Eagles Gain Double 6ths at Big Red as Brendan Wortner Runs to Championship
Dobbs Ferry traveled up to Somers for the Big Red Invitational on Saturday, September 11, and got a few questions answered. First off, Brendan Wortner appears to be ready for a challenge for the State title. Granted, there are a lot of top runners vying for the New York State Class C title, but with 9 weeks to go, Wortner is definitely in the running after a convincing victory in the D2 race at the Big Red. Second, a group of veterans, young guys, and newcomers got their competition legs and some experience under them to finish a respectable 6th, even well ahead of an Irvington team that had beaten them in a dual meet four days earlier. Meanwhile, a short-handed girls team also got their kickoff in as lead runner Sarah King shook off a balky knee to take 6th and the Eagles packed in a solid group in 30-45 range to finish close behind Pawling and Somers.
The big XC season basically started around 9:25 on Saturday when Terry Taylor got the Eagles going as the lone guy in the Freshman 2.5K race, as he ran to 47th in 10:32.90. A short while late he was followed by the Girls Frosh squad of Cara Horsfield and Chrissy Witty, who ran to a 26th and 46th respectively in times of 11:32.21 and 12:25.90 to start off their Eagle invitational meet careers.
The third race for the Eagles was the Boys Varsity D-2 5K race. Brendan Wortner was the favorite in the race, but he knew he would have plenty of challengers taking runs at him. Brendan joined a group of three at the front of Harrison's Chris Repecki and Dover's Cody Orton for the first half of the race, but after Repecki tried a breakaway with about a mile to go, the Eagle leader ran him down and charged home for a 7-second victory in 16:29.90 over Somers' Charles Conway, who came up for 2nd. George Epstein joined Brendan in Big Red shirt-winner territory by taking 15th in 17:42.80. Two new Eagles finished together in the 60 and 61 positions in their first invitational, as Conner Culhane took 60th in 19:44.40 amd Matt Latainer was on his heels at 19:46.40 for 61st. James Majeau was the Eagles' 5th guy in at 20:03.50 for 72nd, Grant Sheeley was 80th in 20:17.90, Gabe Natale 89th in 20:42.80, Yusuf Kapadia 112th in 21:39.00, and Keith Hickey 153rd in 23:34.40. The Eagles finished in back of Section 1 Class C rivals Pawling and Dover, but the team effort gave them a solid base to build on as they came in well of an Irvington team that had beaten them in a dual meet the previous Tuesday.
The girls varsity 5K race followed an hour later. Sarah King ran with a group of leaders that included Irvington's Annie Field for part of the race but her short recovery period from knee issues caused her to fall back from 4th to 6th at the finish with a 20:39.90 as Field took 3rd. Eagles Joanne Mumbey and Shanna Yue battled to the finish with 38th and 39th in times of 23:21.80 and 23:22.00. Clara Winder came up for the Eagles 4th spot in 46th at 23:52.70 and Rebecca Wiersma finished close behind for 50th in 23:58.90, while Sofia Maluf finished 85th at 26:33.60. Lila Walsh experienced blisters and was pulled out midway through the race. The short-handed Eagles finished just 6 points behind Pawling in 6th place and very close to the host Somers team.
Somers won the boys D-2 race, and Pearl River took the girls D-2 race. Arlington was the winner on both sides of the bigger D-1 races. The Eagles next match is a dual meet Tuesday afternoon at Ardsley, followed by the Red Raider Invitational at North Rockland HS in Thiels on Friday evening, a meet for which they will be leaving school early. I believe there will be no pasta party this week, and from what I hear, the runners may have a pre-meet pep lunch.
Further links to info can be found at: Armory Big Red page
and soon at the Section 1 \ NYS Running site
Please note that as I am now taking pictures and videos for both the S1 and DFXC sites that the content I post will not just be focused on DF runners as it is very hard to separate out the DF pics from the general stuff. And since I messed up on catching the boys D-2 finish after the first three runners, I'm hoping that Luckett kid or anyone else taking pictures of the guys can post some pics.