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Sectional Meet Summary

Posted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 by Perry King
Eagles Finish Up 2nd Indoor Season with Golden Moments at Sectional Meet

Dobbs Ferry completed the 2009 indoor track season in style on Sunday evening, February 8 at the Manhattan Armory with a 3rd place finish for the boys and a 6th for the girls. A meet that started with a triumphal stride and continued with leaps into sands of gold finished with a rowsing stretch battle in a 4x200 relay that sent the Eagles into the outdoor season in fine spirits. The potential arrival of a new Kaminski, which necessitated a long hunt for a parking spot for the K-mobile prior to the meet, also gave the meet an air of expectancy as the season closed down.

The Class C Sectional meet ended with results similar to last year as Bronxville won easily on both the girls and boys sides and Dobbs scored roughly the same number of points as they finished 1 point short of the Pawling boys and the Albertus Magnus girls. Sporting a still fairly young team that was hugely depleted from last year, the Eagles put up a good showing that provided a spirited entry into the outdoor track season.

In a meet with many great performances and unexpected winners, the only double champion (pending the missing girls long jump results) was Bronxville's Leigh Dannhauser, who won the high jump and then beat her one opponent in the pole vault. The Broncos star sprinter Nat Recine failed to take a repeat double when he was beat by Pawling's rising freshman speedster Kevin Hunter. Other boys with top level performances included Pawling's Brandon Freyer, who set the 3200 meet record at 9:37.1, and his teammate Alex Maruzella who dominated the 600 race with a 1:30.8. On the girls' side, top performances came from Woodlands' Alexis Easterling, who ran a blazing 40.7 in the 300 and Bronxville's Henrietta Miers, who took the 1500 in 4:44.7.

The Eagles' action began again with 1500 Racewalk as Sofia Maluf looked to win another big battle with Croton Harmon's Anna Drabek following her stirring County win the previous Sunday. Though the race began with the two in a neck-to-neck battle, that contest ended as Drabek's footwear loosened up and she was forced to walk most of the laps with flapping laces. But with Maluf on a PB-blasting pace, the race seemed to be settled. A late push by a Bronxville jogger (the flexed knees and big heel kick should be a dead giveaway to the judges) gave Maluf an extra challenge as she was left trailing by a few meters on the last lap. Staying focused however, Maluf waited until the final home stretch where the presence of the officials forced the Bronco to change her gait. Maluf then took matters into her own feet and blitzed by her opponent to take gold with an 8:46.2 time that lopped 21 seconds off her personal best.

The 55 meter hurdles also were run early, and for the Eagles in 2009 that meant Stella Lemel. With the presence of Woodlands at the meet this year, getting places in the short speedy events became much harder, and Lemel finished a little out of the running in the hurdles. But since she also represented the entire girls' field contingent this year, Lemel then ran over to the shot put pit and launched a PB 23-4.5 throw that earned her a split of the bronze medal and 5 points.

On the boys side, the field events produced a lot of points and all of the gold. With Ramson Ragin's balky heel restricting his long jumping efforts a bit, he had to settle for a bronze at 17-10.75. But with his teammate hurting, Matt Goldwebber took up the challenge against front runner Louie Fortes of Croton Harmon and flew to a PB-blasting 18-11 that gave him the Sectional championship. Ragin came back in the triple jump and launched a jump a foot under his best but still good enough to win by more than 4 1/2 feet in 39-11. Due to indoor track's three event limit, Goldwebber passed up the chance for a sure medal in the triple jump for the 55 meters.

More unexpected points for the Eagles came from the high jump. Robert Monteleone joined the competition and hit a 4-10 leap that earned him a 4th place. Quinn Wright competed in the final field event, the shot put, and sent a throw 27-8.75 for a personal best and 11th place.

The boys sprint action was highlighted by Matt Goldwebber who coupled his gold in the long jump with a strong effort in the 55 meters to earn a 4th in 7.0. In the 300 meters, the top Eagles were James Majeau with a 21st in 43.6 and Mark Sudack with a 25th in 45.4. On the girls' sprint side, Megan Moynihan flew fast in the 55 meters but just missed the final cut (and a posted time). In the 300 meters, Mizuki Yamamoto was the fastest Eagle at 20th with a 50.0, followed by Lena Altholz at 22nd in 51.5, Elizabeth Burg at 26th in 57.0, Rebecca Lowy at 27th in 57.6, and Morgan Wright at 29th.

