Eagles Bag Medals at League Meet
The Dobbs Ferry Indoor Track team braved the threat of an imminent death storm that would paralyze the NYC area and traveled to the Manhattan Armory for the Section 1 Conference 4 League Meet on Sunday evening January 13. After five hours of exhausting action, the Eagles finished the initial indoor League Meet with one gold and many silver and bronze medals. And most importantly, a fun time was had by all.
The League Meet featured a battle between seven of the smallest Section 1 schools, including Bronxville, Pawling, Dobbs Ferry, Alexander Hamilton, Haldane, Valhalla, and Rye Neck. The Broncos have been the long time powerhouse among the schools, with the girls team having an especially huge amount of buck. The Eagles were a little short-handed in the meet, but still finished a close 3rd behind Pawling and the champion Broncos with 77 points on the boys side and the girls came in 4th behind Bronxville, Pawling, and Hamilton with 37 points. Dobbs also got at least one place in every individual running event on both the boys and girls sides.
Because the teams from the larger Leagues 1 and 3 were also competing against each other at the Armory on Sunday night, the action was crowded, fast and furious. Gold, silver, and bronze medals were given out for the first three finishers, and places were scored on a 10-8-6-4-2-1 basis for 1st through 6th. As usual for the Eagles, the young pack of middle schoolers performed valiantly, with 10 runners scoring 21 individual points and also chipping in on the relays against older and bigger competition.
On an Eagles team that features mainly runners, the gold medal victory came instead from the weight event where Joe Giuliano put the shot out at a 36'3" distance that left all competitors behind in his divot. The throw got the Eagles off on the right foot and bodes well for a potential battle for Joe with Albertus Magnus's Jhordan Haye in the Sectional Championships in February.
The Eagles' night started with Sofia Maluf in the 1500 Racewalk. Sofia had gotten good news before the meet that last year's dominating walkers from Croton Harmon had been moved up to League 3, so she had an extra skip in her walk as she sped to a 9:52.9, good for 2nd behind a lead Bronco.
The longest of the long distance runners kept the Eagles flying in the next events. Despite a little hitch on the last lap, Patrick Wortner blazed to a superb personal record 10:15.7 time for silver in the 3200m, close behind Ben Levitz of Bronxville. George Epstein also completed the 16 circuits of the race. On the girls side, Sarah King also kicked to a PR time of 11:12.9 for a bronze in the 3000m and within 45 seconds of Bronco star Tori Flannery. In the second grouping of the 3000m, Rebecca Wiersma drove home to grab the 6th place in 13:11. She was followed in by Clara Winder and Shanna Yue.
The next race was the 1000m, an unexpectedly fruitful race for Dobbs as they came away with 4 places. Pat Newman ran a 2:55.1 and George Tzortzidis was close behind in 2:56.0 for the 5th and 6th places. Karen Maehara and Isabella Natale matched steps on the girls side with a 3:39 and 3:40 for 5th and 6th.
While the long races were proceeeding, the heats of first the 55m hurdles and the 55m sprint were held on the short straightaway inside the track oval. Danny White was the lone competitor in the hurdles for Dobbs. In the sprint Alan Sanseverino blasted through three heats to grab a silver medal in a great 6.8, a step behind Bronxville's Nat Recine. Louis Lipson and Matt Presta among others also competed. For the girls, Phoebe Maddox advanced through to the finals heat and grabbed a 5th with a time of 8.1. Grete Falck-Pedersen also did the sprint.
Next up was the 600m, where three freshmen and an 8th grader combined to take 4 more places. For the boys Taka Masuda, James Constant, and Matt Holt took 3rd through 5th with times of 1:46.9, 1:59.9, and 2:02.9. Joanne Mumbey added a 6th place for the girls with a solid 2:04.5 time. Rachel Kagan also made the three fast circuits.
The mile-length races followed, and the boys race featured an exciting finish. Viktor Mashalov edged out Pawling's best miler in the 1600 to take a silver in 5:07.8. Patrick Wortner followed up his two-mile run by taking 4th in the 1600 at 5:09.2. Running solo, Lauren Hanley grabbed a 5th place for the Eagles with a 5:36.3 time in the 1500 race.
The last individual race of the day was the 300m sprint, and Alan and Phoebe again finished among the leaders. Alan just missed catching the Broncos' Recine at the wire to take silver in 38.5. On the girls side, Phoebe battled a legion of Bronxville and Hamilton sprinters to take 4th in 44.7. Among the other Eagles competing in the race were Grete Falck-Pedersen, Bella Young, Suzanna Halatyn, Matt Presta, Jake Lowy, and Matt Holt.
The Eagles finished the night by taking two 3rds and three 4ths in the relays. The boys' 4x800m squad got things going as Viktor Mashalov, Patrick Wortner, George Tzortzidis, and Pat Newman ran a 9:24.7 for a bronze. The girls squad of Sarah King, Izzy Natale, Sofia Maluf, and Lauren Hanley also grabbed a bronze with a time of 11:26.9
The boys 4x200m relay squad of Ramson Ragin, Matt Presta, Jake Lowy, and Alan Sanseverino took 4th with a time of 1:51.9. The short-handed girls did not compete in the race. The evening ended with the boys 4x400m team of Brendan Wortner, Boris Opacic, George Epstein, and Taka Masuda grabbing a 4th with a time of 4:26.2, and the girls team of Rachel Kagan, Joanne Mumbey, Mary Constant, and Karen Maehara also taking 4th with a time of 5:15.7.
A good night for the Eagles to get big-time meet experience also saw them developing a solid distrust of local weather forecasters, who blew the big storm prediction as badly as the national pollsters screwed up in the New Hampshire primaries. The Leagues were a nice start for the young Eagles, who may now have some runners in the Westchester County meet at the Armory on Sunday, January 20th, during the morning and afternoon. The final big meet of the year will be the Sectional Championships on February 10th, which features many of the same teams as those at the League Meet along with Albertus Magnus.