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Westchester County Meet Summary

Posted Tuesday, February 03, 2009 by Perry King
Eagles Mine Class C Gold at County Meet

The Eagles traveled to the Manhattan Armory on Super Sunday, February 1, to mix it up with all of the Westchester teams at the County Meet. Though Dobbs fell just shy of an Open Event medal or top 6 placement, they came away with 8 Class C medals, three 1st places, and a rare sweep of an event, the boys Class C 3200 top 3 places. Most importantly, the race served as much needed warmup and rust remover after three weeks off from competition. A lot of lessons were learned going into the final and biggest meet of the indoor track season, the Class C Sectional Championship at the Armory on next Sunday evening, February 8.

The Open competition turned into almost an exact repeat of last year's boys results with Iona Prep edging New Rochelle 78-77 after beating them by 1.5 points in 2008. Mount Vernon took the girls title 74-63.4 over New Rochelle with 1st in the 55 - 600 races, triple jump, and 4x200 relay.

Top performers on the boys side were clearly Sean Halpin of Iona Prep and Claudio Dellicarpini of Harrison.  Halpin followed Scarsdale's Julian Sheinbaum's 2008 feat of pulling off a tough 1600 and 3200 double gold after winning a duel with Irvington's Julian Saliani in the 1600. Harrison's Dellicarpini just missed a third gold when he was beat out by 2 inches in the long jump by Stepinac's Maurice Easterling, but he took the 55 meter hurdles and high jump crowns. The top Class C performer was Hackley's Aaron Konigsberg who won the Open pole vault title by more 2 feet while skying to 14-3, and also got an Open 5th and Class C 1st in the 55 meter hurdles.

On the girls side, Mount Vernon's Breanda Crump won the 300 and 600 races and also joined in her team's winning 4x200 relay effort. Sleepy Hollow's Genevieve Ruppel also starred by dominating the long jump and just missing out on a double gold in the triple jump. Two Broncos took double Class C golds as Rachel Kim won the 55 meter hurdles and the triple jump and Leigh Dannhauser was tops in the high jump and two-competitor pole vault.

Dobbs fell just short of a medal or place in the Open events as Sarah King finished 7th after being passed at the finish by two runners in the supercharged 3000. Pat Wortner also faced a tough field in the 3200 but stll ran to a solid 9th place. Ramson Ragin's bruised heel forced him to cut short his triple jumping action and he ended up 13th.

The Class C competition was far more difficult in 2009 as a number of Class B schools were added to the County's Class C group for balance, bringing Woodlands, Pleasantville, Irvington, Westlake, Edgemont, and Hastings into the fray. The Dobbs boys finished in 3rd with 15 points (not 13 as shown on Armory) behind Hackley's 33 and Bronxville's 26. The girls fell 1 point short of matching the boys as they finished 4th with 9 points behind Bronxville's 59, Woodlands' 31, and Croton Harmon's 10. The long layoff for the Eagles was reflected in times and distances as most of the times and distances were a little slower or shorter than at earlier meets.

For the boys, the big highlight came early as Patrick and Brendan Wortner ran strongly enough in the 3200 race to take 1st and 2nd in Class C with times of 10:15.9 for Patrick and probably 10:41 for Brendan (Armory's reported 10:16.2 is not correct). In the second heat, George Epstein made it a clean sweep of the Class C places by running an 11:02.8. With the Eagles not entering any of the guys' relays, the rest of the Eagles' points were left to Ramson Ragin to earn a 3rd in the long jump with a 17-11 leap followed by a winning leap of 39-0.5 in the triple jump before he had to retire due to injury.

Many other Eagle guys hit the track or the pits, but the only ones who got recorded in the results were Taka Masuda who finished 5th in the 1000 with a 3:11.4, Tommy Ruff who finished 12th in the 1600 with a 5:35.7, and Matt Goldwebber who took 5th in the long jump at 16-02.

As noted in the Player of the Week article, the Eagles' top performance came in their first event as Sofia Maluf won a savvy duel with Croton Harmon's Anna Drabek to take the Class C 1500 racewalk gold with a time of 9:07.3. The girls' only other points in an individual event came in the next race as Sarah King again broke 11:00 to take 3rd in the 3000 with a time of 10:56.2 following in the wake of the Open's top two runners Bronxville's Tori Flannery and Pleasantville's Libby Lazare. Sarah also joined with Lauren Hanley, Rebecca Wiersma, and Shanna Yue as the 4x800 team ran a 11:32 for 2nd place.

Other Eagles who made the meet's results list were Stella Lemel who finished 4th in the 55 meter hurdles with a 10.78, Sarah King who jumped into the 1500 also and took 4th with a 5:15, and Rebecca Wiersma who was 4th with a 12:47.0 in the 3000, and Shanna Yue who was 5th in 12:47.8 in the 3000. The girls 4x200 relay team of Joanne Mumbey, Mizuki Yamamoto, Megan Moynihan, and Stella Lemel was 4th among the Class C relay teams in 2:01.6.

Far more full results for all athletes will be available after next week's Sectional Meet where Dobbs will be going head to head with most of the same teams that were at January's League Meet, plus Croton Harmon and  Albertus Magnus. The County Meet served as a good refresher for the last big meet. The importance of keeping a strong comfortable pace in races, leaving enough in reserve to drive that finish full-out and two meters beyond the line, and of not jumping on ice patches were all hopefully well learned. One big effort remains ahead.

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