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2010 Rivertowns Patch Article Girls Preview

Posted Monday, September 06, 2010 by Zach Smart

The Dobbs Ferry girls cross-country team boasts a wealth of young yet experienced talent with depth and firepower.

The practices have already been competitive; the team has meshed well and arrived conditioned from the very beginning of the season.   

On paper, the Eagles could be flying high. Kaminksi believes they are also flying under the radar.  

"I think, in a way, we are under-ranked this year," said Kaminksi.

"And I'm definitely OK with that. I'd rather be under-ranked, underrated and surprise people. The results are all that matter in the end. Traditionally, it's been a really young girls team. I've had all these girls since they were in seventh grade and now I've got a young, veteran team."  

Sarah King, Kaminsky believes, will spark the Eagles' paced attack, darting off into the distance, and continuing to pull further and further in front of the pack.  

"Her mindset is different this year," said Kaminski. "And she's a very physically strong kid."

Only a junior, King has the supreme conditioning, the fire, and the unbridled energy to become the best female long distance runner in the school's history.    

King finished ninth at the New York State championships last season in upstate Plattsburgh. In the state title run, King shed nearly an entire minute off of the 5K time she clocked in the Section I championship, establishing a personal best with 19:24.    

King runs all three seasons and added on to her times in distance events such as the 3,000-meter run during track, finishing the mentally draining event in a thread over the 11-minute mark.

 During the Section I championships in the spring season, King cruised through the 1500 meter race in five minutes flat, establishing a new personal best.  

 King's feline quickness also benefitted the team as the third leg of the 4x800 meter relay.

She's a versatile alpha dog for the Eagles, adjusting from short distance to long distance.

 This endurance runner bleeds promise and that promise begins on the dirt roads, hills, and the woods of a cross-country course.

 Giving chase behind King will likely be Joanna Mumbey, a senior who runs track and is now getting acclimated to the longer-distance races of cross-country.

Mumbey turned a corner last spring and ran 5-6 days a week on a rigorous summer schedule. A horde of runners will keep pace with Mumbey and shadow the projected no.2 finisher.  

The prospect of knocking off seemingly untouchable Bronxville to capture the Sectional crown seems unlikely, though the Eagles have the chance to capture a second place finish in the county meet.  

Kaminiski is confident about his top five finishers and their abilities to rack up points in dual meets and against some of the county's elite teams. The second third and fourth finishers will be a big determinant of the team's fate and how the Eagles measure up in the five-slot and beyond still remains to be seen.  

"With any cross-country team, the no.5 finisher can be the question for us," he explained.  

"In the beginning of the year, they (fifth-place finishers) may not be so great but they're going to keep pushing each other but by the end of the year that no.5 is going to be really solid. The 2-3-4 are all above average."    

Kaminski buys into the simple philosophy of pack running, a recipe for success, he says, on any cross-country team that wants to perform as a cohesive unit.  

 "Sarah's going to be way out in front. Keeping the distance between my fourth and fifth runners is going to be the key for us. The depth is there," he said.

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