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Eagles Take 4th and 6th at Sectionals as Wortner Wins Gold

Posted Monday, February 06, 2012 by Perry King
Eagles Finish as Team at Sectionals with 4th and 6th Places as Wortner Reigns Supreme in 3200M

The team action for the Eagles came to an end at the Section 1 Class C Meet at the Armory on the evening of Super Bowl Sunday on February 5th. The Eagle girls finished 4th and the guys were 6th  as Brendan Wortner won the gold in the 3200M, an event in which he will seek a return trip to the State Championship at qualifiers on February 24. Despite operating shorthanded and only competing in two relays, the Eagles completed the year with a few more personal bests and stashed away so many more medals that Coach Kaminski needed to call in support to carry them off from the scorer's table.

The big event for the Eagles again was the 3200m, which is run early in the meet. Wortner sprinted away from the rest of the field on the first lap and was never challenged as he cruised to his third-best ever time with a 9:39.20 and finishing 7 seconds ahead of Bronxville's John Flannery. B-Wort even was awarded 10 points for his 1st place, unlike at Rockland County where a scoring snafu gave him 0 points. Grant Sheely also joined in the fun as he crushed not only his PB but the B-Wort's Dobbs Freshman 3200m record with a 10:28.5 as he ran away from Hastings' Ben Torda for 6th place.

Without Ben Hord and Bryan Martin in action, the Eagle guys were a bit limited and didn't compete in any relays. Their 18 points for 6th place was well-off last year's pace, though if they had felt it worth it to enter some relay teams they would have moved up 2 or 3 places. Wortner had enough legs left after the 3200m to take a strong 3rd in the 1600m with a 4:35.7 to account for most of the rest of the Eagles' scoring. Sheely also returned for the 1600m and almost got down to his PB with a 5:05.2 that was good for 8th. Takanori Okkotsu shaved another 2 seconds off his PB with a 5:10.2 that took 11th. Calvin Sheely slashed 15 seconds off his PB with a 5:50.6 for 23rd that left him just 8 seconds off his big bro's Eagle 7th grade record.

The remaining point for the Eagle guys came from Gary Lu, who fought through to the finals of the 55m and took 6th with a PB 7.1. Lu also was 9th in the triple jump with 31-02.5 leap. The other recorded places from the results include five guys in the 300m, with Joey Staluppi and Ryan Moynihan leading the group with a PB 42.4 for 22nd, Simeon Park at 25th with 44.4, Liam Daly in 28th at 45.0, and Jeff Garcia at 35th with a 48.0. Keith Hickey had a PB 3:10.9 in the 1000m for 23rd, and George Argyros was 25th in 3:56.3. The final event for the Eagles was the long jump, where Moynihan flew to a PB 14-10.5 for 10th, Simeon Park was 14th with a13-0.5, Liam Daly 15th with a 12-11.5, and Jeff Garcia 16th with a 12-8.5.

The Bronxville guys dominated their side of the action, and the Bronco girls did the same. But the Eagle girls hugely boosted their total points from 13 last year to 47 this year, and they would have finished in 3rd if they had run the 4x400m. Unlike last year when nearly all the points came from Sofia Maluf's 1st in the 1500 race walk, this year the Eagles got zipped there as Mary Constant again tested the limit too far and got a DQ. But the following 3000m got the Eagles point counter going as Sarah King pushed the pace late in the race to secure a 2nd place in 11:00.8, and Shanna Yue held off a Pawling runner and knocked 11 seconds off her PB with an 11:08.4 for 5th. Rebecca Wiersma closed out the Eagle effort with a 13:08.4 for 7th.

King and Yue got more points later in the 1500m, as following the disqualification of the 2nd place finisher, King got the 3rd place medal with a 5:08.9 and Yue ran to another PB in 6th place with a 5:14.8. Annabelle Sheely continued to add to the family dynasty stats as she took 9th with a 5:52.5, and Dylan Clay-Devlin was 11th in 6:03.2. In the other distance event, Josephine Weidner was 10th in 3:42.7, and Lindsey Yue was 12th in 3:55.8.

The sprint girls also did their best to add up the points. Both Sarah Koenigsberg and Lila Walsh made it to the 55m finals, and Koenigsberg took 3rd with a huge PB of 7.8, while Walsh took 5th with an 8.0. Walsh came back in the 300m with a 6th in a PB 45.3. Other Eagles in the event were Joli Assuma with a 49.4 for 11th, Anders Carlton with a 52.0 for 15th, Elizabeth Majia with a 52.3 for 17th, Jillian McDonnell with a 54.7 for 21st, and Emily Faro with a 59.8 for 27th. The other running event was the 600m, where Sasha Clarick finished just out of the points with a 7th place and PB 1:53.8, Riley McKeown was 8th at 2:01.7, Jillian McDonnel was 9th in 2:06.8, and Emily Faro was 10th in 2:22.6.

The rest of the points in individual events came from the field, as Sarah Koenigsberg added a 4th to her haul with another huge PB of 14-2.5, while Grace Kim was 11th with a 11-3.5. Kim boosted her triple jump PB by more than a foot as she captured the 5th place with a 26-.5 leap, and Cara Horsfield was 7th in 23-5. Alexa Rose Baviello got a big PB in the shot put to earn another point for the Eagles with a 23-3 throw in 6th (or tie for 5th?).

The girls' night of fun ended with two relays. In the 4x800m, the Eagles gave national champ Bronxville a small scare as Sarah King took a lead on the first leg, Shanna Yue stayed even on the second leg, Sasha Clarick was close on the 3rd leg, and Annabelle Sheely brought it home 7 seconds under the season's best with a 10:53.3 for 2nd place. The night finished off with the 4x200m squad of Sarah Koenigsberg, Alexa Rose Baviello, Katie Daly, and Lila Walsh sprinting to a strong 3rd place time of 1:57.5 and beating both the Woodlands and Alexander Hamilton teams together for likely the first time ever.

On to spring track, except for that B-Wort guy.

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