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Boys' Class C Sectional and State History and Preview, Part I

Posted Wednesday, October 29, 2008 by Perry King

For the last four years, roughly the same group of schools have battled through the regular season and on toward the all-important Sectional meet in their area to determine which team and which 12 runners will represent their section in the New York Class C State Championship race for the boys and girls. A few schools like Greenwich and Irvington have moved to or from Class C and B or D during those years, but there has been a fair amount of stability during the period both in the pool of schools and even the teams that have represented many of the 11 sections. This preview provides a brief synopsis of the past 4-5 years for which results are easily available and gives a semi-deep preview of how the Sectional and State competition is shaping up, especially in regards to the Dobbs Ferry Eagles and Section 1. 

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In 2002, a year before the NY State Championship's XC Class race results seem to have been broken out or at least posted in online archives, a runner from Tully named Lopez Lomong won the Class C Championship race. That a future Olympian also represented NY's Class C is just one indicator of the quality of the runners who have run in the State meet. Each year the best Class C runners have battled up among NYS's elite, and last year both Pawling's Colby Delbene and Newark Valley's Jamie Vavra were elected to the NY State First Team.

Dobbs Ferry is a fairly recent addition among the teams in the Class C competition, having had its moribund program restarted in 2004. The Eagles do have some notable pieces of XC history on their side however, since the brothers Steve and John Hunt won the individual NY State Championship for Dobbs Ferry in 1967 and 1969. During the recent era, Patrick Wortner is the lone Eagle guy to earn a berth in the State Meet as an at-large runner, in 2007 placing 36th on a Section I team that took 5th overall. 

From the 2004 to the present, Pawling has been the team that has most often been the powerhouse in Section I, earning the team spot for three straight years and improving its results in the States from 5th in 2004, to 3rd in 2005, to 2nd in 2006. Irvington won last year's 4-way showdown to end the Tigers' string, and the Bulldogs finished 5th in the team competition.  During this period Pawlings' Colby Delbene and Westlake's Chris Miller were the top runners.

The adjustment of classes and school size qualifications in 2004 for XC gave Section I its current shape, and the area has been fairly strong during most of the years. Section III has been the most powerful area winning 2 of 4 team championships and 3 of 4 State Section crowns, but Section I is the lone area to also cop a Section title, winning by a narrow 7 points in 2005. Newark Valley from Section IV is seeking to be the first team to win back-to-back titles during the period.

State Championship Class C Teams Results

 
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
1
Newark Valley (IV)
 37
Tully (III)
 
39
Fonda-Fultonvle. (II)
55
Sauquoit Valley (III)
57
South Lewis (III)
43
2
Tully (III)
 
42
Pawling (I)
 
78
Canastota (III)
67
Dansville (V)
 
107
Bayport Bluept. (XI)
107
3
Voorheesvle.
(II)
119
Newark Valley (IV)
87
Pawling (I)
 
77
Ticonderoga
(VII)
109
John F. Kennedy (VI)
109
4
Wilson (VI)
 
141
Wilson (VI)
 
114
Byron-Bergen (V)
100
Rhinebeck (IX)
123
Waverly (IV)
 
120
5
Irvington (I)
 
156
Byron-Bergen (V)
117
Sullivan West (IX)
109
Pawling (I)
 
133
Waterloo (V)
 
131
6
Rhinebeck (IX)
156
Millbrook (IX)
175
Newark Valley (IV)
119
Fonda-Fultonvle. (II)
143
James P. O’Neill (IX)
135
7
Port Jefferson (XI)
189
Voorheesville (II)
187
Southwestern (VI)
192
Wheatley (VIII)
158
Fonda Fultonvle. (II)
138
8
Norwood-Norfolk (X)
194
Saranac Lake (VII)
187
Gouverneur (X)
212
Delhi (IV)
 
165
Edgemont (I)
 
165
9
Oyster Bay (VIII)
210
Port Jefferson
(XI)
200
Wheatley (VIII)
214
Wilson (VI)
 
167
Wheatley (VIII)
177
10
Bath Haverling (V)
221
Wheatley (VIII)
270
Babylon (XI)
 
272
Potsdam (X)
 
229
Saranac Lake (IX)
221
11
Saranac Lake (VII)
265
Gouverneur (X)
303
 
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Mattituck (XI)
327
Potsdam (X)
 
