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League Meet, Indoor 2010 Summary

Posted Tuesday, January 11, 2011 by Perry King
Eagles Rack Up 8 Golds on Way to a 2nd and 3rd at League Meet

Dobbs Ferry's Winter Track squad visited the Manhattan 168th St. Armory on another bitter cold evening there on January 9th to take on Ardsley, Hastings, Irvington, and Woodlands for the League 2C championship. The small and young squad had a big jump from last year and left the meet with stacks of medals as the girls finished 2nd and the boys got 3rd.

It's always hard to guess what will happen at Leagues since many runners from the teams are competing for places for the first time during the season and coaches are shuffling the lineups to extract the most points from athletes who can only compete in 3 events. The Eagles are limited because they don't compete in many events outside of the running ones, and their squad is less than a third the size of an Ardsley team that fills up events to earn most of the places that would go unclaimed in events like shot put, high jump, triple jump, hurdles, and racewalk. The key for the Eagles is to maximize the points taken in their strong events such as the distance ones, and put a team in all three relays. Last year in a 6-team League meet with Sleepy Hollow also participating, the Eagles finished 3rd on the boys side with 70 points and 4th on the girls side with 61 points, 1 more than Hastings. Three of the four Eagle gold medal winners from last year graduated (Pat Wortner in 3200m, Ramson Ragin in triple jump, Lauren Hanley in 1000m), which left only Sofia Maluf in the Racewalk as an incumbent titlist on the team.

Considering the results, the scorecard seems to have been set up nicely as the Eagles eked out just about all the points they could to take their two solid places. On the girls side, Ardsley won on sheer strength of numbers as they snapped up all the open lower places, but at an even 100 the Eagles finished 14 points ahead of 3rd place Woodlands who beat them by 37 points last year. The guys again finished behind Woodlands and Hastings, who tied at 114, but at 91 points Dobbs was a lot closer than last year when they were 78 points behind Hastings. On both sides, Dobbs chalked up the most points in  the distance and relay events (and in that Other category reserved for the Racewalk on the girls side), but got eaten up in the Field events where so many points are scored.

Seven different Eagles scored golds or double-digit totals or both, as Brendan Wortner and Sarah King got 2 individual golds and relay gold for a 22.5 jackpot; George Epstein potted a 2nd-3rd-relay-1st for a 16.5 total;
Tommy Ruff bagged a gold, a relay-gold, and a relay-2nd for another 14.5 profit, Dale Storti scored a 2nd-4th-relay-2nd for a 14 bonanza; Sofia Maluf notched a 1st-6th-relay-3rd for a 12.5 zinger;  and Shanna Yue nicked two 4ths and a relay gold for 10.5 smackers. Sarah Koenigsberg and a handful of other Eagles were a point or two shy of the DD mark, but it was in the combined efforts of the relays where the Eagles brewed up some drama with final races that allowed them to move up in the standings.

Adding to the excitement was the fact that another very solid league, 1B with Somers, Brewster, Lakeland/Panas, Yorktown, Carmel, and Mahopac, were also having their meet at the Armory at the same time, and some of the relays and the 3200/3000m races combined the teams from both leagues though they did not score against each other.

Starting as always with the 1500m Racewalk and thus with the girls, Sofia Maluf zipped to her 2nd best ever time to take her 3rd straight League indoor title with a time of 9:28.9. Elizabeth Burg came up strong for 3rd as she held off a Hastings walker in a 10:42.8 time, as the Eagles jumped out into the lead with 16 points.

The Eagles continued to roll in the early events. The boys got going in the 3200m as Brendan Wortner ran away from League 1B runners Justin Maguire of Brewster and Charles Conway of Somers to win in 9:56.9. George Epstein came up for 2nd in 10:47.5, Connor Culhane completed the 20-point heist with a 5th place 11:27.0. Grant Sheeley got 8th in 11:43.0. The girls added 17 points in the 3000m with a big four places, as Sarah King took the win in 11:16.2, Shanna Yue got 4th in 12:45.4, Rebecca Wiersma was 5th in 13:18.3, and Dylan Clay-Devlin sprinted in 6th in 13:33.8.

