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Indoor Track: First Half Summary

Posted Monday, January 10, 2011 by Perry King
Eagles Show Some Speed During Early Part of Winter Season

Dobbs Ferry began its fourth indoor track season in recent times with a lot of new faces from last year's winter squad. Since some key contributors for the 2009-10 squad had graduated, including Pat Wortner, Ramson Ragin, and Lauren Hanley, there was a big need for some younger legs to step up.

Through the four meets including the Frosh/Soph meet, the Section 1 Kick Off, the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association Weighted\Novice meet, and the Dendy meet that led up to the League Meet, the Eagles worked their way into action as new runners learned the paces and the veterans laid down a few big performances. Summarizing the action:

Frosh/Soph Meet

The Eagles got started off on Friday, December 17, 2010 at the Section 1 Frosh/Soph #2 meet out at Rockland Community College's fieldhouse. Although as usual the younger Eagles were competing against a lot of big schools such as North Rockland, Sufferen, White Plains, and Somers, they did take some good places. The top showing was by Dale Storti who made it to the finals in the 55 meter hurdles and ended up 3rd in a 9.4 time that equaled that of the two boys ahead of him in a very close race. Storti also contributed a 6th place 16-6 long jump place. The other Eagle guys who were at the meet included Gary Lu who placed 16th in the 300m in 43.3, Yusuf Kapadia who ran a 43.9 in the 300m and a 20th place 1:48.2 in the 600m, Ryan Moynihan with a 49.1 in the 300m, and Keith Hickey with a 23rd place 5:48.6 time in the 1600m.

The Eagles girls were a little further back, but gave some good efforts. Alexa Baviello finished 24th in the 300m at 51.2, Talia Clarick posted a 58.8 in the 300, the trio of Liz Quintero, Margaux Bauxmann, and Emily Faro ran 4:07.1, 4:10.4, and 4:22.0 in the 1000m, Dylan Clay-Devlin placed 24th in the 1600m with a 6:16 time and Fabiano Monteleone took 26th in 6:24.4. Rebecca Wiersma ran a 13:13.2 in the 3000m. Kim Anker got a 13th with a 12-1 long jump leap, and Sarah Koenigsberg was 16th at 11-6. The Eagle girls got their top place in the 4x200 relay with a 6th in 2:07.0 with a team that included Bavielo, Koenigsberg, Clarick, and one more runner. The Eagles 4x800 team of (I'm guessing) Quintero, Clay-Devlin, Moneteleone, and Wiersma finished 14th in 13:04. As always, many more Eagles likely ran in the 55m, but only the top places are listed in the results for the event.

Section 1 Kick Off, #2

Two days later, the older Eagles and some of the more punishment-loving younger Eagles traveled to the Manhattan 168th St. Armory for the huge Section 1 Kick Off. Though again mainly a warmup meet for the bigger meets to come, the Eagles posted a couple of top performances against some very big teams. The highlight of the meet was Arlington's Jordan Yamoah soaring to an NY state record 17-0 in the pole vault.

On the girls side, the action started with the 1500m Racewalk, and Sofia Maluf picked up from last year with a big 2nd place  in a time of 8:41.40. Five Eagles did the 55m dash. Sarah Koenigsberg had the top finish at 8.28 for 19th, with Alexa Baviello was 29th at 8.39, Megan Moynihan was 40th with a 8.56, Talia Clarick was 70th in 9.09, Elizabeth Burg ran a 9.59. Listed in the 600m were Emily Faro with a 2:14.5 and Margaux Baumann with a 2:15.3. Sarah King took 7th in the 1000m with a 3:25.2. Shanna Yue was 9th in the 1500m at 5:23.2, Rebecca Wiersma was 28th at 6:13.9, Dylan Clay-Devlin was 29th at 6:14.5, and Fabiano Monteleone was 33rd at 6:23.6. The girls 4x200 team with Koenigsberg, Moynihan, Yelena Krashnozhen and Baviello placed 8th with a time of 1:59.93, already a better mark than last year's best.

