Section 1 Kickoff -- Dec. 2008
Two days after the youngest Eagles opened up the 2008-2009 Indoor Track season at the Section 1 Frosh\Soph Kickoff, the whole team got together on Sunday morning of Dec 14 to shake their legs at the Section 1 Kickoff. That all the action was occurring at the Mecca of indoor track -- the Manhattan Armory -- made the day extra special.
Roughly half of the Section 1 teams attended the Sunday event, with the other half competing the night before in the other half of the Kickoff. Dobbs missed going up against powerhouses such as New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, and Suffern but got big guys such as North Rockland, Ramapo, White Plains, and Arlington instead. From Class C, the big performers Bronxville and Alexander Hamilton were also attending on Sunday.
The Eagles' small young squad has few chances for medals against the track giants in the Kickoff and County meets, but the experience of running on the Armory's sharply banked track in front of thousands of viewers is priceless. In last year's Kickoff, Dobbs got three medals for 8 1/3 total points from graduated Alan Sanseverino with a tie for 6th in the 300 meters, a 5th from Phoebe Maddox in the 300, and a 3rd from graduated Charles Harden in the triple jump. This year the Eagles managed two medals for a total of 10 points as they added a number of top 10 finishes, set many personal bests (PBs) and started to put together the team that will be competing for high League and Sectional places in two months.
The day started for the Eagles as usual with Sofia Maluf and that crazy 1500 meter Racewalk thing. Sofia continued her big improvement from last year with a 9th place finish in 9:34.9 that was 26 seconds behind her time on Friday as she was the only racewalker to compete in both meets and was fighting the fatigue. The 55 meter dash and hurdles were also contested early in the middle of the track as Ramson Ragin, Megan Moynihan, Stella Lemel, Ron Nagor, Matt Goldwebber, Dan White and others competed against high class competition from the Class A schools.
The Eagles got both of their medals in the 3200/3000 that followed the racewalk. In the boys race, three Eagles put on a great show. As the only top distance runner to be trying the exhausting 3200\1600 double at the meet, Patrick Wortner ran a smart 3200 by steadily moving through the top pack to take 3rd in a PB 10:06.3 behind Rye's Max Robinson and Byram Hills' Chris Cioffoletti. Brendan Wortner also raced to a PB with a 10:31.3 for 9th as the top freshman by nearly half a minute in the weekend's 3200 races. George Epstein finished in 17th with a 10:59.4, breaking the 11:00 mark for the 2nd time in two days.
On the girls' side, Sarah King followed up her 1st place on Friday night with a 4th in 11:04.4 as she crunched her school record by another 8 seconds. Trailing in 8th place with a few laps to go, Sarah put on a charge to move up 4 places and finish 1 second ahead of fellow freshman Elizabeth Trelstead of White Plains. Rebecca Wiersma won the distinction of the top 8th grader in any of the weekend's 3000 races as she sliced 14 seconds off her PB from Friday to take 17th in 12:20.4.
The 1000 meter races were up next and the Eagles did well, especially relative to ther Class C teams. Pat Newman led the boys with a 9th place finish in a PB-blasting 2:45.4, and he was followed by Taka Masuda with a 27th place in a PB 3:05.7. For the girls, Lauren Hanley tried out her footwork and finished 11th in 3:30. Sofia Maluf added in a 29th place finish in 3:57.2.
The other middle distance race was the 600 meters, in which no Eagle guy managed to crack the mark for a posted time. On the girls side, Mizuki Yamamoto was the top finisher for Dobbs with 46th place time of 2:05.3, with Caitlin Horsfield getting 49th in 2:06.1, and Joanne Mumbey taking 60th in 2:09.8. Nicole Cialini and Nicolette Addorisio also join in the fun.
The 1600 meter race featured another test for Patrick Wortner after an exhausting 3200 but he ran another strong race to finish 12th in a PB of 4:56.5. Running in the 3rd heat of the 1500 meters with Clara Wang and Kim Anker, Shanna Yue gave the Eagles another exciting performance as she sprinted in 1st to finish 26th overall in 5:50.6, a few seconds behind the time posted by state finalist Miriam Munn.
The 300 meters was the last individual race and featured a host of Eagles among the legions that joined in an event that took nearly an hour and 40 heats to complete. Among those entering the race were Ramson Ragin, Robert Monteleone, Mark Sudack, Tommy Ruff, Quinn Wright, Morgan Wright, Joanne Mumbey, Caitlin Horsfield, and others.
The Eagles were a little sparse in the field events but Ramson Ragin put in a long and strong day to finish 17th in the long jump in 17-9 and narrowly missing a medal in the triple jump with a 38-10.5 for 7th. Both distances were by far the best by a Class C athlete. Stella Lemel got her turns in at the shot put as she broke 20 feet while learning how to begin a spin technique.
The relays finished off the day-turning-into-night for the Eagles as they competed in all but the 4x400 races among the 6 events. The boys 4x800 squad of Patrick Wortner, Brendan Wortner, George Epstein, and Pat Newman ran strong to finish up 11th in 9:25.1 as the top Class C school. The girls 4x800 went one better as they took 10th (2nd in Class C) in 11:31.4 behind Lauren Hanley, Clara Winder, Shanna Yue, and Sarah King.
The boys 4x200 squad found themselves in unexpectedly high company in the first heat with powerhouses Poughkeepsie, Roosevelt, Lincoln, and Ramapo, but they survived to run another day with an 18th place (2nd in Class C) in 1:45.4 as anchor Ramson Ragin just couldn't make up the margin in that heat from hell. The girls 4x200 squad of Lauren Hanley, Megan Moynihan, Stella Lemel, and Mizuki Yamamoto faced equally stiff competition but in a safer heat as they finished 17th (2nd in Class C) in 2:04.9.
Apologies to all athletes who participated but did not get mentioned; next time I'll get the lineup sheets. The Eagles now have a few weeks to recuperate and develop before they mix it up in the fun Sprint Medley Relays on January 9th. Happy Holidays and cheers to all for the great efforts.