The 1000m followed and Tommy Ruff made sure the Eagles stayed on course by taking his first League gold as he beat Hastings' Sam Bogan to win in 2:55.9. Bryan Martin added to the fun by charging late for the 6th place with a 3:04.6. Keith Hickey finished in 12th at 3:29.6 , and Terry Tyler took 13th in 3:33.5. On the girls side, Joanne Mumbey was the top Eagle with a 4th place at 3:47.9, and Sofia Maluf added to her point total with a 6th at 3:58.6. Following her were Fabiana Monteleone at 4:00.4 in 7th and Margaux Bauxmann at 4:19.5 in 8th.

The 55m sprint and hurdles and the long jump were also being contested early. Two Eagle girls made it to the finals of the 55m sprint, and Alexa Baviello and Megan Moynihan sped to 3rd and 4th places with an 8.1 time. On the boys side, the Eagle action was in the 55m hurdles, where Dale Storti took his silver with an 8.7 time behind just Woodlands' Taj Anderson. Storti also added some points in the long jump as he leaped to 17-3 distance for 4th. Sarah Koenigsberg got a 3rd in the long jump at 12-7.25, and the two jumps were all the points that Dobbs would get in the field events.

A pair of 3rds in the 600m races kept the Eagles on pace, as Yusuf Kapadia picked off two runners near the finish in a 1:38.3, while Liz Quintero finished in 2:01.6 for her trey. Grant Sheeley posted a 1:56.5 for 13th and Terry Taylor a 1:57.7 for 14th. Emily Faro did 2:11.0 for 7th, and Dylan Clay-Devlin was 10th in 2:19.0.

A final big moneymaker was the 1600\1500 combo for the Eagles. Brendan Wortner scared the dinner out of his coach as reigning 1600 champ Hastings' Jared Scharf roared past on the final turn, but Wortner zipped back by at the head of the stretch and held on to win at 4:44.4. George Epstein took the bronze in 4:55.5 and Connor Culhane upped the event's total to 18 points with a 5:12.7 for 5th. On the girls side, Sarah King ran a 5:13.6 to beat out Hastings' Emma Sander for the gold. Shanna Yue got 4th in 5:54.6, Joanne Mumbey added a point for 6th in 6:09.7, and Rebecca Wiersma was 7th in 6:18.4.

The 300m finished the night's individual events action. Top finish for the boys was Gary Lu in 10th at 41.9, followed by Yusuf Kapadia in 12th at 42.8, and Ryan Moynihan in 19th at 46.5. The girls picked up another point as Sarah Koenigsberg took 6th in 48.3, while Megan Moynihan finished 8th in 49.0 and Fabiana Monteleone was 11th in 51.7.

With the field events scores totaled up, Dobbs was sitting 4th on the boys side, 3 points behind Ardsley, and tied for 2nd with Woodlands on the girls side. A team effort in the relays was needed to move up.

The boys 4x800m team moved the Eagles past Ardsley and into 3rd by 1 point, as they roared home 1st with their best indoor time in recent years at 8:57.4, as George Epstein, Brendan Wortner, Tommy Ruff, and Connor Culhane picked up the gold. The girls 4x800m team basically wrapped up 2nd place in the meet overall as they ran away from Ardsley to take the gold in 11:38.3, as Sarah King, Shanna Yue, Joanne Mumbey, and Dylan Clay Devlin contributed legs.

The drama was still simmering on the boys side for the 4x200m relay as Dobbs and Ardsley went back and forth at each other for 4 laps until the Eagles edged in 0.2 seconds ahead of Ardsley for 2nd place behind Woodlands, upping the difference between the Eagles and Panthers to 3 points. Ryan Moynihan, Gary Lu,
Gary Storti, and Tommy Ruff scored some big points, following which Ardsley would not even contest the 4x400m. On the girls side, the team also took a 2nd behind Woodlands and ahead of Ardsley with a 2:02.6, as Sarah Koenigsberg, Fabiana Monteleone, Megan Moynihan, and Alexa Bavielo picked up the points.

The 4x400 squads finished the night for the Eagles as the Bryan Martin, Grant Sheeley, Keith Hickey, and Yusuf Kapadia squad coasted home for 3rd in 4:24.1. The girls squad of Liz Quintero, Margaux Bauxmann, Emily Faro and Sofia Maluf also took 3rd in 5:15.4 to end the night.

The reward for the Eagles for their best League performance in many years is a three-week rest until the Westchester County Meet on January 30th.

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