Fresh off an inspiring performance from the Dobbs Ferry teams at the Bowdoin Invite and a big smackdown from the NY State Rating selector, the Eagles head back to the Warwick Wave Invite out in Section 9 country on Saturday, September 27. Though not quite as high powered a meet as Bowdoin, there are still some regional elite teams making the trek out to Warwick and there is a number of intriguing matchups for the Eagles against teams their own size.
With a first and second in their first two meets, the Eagle guys are clearly on a giant roll depite what Mr. Cuffe thinks. Pat Wortner has shown that he can stay up among the leaders in any race and even take individual championships. Brendan Wortner, Evan Fallor, Viktor Mashalov, Pat Newman, Ryan Malpass, and George Epstein are developing a high level pack that can keep Dobbs in the running even against top level Class A schools. This Saturday they will go up against Rhinebeck, which is currently ranked #6 in NY Class C ahead of unranked Dobbs. Rhinebeck's average team Speed Rating is 17 points (an average of 51 seconds) behind Dobbs, so if the Eagles take care of business they should make a statement concerning the State ranking system.
The girls are working steadily to move upward with their young group of mainly 9th and 8th graders. Sarah King continues to blast the back half to great effect and Izzy Natale is using her senior grit to pull the middle school pack of Rebecca Wiersma, Clara Winder and Chloe Wang into a competitive position. This week they get to compare their progress against a neighbor Hastings team that is also on a youth kick that is bringing it steadily upward among the 1-C teams.
Last year the guys were in the Division 1 race and got 9th, and they placed 14th of 36 teams overall. Pat Wortner got a medal as he finished 18th in the Div 1 race in 16:47. The girls finished 9th in the Division 1 race and 14th of 22 teams overall. Lauren Hanley ran a 21:58 for 45th and Sarah King ran a 22:21 for 51st, and they both got medals. Rebecca Wiersma also picked up a medal for running 39th in the JV meet.
The top teams at Warwick of the currently registered teams on the boys' side would appear to be NJ's #1 team Don Bosco, the hosts and reigning champ Warwick (AA-12), and Scarsdale. On the girls' side, Warwick (AA-10, NYS-12) will be challenged by Monroe-Woodbury (AA-16), Valley Central (AA-24), and Mahopac (AA-25).
Top boys likely in the running for the individual title include: Don Bosco's Robert Molke and Leighton Spencer, Warwick's Alex Leuchanka, Red Hook's Klaus Schmidt, and Scarsdale's trio of Ilkyu Lee, Miles Kirwan, and Sam Kohn (all with SRs over 170).
The top girls will include Warwick's Lillian Greibesland and Siobhan O'Brien, Rhinebeck's Annabel Clarke, Anna Clark, and Elizabeth Marvin, and Monroe-Woodbury's Elizabeth O'Donnell (all with SRs over 100).
Warwick is generally an extremely fast 5K, although with wet conditions expected from Thursday on through the weekend, conditions could be impaired. Under normal circumstances, runners' times will be about 20-30 seconds better than at the Big Red and 60-90 seconds better than at Bowdoin.
There are medals to be had from the Varsity and JV races for the Eagles -- 40 are given out for each race -- and here's hoping the weekend is not too wet.