339

 State Championship Class C Section Results

 
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
1
III
166
III
206
I
269
III
192
III
148
2
II
353
V
342
III
276
IX
340
V
394
3
IV
377
I
348
II
327
V
361
XI
457
4
VI
449
VI
402
V
361
I
419
VI
468
5
I
483
IV
430
IV
463
IV
485
IX
496
6
V
576
II
498
VI
507
II
527
IV
511
7
IX
594
IX
576
IX
526
VI
545
II
528
8
VIII
745
XI
828
VIII
760
VIII
571
I
584
9
XI
804
VIII
846
X
772
X
911
VIII
713
10
X
832
VII
951
XI
1028
XI
962
VII
831
11
VII
1070
X
1048
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X
1192

 Team Breakdown -- Section I 

The following tables provide a brief summary of how the teams match up starting with Section I and then reviewing the top State teams among the other sections. The order is based on the Team Strength Score (TSS), the average of a team's top 5 runner's seasonlong Tully Speed Ratings.

 

Team: Dobbs Ferry
Nickname:   Eagles
Section: I
TSS: 155.0 (169, 161, 157, 148, 140, (144 for injured runner not included))
Top Runners: Patrick Wortner, Brendan Wortner, Evan Fallor, Pat Newman, George Epstein. Also: Boris Opacic, Ryan Malpass, and Viktor Mashalov on injured list.
History, 2004-2007:  Sectional finishes: 2nd in 2007, 4th in 2006, 3rd in 2005, 10th in 2004. Patrick Wortner was 2nd in 2007.
The Wrap: After finishing 2nd to Irvington by 3 points in 2007, the Eagles have maintained an ever-narrowing advantage over the Bulldogs during 2008. The 5th position on the Eagles has recently been filled by George Epstein to make up for absence of injured Viktor Mashalov. Eagles won Westchester Class C crown, but Irvington actually outscored Eagles at County in a Class- C-only schools scoring though a number of key schools were not included. At the Coaches meet at Bowdoin, Eagles with all C schools included, Dobbs held a 7 point lead. Sectional matchup could be as close as last year as Patrick Wortner attempts to win Eagles’ first individual championship and Brendan Wortner moving into top 5.
 

 
Team: Irvington
Nickname:   Bulldogs
Section: I
TSS: 153.6 (168, 166,150, 142,142)
Top Runners: Julian Saliani, Ian Mathews, Matt Menard, Sam Lindberg, Sean Lippin, Zak Siegel
History, 2004-2007: Sectionals: 1st in 2007, 3rd in Class B in 2006, 4th in Class C in 2005, 6th in 2004. States: 5th in 2007, with Julian Saliani 21st and Ian Mathews 26th top finishers. Ryan Pastore finished 4th in 2006 Class B Sectional.
The Wrap: The reigning champ Bulldogs’ strong 1-2 punch at the top has during the last month been backed by Matt Menard’s strong development. Team is hoping to have the 4-6 runners move up further to counter Dobbs Ferry’s growth in 4-5 spots. TSS scores show that race is tight and could be decided by how runners from other teams finish.
 
 

Team: Pawling
Nickname:   Tigers
Section: I
TSS: 141.4 (151, 145, 139, 137, 135)
Top Runners: Tim Yu, Pat Callan, Matt Jorgensen, David Mayette, Ben Nagasing, Alex Maruzzella
History, 2004-2007: Sectionals: 3rd in2007 1st 2004-2006. States: 2nd in 2006, 3rd in 2005, 5th in 2004. The powerhouse team for three years to 2006, the Tigers still had a milestone achievement in 2007 when star runner Colby Delbene was the Sectional and State Class C champion after finishing 2nd in the States in 2005 and 5th in 2004. Other high places include Reid McGrath with a 13th in 2006 and Rafael Stabe with a 23rd in 2005.
The Wrap: After losing an elite group of five seniors to graduation last year, Pawling has been gradually rebuilding toward the top with a large group of juniors this year plus very promising 8th grader Matt Jorgensen. In 2008, they appear to be set for a pitched battle for 3rd with a late-charging Bronxville team.
 

 
 
Team: Bronxville
Nickname:   Broncos
Section: I
TSS: 140.8 (163, 159, 149, 119, 114)
Top Runners: Dayton Flannery, Jack Hutton, Chris Yoo, John Flannery, Dan Mooney, Karl Benziger. Also: James Harrison on injured list.
History, 2004-2007: Sectionals: 4th in 2007, 3rd in 2006, 5th in 2005, 4th in 2004.Jack Hutton finished 6th and Ben Levitz 7th in 2007. Matt Murphy finished 3rd in both 2004 and 2005, and 11th in States in 2005. Jeff Wisner finished 6th in Sectionals in 2004.
The Wrap: Broncos top three have been strong all year, but the 4-5 positions have been weak since James Harrison was hurt early in season. Bronxville is hoping that top 3 can pick up enough places to beat out Pawling’s deeper team, but they may have a problem with a number of other teams placing runners ahead of the Broncos’ 4-5 spots.
 
