Warwick Wave Summary
Posted Tuesday, September 28, 2010 by Perry King
Eagles Stay Tough at Warwick Wave as Girls Finish 4th and Guys Get 5th
Dobbs Ferry ventured over to Orange County on Saturday, September 25 for the Warwick Wave Invitational. Though the ice cream line at the local creamery was too long to brave and the heat and wind led to a lot of post finish line collapses, the Eagles did manage to haul away 7 medals. The boys 5th place finish was strong enough to earn them an 11th place ranking in the New York State Class C lists based on their speed ratings. The girls currently have around the 15th - 17th best ranking in NYS-C.
In a day that would sadly see the end of the Eagle's battered old tent in the Warwick winds, the boys frosh started out the day with Yusuf Kapadia running to a 8:46 for the 1.5 mile distance to finish 32nd and Terry Taylor doing a 6:30 for 58th. The girls immediately followed and were one of three schools to field a full team. Lila Walsh led the Eagles with an 11th place medal time of 10:18, and was followed by medalists Chrissy Witty in 14th at 7:13 and Emily Bohl at 18th in 11:02. Cara Horsfield was hobbled but managed to tough it out for 30th at 12:05 and Sophia Checa was the team qualifying runner in the team's 5th spot with a 32nd place at 12:19. In the JV races, Keith Hickey played the lone Eagle going up against the Warwick Valley and Pope John XXIII hordes and he finished 68th in 22:46 for the full 5K.
Both of the Eagles varisty squads were running in the tougher of the two meet races, so they knew medals were going to be hard to secure. The boys faced off against the NYS 4th ranked team, host Warwick Valley, along with the always tough NJ school Don Bosco, and the top 8 runners at the meet were in their race. With #8 NYS runner Tim Luthin of Warwick dominating the front and winning in 15:46, the Eagles' Brendan Wortner hung with the top group and sprinted home 6th in 16:18 to knock 4 seconds off his 2009 time. George Epstein had his best career day with a 153 TR rated performance to also earn a medal in 14th place in 17:14. The Eagles finished in 5th with 137 points as Connor Culhane finished 36th in 19:06, Matt Latainer got 42nd in 19:39, Brian Martin took 47th in 20:06, and Grant Sheely came in 49th in 20:26. Warwick Valley turned back Don Bosco to beat them for the top place 32-46.
The girls varsity also faced off against the top two teams, Warwick Valley and Pope John XXIII, along with the 7 fastest runners in their race. Schuylerville's Samantha Watson was basically a one-girl team as she ran to a superb 124 TR rating with a time of 18:51. The Eagles' Sarah King also grabbed the 6th spot in the varsity race in a time of 20:21. Joanne Mumbey secured the final medal in 20th place with a 22:20, while Shanna Yue finished just out of the running with a 23rd at 22:31. The Eagles finished 4th, 3 points behind Westwood and 5 ahead of Townshend Harris as Clara Winder charged home 33rd in 23:32, Rebecca Wiersma took 35th in 23:41, and Sofia Maluf finished 47th in 26:09. Warwick Valley was a 32-51 winner over PJ23.
After skipping a rainy date at Woodlands on Tuesday, the Eagles are set for a preview of Van Cortlandt Park's famed 2.5 mile course in some kind of meet with Bronxville on Tuesday, October 5. Four days later, the biggest national high school meet will be held on the course as the Manhattan Invitational kicks off and the Eagles return after a 3 or 4 year absence.
Research into the best options for a new tent is currently underway. A team without a tent is like a runner without shoes.