Sectional Meet Preview
Posted Friday, February 06, 2009 by Perry King
Eagles Head to Armory for Season's Championship Meet
On Sunday evening, February 8, the Eagles will be finishing off their 2nd indoor track season with a trip to the Manhattan Armory for the Section 1 Class C Championship Meet. The Sectional Meet should have a similar makeup to the Conference 4 League Meet held in January, but it will be a marker of how much the Eagles have progressed in a month. Joining the 6 teams from the League Meet -- Dobbs, Bronxville, Alexander Hamilton, Haldane, Valhalla, and Rye Neck -- will likely be Croton Harmon and Albertus Magnus, and Martin Luther King and North Salem are also possible eligible entries.
Last year the Eagles did a little better than expected as the boys scored 70 points to edge Pawling by 3 points for 3rd place and the girls scored 38.5 points to edge Croton Harmon by 1 point for 4th. Bronxville dominated both sides of the action with Croton Harmon finishing 2nd for the boys and Albertus Magnus taking 2nd for the girls. The Eagles took no 1st places in the 2008 meet, but Alan Sanseverino took a pair of silvers in the 55 and 300, Viktor Mashalov got a 2nd in the 1600, Patrick Wortner took a 2nd in the 3200, and the girls' 4x400 team also took a 2nd.
The Eagles have changed a lot from last year and most of the athletes who provided the bulk of the Eagles' points last year are graduated or not on the 2009 team. But after a season of development, they go into Sunday's meet with two top-ranked athletes, Ramson Ragin in the triple jump and Sofia Maluf in the 1500 Racewalk. They also have more depth in the boys' jumping events and maybe the distance events for both the girls and boys. The 2009 Sectional should be somewhat more competitive than last year's meet though, so the Eagles will be hard-pressed to match last year's results, especially if 10 teams compete instead of 8.
As always, predicting the lineup for events is an uncertain business since many runners may be entering less events than usual to save themselves for a top event against the tougher competition. As usual, scoring is 10 points for 1st, 8 points for 2nd, 6 points for 3rd, 4 points for 4th, 2 points for 5th, and 1 point for 6th. A number of places in some of the jumping events and the relays will likely go unclaimed.
Overall, the following appears to be the outlook for the events going into the meet with Dobbs' top perfomances given with their Section 1 Class C rankings.
2008 champ Nat Recine (BX) is about .5 seconds ahead of the rest unless MLK and Vincent Asante appear and steal away the title. Dobbs best: James Majeau is ranked 12th in 1-C at 7.97.
Reigning champ Nat Recine should win easily with Pawling's Alex Chiera and Kevin Hunter fighting for 2nd. Dobbs best: Sergio Alvez is ranked 13th at 43.44.
Leighton Welch (BX) has a top time but could be pushed by Arnold Lane (AH) if he runs this event. Dobbs best: Taka Masuda is ranked 8th at 1:44.5.
Christian Yoo (BX) has the top time but was beaten badly by Arnold Lane (AH) at County. Tim Yu (P) is also a favorite. Dobbs best: Brendan Wortner is ranked 9th at 2:58.1, and last year's 6th place was a 3:14.4.
Brandon Freyer (P) holds the best time here ahead of Dayton Flannery (B), but the question for both of them is will they be doubling up in events and what the effect will be? Tim Yu (P), Arnold Lane (AH), and Christian Matute (V) could also be in the mix. Dobbs best: Patrick Wortner is ranked 7th at 4:56.5 and likely will not see all of the top 6 seeds if he does a 1600\3200 double.
Brandon Freyer (P) has a little better time than Patrick Wortner (DF) and the two should battle for the title. Dobbs best: Besides Patrick at 10:06.3 in a deep event for Dobbs, Brendan Wortner is ranked 3rd at 10:31.3 and George Epstein is 6th at 10:55.6.
55 Meter Hurdles
Alex Chiera (P) is the big favorite here over last year's champ Jonathan Sturr (BX)
Only guy who's jumped this season is Joji Jacob (AH), so he's the favorite.
