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Section 1-C Indoor Championship Summary

Posted Monday, February 08, 2010 by Perry King
Eagles Capture 4ths in Boys and Girls Battle in Section 1-C Meet

With the Colts and Saints battling for a Super Bowl championship in Miami on Sunday night, February 7, the real action got going for 9 teams down at the Armory for the Section 1 Class C meet. The bitter cold outside the fieldhouse didn't prevent the action from heating up inside as a number of great duels produced some big results. Bronxville again won the guys' and girls' championships, and the Dobbs Ferry teams took 4ths on both sides in their last team competition of the season, winning 3 individual golds. But the most bitterly contested race was between the Eagles' boys and girls, with the guys edging the girls in the points battle 48-46. However, a rumor that the boys were using somebody named Sheely who possibly should have graduated a while back may leave the official outcome in doubt.

The final results for the girls were: Bronxville 177, Woodlands 93, Alexander Hamilton 72, Dobbs Ferry 46, Pawling 44, Albertus Magnus 23, Valhalla 15, Rye Neck 10, Haldane 8. For the boys the tally was: Bronxville 156, Pawling 96, Woodlands 81, Dobbs Ferry 48, Albertus Magnus 31, Alexander Hamilton 26, Valhalla 22, Rye Neck 6, Haldane 1. The smaller Eagles' guys squad fell back a little from last year, while the girls improved by 15 points and two team places.

Only the top 6 scoring places were reported for many of the events, so there are a number of Eagles whose results are not recorded. The top athletes at the meet among all the teams included a number of familiar faces with both double individual event winners featured on the girls' side, with the speedy Diana Sainvil of Woodlands winning the 55m dash and 55m hurdles, and Bronxville's Henrietta Miers running away with the next two longest distances at 300m and 600m.

Once again Sofia Maluf got the Eagles off on the right foot as she took more than six seconds off her previous PR in the 1500m Racewalk while striding to a big lead and to gold in 8:37.6. Maluf was one of the Eagles' two repeat champs from last year. She was joined in the race by first time racewalkers Krishna Pandya and Yelena Krasnozhen, but neither of the Eagles appear in the results so apparently their rookie form did not pass inspection by the judges.

The next event saw a tremendous battle between Bronxville's Mary Cain and Pawling's Caitlin Jelinek with both getting in the night's spirit by posting super times of 10:29.2 for the Bronco and 10:33.6 for the Tiger. The Eagles' Sarah King held off Pawling's Zoe Nagasing for the bronze in a time of 11:09.3. Rebecca Wiersma was also in the action for the Eagles and lopped more than 25 seconds off her season's best with a 12:48.7.

On the boys' side of the slate, the 3200 provided the Eagles another winner as Pat Wortner pushed to an indoor PR of 10:00.7, saving a dive into the 9:00s for the State Qualifier meet in 3 weeks. George Epstein joined him in the medals category with a PR of 10:29.1 for 5th.

Moving to the 1000m, the Eagles again got some excitement as senior Lauren Hanley entered her final individual race in the Sectionals with the positive news that the two top-ranked runners in the event were scheduled for other races. With the door open, Hanley stayed close to winner Amelia Phillips of Bronxville for three laps and then burst past the Broncos' Serina Saari on the last lap and held her off to take the silver with another PR of 3:10.1. On the boys side of the event, The Eagles' James Majeau stayed strong through four laps and then sprinted home tops in the second heat to place 9th in 3:10.9, and Mark Sudak came home 12th in 3:15.0. Pawling's Tim Yu continued his late season charge to win the event with a time of 2:45.7.

The 600m races included a lone Eagle, as Sofia Maluf followed up her racewalk victory with a switch to running and finished 12th in a time of 2:01.0. The Broncos' Henrietta Miers won the first of her golds with a big 1:36.7 time and was followed in by teammate Maggie Goff. The Pawling Tigers continued their middle distance domination on the boys side with Alex Maruzzella winning in 1:26.5 to beat out teammate Mike Boyle.

