Eagles Bucked in Broncoland
Some early season meets are ones you survive, take away a few good lessons and results, and move on to build for the next meet. On a chilly day at Bronxville on Monday, April 14, the Eagles came up a fair amount short on both the boys and girls side against the Bronxville and Valhalla squads while beating a small Clark Academy team. In somewhat of a surprise on the boys side, the Vikings knocked off the host Broncos along with the Eagles. Bronxville totally dominated the girls meet as the depleted Eagles squad was unable to stay near the star Bronco team or even challenge the newly resurgent Valhalla squad.
Though they fell by 30 to Valhalla and 20 to Bronxville, the boys continued to pile up some good early season performances as they head toward their next meet at the end of April. Alan Sanseverino has already broken through into the best of Kadeem Scott's times from last year. Though finishing 2nd to the Broncos' Nat Recine in both the 100 and 200, Alan's 11.3 and 23.5 times are far beyond expectations for the second week of the season. The hurdlers have also been hitting a nice zone, with Julian Caldwell picking up a 3rd with a 19.5 time in the 110 hurdles and Kevin Dahill lowering his time by more than a second in lowering his 400 hurdles time to 65.1 for 3rd place. Evan Fallor continues to carry the middle distance group with a 56.9 time for 3rd in the 400 and also a 3rd in the 1600. Patrick Wortner also had a good duel with Dayton Flannery in the 3200 and set a PR at 10.45.2. The relay teams finished with times close to what they ran a week earlier, but against the Broncos and Vikings that left them well short except for the 4x100 team's close 2nd to the Broncos.
The field events also included some good performances. Ramson Ragin continues to do well in the horizontally directed jumps and took 2nd by adding another 2 feet to his triple jump at 35-6. On the vertically directed side, Julian Caldwell reached 5-0 in the high jump to grab a 3rd. The weight guys also stood tall as Brandon Brailsford added an inch to his best shot throw to get 2nd at 39-5 and Mike Altman finished close behind in 3rd at 38-8.
The girls entered the meet missing a number of key runners and had a tough time finding points against the storied Bronxville team or a Viking squad with a very fast sprinter named Courtney Flynn who will be a serious challenger for the 100 and 200 Sectional crowns. The only Eagles to finish with a top three place was high jumper Celia Muoser who again reached 4-4 to take 2nd, and Phoebe Maddox who got 3rd in the 400 with a 64.4. The 4x100 relay team took 3rd in 57.04 and the rest of the Eagles 24.5 points came from unpublished 4th and 5th place finishes.
While the boys get two weeks to rest up until their next meet, the girls team will be spending Saturday, April 26, at the Croton Harmon Girls Relays meet. This was the meet at which last year the Eagles parents' contingent got frisky with their boom sticks. A great time should be had by all.