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Sectional Class C Summary

Posted Friday, May 21, 2010 by Perry King
Eagles Get Big Performances as Boys Take 4th and Girls Get on the Scoreboard

Very hot action was the order of the day at a generally competitive Class C Sectional Meet at Valhalla on Thursday, May 20, at the newly inaugurated track at Valhalla. Bus issues again caused Dobbs to show up late for a meet a ways after the start of some of the events and about 20 minutes after the opening ceremony that included longtime Eagle teacher and coach and current Valhalla athletic director, Jamie Block. Once the Eagles jumped in the action, they had enough enough energy on a sweltering day to at least up their combined total of 60 points from last year and take two 1st places. The Eagles both won and lost some close battles for places, but overall considering the heat and the surprise appearance of at least one athlete at the meet, the results were close to the best the Eagles were expecting and resulted in a lot of PBs.

As predicted here, the meet also featured some truly classic battles among the 11 teams competing at the meet, with the boys' 200m and 400m and the girls 3000m battles being three for the ages. Bronxville's depth again put them on top on both sides of the field. Excluding the upcoming steeplechase where the Eagle guys look to pick up another 8-10 points, the boys scored 12 less points than last year after losing three of last year's seniors who had contributed more than 22 of their 60 points, but they still wound up 4th with currently 48 points despite getting 0 points instead of 16 from last year's big event, the pentathlon. The boys team scores at present are Bronxville 168, Pawling 125, Woodlands 78, Dobbs Ferry 48, Albertus Magnus 27, Valhalla 24, Alexander Hamilton 19, Children's Village 16, Rye Neck 11, North Salem 6, Blind Brook 2.

After being shut out last year, the Eagle girls scored in 5 events on Thursday to reach 16 points and in 8th going into Saturday's steeplechase with a chance to move up one more place. The scoring does not include the 1500m Racewalk where the Eagles again got a 1st. The tally to this point is: Bronxville 159, Woodlands 97, Pawling 81, Alexander Hamilton 54, Valhalla 50, Albertus Magnus 27, North Salem 22, Dobbs Ferry 16, Blind Brook 15, Rye Neck 4.  The all-important Eagles intrasquad competition among the relay teams was a tie between the guys' fast 4x100m group and the moderately fast 4x800m contingent, who both bagged somewhat unexpected 3rds with strong efforts and good exchanges.

Top individual Eagle star was Ramson Ragin who scored a trifecta with a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. After leaping a fraction short of his PB to grab 2nd in the long jump, Ragin dominated the triple jump comfortably to get the gold and then completed his day by anchoring the 4x100m relay team to 3rd, a fraction behind the Broncos. The Eagle guys also picked up 2nds from Pat Wortner in the 3200m and Devonte Brailsford in the shot put with top efforts, and they were both also part of bronzed relay squads. On the girls side, Sarah King pulled off a very unexpected 2nd in the 400m hurdles after taking 4th in the 1500m, and finished her day with a share of the 5th place 4x800m team's effort. Sofia Maluf cruised to her third Sectional title in the 1500m Racewalk in four years.

Overall, a breakdown of the day's action by area was:

Boys Sprints
The 100m times were incredibly fast as Woodlands' David Essex took the race with a time of 11.00 to nip a resurgent Nat Recine of Bronxville and favored Tre Bracey of Hamilton who both ran 11.1. The Eagles' Steve Betz had a stong effort to make it through to the semifinal heat but his time was not posted.

The 200m battle would match the results of the 400m in their results for the top two places, and in the end Woodlands Kevin Sainvil was part of a step ahead of Pawlings' Kevin Hunter in both. Sainvil's winning time was the same 22.80 as Hunter's and matched his best of the year and was run near the end of hot and taxing day. Bronxville's Will Karol had a big effort to nip Woodlands' David Essex for 3rd. Some Eagles including Idowu Wallace-Short ran the 200m but results were not posted.

Girls Sprints
As expected, Woodlands and Alexander Hamilton battled for the sprinting crowns, but Hamilton appeared to be a bit shorthanded without star Tamika Smith. In the 100m, Woodlands' Diana Sainvil saved her energy for the finals and then powered away from Hamilton's relative newcomer Lynne Onyeneho and Valhalla's Kheiyasa Carter to win in 12.9. Eagle times and places are not available.

In the 200m, Woodlands' Bria Christian held off Hamilton's Jessica Barrera and Bronxville's Maggie Goff to take the gold in 26.8. Again, Eagle times and places are not available, though Sarah Saunds, Bryanna Cunningham, Yerusalem Derry and Talia Clarick were likely among the contestants in the sprints.

