Distance Runners Place High at Somers Invitational
The Eagles got set for postseason challenges as a trio of distance runners headed north for the Somers Invitational on Saturday, May 1. On a roastingly hot day on the Tuskers well attended track, the three Dobbs runners all scored to make the trip well worthwhile.
Pat Wortner kicked off the action for the Eagles on Saturday morning in the top heat of the 3200 race. Running smartly, Pat battled for 8 laps with the leading trio and ended up knocking about 5 seconds off his personal best (PB) to finish in 9:49.20 for 3rd overall behind Arlington's Eddie Merenda and a half-second behind Yorktown's Manu Kumar. The time was good for 1st in Class C.
Brendan Wortner was up next in the early afternoon with a stint in the top heat of the mile run. The pace was blisteringly fast for the hot day as Jake Albino of Section 9's Minisink Valley held on for the win in 4:25.8. Brendan tried to stay up in the lead pack for a lap but the pace was too tough and he finished 14th overall in a time of 4:51.8. It was good enough to grab the 5th place in Class C, with Dover's Cody Orton getting down to a 4:35.4 for the top place.
Last to go was Sarah King, whose seed time of 5:15 placed her in the second heat of the 1500m. The seeded heat developed into a spectacular battle between Rhinebeck's Annabel Clarke and Bronxville's Mary Cain. Clarke opened up a large lead going into the gun leg but Cain ran her down going into the last turn and pulled away to win by more than 3 seconds in 4:42.8. In the second heat, the first three legs featured a front quartet of John Jay - Cross River's Emma Wisdom, Carmel's Jenna Holt, Mount Vernon's Jessica Avila, and the Eagles' King separating themselves from the pack. After using the bigger girls as wind blocks for almost 3 laps, King took off down the back straightaway and cruised in first with a PB-blasting 5:04.6 time. The time was good enough to slide her into the final overall points place of 6th by 0.2 seconds, and for 5th in Class C, as 6 of the top 7 runners in the 1500m were from the smallest class.
The Eagles will be battling a group of local teams in the Section II-C League Meet rescheduled to Wednesday, May 5, at Irvington. Photos of recent meets are being posted to the DF Track site and select videos including the infamous coaches' race at the Croton Relays are loaded at:
Eagles XC video blog