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Posted Saturday, January 09, 2010 by Perry King
Eagles To Battle 5 Local Teams for League II-C Championships

The Eagles will travel to the Armory on Sunday afternoon, January 10th, to take on Irvington, Hastings, Ardsley, Sleepy Hollow, and Woodlands for the League II-C Championships. League II-A with four Yonkers teams and League I-D with Pawling, Haldane, North Salem / John Jay - Cross Rivers, and Kennedy Catholic will also be holding their championships at the same time starting at 4:00, so there will be a lot of athletes participating and some of the longer events will likely merge the leagues' competitors in the same races. Last year the boys scored 61 points to finish 3rd and the girls got 38 to finish 4th in the old League 4.

Who will run in what events is hard to predict for an early season meet like the League with a new grouping of conference teams than in 2009, and in past years there has often been many unclaimed places among the top 6 scoring slots in the field events, the hurdles, and the relays. Teams do well to place some competitors in lightly packed events such as the triple jump, high jump, and 55m hurdles to pick up some points, and finding bodies for the six relays is key to scoring big. Somewhere between 380-450 points are available for the six teams, depending on how many places are claimed. Predicting the winning team on either the girls or boys side is a tough task due to limited results, but Woodlands seems a pretty safe bet for the girls and is also likely on the boys side. Eagles have strong shots at 2nd place on both sides. The following gives a summary of the six teams' strong points.

Dobbs Ferry
Boys: The Eagles should score a lot of points in the long and middle distances behind Pat and Brendan Wortner, George Epstein, Tommy Ruff, and Grant Sheely; Ramson Ragin should be among the top two in the triple jump and also place in the long jump; and the relays could also provide a lot of points. They probably need to amass 80-90 points for 2nd.

Girls: The Eagles should get a lot of high places in the long and middle distances behind Sarah King, Lauren Hanley, Shanna Yue, Rebecca Wiersma, and Mary Constant; get a win in the 1500 Racewalk from Sofia Maluf; be in the running for a place in the 300; and with some strong showings in the relays should be fighting for 2nd place. 60-70 points might get 2nd if Woodlands scores in the 130-150 range.

Boys: Julian Saliani anchors a small squad, though he will be competing a day after a strong showing in the 1600 in the Hispanic games. Sean Lippin and Thomas Lindberg may also be able to score some places in the middle and long distances.

Girls: Megan Talay is one of the elite high jumpers in the area. Christine Paparo may get the Bulldogs some points in the middle distances

Boys: The Panthers have a large team and should compete for points in the relays and pick up some points in the middle distances.

Girls: Ardsley should pick up some places in the three jumps behind Sophie Sylla, Elena Bergomi, Alex Hunter, and Aislinn Cronin; get some points from Aimee Tavzel and Katherine Loomba in the middle and long distances; and rack up some points in the relays.

Boys: The Yellowjackets have some solid competitors in many events and should win the shot easily behind Trey Stewart. Other strong athletes include Ruben Grullon, Michael Sheedy and Jared Scharf in the middle distances; Michael Stein in the 1500; and Nate Torda in the long and triple jumps.

Girls: Emily Polstein, Emma Sander, and Lauren Wilt should help the Yellowjackets pick up some points in the middle distance races and the relays.

Sleepy Hollow
Boys: The Horsemen are starting to build a program and should pick up some points in the relays.

Girls:Most of the team's strength lies in the long distance events with Katherine Doyle and Maddy McGovern expected to take some high places in the 1500 and 3000; Gillian Berger and Gabrielle Moldonado should pick up some points in the sprints; and Kathleen Perez could do well in the shot put.

Boys: With the top sprinters, jumpers, and relays, Woodlands should have enough power to win the championship. Kevin Sainvil, Ken Merchant, David Essex, and Shane Powell should take care of the 55m and 300m; and Powell, Sainvil, Myles Massey, and Javon Bell should do very well in the long and triple jumps. Woodlands should win at least one relay.

Girls: Probably the overall favorites to win the title on the strength of their sprinters, jumpers, relays, and shot putters. Diana Sainvil, Nia Holmes, and Bria Christian should dominate the top spots in the 55m and 300m; Christian and Dyaimond Grant and Asia Waters should lead the long and triple jumpers, and Yaniqu Conie and Natalya Jones should win the shot. The 4x200 and the 4x400 teams are by far the best in II-C, but whether Woodlands has enough runners to win both under the 3-event limit is unclear.

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