Eagles Sling the Mud and Run to Titles at Bobcat Run
The Eagles found themselves in a bit of a muck on Saturday, October 10, at the Byram Hills Bobcat Run, and they characteristically shifted gears and took advantage to capture a team and an individual championship in a mud-spattered fashion. Pat Wortner counted down his trio of meet placements 3-2-1 to win his first invitational of the year, and the girls team finished 5th overall against a pack of big schools but won the Small Schools Championship. With Pat rocking to his second straight trophy and the girls also rolling to consecutive bling-blings, the Eagles appear decently set for the postseason championships ahead.
Dobbs Ferry warmed up for the race to the sounds of chainsaws that either meant a newly fallen tree was being removed from the course or that somebody was practicing their Halloween Haunt act. Again the Eagles benefitted from the absence of certain prerace registered runners as expected frontrunner James McDonough of Mahopac chose to go to the Manhattan Invitational, where he had a very off day. The course featured an unusual "choose your own adventure" option of two woodland paths, one of which was labelled by the team pip as the "hill of death" -- due its mucky descent, not to any presence of chainsaw-wielding fiends.
Pat Wortner ran smartly in the Bobcat Run letting his main competition sog out with premature pace-pushers, and he picked them off one by one. His time of 16:53 was a solid time on a slow sloggy day and earned him a Tully Rating of 174, close to his norm. Brendan Wortner followed in Brewster's Charlie Carr, early race leader James Hertzel of Putnam Valley, and Chris Cioffoletti of host Byram Hills to take 5th in 17.15. George Epstein claimed the 20th place medal with an 18:06, and James Majeau finished up for the Eagles with a 21:22 for 112th. The Eagles did not have a team score as Coach JP Kaminski chose to run only four runners in the varsity race so the freshman\modified group could shoot for medals in the frosh race. Harry Wagner and Grant Sheely finished up among the leaders in the 2.5K freshman race, taking 5th and 7th place medals while Keith Hickey finished 62nd.
The girls got their run in at the end of the day when the course had been beaten to a muddy pulp. Jessica Tobin of Clarkstown South went out fast with eventual 3rd place finisher Katherine Doyle of Sleepy Hollow as a pack of four runners including the Eagles' Sarah King stayed in pursuit. Nicki Nesi of Pelham eventually moved up into 2nd to finish 8 seconds behind Tobin, who set a course record in 18:50. King ran to 5th place in 20:16 behind 4th-place finisher Ariana Bottalico of Brewster. Shanna Yue closed fast to take the final medal in 25th place at 22:57 and Chloe Wang just missed a medal finishing 27th in 23:03. A 42nd place by Mary Constant in 24:13 and a 46th by Clara Winder at 24:28 completed the Eagles' scoring at 118, 5th behind 1st place Kellenberg's 43. Sofia Maluf came in 60th at 23:36 and Suzanna Halatyn finished 69th at 26:36 to bring the Dobbs' day to a close. Earlier in the freshmen race though, Lila Walsh running as the sole Eagle stayed up near the front of the 2.5K race and sprinted home in 10:52 to win the 7th place medal.
Due maybe to the larger number of schools at this year's Bobcat Race and the huge size disparity between the dozen or so little schools and the big teams such as Clarkstown South and Kellenberg, the meet organizers decided to also give a trophy to the top small school. Dobbs was the winner on the girls side, beating out Pelham, Pleasantville, and Croton Harmon by a big margin for the Small Schools championship plaque. Tromping through the mud has its rewards.
The Eagles' next race is the League Meet on Tuesday, October 13, at Rockwell Hall in Sleepy Hollow.
Videos of races can be viewed at: dobbsferryxcfeats.blogspot.com/