The 1500 and 1600 races featured more exciting duels. In the 1500 Bronxville's Meredith Rizzo easily held off the Tigers' Jelinek and teammate Cain, both 3000m contestants, to run to her season's best in 4:46.2. The excitement for the Eagles was focused on the 6th spot as Shanna Yue ran a smart race to hold off the Broncos' Argentina Chrappa with a PR-demolishing time of 5:26.9. On the guys' side, Brendan Wortner's attempt to run away from the pack fell a half second short as the Broncos' 3200 silver medalist Dayton Flannery made a late charge to win with a 4:42.4 time as Wortner's PR-blitzer 4:42.8 took the silver. The aforementioned Grant Sheely also ran the 1600 and had a great run for 22nd in 5:42.1.

The 300m finished off the night's slate of individual running events. The Eagles got another kick as Sarah Koenigsberg's surge to a PR of 45.7 to lead the second heat was enough to take the 6th place medal. Yelena Krasnozhen also ran in the event and posted a 55.5 for 20th. The boys' 300m ended with Woodlands' Kevin Sainvil and Ken Merchant edging Bronxville's Nat Recine with the winning time at 35.9.  In other races earlier, Recine did get the gold in the 55m again with a time of 6.4, and his teammate Robert Mahlman took the 55m hurdles gold in 8.7. On the girls side, Kevin Sainvil's sister Diana won the 55m in 7.3 and the 55m hurdles in 8.2.

While the running was going on, the field events were also seeing some super competition. The Eagles' favorite field event, the boys' triple jump, featured the reunion of their star Ramson Ragin with his magic shoes and a nearly 1 1/2 foot victory in the triple jump with a 39-5.75 leap and a repeat championship. Ragin added 8 more points to the 10 he earned in the triple jump by leaping to an indoor PR of 18-8.5 in the long jump to earn the silver behind Hamilton's Tre Bracey at 20-0.75. The high jump was won by Bronxville's Tyler Grantham at 5-2, and the shot put  was won by Bronxville's Henry Palermo by 9 feet with a throw of 45-10.25.

The girls' field event action was highlighted for the Eagles by an event in which they got two medals, the only other being the boys' 3200. Sarah Koenigsberg followed up her medal in the 300m just seconds before to dash over to the jumping pits and leap to a 12-8 distance for 4th in the long jump. Teammate Stevie Lane hit a 12-2.5 leap to take the 6th place medal in an event won by Woodlands' Dyiamond Grant at 13-7. Earlier Lane threw to a 20-10.75 distance in the shot put to get another 6th place medal behind winner Natalya Jones at 26-0.25. In other field events, Woodlands' Bria Christian won the triple jump at 31-9.5, and Allison Janos of Hamilton won the high jump at 4-8.

The relay events ended the night's action at an earlier than expected time. The girls began with the 4x800m, and Sarah King, Joanne Mumbey, Shanna Yue, and Lauren Hanley cruised to 3rd in a nice time of 10:42.4 as Bronxville came from behind on the last leg to beat Pawling for the gold. The 4x200 team of Stevie Lane, Krishna Pandya, Mizuki Yamamoto, and Sarah Koenigsberg finished way ahead in the second heat to earn the 5th overall place in a time of 2:01.9 behind a blazing Woodlands team. The 4x400 squad picked up the team's last 6 points with a 3rd place time of 4:36.2, and they did it on tired legs since King, Mumbey, Yue, and Hanley had all just run the 4x800. The points moved the Eagles ahead of Pawling for 4th place.

In the boys' relays, the Eagles did not contest the 4x200, but as with the girls, the same four runners did both the 4x400 and 4x800 races. In the 4x800, Patrick Wortner, Tommy Ruff, George Epstein, and Brendan Wortner ran an inspired race to catch Bronxville for the silver in 9:05.8 as Pawling won in 9:01.5. A few minutes later the Wortners, Epstein, and James Majeau ran to a 5th place in 4x400 in 4:05.2.

A number of Eagles will continue high-level training to prepare for the Section 1 State Qualifier meet on Saturday, February 27th at the Armory. A lot of great action should be on hand for those who want to venture on down.

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