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Weekly Notebook - 10/10: Wrapup and Ratings

Posted Wednesday, October 14, 2009 by Perry King
XC Notebook and Ratings Overview for 1-C, Section, and Class C Teams

The 1-C teams that were in action on October 10 competed in either the huge Manhattan Invitational Meet at Van Cortlandt Park or the Bobcat Run at Byram Hills. The results of these races along with a handful of others in the state run on that Saturday have gone a long way to shaping up the rankings going into the postseason for the 1-C and NY Class C teams.

Sorting out the team-by-team comparative results from the Manhattan Invitational is too complex a job to deal with here, but some general highlights can be seen. On the boys side, Pawling made a big statement not only with Brandon Freyer winning the Varsity B race with a 187 rating that sent him to the top of the NY Class C rankings, but Tim Yu, Matt Jorgensen, Bob Swick and Pat Callan posted results between 161 and 145 to open a huge gap on the other 1-C teams and move into 3rd place in the TR NYS ratings. Bronxville also had a good meet with Dayton and John Flannery hitting 171 and 156 to move them to 13th in the TR NYS ratings, still a good distance behind Irvington for 2nd in 1-C.

On the girls side at the Manhattan, the Broncos had a solid day as Henrietta Miers ran close to form in getting 9th in the Varsity C race, with Merdith Rizzo scoring a 118, Amelia Phllips a 105, Argentina Chrappa a 96, and Courtney Campbell a 90 as Bronxville put still more ground between them and the 1-C and NYS-C teams in the ratings. Pawling had a down and up day as Caitlin Jelinek ran around 40 points (2 minutes) under her norm, though Zoe Nagasing and Morgan Meaney continued to move up with 101 and 95 scores. Hastings ran pretty much as expected with the exception of Nora Howe who leaped over the century mark at 101.

At the Byram Hills Bobcat Race, a number of 1-C runners made solid gains in the ratings on a muddy, slow course. Dobbs Ferry's Patrick Wortner won the race easily with a norm of 174 and Brendan Wortner ran a little below his norm at 167 for 5th. James Hertzel of Putnam Valley made a big jump with his 3rd place score of 169, Briarcliff's Joey Moschitto scored a 160, and Dover's Cody Orton jumped to a 154. Rye Neck was the top qualifying 1-C team at 5th, with Putnam Valley 7th, Pleasantville 8th, and Dover 9th.

On the girls side of the Bobcat Race, Dobbs Ferry was tops among the 1-C teams, winning the Small School Championship and placing 5th overall, with Sarah King taking 5th at around her norm of 107. Pleasantville ran without Libby Lazare again and finished 7th. Croton Harmon finished 8th with top runner Sarah Costa taking 8th and running somewhat under her norm at 84.

Putting the meet results together for 1-C and computing the overall TR ratings, Pawling has widened its margin on the boys side as it now has a 157.4 average rating, Irvington is 2nd at 152.2, and Bronxville has moved up to 146.4. On the girls side, Bronxville has upped its average a little to 106.2, far ahead of Pawling at 89.4. The third place team is a tossup, but if 0 is the lowest factored score for a running position than Hastings has a tiny edge over Irvington of 73.8 to 73.6

Statewide for Class C, the Pawling boys have moved up into the top 3 behind only Jordan Elbridge (163.2) and Holland Patent (159.8). Irvington also ranks high at #8 behind the 4th-7th teams of Collegiate (157.0), Christian Brothers Academy  (CBA) (156.6), James O'Neill (153.0), and Tully (152.4). Filling out the top 12 are Newark Valley (150.6), Sauquoit Valley (149.8), Greece Odyssey (148.0), and Rhinebeck (147.0). Bronxville does not quite make the cut for the top 12 unless you're the coach doing the ratings on NY Milesplit and you hit the #8 for them on your dart board while making your list. Again, ES is just amazing.

On the State girls side, though, the Broncos are a full 10 average TR points ahead of 2nd ranked Tully (96.2), with Newark Valley (93.0) and CBA (92.2) also contending. A rebuilding Rhinebeck at 89.6 is pretty much in a dead heat with Pawling for the 5th spot, and the rest of the top teams in the top 12 include Fredonia (85.0), Voorheesville (81.2), Holland Patent (81.0), Chenango Forks (77.8), Sauquoit Valley (76.2), and Cazenovia (75.8). Irvington and Hastings are holding at around the 15th or 16th spots.

An added note on the girls state rankings is that much as the Section 3 boys hold the power in Class C, the 1-C girls are dominating a class where Bronxville took the NYS team trophy and the 1-C girls won the interSectional contest in 2008. The 1-C runners hold 9 of the top 25 TR ratings and 18 of the top 54. With the other top places spread fairly evenly between the other four to five main sectional contenders, repeat championships for Bronxville and 1-C at Plattsburgh seems to be one of the safer bets at the moment.

Seven or more of the 1-C teams will be heading up to Pawling's Green Mountain Lake Invitational to get a look at the 2010 NY State Championship course. The following weekends will feature some intriguing matchups at the Section 1 Coaches and the County Meets. How Pawling's boys will do against Class AA Arlington in the Northern Counties meet will be interesting since their average TRs are close but the Admirals in a down year have five runners packed between 163 and 160.

Top 21 1-C Boys (145+ Tully Ratings)

1, Brandon Freyer (P) ...186
2. Julian Saliani (I) ... 175
3. Patrick Wortner (DF) ...175
4. Brendan Wortner (DF) ... 169
5. Dayton Flannery (B) ... 169
6. James Hertzel (PV) ... 167
7. Tim Yu (P) ... 160
8. Joey Moschitto (Bf) ... 160
9. John Flannery (B) ... 153
10. Cody Orton (Dv) ... 152
11. Matt Jorgensen (P) ... 152
12. Dennis Montaruli (I) ... 150
13. Sam Lindberg (I) ... 150
14. George Epstein DF) ... 151
15. Cory Woodin (Dv) ... 148
16. Lucas Bucknavage (RN) ... 148
17. Charlie Fraoli (RN) ... 148
18. Bob Swick (P) ... 147
19. Christian Guzman (NS) ... 146
20. Sean Lippin (I) ... 145
21. John Rollman (Pl) ... 145

Top 20 1-C Girls ( 80+ Tully Ratings)

1. Henrietta Miers (B) ... 125
2. Caitlin Jelinek (P) ... 119
3. Meredith Rizzo (B) ... 116
4. Sarah King (DF) ... 107
5. Annie Field (I) ... 107
6. Amelia Phillips (B) ... 102
7. Libby Lazare (Pl) ... 101
8. Argentina Chrappa (B) ... 99
9. Nora Howe (H) ... 99
10. Zoe Nagasing (P) ... 98
11. Morgan Meaney (P) ... 94
12. Sarah Costa (CH) ... 92
13. Emma Sander (H)  ... 91
14. Lauren Wilt (H) ... 90
15. Serina Saari (B) ... 89
16. Emily Polstein (H) ... 89
17. Courtney Campbell (B) ... 89
18. Kylie Van Buren (RN) ... 89
19. Danielle Kennedy (AM) ... 85
20. Katherine Marrone (B) ... 83

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