Dobbs Quintet Bags Gold and Bronze at Croton
Following a vacation week in Dobbs Ferry, only a small band of runners were available to race in the Croton Harmon Girls Invitational on Saturday, April 26. Though able to compete in only two races and forced to substitute the 4x400 relay for the 4x800 due to a faster than expected meet schedule, the girls came away with a Class C gold medal in the 1600 relay and then followed up with a third place in their second race.
The Eagles were impressive in the 1600 meter race, as Lauren Hanley placed 3rd in around 5:55 (app. 5:33 for 1500) and Karen Maehara (app. 6:08, 5:46) and Izzy Natale (app. 6:12, 5:50) finished a short way behind in the top 8. Though Pleasantville's Libby Lazare blitzed the field with around a 5:32 (5:10), the Dobbs trio's XC-type score for their 3 places was 10 points, good for Class C gold and probably ahead of all the other teams in the A and B classes.
Shortly after the 1600, Sarah King and Sofia Maluf were joined in the 4x400 by tired but game teammates Karen and Lauren to finish 3rd in the Class C group behind fast Alexander Hamilton and Croton squads. Although obviously aided by the absence of Bronxville on the same weekend that the Penn Relays were running, the Eagles got a lot of bang for the buck from their small contingent and their first place was one more than they got in last year's well-attended Croton meet. The Eagles' were too cool to participate in the post-meet Pony Dance, but they were photographed in a spiffy locale with their medals, the images of which will be posted as soon as this site's photo-uploading rights are restored.
Pat Wortner came along to cheer on the Eagles and other friends and get psyched for Tuesday's meet at Rye Neck. Other attending teams are unknown, but the Eagles should have fresh legs and arms after more than two weeks off. The status of this Saturday's scheduled invitational for the Eagles unfortunately appears to be a no-go at this point.