The middle distance events were not huge point producers for the Eagles but they provided excitement and two top 6 places. For the boys, Taka Masuda rumbled home with a 1:38.8 in the 600 to grab a 6th place. Alex Cambiero ran a 1:59.7 to get an 11th. Quinn Wright was the lone Eagle in the 1000 meters, and he finished up 12th in 3:47.7. The girls also got a medal in the 600 as Lauren Hanley overcame the handicap of running in the 2nd heat and chased Woodlands' Nia Holmes home to finish in a 1:46.3 time that placed her 5th (or likely 6th due to posting error for Croton's Caroline Spring) among all runners and ahead of last year's silver medalist, Jessica Murrer of Bronxville. Joanne Mumbey also ran strong with a 2:00.0 time for 11th, and was joined by Caitlin Horsfield with 2:03.1 for 14th, Lena Altholz with 2:06.0 for 17th, and Morgan Wright with 2:26.8 for 24th. The Eagles also contested a strong Bronxville and Pawling group in the 1000 meters and placed 10th through 13th, with Shanna Yue leading the way at 3:33.2, Rebecca Lieberman at 3:48.3, Mary Constant at 3:50.6, and Sofia Maluf at 4:04.8.

The long distance events were again big for the Eagles. Running the second part of the tough 1600/3200 double, track warriors Patrick and Brendan Wortner took 3rd and 4th in the 1600 with big PB 4:52.6 and 5:03.0 times. Tommy Ruff also chopped 5 seconds off his best to run 5:30.2 for 8th. Earlier the Wortners teamed with George Epstein to take three places in the 3200, with Patrick taking the silver medal in 10:25.7, Brendan running 10:44.0 for the bronze, and George doing an 11:20.4 for 5th. On the girls' side, Sarah King also doubled and took two 4th places. King ran a 5:25.7 in the 1500 while Shanna Yue ran a PB 5:47.5 for 8th to go with her 10th in the 1000. In the 3000, King ran an 11:12.9 for her 4th while Rebecca Wiersma finished just 10 seconds out of a top 6 place as she finished 7th with a 12:26.0.

The relays provided fireworks and a bunch more points for the Eagles. The 4x400 and the 4x800 results were pretty much predetermined, with the Eagles getting 6th in the 4x400 and 3rd in the 4x800 for both the boys and girls. The boys 4x400 team (Mark Sudack, Quinn Wright, James Majeau, Tommy Ruff) ran a 4:38.6 to drop 6 seconds from their season's best. The boys 4x800 team (Pat Wortner, Taka Masuda, George Epstein, and Brendan Wortner) danced their way to a 9:59. The girls 4x400 team (Caitlin Horsfield, Sofia Maluf, Rebecca Lieberman, Mary Constant) improved by more than 8 seconds to 5:12.7. The girls 4x800 team (Sarah King, Lauren Hanley, Rebecca Lieberman, Shanna Yue) finished up at 11:34.3.

The explosions came from the 4x200 speedsters. The girls led off first, and with tired legs all around they didn't get a season's best but a 2:03.0 was still good enough for a 4th that vaulted them ahead of Pawling by 0.2 seconds. The squad was made up of Mizuki Yamamoto, Joanne Mumbey, Stella Lemel, and Megan Moynihan. Though the girls missed a medal by one place, the boys 4x200 team made sure they got it with a big season's best at 1:43.5 to jump from the 6th best team into 3rd place. Rob Moneteleone, Sergio Alves, Ramson Ragin, and Matt Goldwebber battled Alexander Hamilton around the four laps and with Ragin catching Hamilton on the 3rd leg and Goldwebber surging just ahead at the end of the anchor leg, Dobbs finished the season fast and strong.

Put another one in the books as the team continues to develop and expand into new events indoors. One or two more jumpers here and shot putters there and the Eagles should be moving into 2nd on the boys side, and the girls will continue to gain age and experience. Now a few more nanoseconds of rest and the outdoor track season is upon us.

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