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Section1 Championships Summary

Posted Monday, November 08, 2010 by Perry King
Eagles Ignore the Painful Hill and Steal Three State Berths and B-Wort Championship as Both Teams Finish 3rd

In a celebratory wrapup to the team action for Dobbs Ferry for the 2010 XC season, for a third straight year the Eagles will send three runners to the State Championship. Running in the Section 1 Championships at Pawling's Green Mountain Lake course on Friday, November 5, the Eagles put a twist into the standard routine as Brendan Wortner ran to the Sectional title, the first for an Eagle since sometime back in the Dark Ages. George Epstein powered up another level to take a States berth in his senior season, and Sarah King joined B-Wort in claiming her third States ticket. The girls team ran solidly to take the expected 3rd spot in Section 1 Class C, and the guys exceeded expectations by beating out Rye Neck for the 3rd spot, a performance that raised them to #11 in the NY State Class C rankings.

The girls ran in the first race of the day in weather that was a little cool and damp. Sarah King settled into the 3rd spot behind Bronxville's frontrunners Mary Cain and Meredith Rizzo and ran alone for most of the race as she cruised home in 19:56.84, placing 12th among all the AA-A-B-C-D runners at the meet, a big jump from last year's 26th. Shanna Yue then finished in 15th (8th among the at-large non-Bronxville runners) in a 22:01.40 time that pushed her over the 70 TR speed rating mark at 71. Joanne Mumbey finished off her Eagles XC career with an 18th place in 22:43.76. Sofia Maluf and Rebecca Wiersma completed the top 5 for the Eagles in 27th and 28th with 23:48.57 and 24:10.66 times, Clara Winder and Lila Walsh got a 33rd in 24:33.87 and a 39th in 25:06.21 to complete the season. The Eagles were third behind champion Bronxville (14th straight title) and runnerup Pawling with  87 points, with Hastings taking 4th. Yellowjacket senior Emma Sander earned the final at-large spot for Class C, and other local runners making the cut over in Class B were Sleepy Hollow's Katherine Doyle for a second time, Irvington's Annie Field for a 5th time, and possibly Ardsley's Katherine Loomba, who got the 6th spot alternate place and could potentially run if a State Champion with what looks to be a very painful ankle is unable to give it a go.

The boys race was the fourth of the day and featured Brendan Wortner as a clear favorite for the title and George Epstein sitting in the dread borderland of the 6th spot for an at-large place going in, with Pawling expected to win the championship. As it turned out, Dover's Cody Orton was running with a hamstring pull, so Epstein's States spot was secure if he ran the way he did at Counties. Wortner got a challenge from old rival Dayton Flannery of Bronxville for a while, but used the hill to fly away to a 21-second win in 16:33.66, the 7th best time of all runners at the meet and a 178 TR PR, putting him at 5th position at States with a definite upside. Epstein then stunned the Eagle world by running to a 6th place and States berth with the 25th best time at the meet and a PR TR of 167. With the Eagles in a tight battle for 3rd, Connor Culhane was a welcome sight when he charged home 28th with a time of 18:50.10. The Eagles went on to take 3rd behind Pawling and Bronxville with an 111 score that was 13 better than Rye Neck and 16 ahead of North Salem. Clinching the spot for the Eagles were Matt Latainer with a 37th place 19:18.84, Gabe Natale with a 19:32.15 in 42nd, Bryan Martin with a 20:26.43 for 53rd, and Grant Sheeley with a big effort before he had to pull out. None of the other local boys teams were able to send any runners to the States.

Wortner, Epstein and King will be heading back to Pawling on Saturday, November 13th for the NY State Championship. I will be posting a States Guide over on the Section 1 \ NYS Running site later this week. I am proud to brag shamelessly about having projetced  all 10 team winners correctly for the Section 1 meet and awesomely nailing the Boys AA score exactly at 46-55, while also correctly projecting the girls AA North Rockland score at 40. When you're hot, you're hot.

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