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Warwick Wave Summary

Posted Monday, September 28, 2009 by Perry King
Eagles Hang Nine (Medals) and Crash PRs on the Warwick Wave

Dobbs Ferry XC's annual visit to the Warwick Wave meet turned into the usual joy as the weather was perfect and the scene was rocking on Saturday, September 26, The Eagles bagged 9 medals (one pinky toe away from surfing to a full set and roughly the same number as the tally of green fungus sweatshirts sneaking into the bus on the way home), soared to a number of new personal record highs, but most importantly showed great progress in their first big meet of the season, especially in those races where medals were hardest to come by. The perfomances were enough to merit a trip to the Creamery on the ride back, the main reason that Dobbs runs at Warwick anyway.

The day featured a number of newsmaking events, loudly trumpeted by the meet's very emotive announcer. On the boys' side, NJ and Northeast regional power Don Bosco outdueled host Warwick Valley 32-39 in the Varsity 1 race that included the top two teams, and the winner's Sam Vargas ran a blistering 15:38 to take the top time. On the girls' side, host Warwick Valley won the Varsity 1 race and posted the best overall times of the day, but it was Bronxville's Henrietta Miers' who provided the big excitement by blasting the last 200 meters to make up a large gap against frontrunner Gianna Frontera of Newburgh Free Academy and take the best time on the day in 18:45. More drama followed in the Varsity 2 race where North Shore's Samantha Nadel was on her way to a possible course record when she collapsed from the stress of fighting off a cold and had to be carried off the course in an ambulance. A tight team competition then developed as North Shore, also missing #2 runner Brianna Welch, edged Pope John XXIII by 41-45 behind winner Elizabeth Caldwell.

Two Eagles brothers hit the big time in the team's last race of the day, which was won 62-70 by Suffern over Manhasset. Moving up stealthily and steadily through the front pack in the Varsity Boys II race, the Wortners smashed personal best Tully ratings and finished in the top 6. Pat broke away from Manhasset's Joseph Nassirian and Suffern's Kevin McKenna late in the race and kicked home in 16:06, about 50 meters behind the top duo of James McDonough of Mahopac and Chris Burnett of Bainbridge-Guilford. Brendan blew past Beacon's Mike Debronsky at the head of the final stretch and then held him off uphill to the finish line in a 16:22 time, only 1 second behind McKenna. George Epstein then made it a hat trick of great times by staying strong to finish 21st in 17:11 and knock 77 seconds off his 2008 meet time. The trio were the only Eagles in the varsity race and their three medals brought the total to a huge 9 on the day. Tully ratings were Pat 175, Brendan 170, and George 153, topping their 2008 best of 169, 168, 141 respectively.

As the varsity guys were starting their race, the varsity girls were finishing, a timing issue that made life tough on certain peripatetic coaches and parents. The girls got to run with the powerful host team along with 1-C mates Bronxville and Croton Harmon. Sarah King used the standard Eagles' stalking tactic to move from 19th at the 1-mile mark to leg it home in her first sub-20:00 5K in 9th in 19:52 and a Tully rating of 103, roughly the level she was at in November 2008. King was followed in by Chloe Wang and Shanna Yue in 42nd and 43rd at 22:51 and 22:54, just a little behind Wang's time from 2008. Lauren Hanley had to fall back after being in the top 30 early on, but she held on for 49th in a time of 23:20. Sofia Maluf and Clara Winder finished up for the Eagles in 56th and 57th in times of 24:21 and 24:23. The Eagles finished 7th among the 12 teams on the line with 176 points, 32 ahead of Croton Harmon and 113 behind 2nd place Bronxville.

Like the varsity girls who were battling for top-25 medals, the Eagles in the JV races faced a very tough task but fought through to good new personal marks. Suzanna Halatyn was the sole Eagle in the girls JV race, and although she did not get the medal she won in the frosh race in 2008 she did post a 26:39 time, a PR for a 5K. For the boys, Harry Walker excelled in his first big race by posting a 20:17 for 49th place. James Majeau followed 10 places back in a time of 20:49. Both times show promise in the quest for the important 4th and 5th team spots.

The 2.5K frosh races provided grreat opportunity to strap on one of the top-50 silver shiners. In the boys race, Yusuf Kapadia sprinted home 41st in a time of 9:01, and Grant Sheeley came up a giant two places later with a 9:03. Keith Hickey may have started out a little too strongly as he finished just out of the medal hunt in 57th at 9:18. In the girls race, a trio of Eagles shook off various pains to take three medals. Rebecca Wiersma got back in the action with a 10:27 for 18th, Lila Walsh posted a 10:39 for 25th, and Kim Anker came home in 11:42 for 43rd.

The guys hit a lot of super levels and the girls got through a test that will hopefully be a springboard to where they need to be in a month to compete with teams like Hastings. After a meet of some sort against Bronxville on Tuesday during the Eagles' lone visit to the fabled Van Cortlandt Park, the team travels up to Brewster to compete in the often super fast Bears invitational on Saturday, October 3. More fun to come as the kids decide which house to invade after devastating the Wortners' pad last Friday.

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