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Section 1 Coaches Meet Summary

Posted Saturday, January 10, 2009 by Perry King

Eagle Trio Hit Top 10 at Section 1 Coaches Meet

Three Dobbs Eagles and a motley pack of supporters headed to the Rockland Community College fieldhouse again on Friday afternoon, January 9, for the Section 1 Coaches Meet. Going up against the best and biggest in Section 1, the three Eagles came away with a medal and three strong performances that placed them in the top 10 in their events.

Overall, the girls' side of the action was ruled by the Suffern team which won every individual running event plus two of the relays and two field events as Jen Clayton won three events and Shelby Greany won two. Brittany Brown of Pelham also impressed with a win in the 55 meter hurdles and an upset of Suffern's Janelle Clayton in the high jump. The boys' action was a lot closer but Ramapo used 5 wins in the sprints, hurdles, and relay races to beat out Suffern, Clarkstown South, and Beacon.

Sarah King led off the Eagles action in the 3200 meter race as she lined up next to Greany, one of the top runners in the nation. Greany breezed to a 50-second-margin win in the event, but Sarah held strong throughout the extra 200 meters to take the 5th place medal and finish below 12 minutes in 11:56 ahead of fellow freshman Nicki Nessi of Pelham who won the Kickoff 3000 back in December.

Pat Wortner then went up against the best in the guys' 3200. After a furious start that affected the later stages of the race for all runners, Pat finished up 8th in 10:19.9, about 6 seconds off the medal pace. Two of Suffern's elite runners battled for the win with Kevin McKenna edging out Mike Pereira in 9:54.2.

Ramson Ragin was taking his leaps in the triple jump while the 3200 action was going on, and he used the meet to up his personal best by about 9 more inches. He heads into Sunday's League meet as the big favorite after a jump of 39-7 that earned him a 10th place behind Iona Prep's Shioma Obemeata who won the event with a jump of 42-7.5.

Weather and scheduling permitting, the entire Eagles team will head to the Manhattan Armory on 168th St. on Sunday afternoon, January 11, for the Conference IV League Meet. Stay tuned.

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