Eagles Get Some High Spots in 7-Way League Championship Competition
The Eagles got their first taste of all-out competition between the Section 1 small schools at the Conference 4 League Meet on Sunday, January 11 at the Manhattan Armory. Though their young squad finished in the middle of the pack among the 7 teams competing on the night, the Eagles did grab three first places, one school record, and a lot of good lessons in preparation for the Sectional championship one month down the road.
Bronxville again won both halves of the League battle as Dobbs finished 3rd behind the Broncos and Pawling on the boys side with 61 points and 4th on the girls side after Bronxville, Alexander Hamilton, and Pawling with 38 points, one point better than last year. Haldane, Valhalla, and Rye Neck finished 5th through 7th in both competitions. Eleven of the bigger teams from the 1C and 2 Central leagues also were in action in their own contests, so the Eagles were running in races with teams like Arlington and Carmel in some of the longer races.
The meet had the good the bad, and the ugly for the Eagles. On the less cheery side, the Dobbs runners showed they need a lot more experience on the Armory's track as many burnt out halfway through their races and too many runners were far too upright on a surface that requires a bit of a forward lean to keep the momentum rolling. On the good side, Ramson Ragin busted out big time in the triple and high jumps for two first places, Sofia Maluf got the girls a first in the racewalk, Stella Lemel took places in both the hurdles and shot put, Sarah King wacked another 16 seconds off the Dobbs 3000 record, and everyone had fun in multiple events. For ugly, they got the meet's end time, which at after 10:00 was well past most of athletes' Sunday night bed times.
As always, the night's action got started with the 1500 Racewalk, and Sofia Maluf got the Eagles going with a winning 9:10.3 time that beat out Valhalla's Alexandra Kinally by 5 seconds and was an impressive 4th among all the walkers\joggers competing. The time was just slightly behind Sofia's best results at the Frosh\Soph Kickoff and set her up well for a Sectional Championship bid against Croton Harmon's corps of walkers.
The 55 meter hurdlers also hit the track early, and Stella Lemel was the star for the Eagles as she took a 5th against fast competition with Hamilton's Tyonna Smith winning big with a 9.1. Most stunning was that Stella beat out all of the Broncos' hurdlers, including last year's indoor and outdoor sectional champion Rachel Kim, who ended up 6th. When they took down the hurdles, Megan Moynihan got burning in the 55 meter sprints. Though she just missed out on a medal, she showed that Dobbs should have a speedster able to challenge the fast Hamilton runners in the years ahead. Hamilton's Tamika Smith got the first of her sprints double sweep for the second straight year by blasting the 55 at 7.6.
The Eagles continued their strong showing in the long distance events this year with the 3200/3000 events. The boys went first with Pat Wortner taking the lead for a number of turns of the 3200 in the first heat with many runners from the bigger leagues. Pat battled Pawling's Brandon Freyer through the later stages of the race and wound up 2nd to Freyer in 10:11.4 to the Tiger's 10:00.3. Heat 2 also was productive for the Eagles as George Epstein also took the early lead in the race and also battled a Pawling runner for a high place. George held off the Tigers' Matt Jorgensen to pick up a big 3rd for Dobbs with an 11:11 time.
The girls' 3000 battle ended with the same 1-2-3 results as last year, though the Broncos' Tori Flannery's winning margin shrank from 46 seconds to about 9. With the Class C girls dominating the event against the bigger leagues, the big battle for 2nd came down to an all-out duel in the last straightaway with Pawlings' Sammi Jorgensen (Matt's big sis) holding off Sarah King in 10:48.0 to 10:48.2. Sarah's school record jumped her up to #16 ranking in New York as she gets set for a State Meet qualification attempt. In heat 2, Rebecca Wiersma completed the 15 laps and ended up 8th in a time of 12:54.7, finishing as the second best 8th grader behind the Broncos' Charlotte Cooley.
The boys 1000 meter was up next and Brendan Wortner was up to the challenge in his first race of the day taking 5th in a time of 2:58.1 behind Broncos' winner Christian Yoo in a time of 2:41.6. Eagle runners Tommy Ruff finished 9th in around 3:29 and Quinn Wright 10th in around 3:42. On the girls' side, the Eagles had a big presence. Lauren Hanley held strong around the five laps to grab 4th for the Eagles with a personal best 3:24.2 behind the Broncos top duo of Henrietta Miers and Amelia Phillips in a winning time of 3:04.8. Shanna Yue led a trio of Eagles who finished 7-9 with a time of 3:41.8, with Mary Constant at 3:49.1 and Kim Anker at 4:10.8.