Louie Fortes (CH) has jumped 1 foot further than Ramson Ragin (DF) though his best at the County was about 18-1. Dobbs best: Besides Ragin ranked 2nd at 18-4.75, Matt Goldwebber is 3rd at 17-9.
Ramson Ragin (DF) has dominated this event even with a bad heel at the County. Dobbs best: Top ranked Ragin has jumped 41-0.
Kieran Borcich (BX) has a huge advantage over teammate Luke Nichols.
Bronxville is the favorite over Alexander Hamilton, Valhalla, and Pawling, with Dobbs 5th at 1:45.0.
Pawling is a big favorite over Alexander Hamilton and Bronxville. Dobbs is 8th at 4:44.7, but last year's final place, a 4th, was at 4:49.
Bronxville and Pawling should have a great battle here. Dobbs is 3rd at 9:25.1
Robynn Forrest (AM) should give reigning champ Tamika Smith (AH) a good fight with Amanda Howald (CH) close behind. Dobbs best: Don't have an official time for Megan Moynihan but she has a shot at a top 6 place.
Reigning champ Maggie Goff (BX) is set to win again over Tamika Smith (AH) and Jessica Barrera (AH). Dobbs best: Megan Moynihan and Mizuki Yamamota are 13th and 14th ranked at 48.8 and 49.5.
Another Bronco reigning champ, Olivia Bruton (BX) has the advantage over Kaitlyn Cully (AM), Jessica Barrera (AH) and Jessica Murrer (BX). Dobbs best: Joanne Mumbey is ranked 16th at 2:02.7.
Henrietta Miers (BX) is far ahead of the rest of the field, mainly Amelia Phillips. Dobbs best: Lauren Hanley is ranked 7th at 3:24.2 in an event where 3:52 took a 6th last year. 2009 will be different though.
Caitlin Hudson (BX), the reigning 1000 champ, could be battling a group of teammates here as Tori Flannery, Henrietta Miers, Amelia Phillips, and Meredith Rizzo are ranked 2nd through 5th ahead of Caitlin Jelinek (P). Dobbs best: Sarah King has a 5:15 as part of a double which should be good enough for a place if she doubles again with probably only three Broncos in race.
Caitlin Jelinek (P) and Sammi Jorgensen (P) moved into the lead last weekend ahead of reigning 1500 champ Tori Flannery (BX) with Sarah King (DF) in 4th, so it is a question of who is doubling in the 1500\3000. Dobbs best: Besides 4th ranked King's 10:48.2, 8th ranked Rebecca Wiersma at 12:20.4 and 9th ranked Shanna Yue at 12:40.2 also have medal shots.
55 Meter Hurdles
Tyonna Smith (AH) and and reigning champ Rachel Kim (BX) will have a close battle for the title. Dobbs best: Stella Lemel is in a tie for 6th with 10.4.
Sofia Maluf (DF) and Anna Drabek (CH) will renew last weekend's battle with Alexandra Kinally (V) a little behind. Dobbs best: Maluf is top ranked with the County Meet's 9:07.3 a personal best.
Leigh Dannhauser (BX) and Bridget Curran (AM) are the top ranked jumpers.
Bridget Curran (AM) is about a foot past everyone else.
Bridget Curran (AM) is about a foot past everyone else and may be going for triple gold.
Leigh Dannhauser (BX) may get the chance to go for double gold.
If MLK shows up, the top throwers are Angelique Berry and Florence Craft, but if not, Kristin Cherian (AH) and Nia McCarthy (AH) are the leaders. Dobbs best: At 5th with a 22-3.75, a steadily improving Stella Lemel could take a top place with a great throw.
The speedsters of Alexander Hamilton and Bronxville will duel for the title. At 5th with a 2:01.6, Dobbs has a chance to move into the top 3 with a big effort.
Bronxville should win the title easily. Dobbs is back at 8th with a 5:21, but only 4 schools stayed late enough to compete last year.
Bronxville has one of the best 4x800 squads in the region though the top group or runners may not be running in a race they will win easily over Pawling. Dobbs is 3rd at 11:31.4.