The Eagles traveled out to Sunken Meadows Park on Long Island on Saturday, October 4, to battle the famed and challenging course in the St. Anthony's Invite. With Pat Wortner, Evan Fallor, Viktor Mashalov, and Clara Winder out of action from the the varsity races for various reasons, both the boys and girls were running short-handed. The boys in fact did not have enough runners for the minimum 5-man squad, so the day became somewhat of a learning experience for both teams.
Running through soft sand, churned up muck, and a few rocky stretches, the runners plowed up the Snake and Cardiac hills and got a feel for a course that could feature prominently in their schedule in a month when it hosts the State finals. The Eagles started off from the Small Schools' races next to 1-C competition Irvington, Pawling, and Bronxville, so they got a small snapshot of the teams they will be vying with at the Sectionals.
The boys started off first in the late afternoon in the race with specific goals in mind to stay up with certain runners and see which side of the trail provided better footing at particular points. Brendan Wortner got up among the leaders to finish 7th in 17:55, beating out all the Pawling runners, splitting the Broncos behind Dayton Flannery and ahead of Jack Hutton, and coming in pretty close to Irvington's Julian Saliani and Ian Mathews for a job well done. Pat Newman also took care of business by staying close to the Bulldogs' 3rd runner, Matt Menard and ahead of the Broncos' Christian Yoo as he took 20th in 18:34. Ryan Malpass and Boris Opacic showed the Eagles have some extra depth by finishing in a solid 40th and 47th in times of 19:42 and 20:22. Irvington and Pawling finished 1-2 in the Small Schools Race.
The girls had two more runners in action, so they at least were pretty much assured of getting a team score. Bronxville dominated the race as Caitlin Hudson took 1rst, 8th graders Amelia Phillips and Meredith Rizzo got 4th and 5th, and five Broncos finished in the top 10. Sarah King was the first Eagle in as she grabbed 16th with a time of 21:53. Down one member of the 4-runners pack, the Eagles plugged away to get Izzy Natale in in 29th at 23:03. Rebecca Wiersma in 35rd at 23:31, and Chloe Wang in 37th at 23:34. Mary Constant and Suzanna Halytan finished up for the Eagles in 54th and 59th in 25:39 and 26:03. Dobbs finished in 5th with 146 points, two places behind the NYS 12th-ranked Irvington Bulldogs and 40 points ahead of NYS 18th-ranked Kennedy Catholic.
The Eagles will now be focusing on getting healthy and becoming mentally tough as they race one more dual meet on Tuesday, October 7th, at Rye Neck and then prepare to win the League Championship the following Tuesday. In between at least some of the team will be watching the Manhattan Invitational races during the huge spectacle at Van Cortlandt park on Saturday, October 11th.