After getting 4 medals last year in the 600 meter races, the Eagles were shut out this year. Taka Masuda just missed a place as he finished 7th in 1:40.5 behind winner Leighton Welch of Bronxville. George Epstein finished 10th in 1:44.0. On the girls side, Caitlin Horsfield led a quartet of Eagles in the second heat who finished somewhere between 2:08 and 2:20 and included Joanne Mumbey, Lena Altholz, and Lizzy Burg.
In the midst of the running events, a number of field events were also being completed with some excellent Eagle scores. The triple jump completed early on and Ramson Ragin outdistanced the competition by more than 5 feet on the way to a personal best at 41-0, Ramson's first time over the 40 foot mark. He followed the win up with a second gold a little later as he leaped to another personal best with an 18-4.75 long jump. Matt Goldwebber also joined the action in the long jump by taking a 2nd in 17-9 to give the Eagles a tremendous boost in the jumps. The final medal in the field events came from another stellar performance by Stella Lemel who threw 21-4.5 in the shot put to take 5th. Also competing in field events were Dan White and Robert Monteleone in the high jump and Quinn Wright in the boys shot put.
The 1600/1500 meter races were run next and the Eagles loaded up the races with runners to get three places. In the boys 1600, Patrick Wortner held off Pawling's David Mayette at the finish to take 4th in 5:00.4 for his second medal. Brendan Wortner also claimed his second medal by running 5:07.5 to take 6th. Tommy Ruff finished up in 16th with a 6:04.0 in a race won by the Broncos' Dayton Flannery in 4:46.1. In the girls' 1500, Sarah King led a sextet of Eagles and claimed a second medal with a 5th in 5:21.4 as the Broncos' Caitlin Hudson went 4:57.6 to win. Lauren Hanley finished 9th with a 5:50, Shanna Yue took 11th with a 5:55.4, Rebecca Wiersma got 13th with a 6:01.4, Clara Winder claimed 15th in 6:26.7, and Rebecca Lieberman was a little ways further back.
The final individual running event was the 300 meters, which was also loaded with Eagles needing a good workout. For the boys, Sergio Alvez took 9th in 43.2 and James Majeau 11th in 44.6 in a race in which the Broncos' Nat Recine claimed the 2nd of his sprint golds in 38.3. Megan Moynihan paced nine Eagles in the girls 300 with a time of 48.08 for 9th in a race won by Hamilton's Tamika Smith in 43.6. Other Eagles competing included Mizuki Yamamoto in 10th at 49.5, Nicolette Addorisio in 11th at 52.2, Nicole Cialini in 12th at 52.6, Caitlin Horsfield in 13th at 56.1, and Joanne Mumbey, Lena Altholz, Rebecca Lowy, and Lizzy Burg in the 56 - 60 range.
The three relays ended off the long night with the Eagles entering six teams that all scored medals. On the boys side, the 4x800 team of Brendan Wortner, Taka Masuda, George Epstein, and Pat Wortner took the bronze with a 9:57.9 time behind winner Pawling. Bronxville edged Hamilton in the 4x200 race, and the Eagles team of Sergio Alvez, Robert Monteleone, Matt Goldwebber and Ramson Ragin got 4th with a 1:45 time. The final group to go was the 4x400 team of James Majeau, Tommy Ruff, Alex Cambiero, and Quinn Wright finished 5th in 4:44.7 behind winner Pawling.
The girls 4x800 team including Lauren Hanley, Rebecca Wiersma, Shanna Yue, and Sarah King finished 3rd in 11:45.8 behind the winning Broncos. The 4x200 team of Nicolette Addorisio, Nicole Cialini, Megan Moynihan, and Stella Lemel took 5th in 2:05.7 behind winning Bronxville. And the last Eagles out were the 4x400 team of Caitlin Horsfield, Mizuki Yamamoto, Megan Moynihan, and Sofia Maluf who ran to a 4th behind the winning Broncos in a time of 5:23.7.
The Eagles get a three week break between meets until their next one on the morning of February 1 at the Westchester County Meet at the Armory. Among the Eagles in top 6 in the county at this point are Sarah King at 3rd for the 3000, Ramson Ragin 5th for the triple jump, and Pat Wortner 6th for the 3200. The culminating Class C Sectionals meet is a week later and will include the 7 league teams plus Croton Harmon and Albertus Magnus. Until then, the Eagles have a lot of time to work on big and little things like perfecting their shot put spins and running forms.