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Westchester County Meet Preview

Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 by Perry King
  County 2007 

The Eagles will be joining more than 30 teams from Westchester to run in the County Meet on Thursday afternoon, October 23, at Van Cortlandt Park. Coming off a strong performance at the Coaches Meet where they posted an average 152 Speed rating (not the 15 point lower rating stated on the Milesplit\Armory site) even without Viktor Mashalov, the boys will be looking to build for the Sectionals with a top 5 finish in the County Meet and hoping that the timing system will work for the first time since 2005. The girls will also be looking to put together some fast times and finish in the middle of the teams.

Last year the boys finished probably 9th, though the timing problems left all scores in doubt, and the girls finished 13th. Patrick Wortner had the best time for the boys as he took 22nd in 13:51. The girls were led by Sarah King, who ran 17:41 for 68th.

The best times at VCP for the runners this year were mainly at the League Meet. For the boys they were: Patrick Wortner 13:58, Evan Fallor 14:24, Brendan Wortner 14:30, Pat Newman 14:43, George Epstein 15:35, Boris Opacic 16:08, Taka Masuda 16:36, Hunter Bock 18:22, Yusuf Kapadia 19:09, Quinn Wright 21:08, Keith Hickey 23:07, and Ryan Malpass and Viktor Mashalov's times are not available.

For the girls, the best VCP times were: Sarah King 17:46, Izzy Natale 18:06, Rebecca Wiersma 18:24, Chloe Wang 18:47, Clara Winder 19:10, Mary Constant 19:36, Shanna Yue 20:41, Sofia Maluf 21:16, Kim Anker 22:10, and Yuriko Masuda 23:18. Times generally improve during the heated competition of the County Meet.

Almost all of the Section 1 Class C teams will be at the County race, though Pawling and Dover will be at the Northern Counties meet and Albertus Magnus will be at the Rockland County meet. Since the County meets throw all the teams from AA, A, B, C, and D together into one varsity and one JV race, the big teams usually win the team championship. On the girls' side, however, Class C Bronxville is the reigning champ and big favorite with White Plains, Horace Greeley, and maybe Ursuline trying to stay close. Scarsdale is the reigning champ on the boys' side, and if healthy they will be favored over Fox Lane. If Dobbs runs well, they should be in a battle along with Byram Hills and Iona Prep for a spot in the top 5.

Individual favorites this year for the boys based on Speed Ratings will be Scarsdale's Ilkyu Lee (176), Yorktown's Manu Kumar (176), Iona Prep's Sean Halpin (175), Fox Lane's Cord Sgaglio (172), Scarsdale's Sam Kohn (172), Dobbs Ferry's Patrick Wortner (170), and Rye's Max Robinson (169). Two top freshman include Bronxville's Dayton Flannery (161) and Dobbs Ferry's Brendan Wortner (160).

Individual favorites for the girls include Ursuline's Katie Sullivan (123), Bronxville's Caitlin Hudson (120), Harrison's Emily Singer (116), Mamoroneck's Gina Talt (112), White Plains' freshman Elizabeth Trelstead (112), Irvington's Annie Field (111), Pleasantville's Libby Lazare (110), and Kennedy Catholic's Jessica Kendzor (109).

One last meet up at VCP.

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