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State Qualifiers Summary and Season's Wrapup

Posted Tuesday, June 01, 2010 by Perry King
Eagles End Season in Style at State Qualifiers

Four Eagles took shots at a Div. 2 berth in the NY State Championships as Pat Wortner traveled to Arlington HS on Friday, May 28, to run in the 3200m and Sarah King, Brendan Wortner, and Ramson Ragin competed in the 2000m steeplechase, 3000m steeplechase, and triple jump respectively at White Plains on Saturday. A spot is earned in the smaller schools Div. 2 group by winning an event or finishing 2nd and having a time or distance during the season that is equal or better than the qualifying standard. No tickets to Vestal HS were won but a number of PBs were set and congratulations are in order for a number of local athletes who did grab championship meet spots.

Pat Wortner was defending his 2009 SQ 1st place in the 3200m but faced off against a tough tandem of Irvington's Julian Saliani and Pawling's Brandon Freyer. Freyer seemed to have the race under control, but Saliani had a late run past a flagging Freyer and won the race in a 9:31.23 time that was also 4 seconds under the qualifying time. Freyer's 2nd was 4 seconds behind the qualifying time and he did not get a berth.  Wortner was 15 seconds off his great 9:40 County Meet time for 3rd to wrap up a storied Dobbs career that saw him set a number of XC records.

Brendan Wortner ran first thing on Saturday and gave the shot at a 3000m steeplechase spot a good run. Bronxville's Dayton Flannery won as expected in a time of 9:57.97, and Pawling's Bob Swick nudged just under the qualifying time in 2nd with a 10:04.2 to gain a second berth for Section 1. Wortner charged to a PB at 10:09.49 in 3rd to finish a strong first season in the event and set himself up well for next year.

Sarah King was the third Eagle to finish 3rd on the day as she ran behind two of the state's top steeplechasers, Pawling's Sami Jorgenson and Bronxville's Meredith Rizzo. Jorgenson took 1st just a little short of her season's best at 7:00.31, and Rizzo set a Westchester County record for 2nd place and a state berth in 7:04.65. King knocked 4 seconds off her PB to take 3rd in 7:29.55 to finish off her first steeplechase season a little short of the qualifying time.

Ramson Ragin faced a bigger pack of contenders in the triple jump. In an event won by Dover's Bryandt Douglas as the lone qualifier at 42-11.5, Ragin ended his stellar Eagles jumping career with a 41-03.75 for a season's best and 4th place at the meet.

Among the local athletes and other runners in the Div. 2 events with whom the Eagles have had a rooting interest, Bulldogs Marley Giddens in the high jump and Sarah Moore in the pole vault won their events to partially alleviate the disappointment of state high jump favorite Megan Talay's injury in the 100m hurdles that eliminated her chances in either event. Pleasantville's Libby Lazare offset a 4th in a somewhat unexpectedly impossible field in the 3000m on Friday of Nanuet's Megan Young, Pawling's Sami Jorgenson (both of whom won berths) and Bronxville's Mary Cain to come back on Saturday to take 1st in a much more manageable field in the 1500m. Bronxville's Henrietta Miers took the 800m ahead of Kennedy Catholic's Jessica Kendzor who not only only qualified with her 2nd place but also took first in the 400m. No family could be prouder than the Sainvils of Woodlands as Diana won the 100m dash, 100m hurdles, and was part of the winning 4x100m relay team, and Kevin won the 200m, 400m, and was also part of the winning 4x100m team. Hastings' Christian Soto will also be heading to the States after winning the 400m hurdles.

Next up for the Eagles distance runners is a strong round of summer training as they prepare for big developments in the cross country season. Summer series of  Westchester track meets at Montrose's Hendrik Hudson HS on July 6, 13, and 20 and at Somers on July 27, August 3, and 10, and 5Ks every other Thursday at Van Cortlandt Park are just some of the more available running action.

A great summer too all  and a dry and stupendous graduation ceremony to Pat Wortner, Ramson Ragin, Lauren Hanley, Jen Sanseverino, Devonte Brailsford and the rest of a high achieving senior class.

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