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Posted Monday, September 21, 2009 by Perry King
Eagles and Bulldogs Square Off in Neighborhood Battle

In the first dual meet in many years between two rivertowns teams that have had a wee bit of history with each other the last two years, Dobbs Ferry travels to Irvington on Tuesday afternoon, September 22nd, to take on a Bulldog team whose boys were 1-C champs and girls the 2nd place team in 2008.

Irvington's champion boys lost two key seniors, Ian Matthew and Matt Menard, from last year's championship team, so they have been working to build up their depth behind star Julian Saliani in their early dual meets and at the Somers Big Red Meet this year. Saliani continues to be among the top runners at the invitationals, finishing 3rd in the Big Red Div. 2 race, and he has not been tested in dual meets against Hastings and Woodlands. The Bulldogs' depth is developing pretty nicely for future showdowns with Pawling as Dennis Montaruli, Sam Lindberg, Sean Lippin, Taira Davey, Brett Pastore, Zach Siegel, and Logan Muise are scoring Tully ratings in around the 150-120 range. Dobbs top 3 of Pat Wortner, Brendan Wortner, and George Epstein will get their first real battle this year, and the rest of the Eagle squad of Harry Wagner, James Majeau, Yusuf Kapadia, Grant Sheely, Keith Hickey, Terry Taylor and Yu Lin will be working to build on their development towards the big races beginning in mid October.

The Eagles' girls will also be receiving their first battle in their meet with the Bulldogs. Oddly, Dobbs has beaten Ardsley who beat Hastings who beat Irvington, but those results will mean little on Tuesday as Hastings was missing two top runners when they faced the Panthers. Irvington took 4th in the Big Red Div. 2 race with star Annie Field taking 6th, and Sasha Zwiebel, Christine Paparo, Megan Talay, and Edwina Picon are rounding out the core of the team. At this point the Bulldogs and Eagles are just beginning to work themselves back into October form and both have a ways to go. Among the Eagles trying to stay on course are Sarah King, Mary Constant, Chloe Wang, Shanna Yue, and Clara Winder, with a group including Lauren Hanley, Rebecca Wiersma, Sofia Maluf, Suzanna Halatyn, Kim Anker, and Laila Walsh hoping to get into the official action at various points, health and eligibility permitting.

The race is scheduled for 4:15 starting apparently from the Irvington HS. The following race will be the Warwick Invitational on Saturday, September 19. I will be sending out signup invites for the supreme honor of supplying one of the 4 basic XC race staples (bagels, bananas, energy bars, or energy drinks / water) for Warwick and the other three Saturday meets. And of course the key question for the runners is where the pasta night extravaganza will be held on this Friday. I leave it to younger and wiser minds to ponder that question.

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