Conference IV South Championship
Meet -- Eagles Double Dip for Honors
Both of the Eagles teams breezed to the League titles on Tuesday, October 14, at Van Cortlandt Park in a race that featured Dobbs Ferry, Rye Neck, Alexander Hamilton, and Children's Village. The double championships were possibly the first occurrence of that happy event for the Eagles. Not having to share a league with Bronxville this year was a mixed blessing as the girls did not have to run against the likely State Class C champions and the boys did not get a chance to corral their Bronco counterparts for what would have been a fairly easy victory this year.
Great weather was on hand for the League Meet as it has been for most of the Eagle meets this year. The boys got the afternoon started in the midst of a half-dozen other League meets being staged at VCP. The top four Eagles all improved their times from a week before from between 32 to 42 seconds as they continued to round into shape for the Sectionals. Pat Wortner again proved to the State and Section 1 pollsters he was around and can still run a little bit as he earned Leage champion honors by knocking off a speedy 13:58 without close competition. Evan Fallor blazed to 2nd in 14:24 (which would have earned a personal best 154 Speed Rating by the Manhattan Invite results) and Brendan Wortner charged in 3rd in 14:30. Pat Newman finished close behind Hamilton's lead runner Arnold Lane with a hugely improved 14:43 for 5th, and George Epstein took the 5th Eagle team position with a 15:47 time. Completing the day for Dobbs were Boris Opacic in 16:08, Taka Masuda in 16:36, Hunter Bock in 18:22, Yusuf Kapadia in 19:09, and Keith Hickey in 24:25. Viktor Mashalov continues to focus on a return for the Sectionals.
The girls were also well up to the challenge as they took 5 of the top 6 places and were not pushed that hard. Sarah King won the League champion honor with a time of 17:46. Izzy Natale got to add a team championship to her senior year awards collections as she took second with an 18:06 for a solid SR of 67. An 8th-grade quartet finished in behind Rye Neck's Kylie Van Buren as they each improved their times by huge gobs over last week. Rebecca Wiersma ran 18:24 (61 SR) for 4th, Chloe Wang legged out a 18:47 for 5th, Clara Winder pounded in a 19:10 for 7th, and Mary Constant added a 19:36. Shanna Yue returned from injury inaction to run a 20:41, Sofia Maluf and Kim Anker improved big boppers to 21:16 and 22:10, and Yuriko Masuda completed the Eagles' day with a 23:18. Lauren Hanley, Mara Spitz, and Fatima Boozarjomehri provided pep and inspiration to the young Dobbs team.
A lot of Eagles piled up League Honors awards, some for the first time, others for a second or third go round. The future thus looks peachy for Dobbs. The next race for the Eagles is the Section 1 Coaches Meet at Bowdoin Park on Saturday afternoon, October 18. Most of the Section 1 teams and a number of Section 9 teams will be running in the race to get prepped for the Sectional race that occurs there 13 days later. In between, the Eagles will return to VCP on Thursday, October 23 to run against all the teams in Westchester in the County Meet