Eagles Take Girls' 2nd Place Team Trophy and Pat Wortner Wins an Individual Trophy at Brewster Bears Classic
The Eagle guys' teams have won a number of trophies over the last four seasons as they developed from a fledgling startup into a champion program. During the same span the girls' team has been shut out of any team award at an invitational since their improbable Big Red championship in 2006. That team, composed of 7 middle schoolers running in their first varsity meet along with the 3 high schoolers who had been the only members of the 2005 varsity team, won the meet thanks to a perfect storm of fortunate circumstances plus running guts.
On Saturday, October 3, at the Brewster Bears Classic, the three remaining veterans from that race -- Lauren Hanley, Sarah King, and Sofia Maluf -- along with fellow 2006 team member Shanna Yue were able to celebrate as their quickly developing squad finally ended the dry spell and took the second place trophy in the Varsity 3 race. Coming in the final event of the day, the trophy capped off a great day for the Eagles as they captured 9 individual medals, one of which was Pat Wortner's 2nd place trophy as he led the improving boys team to a 4th place finish.
The boys race was the most eventful one of the meet. The initial charge up a slope turned into a bit of a mess as Pat Wortner went down and was hurdled by George Epstein who also hit the ground. Both scrambled up and got back in the race with only non-life-threatening hurts. Pat spent the race trying to close on a surprise entry at the meet, James Boeding of Webutuck, but the effort ended a little short as he took 2nd with the 4th best overall time on the day of 16:34. Brendan Wortner managed to avoid getting involved in his brother's mishap and caught Red Hook's Adam Snyder in the last mile to finish 3rd in 16:50. George Epstein survived his fall to charge home 11th in 17:57. James Majeau and Harry Wagner took the Eagles' 4th and 5th spots, finishing in 20:26 and 20:30 for 51st and 52nd. Keith Hickey finished off the varsity's day with a 23:53 for 77th. The race was won by Red Hook, followed by Byram Hills' second squad, and Ichabod Crane.
The girls got their big chance when pre-race favorite West Islip chose to stay in Long Island to run in the St. Anthony's meet at Sunken Meadow. The Eagles took advantage as Sarah King chased the leaders Jessica Kendzor of Kennedy Catholic and Mallory Peterson of Millbrook around the 5K course and finished 3rd in 20:04. Lauren Hanley continued to move up with a strong performance to finish 12th in 22:17. Shanna Yue also grabbed a medal with a 15th place finish at 22:23, while Chloe Wang finished just out of the money with a 21st place time of 23:45. Clara Winder completed Dobbs' top 5 with a 24:43 for 36th. Sofia Maluf was close behind in 38th at 24:59, and Suzanna Halatyn finished 44th at 26:35. Although Red Hook's top runner was only 9th, their team had enough depth to beat out the Eagles for 1st by 62-76.
The frosh Eagles were also in action running on the 2.5K courses as Grant Sheely made a strong final dash to grab the 16th place medal in 9:17, while Yusuf Kapadia was 35th in 9:41. On the girls side, Lila Wash sprinted in 14th in 10:55 for her medal and Mary Constant got a 17th place medal in 10:58.
Dobbs will next run against Hastings at the Burke Estate on Tuesday, October 6. The Yellowjackets were also at the Brewster Classic but their 20th ranked NYS Class C team was missing #3 runner Emily Polstein and failed to qualify 5 runners behind 6th place Nora Howe and 9th place Emma Sander in the Varsity 1 race. The Yellowjackets boys finished five runners under 20:00 but came in last in their race. On Saturday, the Eagles will travel to Byram Hills for the Bobcat Invitational.
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