On the guy's side, Dale Storti got another shot at hurdles and finished 15th in 9.95. Ryan Moynihan did the 55m in 8:41. Yusuf Kapadia led the Eagles in the 600m with a 30th at 1:41.9. Three Eagles ran the 1600, their big event for the day, and Brendan Wortner served notice that he will be among the leaders in Section 1 this year as he fought off a challenge from North Rockland's James Naglieri to win with a personal record 4:33.6. George Epstein also placed high with a 6th place 4:46.5 for a PR, and Connor Culhane ran to a 23rd place in 5:10.10. The field events were represented by Storti in the long jump with a great 17-3 leap for 9th. The guys picked up one final big place in the 4x800m relay, as Tommy Ruff, Connor Culhane, Brendan Wortner, and George Epstein earned a 5th with a 9:12.5.

CHSAA Weighted/Novice

The New Year began for the Eagles at the Armory on January 2, with the Eagles running against mainly NYC Catholic schools and some Section 1 schools such as Pearl River, Suffern, Saunders, Nanuet, and Somers, mainly schools with very large teams. Dobbs was running in the relays offered in the varsity events. The girls 4x200 team finished about a second off their Kick Off time with a 2:00.7 for 16th. The girls distance medley (1200-400-800-1600) squad finished a lap short and got a DQ but was up among the top 8 teams. The girls ran a sprint medley (400-200-200-800) relay ran to a 27th in 5:20.5. The final big even for the Eagles was the boys 4X1600m where the the squad of Brendan Wortner, George Epstein, Connor Culhane, and Tommy Ruff led for the first leg before finishing 2nd to a powerful Monsignor Farrell squad with a time of 19:49.9.

Section 1 Dendy #2

The final meet for the Eagles before the start of the postseason League\County\Sectionals trio of meets was the Dendy #2 meet at the RCC fieldhouse on Thursday, January 7. Just about all of the strong Section 1 teams were at the second night of the Dendy on Thursday, so the Eagles were again facing very stiff competition. The results ranged from promising to spectacular, a good sign going into Leagues, especially with many runners doing a number of tough runs on the night.

Sofia Maluf again got the Eagles going in the 1500m Racewalk with a 6th place 8:44.6 time, just a little off her Kick Off time. None of the 55m times for the girls are available as they were not in the top 6, but Alexis Baviello was listed for the 200m as she ran to a 22nd with a 30.5 time. Girls in the 400 results included Fabiana Monteleone in 29th at 1:12.9, Liz Quintero at 1:17.2, Margaux Baumann at 1:17.2, and Emiley Faro at 1:19.4. In the 800m, Sarah King finished 10th in 2:32.3, Shanna Yue was 26th in 2:41.6, Joanne Mumbey was 44th in a 2:51.5. Yue was back for the 1500m, where she earned an 18th with a 5:35.8, followed by Maluf in 6:13.6, Dylan Clay-Devlin in 6:17.7, and Mumbey in 6:20.3. King chased a number of North Rockland girls in the 3000m until finally settling in for the silver behind the Raider's Ellie Hekker with an 11:05.5. Rebecca Wiersma ran a 13:06.0 to complete the night for the girls.

On the boys side, again no 55m results are recorded for the Eagles, but Gary Lu ran to a 26th in a time of 26.2 in the 200m. Yusuf Kapadia led the Eagles in the 400m with a 1:01.3 time for 31st. George Epstein got a 10th in the 800m with a 2:13.4 time, Tommy Ruff was 21st in 2:18.5, Bryan Martin ran a 2:23.7, Keith Hickey got a 2:36.6, Grant Sheeley came in at 2:37.4, and Terry Taylor ran a 2:43.8. Brendan Wortner continued his dominion in the 1600m by moving out to the lead and never letting himself be seriously challenged in the 1600m, his first of two distance runs on the night, as he ran close to his Kick Off time with a 4:36.8 to win by 3 seconds. Connor Culhane was 19th with a 5:10.1, Tommy Ruff was 21st in 5:11.2, Bryan Martin was 43rd in 5:29.2, Keith Hickey ran a 5:53.6, and Terry Taylor ran a 6:12.3. Wortner had less than hour to rest up before launching into the 3200m. Letting a duo from Arlington run well out front for most of the race, Wortner stalked them until running away to a 4-second win in 10:03.4. Epstein followed up on his earlier 800m run with an 11th in the 3200m in a 10:31.7, just 2.6 seconds off his PR. Dale Storti again represented the Eagles in the field events with a 17-0.5 long jump that was good for 17th.

Overall, going into the League meet there was some promising results although there were many events such as the shot put, high jump, and triple jump that the Eagles did not or could not compete in.

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