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Eagles Make Big Splash at Ardsley

Posted Friday, September 09, 2011 by Perry King
Eagles Beat the Slop to Notch Wins at Ardsely as Sheely Kids Are Tops

On Thursday, September 8, the Dobbs team battled through a nastily long hard course (talking here about the bus trip to Ardsley MS) and then had a much easier time conquering the shoe-sucking bogs on the winding Ardsley XC trail. Though frontrunners Brendan Wortner and Sarah King skipped the races for their own personal blister runs, the rest of the Eagles had a mud-spattered banner day against the Panther squads while celebrating freshman Grant Sheely and 7th grader Annabelle Sheely's first finishes at the top of the Eagles pack.

The guys got to beat up the course first, and their sloppy appearance crossing the finish line proved that they kicked up a lot of muck. After a lot of back and forth on the hilly loopy course, Grant Sheely charged home for his first victory to kick off his campaign for a  place at States after showing what some tough summer workouts can do for you. Senior Connor Culhane dashed in 2nd and was followed in after the lead two Panthers by another freshman Gabe Natale in 5th. Senior Bryan Martin led a pack over the line to take 6th, and sophomore Thomas Newman barely got nosed out for the overall 7th spot by the Panthers third runner, as senior Matt Latainer followed in 9th. Sophomore Yusuf Kapadia was the 7th Eagle in with Takanori Okkutsu close behind. The rest of the Eagles powered home in droves from a crew that includes Grant's younger brother Calvin Sheely, Kenny Marshall, Con Bartel, Max Shermat, Joey Stallupi, Ben Sterne, Liam Geron, Gary Lu and George Agyros. A lot of washing machines will be abused after the Eagles 22-35 (or so) victory.

On the girls side, the Dobbs Labor Day 5K 2nd-place finisher Katherine Loomba of Ardsley sprinted home 1st followed by her very promising freshman teammate Selena Colon. After the two Panthers crossed the line, the Eagles took over with the next 7 places to win by 25-36. In her first Eagles race, Annabelle Sheely continued to display her family's omnipresence with a 3rd place finish to lead the Eagles, a little ways ahead of senior Shanna Yue. Sophomore Cara Horsfield and 8th grader Josephine Weidner put the Eagles on the brink of victory with 5th and 6th places, and Rebecca Wiersma, Karen Maehara, and Chloe Wang sealed the deal with 7th through 9th. 7th grader Nell Klassen was the next Eagle in, followed closely by freshman Lila Walsh, junior Mary Constant, and 8th grader Sofia Checa. Three other younger Eagles such as Madeline Schwartz, Tara O'Brien, and Lindsey Yue also ran much of the race but were pulled out at around their normal 1.5M \ 2.5K freshman distance. A post-race contest for the muddiest legs award seemed to be pretty much a toss-up between a trio of the younger slopsters, with Nell Klassen, Josephine Weidner, and Lila Walsh representing the 7th, 8th, and 9th graders.

This weekend the Eagles are free, and the next race is a dual at Irvington followed by a trip to Bear Mountain Park on Saturday, Sept. 17th for the Suffern Invite. The first Friday pasta party bash will be hosted by Cara Horsfield and family on Sept. 16th.

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