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League Meet Summary

Posted Thursday, January 14, 2010 by Perry King
Eagle Guys Finish 3rd and Girls 4th at League II-C Meet With 4 Gold Medals

The Dobbs Ferry indoor track team traveled to the Armory on Sunday, January 10, to compete in the League II-C Meet against Ardsley, Hastings, Sleepy Hollow, Irvington, and Woodlands. Backed by gold medals from Sofia Maluf, Lauren Hanley, Patrick Wortner, and Ramson Ragin and a bevy of big efforts, the Eagles rolled up 70 points on the boys side to finish 3rd behind Hastings and Woodlands and scored 61 points on the girls side to take a 4th behind Ardsley, Woodlands, and Sleepy Hollow.

The Yellowjacket guys took first with the help of 27 points in the lightly contested 55m hurdles, 25 points in the shot put, a strong showing in the 1600, and wins in the 4x200 relay following a Woodlands disqualification and the 4x800 relay. The Ardsley girls won by competing in almost every event, picking up all 20 points in the high jump not taken by Irvington's winner Megan Talay, picking up all the places behind the Eagles' Maluf in the Racewalk, and by winning the final race, the 4x400 relay.

The Eagle guys would certainly enjoy having more long distance events like the 3200 in the meet. More than a third of the team's points came from the Eagles' tightly packed sweep of the medals with Pat Wortner getting the gold in 11:03.1, Brendan Wortner taking the silver in 11:03.6, and George Epstein grabbing the bronze in 11:04.0. Patrick Wortner also picked up a silver in the 1600 in 4:50.0. Epstein took a second bronze in the 1000 with a 2:55.2, while Brendan Wortner picked up the 4 points for 4th place with a 2:56.1 and Tommy Ruff finished 7th in 3:04.1 and Erich O'Mara got 12th in 3:34.0. The Eagles scored no more points in the other races, but they had O'Mara in the 300 running a 52.0, and in the 600 James Majeau took 10th in 1:41.4 and Mark Sudak finished 18th in 1:46.4.

The field events were fruitful for the Eagles as Ramson Ragin took a gold and silver. Ragin bounced to a 1st place triple jump leap of 40-10 to win by more than a foot, and then launched a long jump of 18-7 to take a close 2nd behind Woodlands' Javon Bell. The Eagles also had two guys in the shot put, with Ross Gabas throwing 27-6.25 for 10th and Nick Becera going to 23-6.

The guys' final 10 points came from a bronze in the 4x800 with Pat Wortner, Tommy Ruff, George Epstein, and Brendan Wortner rolling to a 9:42.9, and a 4th in the 4x400 behind Sergio Alves, Mark Sudak, Grant Sheely, and James Majeau at 4:21.0.

The girls finished the meet with a bit of drama as they entered the relays trailing Hastings by 11 points for 4th place. Two silvers and a bronze in the relays gave them enough points to edge the Yellowjackets by 1 point.

Sofia Maluf again got the Eagles going in the first race as she rolled to a comfortable lead to take the gold in the 1500 Racewalk in 9:11.3. The next race was the 3000, and Sarah King engaged in another battle with Sleepy Hollow's Katherine Doyle before settling for the silver in 11:09.3, as Shanna Yue picked up 2 points for 5th with a 13:10.4 and Rebecca Wiersma finished 7th in 13:16.4. The Eagles got a second gold in the 1000 as Lauren Hanley broke away from Hastings' Emma Sander and Nora Howe to win in 3:15.2 while Shanna Yue picked up another 5th with a 3:41.7. Hanley followed up her win by adding a 5th place in the 1500 with a 5:31.6. The Eagles' final points in the races came in the 300 where Sarah Koenigsberg took the 5th with a 46.7, and Krishna Pandya ran a 52.6 for 11th, and Kim Anker did a 54.6 for 12th. Then in the 600, Joanne Mumbey got 2 points for a 5th in 1:59.7, Mary Constant ran a 2:06.4 for for 8th, and Liz Quintero did a 2:07.8 for 10th.

A number of Eagles tried out the field events and they came away with a point. Sarah Koenigsberg leaped to a 13-4.75 for 6th in the long jump to lead a Dobbs quartet that included  Stevie Lane in 7th with a 13-0.5, Krishna Pandiya in 10th with an 11-4, and Kim Anker in 11th with a 10-8.5. In the shot put, Stevie Lane was 8th at 22-1 and Liz Quintero was 9th at 19-7.5.

The all important relays were a real bonanza for the Eagles as Sarah King, Joanne Mumbey, Shanna Yue, and Lauren Hanley ran to the silver in the 4x800 in 11:15.9. Stevie Lane, Mizuki Yamamoto, Kim Anker, and Sarah Koenigsberg raced to the bronze in the 4x200 in 2:03.5. Capping off the night, the 4x400 teams got the Eagles their final 8 points with a silver in the 4x400 behind Liz Quintero, Sofia Maluf, Rebecca Wiersma, and Mary Constant in 5:12.4.

The Eagles now get a break of 3 weeks before they again venture to the Armory for the County meet on January 31.

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