 
 
Team: Dover
Nickname:   Dragons
Section: I
TSS: 132.2 (148, 145, 138, 119, 111)
Top Runners: Cory Woodin, Cody Orton, Nicholas Barbara, Tyler Pezzuti, Chris Giampaole
History, 2004-2007: Sectionals: 6th in 2007, 9th in Class B in 2006 and 7th in 2004-2005.
The Wrap: Dover is the new kid on the block with a developing group at the top that has carried the team into a 5th position in Class C. Woodin and Orton could have a big effect on the championship results as the Dragons seek to keep their distance from Pleasantville for 5th and maybe move up if the Tigers or Broncos stumble.
 
 
 

Team: Pleasantville
Nickname:   Panthers
Section: I
TSS: 123.6 (138, 134, 130, 111, 105)
Top Runners: Michael Phillips, Michael Sanduski, Garek Berard, Ben Wolf, Joseph Marinello
History, 2004-2007: Sectionals: 8th in 2007, 7th in 2006, 2nd in 2005, 8th in 2004. Brad Antes finished 4th in 2006, and 26th in States. Eddie Barrett was 6th in 2005.
The Wrap: Panthers have made some progress this year and look strong for the 6th spot with some possible movement either way.
 

 

Team: Croton Harmon
Nickname:   Tigers
Section: I
TSS: 119.2 (159, 128, 127, 95, 87)
Top Runners: Marco Sammon, Jonathan Biber, Max Anderson, Julian Vigiletti, Joe Soucy
History, 2004-2007: Sectionals: 7th in 2007, 8th in 2006, 8th in 2005, 11th in 2004.
The Wrap: Marco Sammon has been a warrior all year among the top 5-10 in 1-C, but he Tigers do not have enough depth behind him for the team to finish much better than 7th.

 

Team: North Salem
Nickname:   Vikings
Section: I
TSS: 114.2 (145, 110, 106, 105, 105)
Top Runners: Christian Guzman, Andrew Mackenzie, Mike Prisciandaro, Andrew Worth, Ryan Hendrie
History, 2004-2007: Sectionals: 5th in 2006-2007, 9th in 2005, 11th in 2004,
The Wrap: After two strong seasons bolstered by a strong group of middle distance track runners, North Salem appears to have fallen back a bit as top guy Guzman is the lone contending runner.

  

Team: Albertus Magnus
Nickname:   Falcons
Section: I
TSS: 110.8 (131, 125, 104, 102, 92)
Top Runners: Nick Gregoriades, Stephen McNiff, Tim Peach, Andrew Muckell, Brian McNiff
History, 2004-2007: Sectionals: DNS in 2007, 6th in 2005-2006, 7th in 2004
The Wrap: Could finish anywhere from 7th to 11th.

  

Team: Rye Neck
Nickname:   Panthers
Section: I
TSS: 104.4 (119, 119, 113, 100, 71)
Top Runners: Sebastian Tanner, Lucas Bucknavage, Charlie Fraoli, Chris Pinto, Billy Stetson
History, 2004-2007:  Sectionals: DNS in 2007.
The Wrap: New program may have enough runners to finish in top 10 in 2008.

 

Team: Hastings
Nickname:   Yellowjackets
Section: I
TSS: 104.2 (129, 115, 109, 92, 76)
Top Runners: Ruben Grullon, Jared Scharf, Michael Stein, Eddie Nolan, Nate Torda
History, 2004-2007: Sectionals: 9th in 2007, DNS 2004-2006.
The Wrap: Another team fighting for a spot in the top 10 of 1-C.

  

Team: Valhalla
Nickname:   Vikings
Section: I
TSS: 101.6 (136, 129, 122, 72, 69)
Top Runners: Christian Matute, Dan Garrido, Nicholas Athanasatos, Benjamin Young, Jeffrey Scott
History, 2004-2007: DNS in 2007, 9th in 2006, NA in 2005, DNS in 2004
The Wrap: Vikings have decent strength at top but have little depth.

 
---2nd part includes team breakdown of State teams, document size issue

 

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