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Eagle Girls Take League Title as Guys Get 2nd

Posted Friday, October 21, 2011 by Perry King
Eagles Just Miss Sweep of League Titles as Girls Win First and Guys Lose by a Point

The Dobbs Ferry XC team went to Rockwood Hall in Sleepy Hollow for the Conference 2-D league meet on Wednesday, October 12 and came away with a long-awaited title for the girls, the first since 2008, though the guy's apparent championship turned into a 1 point loss after a scoring adjustment. Sarah King and Brendan Wortner won the individual titles, and a group of young runners made a big showing in the team's results.

The League meet also included Irvington, Ardsley, Hastings, Woodlands, Children's Village boys, and host Sleepy Hollow. The Woodlands team played a major part in the action on the boys' side as their lack of a fifth runner discounted their places and turned a 1 point Eagle victory into a 1-point Eagle loss. Wortner's title in a 16:43 time was a repeat of last year's championship, and King also got her second title in a time of 19:39 following her win as a freshman in 2008, with 2009 champ Katherine Doyle of Sleepy Hollow in 2nd this year. The score for the girls was Dobbs Ferry 41, Irvington 49, Ardsley 73, Sleepy Hollow 94, Hastings 115, Woodlands DNS. For the boys it was Irvington 48, Dobbs Ferry 49, Sleepy Hollow 64, Hastings 86, Ardsley 101, Children's Village 179, and Woodlands DNS.

The big story for the girls was that a younger contingent gave them the depth to finally pass the traditionally deep Bulldog team and place 4 runners in the top 11, and 5 in the top 14. Finishing in the top 14 qualifies runners for All-League honors, and newbies Annabelle Sheely and Josephine Weidner earned their first League medals by taking the key 10th and 11th spots in the battle with reigning champs Irvington. Shanna Yue added another League honor to her stash by finishing 5th behind King and Doyle and Ardsley's Katherine Loomba and Selena Colon. Karen Maehara clinched the Eagles' triumph with a 14th place to claim the last medal, her first since she was one of those tiny 7th graders like Sheely. Rebecca Wiersma and Chloe Wang completed the Eagles' championship in 17th and 18th.

The girls JV action also saw some great results as Lila Walsh sprinted up the final hill to catch teammate Nell Klassen at the finish and win the JV title. Mary Constant and Sofia Checa took 5th and 6th, Clara Winder and Lindsey Yue took 8th and 9th, and Cara Horsfield was 10th, with Madeline Schwartz having to stop midway. Sofia Maluf battled through the course with the spirit of the League honors she won as a freshman. Eagles JV won easily.

The boys' joy over a second consecutive championship was cut short when the shorthanded Woodlands team was eliminated from the results. Following Wortner over the line was Grant Sheely in 5th and Connor Culhane in 12th to claim League honors. Bryan Martin and Gabe Natale just missed honors in 15th and 16th, and Yusuf Kapadia and Thomas Newman finished in 20th and 23rd.

The boys JV squad also did well, with Takanori Okkutsu taking 4th behind three Bulldogs, Keith Hickey getting 6th, Matt Latainer finishing 7th, Terry Taylor taking 9th and Calvin Sheely getting 11th in a 2nd place finish to the Bulldogs. Following in were Joey Stallupi in 16th, Kenny Marshall in 18th, Gary Lu in 19th, and then Liam Geron, Ben Sterne, and George Agyros finishing up.

The Eagles will venture to Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls on Saturday, October 22, to run in the Section 1 Coaches Invite and meet the hill of their dreams.

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