Eagles End Season With Big Show At Sectionals
The Class C Sectional Meet on May 22 at Bronxville brought an end to an all too short season with a series of big events for the Eagles that included a lot of personal records, school records, and a 4th place result for the boys that was far beyond expectations. Shut out of any first places, the boys still managed to pull together enough points from many different guys to take a surprise 4th behind the expected winner Pawling, and Bronxville and Croton Harmon. The girls placed in the same position as last year, but their 8th place result included contributions from twice as many girls as last year when two first places provided most of the points.
The Eagles boys finished 4 points ahead of a 5th place Valhalla team team that had pummelled them earlier in the season and that took 1rsts in the marquee 400, 800, and 1500 meter events. The boys countered with a depth that earned them 57 points including 8 apiece from seniors Alan Sanseverino and Brandon Brailsford and junior Kevin Dahill. The Eagles moved up to the 4th spot, 4 better than last year, with a 2nd place finish by the 4x800 relay team as dusk settled.
The girls had a less eventful day than the boys as they battled Bronxville's dominance in the running and hurdling events, Alexander Hamilton's strength in the sprints, and Leake and Watts's top thrower Genesis Santos. The young Eagles still took some good places and provided some optimistic projections for next year when a more veteran crew should challenge for a higher position.
The Sectionals started out on a high note for the Eagles in the long distance events as Sarah King set a school record in the 3000 meters to take 5th place in an 11:09 time behind Bronxville's Tori Flannery and was followed in by Karen Maehara who surged past a Rye Neck runner to take 6th in a personal best (PB) 12:18.5. On the boys side, Patrick Wortner waged a great battle against the Pawling duo of Colby Delbene and Tom Brogan before finishing 3rd in a PB 10:20.8. Brendan Wortner finished about a minute later to cap a tremendous season as he advances on to the high school next season.
The next big event for the Eagles was the long jump. where last minute entry (and budding pentathlete champion) Nicoleta Hardesty sprinted over to the pit and launched a 14-0 jump that earned her a 5th place. Alan Sanseverino and Ramson Ragin did 17+ jumps that left them a little shy of a place.
The 400 meters followed with Phoebe Maddox and Boris Opacic representing the Eagles. Phoebe battle the usual tough host of Broncos to finish with a 6th place and a season's best 63.3 time. Boris cruised home at the top of his 400 heat but just missed a place.
A variety of track and field events finished around the same time. The boys shotput crew came through big time, as Brandon Brailsford threw 41-06.75 to take second behind Croton Harmon's TJ Hair, and his brother Devonte and Mike Altman also made top throws to finish 4th and 5th and earn the Eagles a huge combined 14 points in the event. While the guys were throwing, high jumper Celia Muoser was clearing 4-03 to earn a share of 6th. Alan Sanseverino added to the Eagles score after qualifying through two rounds of the 100 meters to reach the finals, where he sprinted to a 5th place finish. The Eagle's throwers on the girls side also tackled the shotput and discus events but were unable to break into the placings.
Next up for the runners was the mile events. Izzy Natale ran a strong race in the 1500 for the Eagles behind a field packed with Broncos where five girls went sub 5:00. On the boys side in the 1600, Evan Fallor and Viktor Mashalov made late charges to break 5:00 and take 5th and 6th. They were followed by Ron Nagor in the 400 meters hurdles who ran well against extremely tough competition.
The 800 meters turned out to be a highlight event for the Eagles. Lauren Hanley led off for the Eagles as she faced off against the usual Bronco juggernaut. Driving into 3rd place at the end of the first lap, Lauren powered home to a PB 2:30.5 and likely school record. Pat Newman responded in the top heat of the 800 by kicking home in 2:08.5 to earn a big 4th. Boris Opacic then picked himself up from the rigors of the 400 race to win the second heat of the 800.
The next series of events included the triple jump, where Ramson Ragin finished off a great season by jumping to a PB 38-3.5 and a 5th place. While he was jumping, Yeru Derry was running the 200 for the girls and Alan Sanseverino was making it through two more tiring sprint rounds to get to the 200 finals. In a close finish, Alan's 23.4 earned him a 3rd and a big finish to his HS career as he ventures on to become a Binghamton Bearcat like another illustrious Eagle graduate.
The last individual event was completed late in the day though it had begun early. Kevin Dahill and Julian Caldwell entered the pentathlon event (110 hurdles, long jump, shot put, high jump, 1600 meters) with minimal training but high hopes. Kevin was leading going into the final event but finished a second or two off in the 1600 to finish 12 points behind Pawling's Steve Simonetti for 2nd place. Julian followed in for 4th place to help give the Eagles a late day scoring boost.
Going into the relays, the Eagle guys trailed Valhalla by 4 points. The Eagles entered one relay while the Vikings packed for the bus, and the 4x800 relay team of George Tzortzidis, Viktor Mashalov, Pat Newman, and Evan Fallor brought home the bacon and the baton in a 9:09.6 time that earned them a 2nd place and 8 big points. The girls ended their day in the meet's final race as Andrea Koenigsberg, Nicoleta Hardesty, Lauren Hanley, and Phoebe Maddox sped home and narrowly missed the 2nd spot, taking 3rd in 4:27.9.
An excellent day coupled with blown over tents and hot dog swallowing competitions finished off a quick but nice season for the Eagles. The boys more than doubled their score from last season and a young girls squad showed that they have a lot to look forward to.