Boys Middle Distance
The 400m race was run earlier than the 200m race and again featured almost a photo-finish between Sect-1 #2 Woodlands' Kevin Sainvil and #5 Pawlings' Kevin Hunter. Sainvil won with a time of 50.5 to Hunter's 50.7, with the Broncos' Will Karol again a step behind for 3rd at 50.8. Top Eagle was James Majeau at 17th in 1:01, with Mark Sudak 20th at 1:02.8, and Louis Debellis 27th at 1:08.4.

In the 800m, Pawlings' Chris Boyle added a 1st to the 4th he took in the 400m by holding off Albertus Magnus's Gianluca Pugliese with a 2:01.2 time. No Eagles competed.

Girls Middle Distance
The middle distance races were a sweep for Bronxville's Henrietta Miers as the Broncos took half of the places in the two events. Miers beat Woodlands' Nia Holmes to the wire in the 400m in 58.7, with the Broncos' Maggie Goff and Hamilton's Jessica Barrera all packed in within a second of the leader. Mary Constant was the top Eagle at 1:16.5 for 27th, with Sarah Beaver 30th at 1:18.4, and Bryanna Cunningham 36th at 1:28.9.

In the 800m, Miers finished in ahead of teammates Meredith Rizzo and Amelia Phillips in a time of 2:20.8. Eagles' Chloe Wang and Mary Constant took 17th and 18th with 3:03 and 3:07 times.

Boys Long Distance
Pawling's Brandon Freyer has been working his way back from injury during the season, but his somewhat surprising appearance with no results posted resulted in his domination of the long distance events. In the 1600m he opened up a big lead and coasted home ahead of Bronxville's Dayton Flannery to win in 4:31.6, with Albertus Magnus's Gianluca Pugliese 3rd, Pawling's Bob Swick 4th, and Dobbs' Brendan Wortner 5th in a PB 4:42.8. The Eagles' George Epstein finished just out of the money in 7th in a PB 4:48.9.

In the 3200m, the Eagles' Pat Wortner ran in front for 95% of the race but Freyer's kick at the end was too much as Pat got the silver in 9:57 to the Tiger's 9:55.7.

Girls Long Distance
The 3000m race alone was worth the price of admission on the day, even if admission was free. With Pawling's Caitlin Jelinek sidelined, the Broncos' Meredith Rizzo ran relatively unchallenged in the 1500 until a late sprint by Pawling's Sami Jorgensen closed the gap at the end to 1.5 seconds as Rizzo won in 4:49.5. Pawling's Zoe Nagasing took 3rd with a 4:56.6, and the Eagle's Sarah King knocked 4 seconds off her PB to take 4th in 5:00.2. Eagles' Shanna Yue broke her PB with a 5:21.9 for 10th, and Chloe Wang and Karen Maehara were 18th and 19th at 5:58.7 and 6:00.8.

The 3000m race featured two of NY Division II's top runners Mary Cain of Bronxville and the Tigers' Sami Jorgensen stuck together side-by-side for 7 1/2 laps as two girls of similar size (small) and very different running styles battled each other for a contest that would be decided over the last 50 meters. Cain made a surge with about 40 meters to go to open up a tiny lead, but Jorgensen copied her performance at the Loucks Games' distance medley relay and somehow dived across the line ahead of Cain for the victory. The time was 10:45.6 for Jorgensen and 10:45.8 for Cain in the tactical battle, and the Tigers' Nagasing copped her second bronze with an 11:15.3. The Eagles' Rebecca Wiersma finished 10th in 13:35.5.

The 1500m Racewalk featured three contestants, which at least is two more than in 2007 when the Eagles' Sofia Maluf won the first of her three outdoor Sectional titles. The times for this year's race have not been posted, but Maluf again easily took the title over a challenger from Bronxville.

Boys Hurdles
The 100m hurdles was again lightly competitive with the Bronco seniors taking the top 3 spots as Robert Mahlman ran a PB 16.4 ahead of Max Brown and Jonathan Sturr.

The 400m hurdles was a little more challenging as Pawling's Tim Yu held off the Bronco trio of Mahlman, Sturr, and Brown to win in 58.7.

Girls Hurdles
Woodlands' Diana Sainvil came into the meet ranked #2 in Section 1 in the 100m hurdles and she is likely leaving it at #1 after a huge 14.6 performance that beat 2nd place Rachel Kim of Bronxville by 2.4 seconds.

One of the co-favorites in the 400m hurdles, Nia Holmes of Woodlands, did not compete, so the Bronco's Rachel Kim easily added a gold to the silver she collected in the 100m hurdles by winning in 1:09.81. The big news for the Eagles though was that Sarah King's decision to do the hurdles instead of the 3000m resulted in an opportunity to snatch the silver as she burst past Bonxville's Hannah Goldberg at the tape for a major PB 1:13.4.

