Westchester County Meet Summary
Posted Monday, May 17, 2010 by Perry King
Eagles Take 4 Places in Best Showing at Westchester County Meet during 2000s
Seven Eagles competed in the Westchester County Meet held mainly at Hendrick Hudson HS in Montrose on Saturday, May 15, but the small contingent came away with great results competing against generally their toughest competition on the year. Along with Connor Culhane who made a generous but fruitless trip to the meet before learning his 4x800 team members' legs were too dead to run, the group of George Epstein, Sarah King, Sofia Maluf, Ramson Ragin, Brendan and Pat Wortner, and Shanna Yue put out a great effort for outstanding results.
The Eagles' scoring began on Thursday at White Plains HS as Brendan Wortner drove to a 6th place in 10:11.10 in the 3000m steeplechase. Bronxville's Dayton Flannery took 4th in 10:01.6, which was 3 seconds under the State Qualifying standard in the the competition for the Division 2 places, while Brendan is less than 7 seconds off the mark. Sarah King splashed to a 5th in 7:39 in the 2000m steeplechase, putting her about 15 seconds off the Div. 2 SQ time of 7:23.8.
On Saturday at Hen Hud, Pat Wortner got the Eagles flying with its best result in many years as he bettered his 4th place finish from last year by grabbing the 3rd place medal just a half second behind Rye's Max Robinson with a PB-smashing 9:41.05 in the 3200m. Pat ran very smartly closing from around 7th place after a few laps to chase down the leaders, though Yorktown's Manu Kumar put on his customary big kick to win in 9:34.57. Pat's 3rd earned a big 6 points to finish off the boys' tally at 7 points.
Sarah King followed next in the 3000m and stayed in the lead pack of 5 for half the race and then coasted in for the 5th place medal in another record smasher for outdoors at 10:52.12, finishing the girls team point total at 4 points. Bronxville's Mary Cain ran away from Pleasantville's Libby Lazare at the end of the race to win in 10:16.08, with Sleepy Hollow's Katherine Doyle 3rd and Harrison's Emily Singer 4th.
Four Eagles competed in the 1500m/1600m races. George Epstein went first in the 3rd heat of the 1600m and ran at the front for much of the race, finishing 2nd in the heat and 24th overall in a near-best time of 4:49.9. In the seeded heat, Brendan Wortner had a little more difficulty recovering from the steeplechase exertions two days earlier and ended up a ways off his best mark for 34th and a time of 4:58.46.
On the girls side, Shanna Yue ran one of her best races in the 1500m's second heat to finish 21st in a time of 5:23.21, a PR that puts her in great shape for high placements in XC next year. Sarah King ran in the seeded heat on somewhat dead legs after the steeplechase and 3000m and finished 8 seconds off her top mark in 10th place at 5:12.39 to finish up as the first Eagle since Kadeem Scott in 2007 to take two medals at the Counties.
While the runners were running, Ramson Ragin was jumping. Starting the long jump, Ramson leaped to a PB of 19-2 to finish 9th, only 6 inches shy of a points place. The triple jump was even more competitive, and though he topped 40' for his best jump of the year at 40-03.75, he was one place further back in 10th. Two top-10 finishes at the Counties was great work.
So that just left the Eagle hordes waiting for Sofia Maluf to hit the track in the 1500m Racewalk. After a tight traffic problem at the beginning, Sofia settled in to walk to a PB of 8:33.7 and 8th place. In a race where half of the contestants jog under the unwatchful eye of the judge, the result was sterling and she finished almost a minute ahead of the next best finisher from a Class C school, which has good portents for Thursday's sectional meet.
Next up for the Eagles is the Class C Championship at Valhalla on Thursday, May 20, with the steeplechase events following on Saturday, at Byram Hills. A dozen or so schools will be attending the meet, including such teams as Bronxville, Pawling, Valhalla, Alexander Hamilton, and Albertus Magnus, along with League-mates Woodlands and Children's Village as the only Conference II-C teams in Class C.