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League Meet Summary

Posted Wednesday, October 14, 2009 by Perry King
Eagles Run to 3rds at League Meet at Sleepy Hollow

Dobbs Ferry lined up at Rockwood Hall Park with teams from host Sleepy Hollow, Irvington, Hastings, Ardsley, Woodlands, and Children's village to run in the inauguaral League Meet for this new school grouping. The Eagles finished 3rd behind Irvington and Hastings in both the boys and girls races. Final scoring on the boys side was Irvington 34, Hastings 70, Dobbs Ferry 74, Ardsley 84, Sleepy Hollow 100, Children's Village 193, and Woodlands 233. In the girls race the score was Irvington 43, Hastings 51, Dobbs Ferry 66, Ardsley 95, Sleepy Hollow 117.

As usual, the Eagle guys' top 3 were the strongest, but the gap to the developing younger runners was big enough in a seven team race to push them back in the scoring. After a weekend traveling on a college visit with too little rest, Pat Wortner did not have enough left in the tank to make a close run at the Bulldogs' Julian Saliani, who set a course record in 16:34. Pat finished at 17:00, 13 seconds ahead of 3rd-place Brendan Wortner. George Epstein followed in Irvington's Dennis Montaruli for 5th place in 18:27. Harry Wagner, Grant Sheely, James Majeau, and Keith Hickey completed the Eagles scoring, though times and places were not published.

On the girls side the race for the top spot developed early with Sleepy Hollow's Katherine Doyle opening up a short lead on the Bulldogs' Annie Field and the Eagles' Sarah King. Doyle continued to widen the gap on the course's second loop to win in a time of 19:34, as Field took 2nd in 19:42, and King edged in at 19:59. A four-pack of Yellowjackets then made the race for the team title interesting, with Nora Howe, Emma Sander, Emily Polstein, and Lauren Wilt finishing 3rd through 6th. Irvington clinched the title though as they took 8th, 9th, 11th and 13th while Hastings' fifth runner was far back. The Eagles' Lauren Hanley took 12th in 22:37, and Lila Walsh made a gigantic leap into the Eagles' third spot only four weeks after her first race by running to 14th place in 23:16. The Eagles' scoring was finished out with Chloe Wang taking 19th in 23:41, Mary Constant finishing 20th in 23:47, and Shanna Yue getting 21st in around 23:55. Clara Winder, Sofia Maluf, and Suzanna Halatyn finished a little further back.

The Eagles (and their poor overtravelled parents) now get a short rest period befor beginning the final development phase as they try to reach new levels in the Coaches race at Bowdoin on October 24, the County Meet at Somers on October 31, and the big Sectional Meet at Bowdoin again on Friday, November 6. The next dinner will be at the Kings' place on Friday, October 23.

Videos of races can be viewed at: dobbsferryxcfeats.blogspot.com/

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