Boys Jumping Events
The Eagles' Ramson Ragin was the top jumper on the day as he amassed 18 points from the triple and long jumps. Hamilton's Tre Bracey was as expected far out in front in the long jump with a big 21-9.75 jump, but Ragin reached close to his best at 19-1.25 to top Woodlands' Ivan Bozier for 3rd.

As predicted in the triple jump, Ragin was far ahead of the competition, though his 38-8 jump was well short of his best, it was more than a foot better than Bronxville's Thomas Harrison and Robert Mahlman.

Rye Neck got a 1st from Damon Sugrue in the high jump as his 5-8 was 4 inches ahead of Woodlands' Winston Heslop and a host of Broncos.

Jack Dennen of Bronxville won the pole vault over Pawling's Scott Porter on less misses at 11-6.

Girls Jumping Events
Two teams who did not appear in the Sectionals last year ended up battling for the long jump crown. Brenna Brown of North Salem outjumped Victoria Denti of Blind Brook by an inch to win the title in 15-7.5.

Woodlands' Bria Christian added a gold to the one she won in the 200m with a 34-9.5 jump that far outdistanced the field in the triple jump.

Valhalla's Jessica Grant won the high jump on less misses over Allison Janos of Alexander Hamilton at 5-0.

Bronxville's Leigh Dannhauser won the pole vault with a hoist of 8-0.

Boys Weight Events
Bronxville's Henry Palermo was a big favorite in the shot put going into the meet, and he lived up to expectations with a winning 46-0 throw. Also as expected, Dobbs' Devonte Brailsford was the closest competion with a near-season's-best 44-3 throw for 2nd. Ross Gabas threw to 26-7.5 for 26th for the Eagles.

The top three discus throwers competed in a close battle, with Woodlands' Amos Pierette going to 131-3 to oudistance Pawling's Joesph Tedesco and Valhalla's Jamiel Boyle.

Girls Weight Events
An athlete who seems well suited to the pentathlon is Pawling's Jasmine Able who added a surprise 1st in the shot put to pull a Ramson with a trifecta following her 2nd in triple jump and 3rd in the long jump. Her winning toss of 29-6 edged out Woodlands Natalya Jones and Yanique Conie. For the Eagles, Jen Sanseverino took a big 6th place with a throw of 24-3.5.

In the discus, Valhalla's Aly Avant beat out Woodlands' Yanique Conie by 2 inches with a throw of 85-3. The Eagles' Jen Sanseverino just missed a scoring place as she threw 67-7 for 7th.

Boys Relays
With highly favored Woodlands being perhaps out of runners, the way was open in the 4x100m relay. Valhalla took advantage to get the gold in 45.1 Bronxville narrowly beat out Dobbs for 2nd by 46.6 to 46.8, as Steve Betz, Devonte Brailsford, Idowu Wallace-Shortt, and Ramson Ragin got some relatively smooth handoffs for their best circuit of the year.

Pawling easily took the 4x400m race in 3:28.6 over 2nd-place Bronxville. Dobbs did not compete in the day's last race.

Pawling also ran away with the 4x800m race in 8:36.8, but Dobbs got one of its best performances in years to take 3rd behind the Broncos in 9:01.6 as Pat Wortner, Brendan Wortner, George Epstein, and Connor Culhane ran an average of  2:15.4 per leg.

Girls Relays
There was little drama in the battle for the top place in the relay races as the favorites won by large margins. Woodlands took the 4x100m race in a time of 50.30 over 2nd place Alexander Hamilton and 3rd place Valhalla, with teammates Diana Sainvil and Bria Christian winning their third golds. The Dobbs team of Jen Sanseverino, Bryanna Cunningham, Yerusalem Derry, and Sarah Saunds ran well in taking 2nd in the 2nd heat in 56.7, which was good enough to get them the 6th place point.

The Broncos dominated the 4x400m race in a time of 4:09.31, and the Eagles did not enter a team.

Ditto for the 4x800m, as the Broncos' Mary Cain cooked the last leg to give her team a more than 20-second margin in 10:01.7. The Eagles' squad of Sarah King, Shanna Yue, Karen Maehara, and Joanne Mumbey ran an 11:10.6 time that earned them a 5th place.

The steeplechase events will be held at Byram Hills on Saturday morning with Brendan Wortner and Sarah King hoping to splash their way to more points. A couple of Eagles will also be competing in the State Qualifier meet at the end of next week for a chance to go to the State Championship meet.

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