Eagles Run with the Dogs in Warmup for Warwick as Pat Wortner and Annie Field Get Records
Dobbs Ferry XC headed up Broadway to the great north on Tuesday, September 22, to take on the Irvington Bulldogs for one of the first races on the host's new course. In a meet that featured some great battles and two course records, both of the Eagles' teams suffered their first loss on the season (following revision of Ardsley score to standard dual system). But Coach JP Kaminski has to be happy with the obvious development of younger runners, which provides big encouragement for the larger battles ahead.
The key contest on the boys side was the race between the Eagles' Pat Wortner and Bulldogs' Julian Saliani, who along with Pawling's Brandon Freyer compose two-thirds of the trio expected to be busting it for the top spot in 1-C in early November. On Tuesday, the two ran side-by-side through the middle part of the race, but Pat left the track and hit the second trek up the hill hard to leave Saliani about 20 seconds behind in setting a course record 16:48. Brendan Wortner kicked in the final quarter mile to leave the Bulldogs' #2, Dennis Montaruli, a short distance behind with a finish at 17:45. George Epstein completed the Eagle trio's day by grabbing the 6th spot behind Irvington's Sam Lindberg with a 19:12 time.
Although the Bulldogs showed that they are rounding into top form by taking the next four or so spots behind Brett Pastore, Sean Lippin, Taira Davey, and Logan Muise, the rest of the Eagles exhibited good promise. James Majeau posted a solid time and along with Harry Wagner look to be ready to give Dobbs a tough and fast-improving 4-5. Keith Hickey and Grant Sheely also made big steps up along with Yusuf Kapadia. Final score was Irvington 26, Dobbs 33.
On the girls side, the expected battle between the State finalists, the Bulldogs' Annie Field and Eagles' Sarah King, never developed as King tried to fight through a cold. Field blitzed the new course from the start and ran away from everyone to win in a record 21:29 time. Officially, the Bulldogs' Edwina Picon was awarded 2nd and Sasha Zwiebel got 3rd as King finished 4th in 22:54. Following Megan Talay and Christine Paparo, the Eagles' Lauren Hanley got back on course in a big way with a 23:36 time for 7th. The Eagles' Chloe Wang and Shanna Yue followed in shortly afterward in 23:50 and 23:56 for 8th and 9th, and after the Bulldogs' Liz Hevern claimed 10th, Eagles Sofia Maluf, Mary Constant, Clara Winder, Suzanna Halatyn, and Lila Walsh sped home. Final score was Irvington 17, Dobbs 40, and nobody on the Eagles' side got lost for once.
As preparation for the big Warwick meet on Saturday, the Irvington race was a great opportunity for the Eagles to stretch it out and test their endurance on a pretty hilly course that also looks nice. Congrats to Pat and Annie on their record runs, with likely more to come. On to Warwick.
Irvington 26, Dobbs Ferry 33
Irvington, 3.1 miles
1. Patrick Wortner (DF), 16:48 (course record); 2. Julian Saliani (I), 17:07; 3. Brendan Wortner (DF), 17:45; 4. Dennis Montaruli (I), 17:52; 5. Sam Lindberg (I), 18:28; 6. George Epstein (DF), 19:12; 7. Brett Pastore (I), 19:17; 8. Sean Lippin (I), 19:30; 9. Taira Davey (I), 19:40; 10. Logan Muise (I), 20:30.
Records - Irvington 4-0, Dobbs Ferry 3-1.
Irvington 17, Dobbs Ferry 40
Irvington, 3.1 miles
1. Annie Field (I), 21:29 (course record); 2. Edwina Picon (I), 22:32; 3. Sasha Zwiebel (I), 22:42; 4. Sarah King (DF), 22:54; 5. Megan Talay (I), 23:26; 6. Christina Paparo (I), 23:33; 7. Lauren Hanley (DF), 23:36; 8. Chloe Wang (DF), 23:50; 9. Shanna Yue (DF), 23:56; 10. Liz Hevern ((), 24:07.
Records - Irvington 3-1, Dobbs Ferry 2-1.