Eagles Warm Up 2009 Outdoor Season at Rye Neck
The 2009 outdoor track season got off to an early start on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 as a somewhat shorthanded Eagles squad traveled to Rye Neck to battle the Panthers along with the boys from Leake & Watts Lions and the Children's Village (Riverhawks?). A transportation problem resulted in only one busload of athletes going to the meet, and the results reported in the Journal News were sketchy and had a number of athletes affiliated with the wrong school. But for what it's worth, the reported scores for the boys were Dobbs Ferry 115, Rye Neck 86, Children's Village 16, Leake & Watts 11. The girls' score was Rye Neck 118, Dobbs Ferry 96.
The early meet gave the Eagles a chance to get in some laps and throws and hit some nice jumping pits before the April break. Despite the limited reports on the results, a couple of highly encouraging signs can be seen. For the boys, highlights included:
--Idowu Wallace-Shortt blasted a 23.1 in the 200 that exceeded the best time for the Eagles' 2008 campaign, by graduated star Alan Sanseverino. Idowu also added another first with a 12.0 in the 100 to show he's ready to take up the sprint mantle from Sanseverino last year and Kadeem Scott from 2007.
--Devonte Brailsford opened up the season with a cool 42-3 toss in the shotput, bettering his best throw from his sophomore season by more than 2 1/2 feet. It still left him 19 inches behind graduated brother Brandon's top throw from 2008, so he'll clearly get a little razzing until he hits around 44' a little later in the season. Great start for March.
--Pat Wortner ran the 1600 rather than his trademark 3200 race and dived below the 5:00 in his first race with a winning 4:57, and he followed up with a 2:20 to win the 800 meter race. Senior Viktor Mashalov also showed he's back from an abbreviated XC season with a 5:07 in the 1600 as he eyes the sub-5:00 plunge.
--Ramson Ragin came close to his best mark from last year's outdoor season with a 38-2 to win the triple jump, and he then collected a second win by leaping 17-10.75 in the long jump to show he's ready for a season of leaps and bounds to further distances.
--Kevin Dahill and Julian Caldwell showed they were in good shape for the 100m hurdles by taking 1st and 2nd in 19.2 and 19,3, less than a second off their bests from 2008. Both are well placed to score big in the pentathlon event later in the season.
In other results, Taka Masuda started off the season by winning the 400 meter race in 61.6 and then held off a fast-closing Children's Village runner to anchor the 4x400 relay team to victory in 4:13. Joe Guiliano tossed the shot 37-3 to show that the Eagles will again have good depth in the shotput this year, an event they took three places in at the 2008 Sectionals.
The girls also had a number of standout performances in their first meet. They included:
--Allie Sheridan showed that she is already hitting top form by tossing a 23-4 throw in the shot put, a distance that would have earned a place in last year's Sectionals.
--Sarah Coburn ran a 29.1 to win the 200, well within Sectional place territory, and also took the long jump with a 13-5 leap that is close to the 14-0 mark that is needed for the postseason. Great early season form.
--Lauren Hanley won the 1500 with a sizzling 5:33 and also legged out a 3rd in the 3000 along with running on at least one winning relay team and solving world hunger, all in one day.
--Anna Quintero took a 2nd in the 400 meters 75.4 and then ran an eye-opening 81.9 in the 400 meter hurdles to show she will be a contender at the Sectionals.
--The sprint crew looks set for good times as Megan Moynihan ran a strong 14.3 time for 2nd in the 100 meters (also Sectional quality) and Yerusalem Derry backed up Coburn in the 200 meters with a 30.1 for 2nd.
The rest of the results were not reported, but it appears that the Eagles are rounding into shape for a strong 2009 season.