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Section 1 Frosh\Soph Kickoff Summary

Posted Monday, December 15, 2008 by Perry King

                    Section 1 Frosh \ Soph Kickoff

The Eagles' second Indoor Track season got into swing on Friday, December 12 as the Middle Schoolers, freshmen, and sophomores headed to Rockland Community College with some mentoring juniors to get their feet in the fray. The night was a great start for the team as the young runners earned 5 medals including a gold and silver against generally far bigger powerhouse schools such as Arlington, Pearl River, Ramapo, and Brewster. The most valuable part of the meet was just the experience that many of the first timers gained for the months ahead.

The account of the action is pulled mainly from posted results, which do not include all the runners. Apologies.

The Eagles made a splash early as Sofia Maluf hit a personal best in her third year of racewalking by striding to a 9:08.6 in the 1500 RW to earn a 4th place medal. Megan Moynihan then whizzed to a great showing in the first heat of the 55 meter dash, though a miscommunication kept her from participating in a semifinal heat.

The longest races followed next, and George Epstein used his XC muscles to dig to a personal best while breaking the 11:00 mark with a 10:55.6 for a 4th place medal. Sarah King then stalked front runner Erica Guerin of the powerful Pearl River team for most of the 12 laps before blasting past the Pirate at the finish to take the gold in 11:24.0. The Eagles had a big presence as Rebecca Wiersma took 8th in 12:34.1, Shanna Yue took 10th in 12:40.2, and Rebecca Lieberman ran a 13:31.1 for 12th.

The mid distance events, the 1000 and 600, followed with nice showings by the Eagles. Taka Masuda stretched to take a silver in a solid 3:08.9 time in the 1000, which got him close to medaling territory for the League and Sectionals meets. Mary Constant topped the Eagles' showing on the girls side with a 3:53.4 for 14th in the 1000 to also move close to medaling territory for the postseason. Taka was called back to run a 600 meter sprint shortly afterward and pulled off a 1:51.7 for 18th, while Tommy Ruff ran to a 1:54.9 for 29th in his first meet. A number of the girls including Mizuki Yamamoto and Caitlin Horsfield ran the 600 and did well but only the medal-winning times got posted. Only the top times for the 300 sprint were posted as well, but again a number of the Eagles such as Tommy Ruff, Alex Cambiero, Mizuki Yamamoto, Lizzy Burg, Joanne Mumbey ran well.

The final individual race was the 1600\1500, with two Eagles the only 3200/3000 medalists doing a double. George Epstein recovered enough wind from the 3200 effort to take 10th in 5:17.7. Sarah King also did the turns in the 1500 for 7th in 5:42.1.

The final three events for the evening were the three relays, and the Eagles got times posted for three of the races. The girls 4x800 team of Rebecca Wiersma, Clara Winder, Mary Constant, and Sarah King earned a 5th place medal with a 12:05.7. The girls 4X400 team just missed a medal with a 7th place in 5:21 and the 4x200 team also competed well Runners included  Mizuki Yamamoto, Shanna Yue, Kim Anker, Caitlin Horsfield, Lizzy Burg, Joanne Mumbey, and Megan Moynihan. The boys also fielded 4x200 and 4x400 teams and ran a 2:09 in the shorter relay for 14th.

All in all, a good warmup for the season and the main Section 1 Kickoff at the Armory two days later.

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