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B-Wort Strikes Gold as Eagles Race at County Meet

Posted Friday, February 03, 2012 by Perry King
Wortner Tops the 3200 and King Places in 1500m for Eagles at Westchester County Meet

Dobbs Ferry visited the Armory on Saturday afternoon of January 29th for the Westchester County Meet, and Brendan Wortner came away with the first Eagle gold in the Open competition in recent times. On a day when many Eagles set personal bests and Sarah King added another distance event medal to the team's stash on the year, there were many reasons to be cheerful going into Sectionals.

Wortner controlled the 3200m on every lap and pulled away from Yorktown's James Shea during the last 800m to win by 9 seconds in 9:36.4. The time was his 2nd best ever indoors behind only his 2011 State Qualifier meet time, but it bettered the required qualifying time for States. Not only does this make qualifying for States easier for B-Wort because he just needs to finish in the top 3 of 3200m Div. 2 group at SQs, but it is also a sign that he is at a higher level than last year. Although hitting that exceptional time took a lot out of his legs, he was still able to come back with an 8th place 4:39.71 time in the 1600m later on. Last year Wortner finished second to Victor Palumbo in the 3200m while taking top honors in the Class C grouping in both the 1600m and 3200m.

King smashed her personal best mark in the indoor 1500m by 11 seconds and netted her top County place with a 4th when she ran a 5:02.6. The 1500m was a popular event for the Eagles, as Shanna Yue took almost a second off her PB for the distance with a 5:16.3 time for 14th. 7th-grader Annabelle Sheely took another 7 seconds off her personal best with a 5:46.9 for 32nd, and Dylan Clay-Devlin dove below the 6:00 barrier and knocked 6 seconds off her PB with a 5:54.3 for 36th.

Though the Eagles did not bring a full squad to the highly competitive County meet, they did participate in a number of other events. On the girls side, Mary Constant tried the 1500m race walk again, but this time she must have gotten a DQ for pushing the limits a little too far. Lila Walsh, Katie Daly, and Alex Rose Baviello tried the 55m sprint but their times were not listed. Walsh did get a 23rd in the 300m with a near-best 45.79 time. Baviello was a little short of a PB with a 21-6.75 throw for 35th in the shot put. Two Eagles who did get PBs in the 600m were Riley McKeown with a 1:58.9 for 44th and Sasha Clarick with a 1:59.9 for 49th. Elizabeth Majia and Mary Constant ran 12:03 and 12:21 in the 55m hurdles for 48th and 49th. Josephine Weidner knocked 3 seconds off her 1000m PB with a 3:47.9 for 47th. And the final excitement of the day came when Lila Walsh ran down Valhalla's anchor in 4x200m race, as the team of Walsh, Daly, Baviello, and Sarah Koenigsberg won the final heat of the event and ended up 2nd behind Bronxville among the Class C teams.

The boys had a few less participants. Ben Hord and Gary Lu both ran 7.31 in the 55m preliminary round to finish in 41st. Hord came back to run a PB of 39.78 in the 300m for 25th. Keith Hickey knocked another half second off his PB in the 1000m with a 3:11.6 for 61st. Despite running the 1600\3200m double, Grant Sheely turned in a pair of PBs with a 5:02.9 for 31st in the 1600m and a 10:36.6 for 10th in the 3200m. Takanori Okkotsu knocked 5 seconds off his PR with a 5:12.3 for 43rd in the 1600m.

So on to Sectionals on Super Bowl Sunday.

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