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Manhattan Invitational Summary

Posted Tuesday, October 12, 2010 by Perry King
Eagles Take Medals at Manhattan Invitational and Barely Avoid Long Term Stay on Cemetery Hill

The weather turned out to be much hotter than expected and the trails were up to their usual devilishly tricky selves, but the Eagles survived in relatively good shape from their first visit in 3 years to the Manhattan Invitational on September 9 at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. Dobbs runners ran in a dizzying 6 different races and appeared to take 5 medals because no awards were given for the intermediate races that included 5 Eagles. Top guys B-Wort and Birthday-Boy George took 14-16 seconds off their VCP best (slightly different course) and set or matched TR bests at 176 and 154, while Connor Culhane broke the 130 TR barrier while grabbing the next to last medal in the varsity race.   Only one Eagle bit the dust, but that injury allowed for a wild emergency vehicle ride down the west side of Freshman hill that was recorded for posterity.

The day for the Eagles began a liitle before 10:00 in the morning with the Freshman B 1.25 mile race with two Eagles on the line. Yusuf Kapadia raced to the Eagles' first medal with a 7:13.43 time. Terry Taylor finished in at 8:07.25 for 97th. Keith Hickey ran about two hours later as the lone Eagle in the JV D 5K race and ran a 18:24.49 for 135th.

The varsity boys were the next group to go, running around 1:00 in the B race. Strong squads from Connetquot on Long Island and Walter Johnson from Maryland battled for the race championship and included a number of top runners for  Brendan Wortner to run against. Wortner stayed with the top group for much of the race and finished 7th with a 13;24.72 time. George Epstein took the Eagles' 2nd medal in the race as he ran a strong 14:23.03 to place 26th. Connor Culhane rolled home just in time to take the 74th of 75 medals with a 15:21.74. Gabe Natale had been on Culhane's heels for much of the race but twisted an ankle in the back hills. In his absence, Matt Latainer came up with a 16:08.32 for the 4th Eagle spot in 117th, James Majeau was the 5th guy in at 16:34.23 for 130th, and Brian Martin got in under 17:00 with a 16:59.65 time for 141st. Natale was found at the VCP bridge and treated to a daredevil ride down Freshman hill to the first aid tent. The Eagles finished 13th with 354 points, 10 better than Cornwall.

The Intermediate boy (Grant Sheely) was up next around 2:30. Since no one cares about the IM boys, their results were never posted, though the IM girls results were posted twice (possibly related). In any case, Grant did good, but we'll never know how good. The girls IM race followed immediately and included some Eagle ringers. Lila Walsh finished 40th in 8:50.69 but got no medal even though supposedly all 40 meet races were to be included in the awards. Behind her, Emily Bohl (also sometimes known as Mary Constant in races) finished 83rd in 9:22.90, and Sophia Checa (here known as Chrissy Whitty) finished 109th in 9:48.72.

The final race of the day for everybody was the Girls Varsity F race, which ended up being won by Bronxville's main state rival, Greenwich, NY. Sarah King returned to last year's form with a VCP TR PR of 106 and a time of 16:26.29 to grab the 10th place medal. Joanne Mumbey and Shanna Yue finished just out of the medals with 77th and 78th place finishes in 18:30.16 and 18:32.72. Rebecca Wiersma was the 4th Eagle in at 19:20.89 for 100th and Clara Winder was the 5th runner at 20:11.78 for 112th. Cara Horsfield got her first chance to run with the varsity and ran a 21:33.65 for 126th. The Eagles finished 14th with 377 points but did beat the Pope (Paul VI, NJ school), who took 15th.

Today, Tuesday 10/12, the Eagles are racing in the League Meet at Irvington, and then have a week and a half off until the Section 1 Coaches Meet at Pawling. Postseason has begun.

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