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Section 1 Kickoff, Frosh\Sophs

Posted Sunday, December 09, 2007 by Perry King
Sophs, Frosh, Middlers Launch Dobbs Indoor Track Program

The Dobbs Ferry Indoor Track program kicked off its inaugural season at the Rockland Community College field house in Suffern on Friday, December 7th with a meet for 7th - 10th graders. Faced as usual with a late bus and an additional inclementally snowy slow traffic problem, the Eagles had a late start and missed the meet's early events, the racewalk and the boys 3200. But the team got rolling, picked up a bunch of medals and great memories, and went home happy.

The first Eagle contestants on the night were Sarah King and Rebecca Wiersma in the Girls 3000 meter race, which began about a minute after the team walked through the field house doors. Eschewing warmups, the girls ran 12 times around the 250 meter oval and Sarah knocked about half a minute off her best time from spring track to take 4th in 11:47.

The next race featured more strong performances by the Eagles, this time in the 1000 meter run. On the boys side Taka Masuda and George Epstein challenged the lead runners and Taka finished with a great kick to take 4th in 3:14. Conor Culhane, Matt Holt and other Eagles also took a turn in the 1000 heats. Not to be outdone on the girls side, Karen Maehara, Sofia Maluf and Mary Constant battled a Pearl River juggernaut and Karen blasted in with a great sprint to come away with team's 3rd fourth-place medal with a time of 3:38.

The 600 meter races allowed a host of Eagles to get their steps down, including James Constant, Matt Holt, Rachel Kagan, Katie Martin, Allison White, Joanne Mumbey and Suzanna Halatyn. The following race gave Patrick Wortner a chance to shine with a 5:04 clocking for 2nd in the 1600. Brendan Wortner finished just out of the money in his first race. Lauren Hanley battled on the girls' side in the 1500 to get her season going.

A big group ran the 300 meter race including Conor Culhane, James Constant, and Matt Presta. Somewhere in the mix of races the 55 meter dash was run with Ramson Ragin leading the Eagles speedsters.

The night culminated for the team with two 3200 meter relays that bagged two more Eagle medals. The boys got things going with some semi-smooth handoffs that allowed Brendan Wortner, George Epstein, Taka Masuda, and Patrick Wortner to drive home with a 5th place finish in 10:21. The girls 3200 relay of Sarah King, Sofia Maluf, Karen Maehara, and Lauren Hanley also passed the stick reasonably well to take 3rd place in 11:32 behind a top Pearl River team that features four girls named Katie, Kelli, Kerry, and Keeley.

All in all, a memorable start to the Eagles indoor track program. There were some names missed in the telling of the above story, so those slackers who have not added their name to the online roster need to get that job done.

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