St. Anthony's Invite Preview
Posted Friday, October 03, 2008 by Perry King
The Eagles head to the famed Sunken Meadows Park 5K course on Long Island's north shore to get an introduction to the environs that will be used for the New York State Championship. With its notorious elements, the Snake, Hernia Hill and Cardiac Hill, the course will be a great test for the runners especially since expected wet conditions can make a course deemed one of the toughest in the country an extra slick challenge. An added bonus is that virtually all of the 1-C teams that Dobbs will battle at the Sectionals will also be making the trip to the meet.
After three races where the boys have been at or near the top of the meet standings, the Eagles will be running short-handed without top guy Pat Wortner and perhaps others. This will provide a good opportunity to other runners to step up to fill the voids. The girls should be at pretty much at full strength for the runners remaining on the team, so they will get a chance to see how they stack up against their closest 1-C competitors, Hastings, Irvington, and Pleasantville.
Top teams among the boys at the meet with rankings include Warwick Valley (AA-9), North Rockland (AA-4), Wantagh (B-2), Chaminade (AA-17), Kellenberg (AA-19), St. Anthony's (AA top 25) and Scarsdale. Top runners include North Rockland's Chris Carrington and Nick Hughes, Miller Place's Geoff Engel, Wantagh's Arquimedes Dela Cruz, and Warwick's Dave Dewan and Tim Luthin.
For the girls, the top teams are Warwick Valley (State-9, AA-6), Northport (AA-6), St. John the Baptist (AA-9), North Shore (B-4), Monroe Woodbury (AA-14), Ward Melville (AA-15), North Rockland (AA-16), and Bronxville (C-1). Top girls include North Shore's Samantha Nadel and Brianna Welch, Warwick's Lillian Griebesland, St. Anthony's Veronica Leddy, and Monroe Woodbury's Elizabeth O'Donnell.
The Small School Race that both the boys and girls will be running in late in the afternoon on SAT weekend will also include 1-C teams Bronxville, Irvington, and Pawling, while Hastings and Pleasantville will be in one of the two larger Varsity races. Saturday will thus be a little bit of an early preview of where the teams stand before the Sectionals 4 weeks hence.