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Eagles Brave the Heat at Manhattan Invite

Posted Monday, October 10, 2011 by Perry King
Eagles Take Ten Medals at Manhattan Invite on Historic Day

The Dobbs XC team trickled down to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx on Sunday, October 9th for the Manhattan College Invitational to race on a day in which a New Jersey runner became the first guy to break the 12 minute barrier on the fabled course. The Eagles did well enough by pulling in double digit in medals thanks partly to a spirited group of 7th and 8th graders who bagged 5 medals in the Girls Interemediate race. It was definitely a tough day for running as  temperatures soared high into the 80s and a number of runners need medical attention after the strenuous trek through the VCP hills. Top finishers included Brendan Wortner with a 7th in the Boys Varsity F race, Sarah King with a 12th in the Girls Varsity F race, and Annabelle Sheely with an 18th in the Girls Intermediate race.

The first Eagles to run were the two squads of boys JV teams. The group in the JV-A race was led by Takanori Okkutsu in 93rd, followed by Matt Latainer in 95th, Terry Taylor in 143rd, Keith Hickey in 167th, and Gary Lu in 172nd, as the guys finished 25th. The JV-E set off a while later and Kenny Marshall was tops for the Eagles at 168th, followed by Ben Sterne in 175th, Liam Geron in 188th, and George Agyros in 189th as the guys were one short of a full team.

The JV girls followed in the D race where Clara Winder led the team in 91st, with Mary Constant in 107th, Tara O'Brien in 112th, Cara Horsfield in 124th, and Sofia Maluf powered all the way to the finish in 161st to nail down 20th for the team. The girls Intermediate team would run a while later, but they heated up the course with a sizzling medal-gobbling performace on the 1.25M distance that saw Annabelle Sheely place 18th and almost bust a speed barrier with an 8:05, Josephine Weidner 7 seconds behind in 24th, Sofia Checa in 47th, Nell Klassen in 48th, Madeline Schwartz in 51st, and Lindsey Yue in 103rd. Although the Intermediates were not scored, the young Eagles came in 5th behind a group of much bigger programs including Cicero-North Syracuse, Pearl River, Cornwall, and Warwick Valley.

The Eagle varsity guys and girls were both in F races. On the hot day, top guy Brendan Wortner ran to a 7th place in a time of 13:30.95. Grant Sheely placed next, medaling in the 46th spot, followed by Connor Culhane in 55th, Bryan Martin in 75th, Yusuf Kapadia in 112th, Thomas Newman in 121st, and Gabe Natale in 136th. The Eagles finished 9th, beating out such teams as Carmel, White Plains, Colonie, and Fox Lane.

The Eagle girls varsity was running a bit short-handed with younger members of the crew defecting to the Intermediate team, but they put up a good battle. Sarah King posted her best TR speed rating at 112 with a 12th place in 16:05.5. Shanna Yue came home two spots shy of a medal in 77th, followed by Karen Maehara in 96th, Chloe Wang in 115th, and Lila Walsh finished out in 122nd, as Rebecca Wiersma had to stop in the heat. The Eagles finished a strong 14th.

The Manhattan meet marked the end of the regular season span for the Eagles. The team will begin the post season on Wednesday, October 12th at Rockwood Hall Park (near Phelps Hospital, overlooking the Hudson) to run against Irvington, Hastings, Ardsley, Sleepy Hollow, and, I believe Woodlands and maybe Children's Village. After that there is a break until Saturday, October 22nd, for the Section 1 Coaches meet at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, where the team will get another preview of that beloved hill that will be used in the Section 1 State Qualifier meet.

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