The high-flying Dobbs Ferry Eagles' season continues on Saturday, September 20 at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls as the team goes up against some of the best teams from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and yes, there is even a Virginia. As a small school among giants, Dobbs will be trying to see how it stacks up against the best and maybe get some more attention for the NY Class C rankings. Since Bowdoin will also be the site of the Section 1 Championship in early November, the Eagles will also get a chance to become reacquainted with one of their favorite hills, which they will also enjoy at the Section 1 Coaches Meet in late October.
Coming off the boys' Big Red Championship last Saturday and workout / meet against Alexander Hamilton at a crowded Van Cortlandt Park on Tuesday, the Eagles will now get to see or run against many of the top runners in the area. The meet will have a Championship Race (supposedly for the top teams), a Varsity Race for the regular guys and girls teams, and a JV race. The #1 Section 1/Class C Dobbs boys should fare well enough against the bigger teams, and the #5 Section 1/Class C girls will be getting some great experience.
The boys' Championship race definitely has some great teams, with NYS #1 Shenendehowa, #3 NJ Morris Hills, #6 Christian Brothers Academy - NJ, #9 NJ Colt's Neck, #11 NYS Monsignor Farrell, #21 NYS Mckee Staten Island Tech, #23 NYS Kellenberg, and a top-25 PA Germantown Friends school. On the girls' side, however, most of the higher-ranking NY teams have opted for the Varsity race, leaving only NYS #9 Shenendehowa to battle the out-of-state powers, with the #11 Class AA Northport and #11 Class A St. John Villa also competing. Top teams from outside NY include #1 PA Emmaus, #1 NJ Vorhees, #6 NJ Red Bank Catholic, and strong teams from Lincoln Sudbury, MA, and South County Secondary, VA. Pleasantville is bravely running in both of the Championship races.
The Varsity race for the boys features only NY teams, and the Eagles will get to compare themselves directly against Section 1 teams such as Fox Lane, Carmel, Brewster, and of course Pawling again. Averill Park from Section 2 will probably be one of the frontrunners. The girls' Varsity race will probably have as many ranked teams as the Championship race, so the team will just have to hang tough with such powers as Guilderland, Ward Melville, Colonie, Holy Name, Ursuline, and NJ's #9 Colt's Neck. Other strong teams include Brewster, New Paltz, Averill Park and Pawling.
Girls Varsity starts at 11:00, Boys Varsity at 11:30, JV Girls at 2:00, and JV Boys at 2:30. Any parents who want to get in a great workout by running up Bowdoin Hill can make a 70-75 minute drive north to Bowdoin either by way of the Saw Mill / 9A/ 9 route or Taconic / 84 / 9 route. Because of the two hour gap between the end of the Varsity and beginning of JV races, it is smart to arrange your schedule to arrive at whatever time fits best for you.