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Posted Thursday, October 01, 2009 by Perry King
Eagles Set to Bare Their Soles at Brewster

On Saturday morning, October 3, Dobbs Ferry XC will travel north to Brewster to run in the Bears invitational with more than 40  teams from New York and Connecticut. The weather is supposed to be warm and wet on a fast course that could help produce a number of PRs for Eagles runners on a 5K course. The Eagles can also pick up quite a few medals as there are a number of modified, freshman, JV, and varsity races to compete in. The top 20 runners in each race are medalists.

Dobbs last competed in the Bears Classic in 2007 when the boys took 3rd place and stuffed four runners in the top 20, while the girls finished 6th. The competition level at the Brewster race will not be as high as at the Warwick Wave, which had some of the top teams from New York and New Jersey. Warwick Wave V2 race champ Joe McDonough of Mahopac will be running the Varsity 1 race though, and other top runners such as Byram Hills' Joe Violone and Brewster's Charlie Carr will also be there with of course the Eagles' Wortners. On the girls side, Megan Young of Nanuet, Ali Foote of West Islip, Gabrielle Drummond of John Jay - East Fishkill, Ariana Bottalico of Brewster, Mallory Peterson of Millbrook, and Jessica Kendzor of JFK Catholic are the top rated runners.

The 42 varsity teams competing at the Brewster meet are divided into three groups, with Dobbs in the Varsity 3 race. The boys will be facing the powerhouse squad from Byram Hills and will be in the loaded race with the largest number of top runners with Tull ratings over 150. The girls will also be competing against the toughest competition in their race. Both teams will need to fight through strong competition. The view based on early season results with runners' Tully Ratings noted is:

Varsity 1:  Carmel looks to be by far the strongest and deepest team among the teams in the race, with New Rochelle and Pine Bush and possibly Canton CT also vying for the 2nd-place trophy. Mahopac's McDonough should be running by himself at the front.

Top Runners:  James McDonough (Mahopac) 181, Tom Fitzpatrick (Carmel) 165, James Hertzel (Putnam Valley) 161, Daquan Oliver (New Rochelle) 159, Mike Ramos (Pine Bush) 157, Mike Turi (John Jay - East Fishkill) 157, Tom Heffernon (Iona Prep) 156, Mike Landiver (Carmel) 155, Eric Holt (Carmel) 151.  Canton CT has three strong runners who do not have Tully Ratings to rank with: Mike LeDuc, Brian Magna, and Kevin Kurnat.

Varsity 2:  This should be basically a showcase race for the host Brewster boys, with only a not deep Horace Greeley providing competition. HG's Kyle Eager is the top runner in a race that has only 7 runners over the Tully 150 level.

Top Runners: Kyle Eager (Horace Greeley) 170, Mike Thomas (Brewster) 169, Charlie Carr (Brewster) 169, Henry Koster (Horace Greeley) 168, Adam McIe (Brewster) 163), Cameron Rasmussen (Hen Hud) 156, Neeraj Suryanaryanan (Brewster) 155

Varsity 3: The big competitive action should be in Race 3 this year as it features 14 runners with 150+ ratings. Byram Hills is both strong and deep and should dominate a field of teams with a few top runners and little depth. Red Hook, Dobbs Ferry, and Eldred will be in the hunt for 2nd. The Eagles' Pat Wortner has the top rating in the race by 1 point over Byram Hills' Joe Violone.

Top Runners: Pat Wortner (DF) 175, Joe Violone (BH) 174, Brendan Wortner (DF) 171, Chris Cioffoletti (BH) 168, Adam Snyder (Red Hook) 166, Jamie Love (BH) 164, Evan Skloot (BH) 158, Marc Violone (BH) 158, Declan Dwyer-McNult (Red Hook) 156, Joey Moschitto (Briarcliff) 156, Hunter Proscia (Eldred) 155, George Epstein (DF) 153, Alex Campanella (Eldred) 153, Nick Matera (West Islip) 151


Varsity 1:  Probably the second most competitive girls race on the day with 11 runners who have Tully 75+ ratings. Ursuline has had varied results this year and may still have enough middle depth to win, but Hastings and Mahopac should also be in the hunt for the title. Gabrielle Drummond of John Jay - East Fishkill should be well out in front.

Top Runners:  Gabrielle Drummond (JJEF) 112, Molly Gardineer (Mahopac) 100, Jenna Holt (Carmel) 100, Carlie Britten (Ursuline) 95, Taylor Hock (Pine Bush) 93, Emma Sander (Hastings) 90, Nora Howe (Hastings) 90, Emily Polstein (Hastings) 89, Jackie McCarthy (Ursuline) 88, Serina Hughes (Mahopac) 87, Danielle Kennedy (Albertus Magnus) 83, Madie Federle (Ursuline) 83, Marlene Delices (New Rochelle) 77, Dorothy Belony (New Rochelle (76)

Varsity 2:  Again, a lightly competitive race for the host team. Hard to pick a team to qualify for 2nd here. Brewster's Ariane Bottalico should run unchallenged.

Top Runners: Ariane Bottalico (Brewster) 112, Nicole Zazzero (Brewster) 101, Sarah Biggers (Lakeland Panas) 100, Abby Flook (Hackley) 97, Dana Breyer (Islip) 94, Miriam Munn (Brewster) 85, Caroline Cassim Silva (Lakeland Panas) 85, Carissa Citro (Miller Place) 84, Emma Wisdom (John Jay - Cross River) 83, Brooke Biederman (Horace Greeley) 76 

Varsity 3: Race 3 will the strongest girls' field at the meet and should be competitive as Nanuet battles West Islip for the title. Megan Young of Nanuet and Ali Foote of West Islip will be the top runners with six 100+ ratings in a stacked group.

Top Runners:  Megan Young (Nanuet) 123, Ali Foote (West Islip) 118, Mallory Peterson (Millbrook) 112, Jessica Kendzor (Kennedy Catholic) 108, Sarah King (DF) 103, Hannah DeMartino (Nanuet) 100, Kelsey Allen (West Islip) 88, Marlene LeMaitre (West Islip) 86, Breeda Mannion (Kennedy Catholic) 82, Krystyna Oszkinis (West Islip) 81, Katherine Aquilar (Nanuet) 81, Sarah Costa (Croton Harmon) 81, Katie Nellis (Millbrook) 78, Julie Laudenschlager (West Islip) 77

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