Eagles Open Season on Hills at Ardsley
Posted Friday, September 11, 2009 by Perry King
Eagles Get in Swing with Tri Meet at Ardsley
(Updated two weeks later)
Dobbs Ferry started the 2009 season with a tri meet on September 10 at Ardsley that also included Children's Village in the boys' race. The meet was mainly a chance to give the young Eagles a chance to get used to race conditions, and a number of runners rested or were held out of the scoring. The race was held on a hilly course at the Ardsley Middle School under cool and comfortable conditions.
The Eagles' super trio of Pat Worther, Brendan Worter, and George Epstein easily took the top three spots with Pat's time being listed at 16:31.2. A 1-2-3 finish guarantees victory in a dual meet, so the Eagles won 29-30 over Ardsley and also beat Children's Village. Harry Wagner was the Eagles' 4th finisher in his first race, and James Majeau, Yusuf Kapadia, Grant Sheely, Keith Hickey, Terry Taylor, and Yu Lin also completed the run. Top runner for Ardsley was Steve Sklar in 4th, and Jahmon Norris of CV led the Hawks with a 6th place finish.
Despite a small miscommunication problem at the front and a few missing runners, the Eagles girls cruised to a fairly easy win over their hosts, 23-34. Sarah King came back to win the meet in 21:32.2 after taking a personal detour for a walkabout, and the Panthers' Kate Montgomery and Alex Brinas finished 2nd and 3rd. The Eagles salted away the win with four straight places from 4th to 7th with Shauna Yue, Lauren Hanley, Mary Constant, and Clara Winder trekking home in relatively good health. Sofia Maluf grabbed 9th for the final margin.
The Eagles' next meet will be at Sleepy Hollow on September 15, followed by a meet at Irvington on September 22. Though the second meet will be an encounter with the Eagles' main rivals the last two years, dual meets are far less critical to the Dobbs season than the Saturday invitationals, the first of which will occur on September 26 when the Eagles head to a truly great Warwick Invitational meet. As happened last year, sign-ups will be held for the honor of provisioning the Saturday morning jaunts with bagels, bananas, energy bars and beverages. The runners should also start determining who has a big enough place to host the Friday night pasta extravaganzas.