Eagles Start Season in Style at North Salem
The Dobbs Ferry 2008 Outdoor Track season got off to a rousing kickoff on Tuesday, April 8 at North Salem with a good showing against Alexander Hamilton, Solomon Schechter, and host North Salem. The boys dominated their side of the meet by a score of DF 112, AH 87, NS 29, and SS 14. The girls warmed up almost as well, falling a little short against Hamilton but distancing themselves from North Salem and Schechter by final results of AH 95, DF 82.5, NS 38.5, and SS 22. Both the Hamilton boys and girls proved to be excellent competition to start the year against.
The boys posted some amazingly good times for the initial meet. Alan Sanseverino took away firsts in the 100 and 200 meters and pulled a major
anchoring the 4x100 team to huge comeback victory. Kevin Dahill also bagged double victories in both the 110 and 400 hurdles. Evan Fallor took the 1600 (and 2nd in the 800) and Pat Wortner won the 3200, with both also contributing big time on the relays. The field event winners included the lonely Ramson Ragin in the triple jump (must be some more Eagles with hops) Brandon Brailsford in the shotput, and Mike Altman in the discus.
To get an idea of the quality of the Eagles' first week, Sanseverino made major use of his Indoor Track preparation to run a much improved 100 meter time than he posted in 2007 and even better than graduated star Kadeem Scott had at last year's first meet. Alan's 200 meter time was 1.1 seconds better than last season's best. Dahill also obliterated his best times from last year in the hurdles events by amounts too shocking to be mentioned on a HS website. Fallor knocked 7 seconds off his personal record 800 time and a mind-boggling 15 seconds off the 1600. Pat Wortner lopped a cool 12 seconds off his 2007 best against modest competition. Ragin established his triple jump credentials by propelling himself 5 1/2 feet further than in 2007. Altman fell just shy of his best throw in the discus in 2007, and he also added 1 1/2 feet to his top shot throw only to be bested by the Brailsford collosus, as Brandon putted just 8 inches short of 40 feet and Devonte was 1 1/2 feet behind. And with Indoor Track League champ Joe Guiliano ready to post big throws, the shotput depth is just sick. The relay teams also were reasonably close to last year's bests.
A large contingent of newcomers and the old guard also ran, jumped or threw well during the opening week, including the Brailsfords and Idowu Wallace Shortt in the sprints and relays and George Tzortzidis with a 2:19 time in the 800 that nearly topped the Eagles' best in 2007. Brendan Wortner continues to pile up honors before escaping from Middle School with a superpromising 5:22, Julian Caldwell keeps lowering his PRs in the hurdles by chunks and gives Dahill a stiff challenge in the 110 hurdles, and along with a legion of other Eagles who lowered times or like Pat Newman and Viktor Mashalov rested for future meets, the guys look ready to rumble this year.
The girls team also posted some strong performances on a day when their lack of a presence in some of the jumping events opened the way for a Hamilton team that had great efforts in the sprints, jumps, and relays. The Eagles winners included captain Lauren Hanley in the 1500, Sarah King in the 3000, Celia Muoser in the high jump, and the 3200 relay team. Muoser topped her last year's PR in the HJ, and Hanley and King were fairly close to last year's best in races where neither was challenged. Other Eagle runners getting in gear for big May meets included last year's section champ Lisa Tessitore and 2006 season's star Phoebe Maddox who posted times equal to last year's opener in the shorter races, newcomers (to varsity track) Rebecca Bortz and Karen Maehara who posted excellent initial times for 2nds in the 800 and 1500 respectively, Sofia Maluf who took home a 2nd in the 3000, and Izzy Natale who should be breaking into the 5's in the 1500 soon. Hurdlers Celia Smith and Marissa Ilardi began their journeys to last year's top form, and a very deep throwing crew worked at getting the form down, highlighted by Maureen Lauer's strong 59-1 throw for third in the discus and Section champ Sophia Veiras's solid 22-10.5 third-place toss in the shot. Also notable was the return of the "Mizoooook", as Mizuki Yamamoto returned to the Eagles to post serious times in the sprint/middle distances.
Next up for the Eagles is a stiff test on Monday, April 14 against the League and Sectional champ Bronxville's girls team and a great challenge for the boys against the League champion Broncos. With little practice resources at this point since even the turf field has been given to the fledgling lacrosse team, the issues of developing good jumping, sprinting, and relay baton exchange form are steep, but if the first meet is a true indication, the Eagles should be among the best when May rolls around.