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Westchester County Meet Preview

Posted Friday, May 16, 2008 by Perry King
Eagles Travel to Byram Hills for County Meet

In their penultimate meet, Dobbs Ferry will go to the Westchester County Invitational on Saturday, May 17, at the Byram Hills HS in Armonk. Although some afternoon showers are expected, temperatures should be a good 20 degrees warmer than last year's cold wet ordeal.

Predicting what will go on at the County is always difficult since some Westchester teams stay home, deep teams like Bronxville switch their runners around, and weather conditions sometimes impact heavily on performances. Last year sprinters like Kadeem Scott and Lisa Tessitore mainly ran up to three rounds of their events' races into a stiff headwind and most of the times were disappointing even if the places like Scott's were outstanding. Hamilton's graduated sprint superstar Trisha Hawthorne (now many time Big East champ for UConn) obviously got a windbreak when she ran a 12.18 in the 100, but she suffered a season-ending injury in the cold an hour later.

The meet begins at 9:00 with the triple jump and steeplechase event and rolls on from there with the relays all stuck at the end following the racewalk. The Eagles will be competing against all county schools huge and small for overall places but they will also be trying to grab one of the three places awarded to Class C schools (redefined here from the state sectional limit from 400 to 450, which also includes Woodlands, Westlake, Hastings and Pleasantville). Last year's scoring performances were Kadeem's double in the 100 and 200 of 6th overall and 2nd in Class C, Paulina Nunez's 6th overall and 2nd in Class C in the 3000, Andrea Koenigsberg's Class C 3rd in the long jump, Kate Sterne's Class C 3rd in the 1500 Racewalk, Patrick Wortner's Class C 3rd in the 3200, and the girls 4x800 relay team's 2nd in Class C.

Alan Sanseverino leads the way for the Eagles with a 100 meter time of 10.98 that is tied for best in the county with Ossining's star Jesse Drinks. Alan also has a top-10 time in the 200. The big issue for him is that he will be running 6 races if he makes it through the three trials-semifinal-final rounds in both events, so managing the energy and fatigue levels is critical both here and at the Sectionals. The top sprinters cannot afford to expend too much in the early rounds. The Eagles throwers could also be in for a monster day, but we don't want to jinx anything since reported results are incomplete as most of the big schools had their league meets back in April.

Estimates for the rest of the athletes are less clear, especially when you factor in that on the girls' side some of the Class C relay and field places (no pole vaulters) go unclaimed. Here's a guesstimate, though thanks to NYMilesplit and their local coach representative the results from last year are currently removed.


100/200: Alan should match up well with best in county and also have a repeat duel with Bronxville's Nat Recine for Class C honors.

400/800: Evan Fallor has a chance here but the Class C competition from about 5 runners from Valhalla, Bronxville, and Hamilton will be fierce.

1600/3200: Probably a better chance for Evan and Pat Newman in the 1600 and Patrick and Brendan Wortner in the 3200 as Bronxville and Valhalla wil be the main Class C competition.

Hurdles: Kevin Dahill's best chance for a Class C medal is probably in the 110 as Valhalla and Bronxville are strong and deep in the 400.

Relays: The 4x800 could battle for the top Class C spot and the other two teams have a chance if they work the exchanges better. Question is how much will be left in the tank, especially for Alan and Evan.

Jumps: Ramson Ragin is among the top three Class C contenders in the triple jump and among the top 6 overall in the county, but the HJ and LJ are tough going.

Throws: Guys could dominate shotput in Class C unless Croton Harmon's Hair goes long. The Armory rankings have a county best of 40-8 which Brandon Brailsford has beaten by 3 feet and Devonte almost matched. If rankings are accurate, guys could have a huge day. Discus depends on what kind of spin they get as the competition has done 100-120'.


100/200: Probably a long shot as there are too many runners in the under 13.8 and under 28.0.

400/800: Again, a really tough field for both events as Woodlands has sub 61.0 runners in 400 and both Bronxville and Pleasantville are loaded, but Phoebe Maddox and Lauren Hanley have a shot.

1500/3000: Both events could be extremely competitive depending on how Bronxville and Pleasantville position their runners. Last year's 3rd place in the 1500 was 5:17 and in the 3000 was 12:29.7, so chances for Lauren, Sarah King, and Karen Maehara are hard to guess.

Racewalk: With Hastings's star Rebecca Katz dominating the race and both Bronxville and Croton Harmon walkers going strong, Sofia Maluf will have to work hard and go south of 9:00 for a place.

Hurdles: Realistically not much chance.

Relays: Last year only 5 of 9 Class C relay spots were claimed as teams concentrated on individual events and didn't enter teams in these last races in the cold. Dobbs is among the top 5 in both the 4x400 and 4x800 and could grab a top spot. If the 4x100 team qualifies to run, they could also place.

Jumps: Andrea looks to go for consecutive medals with a long jump over 13'. Celia Muoser has a great shot in the high jump if she can hit 4-8 again.

Throws: Last year an 18-9 throw got a Class C 3rd in the shotput and the winner was under 27-0, so Caroline Dowdle and the entire throwing crew have a good shot in the shot. Discus is less likely unless someone gets the spin down.

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