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Tusker Twilight Summary

Posted Monday, March 29, 2010 by Perry King
Eagles Open Up Track Season in Somers in TuskerTwilight Meet

Dobbs Ferry began its 2010 outdoor track season on Thursday, March 25, with a trip to Somers to compete with ten other teams in the Tusker Twilight meet. With a fresh season on hand, it was only fitting that a big group of freshmen joined the veterans to stretch their limbs on the track and in the pits.

Besides host Somers, a varied group of teams entered the meet including Brewster, Mahopac, Pearl River, JFK Catholic, Westlake, Stepinac, Lourdes, Saunders, and Chidren's Village. A few events such as the 200m dash, 3000/3200m, and 400m hurdles were not included in the meet lineup and the mile was run instead of the 1500m or 1600m. Most of the events had freshman, sophomore, novice, and varsity levels, so there were opportunities for athletes to shine among their peers.

The freshman girls had an active day filling up the scorecards. In the freshman 100m race, Alexa Baviello led the team with a 5th place time of 15.1, and she was joined by Stephanie Spagnuolo in 8th at 15.4, Bryanna Cunningham in 12th at 16.1, Gabby Smith in 14th at 16.3, Talia Clarick in 15th at 16.4, Regina Lodolo in 16th at 16.5, and Solimar Thurn in 20th at 16.9. The freshman also jumped in strong in the 400m with Bryanna Cunningham running to 4th with a 1:21.6, Sarah Beaver taking 5th in 1:22.1, and Solimar Thurn getting 6th in 1:24.4. Mary Constant was the lone Eagle in the freshman 800m and took 10th in 3:01.6. In the frosh mile results, Rebecca Wiersma was 9th in 6:47.0 and Chloe Wang was 10th in 6:54.7. The frosh 4x400m team finished up the meet with a 5th place time of 5:39.4.

The novice class was represented by Eagles who are upperclassmen but who were first-timers for their events. Alexa Vulpone ran the 100m in 19.7. James Majeau competed as a novice in two events, taking 3rd in 2:33.0 in the 800, and finishing 3rd in the mile in 5:40.7.

The sophomores picked up a trio of wins enroute to a big day. In the 100m, Yelena Krasnozhen finished 4th in 15.4 and Rebecca Lowy took 9th in 16.9. The 400m had Sofia Maluf finishing 14th in 1:30.0 and Yelena Krasnozhen getting 15th in 1:50.0. In the 800m, Brendan Wortner followed up his big mile win with a 4th in 2:20.6, while Connor Culhane finished 7th in 2:33.7 and Louis Debellis took 14th in 2:48.7. On the girls side, Sarah King posted an 800m time of 2:36.7 in winning the sophomore race, and Shanna Yue followed in 5th in 2:51.6 and Karen Maehara was 6th in 2:52.9.  The Armory posted results are wrong for the sophomore mile as Brendan Wortner was the winner in a time of around 5:09. Connor Culhane was 6th in 5:23.9, and Louis Debellis was 14th in 5:52.9. Sarah King won the sophomore girls mile by 12 seconds in the 2nd best overall time of the day in 5:44.5.  Shanna Yue took 5th in 6:19.2.

The varsity action got another good result from Sofia Maluf in the 1 mile racewalk as she finished 2nd to Pearl River's Megan Keetley with a time of 8:37.4. In the varsity 100m, Yerusalem Derry finished 12th in 14.6, Sarah Saunds was 13th also in 14.6, Jennifer Sanseverino was 15th in 15.2, and Tara Whitty was 20th in 16.96. In the 400m, Will Rubin ran a very fast 58.3 for 4th and Sergio Alves finished 10th in 1:02.5. Patrick Wortner lead a quartet of Eagles in the 800m with an 8th place time of 2:22.8, and he was followed by George Epstein in 10th at 2:23.9, James Majeau in 11th in 2:33.0, and Mark Sudak in 13th in 2:34.9. Patrick Wortner was also the top Eagle in the varsity mile with a 4:53.5, while George Epstein placed 7th in 5:13.5, and Mark Sudak was 13th in 5:44.1. The Eagles also logged in three varsity relays, with the boys 4x100m team taking 4th in 47.4, the girls 4x100m squad getting 4th in 58.9, and the boys 4x400m team taking 7th in 4:11.6.

There were fewer Eagles in the field events, but they had a good showing. Ross Gabas placed 6th in the novice shot put event with a 26-2 throw. In the varsity shotput, Devonte Brailsford started the season strong with a 40-2 throw for 4th, and Adam Weiss threw to 26-11 for 12th. For the girls, Shontay Richardson threw 21-11.5 for 8th and Jen Sanseverino got to 20-1 for 9th. Ramson Ragin got a great jump on the season as he leaped to 19-1 for 3rd in the long jump, and he did a little more than double that distance in the triple jump by going to 38-5 for another 3rd.

After a week off, the Eagles will pick up with a dual meet at Ardsley on Monday April 5th.

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