Eagles Launch into Indoor Season at Section 1 Kickoff
Dobbs Ferry began its third indoor track season in recent times in the traditional way by going to a first meet marked by fairly foul cold precipitous weather. But the Section 1 Kickoff meet on Sunday, December 13th, at the Armory was run in very warm conditions and the Eagles got to get in their first steps on the always interesting banked track of one of the world's most famous track arenas. The team's goal was prep work for the big meets that hit quickly after the holiday break in early January, including the League meet on the 10th, so many of the runners were running in shorter speed races instead of at their regular distances. Still, Lauren Hanley showed great early season form to "crush" her personal best in the 1000 and grab a 6th place medal while also leading off a 4x800 team with Shanna Yue, Joanne Mumbey, and Sarah King that also took a 6th place medal.
Many of the Eagles were running at the Armory for the first time. Reported results for the meet seem to be pretty complete except for anyone finishing outside of the top 20 in the 300 meter dash, so apologies to any Eagles in that race not mentioned. The members of the relay teams are not listed so all listings have to be done from memory.
On the boys side of the races, going from short to long, Gary Lu ran a 7.8 and Erich O'Mara ran an 8.12 in the 55 meter dash held in the center of the Armory. In the 300 meters, James Majeau ran a 1:42.8 and Keith Hickey ran a 2:01.9. Dobbs' top distance trio of Patrick Wortner, George Epstein, and Brendan Wortner dropped down to the 1000 meters and took 11th, 12th, and 15th in 2:50.0, 2:50.3, and 2:54.6. Mark Sudak at 5:18.6, Harry Wagner at 5:26.4 and Tommy Ruff at 5:34.3 competed in the 1600. The 4x800 relay team of Patrick Wortner, George Epstein, Tommy Ruff, and Brendan Wortner finished in a tie for 9th with a solid 9:05.5. The shot put was populated with two Eagles as Nick Bacera threw 24-5.5 and Ross Gabas tossed a 21-10.25. Finally, Dobbs' hopster Ramson Ragin leaped to a 17-1.75 for 15th in the long jump and just missed a medal in the triple jump with a 39-9.25 distance.
For the girls, Lia Karakas led things off with a 10.31 in the 55 meters. Stevie Lane broke into the top 20 in the 300 with a strong 51.58 and therefore got on record. Sofia Maluf led a trio of Eagles in the 600 with a 2:08.4, while Liz Quintero ran a 2:15.0, and Yelena Krasnozhen did a 2:18.3. A septet of Eagles filled up the 1000 with Lauren Hanley medaling in 6th at 3:16.9, Sarah King taking 9th at 3:19.6, and then Joanne Mumbey at 3:43.0, Shanna Yue at 3:44.5, Liz Quintero at 3:54.4, Rebecca Wiersma at 3:57.1, and Mary Constant at 4:03.5. Sofia Maluf got into form in the 1500 racewalk finishing one place out of the medals in 7th at 9:17.1. The 4x200 team of Stevie Lane, Mary Constant, Krishna Pandya, and Sarah Koenigsberg finished well in their heat to take 21st in 2:11.79. Finally the 4x800 team of Lauren Hanley, Shanna Yue, Joanne Mumbey, and Sarah King medaled with a 10:46.1.
There is one more meet in December, though it is only for the sophomore and younger crew at the Rockland Community College fieldhouse this Friday on December 18th in the evening. After the break, there are three scheduled meets in the 5 days between January 6th and 10th, though no runner will run in more than two of the meets even if the Eagles attend all three. The League II-C meet on January 10th will feature the new conference format of Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Hastings, Ardsley, Sleepy Hollow, and Woodlands, a very competitive local grouping that should result in some close matchups on both the boys and girls side. If the Eagles can find a few\more entrants in events such as the long, triple, and high jumps, the shot put and the hurdles (triple hint here), they might be talking championship(s).
Videos of some of the 1000's races and relays are available at: dobbsferryxcfeats.blogspot.com