Rye Neck Meet
The Dobbs Ferry Eagles traveled to Van Cortland Park on Tuesday, October 7, to race against Rye Neck. The Eagles were not really tested but the race served as a good opportunity for the team to get in a healthy tuneup in preparation for the big postseason races to come.
With some of the Eagles recuperating from colds or leg ailments as they ended the regular season, the team needed a strong race to show they have the depth that some in the local media have doubted. Viktor Mashalov sat out the race to focus on getting prepped for the County and Sectional races and Suzanna Halatyn also had to sit out after running well last Saturday.
The boys were led by Pat Wortner as he returned from a weekend's rest to fly around VCP relatively unchallenged to get first in a solid time of 14:30. Evan Fallor also returned to the fray to take second in 14:59, followed in by Brendan Wortner in 15:12, Patrick Newman at 15:25, and George Epstein had a big drop in his VCP PR down to 15:35 for 5th. Boris Opacic continued his steady rise with a 16:03 for 7th, Taka Masuda came in at 16:13 for 8th, Hunter Bock took 14th at 18:51, Quinn Wright was 17th in 21:08, and Keith Hickey finished up at 23:07 for 18th.
The girls had a little more of a challenge as Rye Neck's Kylie Van Buren ran up front with the Eagles' front runners and took 3rd place. Sarah King took first for the Eagles in 18:00 and was followed in soon after by Izzy Natale at 18:11. The Eagles showed good depth as Rebecca Wiersma finished 4th in 18:57, Chloe Wang got 6th in 19:15, Clara Winder returned to action with a 7th in 20:12, Mary Constant took 9th in 20:50, Sofia Maluf finished 11th in 22:06, and Kim Anker and Yuriko Masuda finished up in 12th at 22:15.
The Eagles now get a week off before heading back to Van Cortland for the League Championship race in which Dobbs will be the overwhelming favorite in both the boys and girls races. Postseason time has come, and the Eagles will be riding on an exciting flight through October and hopefully well into November.