity race had a scoring snafu. Unlike last season, however, the boys state and section ranked team broke into the list of the top 10 teams in Westchester and the girls depended on packs of mainly middle-schoolers instead of top-50 high schoolers to post a solid result.
Held on Thursday, October 25, at Van Cortlandt Park, the officially posted results as of this time are showing the boys Varsity coming in 9th with 321 points and a 14:40.11 team average. Once again, the Eagles finished one spot ahead of Bronxville, though the Broncos were missing their top runner, Jack Hutton. The girls seemingly official results show them coming in 13th with 371 points and a 18:04.33 team average. They finished just 16 points behind Hastings but with a better team average. The boys JV finished 12th with a 17:36:68 team average and a 328 score, one point ahead of Ardsley. The girls JV gathered two individual medals on the way to a 6th place finish with 134 points and a 20:45.06 team average.
Again, all boys Varsity results are open to question. The boys Varsity race was won by Scarsdale 60-79 over Somers, and the Raiders Julian Sheinbaum was the easy winner with a 12:59.85 time. The Eagles were led by medalist Patrick Wortner, who lowered his school record time to 13:51.28 while placing 22nd and ahead of the top two Broncos. Viktor Mashalov also shattered his personal best time by taking 50th with a 14:22.71 time. The rest of the places and times for the boys are in limbo, but they appear to be Evan Fallor in 79th at 14:45, Dave King in 84th at 14:52, Brendan Wortner in 86th at 15:10, Pat Newman in 104th, and Dylan Silberfein in 144th. Irvington showed that it may be favored for the Class C title with a 6th place finish, and the reigning champion Byram Hills was a suprisingly high 7th place after a poor season.
On the boys JV side, Taka Masuda was the speed demon with a tremendous 47th place and 16:19 time. He was followed by George Epstein in 76th place at 17:02, Alan Sanseverino in 85th at 17:09, Boris Opacic in 136th with an 18:45, James McLoughlin in 138th at 18:46, and Quinn Wright in 157th at 20.33.
The girls Varsity was missing captain Lauren Hanley with a likely foot stress fracture, so matching last year's 12th place finish was a tough task. They fell one place and just a few points short in 13th. Tori Flannery and her Bronxville team won championships, beating Ursuline 41-69. The Eagles 8th grade hit team roared down the final straightaway picking off a score of opponents, with Sarah King posting a personal best 17:41.69 for 68th just ahead of two Bulldogs, Sarah Coburn running a 17:43.39 for 71st, and Karen Maehara dashing a 17:50.85 for 75th. They were then followed in by a decidedly odd showing of four Eagles running in an unbroken line stretched across the straightaway to smash their personal bests, with Sofia Maluf walking away with a 94th place in 18:32.61, Isabella Natale toeing the finish line in 95th at 18:33:08, Mary Constant reaching 7th heaven with a 97th place at 18:38.92, and Rebecca Wiersma also coming up 7s in 98th place at 18:39.70. The Eagles young squad appears ready for the top 10 or better next year.
Saving some of the best for the last, the JV girls started off the Eagles day with Chloe Wang and Clara Winder charging home back to back in 16th and 17th place with 19:05 and 19:06 times to bag more medals at a VCP event. They were followed by Shanna Yue stepping up to a 35th place in 20:46, and Maddie and Morgan Wright taking 56th and 57th in 22:23 times and Emma Stiefler Johnson scoring a 63rd with a 23:03 time.
For the JV runners who ended their season at VCP, congratulations on huge improvements during the season. To the Varsity runners who are unlucky enough to be toughing it up Bowdoin one more time next Friday, hey this is the big one coming.