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Wortners and Epstein Trio Sink Talons into High Places at Footlockers

Posted Sunday, November 29, 2009 by Perry King
Eagles Grab Three Medals at Sunken Meadows in Footlockers Races

Pat and Brendan Wortner and George Epstein headed out to the Sunken Meadows Park course on Long Island on Saturday, November 28, to finish off their cross country season in the Footlocker Championships. All survived heart-stopping thrills on Cardiac Hill and came away with high places in separate races on a nice but fairly brisk and breezy day for running. Athletes came from all over New York, New England, and the mid-Atlantic region to compete in the big regional windup to the fall running season.

Beginning with the senior member of the crew, Pat Wortner ran behind only Newark (NY)'s Brandon Cowles in the Senior race to grab the silver medal in 17:10..2, which was 7.5 seconds behind the leader. The time bettered Pat's mark at the 2008 States meet by more than a 1/2 minute.

George Epstein competed as the junior Eagle and finished 15th in his race in a time of 18:04.6. The Junior race winner was another NY runner, Owen Skeete of Westbury, and also included a number of fairly local runners such as Carter Humphrey of Yorktown, Chris Repecki of Harrison, and Cody Orton of Dover.

The sophomore representative was Brendan Wortner and he ran to 6th in his race in a time of 17:30.0, about 11 seconds faster than his 2008 States time. The Sophomore race winner was Logan Steiner of Meadville, PA.

The highlight of the Championship races was Cornwall's Aisling Cuffe's smashing of the girls' 27-year-old course record by 22 seconds in 17:45.9 as she finished 46 seconds ahead of the 2nd place runner. Along with Cuffe, Colleen Schmidt and Lauren Mullins also qualified from NY among the 10 runners advancing to the Nationals Race in San Diego. Bradley Miles of Hatfield, PA, won the boys Championship race in 15:52.8. Quinn Raseman, the runnerup in the States AA race, finished 7th as the sole qualifier from NY. Irvington's Julian Saliani finished a strong 22nd in a time of 16:35.7.

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