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B-Wort Posts Best Time at Wild Safari as Eagles Ride the Fun

Posted Monday, September 26, 2011 by Perry King
Wortner Dominates at Six Flags Wild Safari and Eagles Have a Blast

There were a few races run at the Six Flags Wild Safari meet down in Jackson, NJ on Saturday, September 24, but we'll skip to the important matters, like which freshman guy set an Eagle hurling record and which seniors had to have their licenses confiscated after numerous wanton acts of violence driving their bumper cars and which team member spent the whole time on the Porky Pig wagon ride. After a full day of fun reminiscent of an Animal House excursion, big kid JP Kaminski's group headed home with medals, incriminating photo souvenirs, balky stomachs, and the satisfaction that they had made their marks on Six Flags, ones probably not appreciated by the passengers who followed them on the rides.

On the running side of matters, Brendan Wortner made his mark by running 5 seconds faster than anyone in a huge meet attended by teams from NY to VA. Running in a D race that included the two top Class C teams in NY, Wortner tied his highest TR speed rating and easily busted the 16-minute barrier with a 178 performance that probably would have been rated about 5 points higher except for deteriorating course conditions that made it difficult to factor a good overall comparative value for the early and late races. Wortner's 15:44 time barely missed the course record even though he was running in sloppy footing in the next-to-last race of the day.

While Wortner was having a career day, the rest of the Eagle guys had a bit of a fall off in their TRs in their 9th place finish in the D race, though the rating issues probably had something to with the drop and a corresponding move back in the State rankings. Grant Sheely was the second Eagle in with a 39th place, Connor Culhane was 67th, Bryan Martin 76th, Thomas Newman 90th, Gabe Natale 110th, and Yusuf Kapadia 116th. The Eagles finished 1 point ahead of Delaware Military Academy for 9th place in a race won by current NYS-C #1 Collegiate, with NYS-C #2 Bronxville getting 3rd without frontrunner Dayton Flannery.

The Eagle girls finished two spots higher up in 7th in a race won by Nanuet's Megan Young and her Golden Knights team. Sarah King ran up among the leaders and finished in 5th with a 19:20 time that lopped 4 seconds off her best 5K time run in the 2009 States meet. As with the boys, the tough ratings pushed the girls TRs down a notch from last week, but Shanna Yue ran to 34th, Josephine Weidner finished strong for 57th, Annabelle Sheely was 1 second behind in 58th, Karen Maehara was the fifth Eagle finisher in at 85th, Chloe Wang was 87th, and Rebecca Wiersma took 98th. Again, every place was one to fight for as the girls also finished 1 point ahead of the 8th place team, Tri-Valley. The top runner in the nation, Julie Macedo of Wilmington, DE, ran in the A race and won it by more than a minute.

In earlier races the Eagles picked up a couple of the top-30 medals. Madeline Schwartz fought through a pack of a dozen runners at the finish of the girls Freshman 3.2K race to grab the 28th place medal, while Lindsey Yue finished 62nd. In the girls JV race, Lila Walsh was up in the top 12 early in the race but because of course issues fell back to 81st. Mary Constant was the top Eagle in at 73rd, Clara Winder was 80th, Cara Horsfield was 94th, and Tara O'Brien was 127th as the team finished 11th.

In the boys freshman race, Takanori Okkutsu took the 23rd place medal, Calvin Sheely was 81st, and George Agyros was 94th. In the JV race, Matt Latainer took one of the Eagle's 5 medals by dashing just under the wire in 29th place. Following him were Keith Hickey in in 83rd, Terry Taylor in 92nd, Joey Stalluppi in 129th, Kenny Marshall in 134th, Gary Lu in 152nd, Ben Sterne in 170th, and Liam Geron in 194th as the team finished 12th.

The Eagles will likely need about two weeks to recover from their recreational overdose at Six Flags, but in the meantime they have a scrimmage with the Sleepy Hollow team at Rockwood Hall park on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The next big meet is the Manhattan Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park on Sunday, October 8th. Note that there are some screamer shots from the Six Flags rides that need to be scanned and posted up on the site for blackmail purposes. The Six Flags photo albums on the DF Track site do have a few shots that are likely to hike the auto insurance rates for a few of the team's families.

State rankings are posted, and the guys are at #14 and the girls at #15. Nice going.

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