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Eagles Start Season at Ardsley and Tusker Twilight

Posted Tuesday, April 03, 2012 by Perry King
Dobbs Begins Season with Ardsley Warmup and a Medal Haul at Somers Tusker Twilight Meet

The Eagles began the 2012 track outdoor track season on a chilly and windy week at the end of March by visiting Ardsley and Somers for a dual and then an invitational track meet. The Ardsley meet served mainly as a season's warmup on a cold raw day on Monday, March 26, and results are forever lost to the archived record sheets of history. The Somers meet three days later was completely covered even if nearly every Eagle had their name mangled (hello Brendan Warton, Connor Culhae, Riley McKeewn, Takahori Okkotsv, Andres Carlton, to name a few). Meet notes stated that the pole vault could be cancelled due to cold weather, but it was obviously not as cold as it felt since the vaulters were vaulting. In an case, the Eagles came away with about 8 medals against some decently strong competition from teams such as Somers, Brewster, Pelham, New Rochelle, Spring Valley, Westlake, O'Neiill, and yes, Masters. The meet included varsity, freshman\sophomore, and novice (first time in event) classes in events.

The action for the Eagles started in the 100m with newcomer sophomore Isaac Orkin taking 3rd in the freshmen\sophomore race with a 12.0 time for a bronze medal and Donovan Deobrew finishing in 33rd with a 14.7. On the girls side, Michelle Perri was credited with a 4th in the frosh\soph girls 100m, but with the same time of 13.5 as the 3rd place finisher. Anders Carlton ran a 15.3 for 21st, and Elizabeth Mejia took 25th in 15.6.

The 1 Mile run was a big event for the Eagles, as Brendan Wortner ran away from a strong varsity field to win by 11 seconds in a terrific early-season time of 4:35 to top the Section 1 leaderboard. Connor Culhane took 9th in 5:10.5, and Bryan Martin is not in the results but finished a little ahead of Connor. Sarah King battled Pelham's Nicki Nesi in the girls varsity Mile and finished 2nd in 5:37.1 for the silver. Shanna Yue took 7th in 6:04.0, Karen Maehara was 10th in 6:38.6, and Rebecca Wiersma was 11th in 6:42.9. Josephine Weidner and Dylan Clay-Devlin were in the frosh\soph mile, with Weidner coming home 6th in 6:34.0 and Clay-Devlin finishing 11th in 7:11.4.

In the frosh\soph boys 400m, Yusuf Kapadia led the Eagles with an 8th place in 56.7,  For the girls, Sasha Clarick bagged a medal with a 3rd place in 1:10.9, while Riley McKeown was 5th in 1:11.9, and Josephine Weidner was 7th in 1:13.4.

The Eagles' last event of the day was the 800m. Connor Culhane charged home for the silver in the varsity race behind Somers' Joe Martello with a time of 2:15.7. Bryan Martin again was not in the results but probably finished around 4th in around 2:18.7. George Agyros was 11th in 2:55.7. Takanori Okkutsu was the top Eagle in the frosh\soph 800m at 2:26.1 in 8th, and Thomas Newman was 14th in 2:39.3. Sarah King picked up the second gold for the Eagles in the girls varsity 800m by 6.7 seconds with a 2:33.8 to top the Section 1 leaderboard. Shanna Yue finished strong in 5th at 2:48.5, Karen Maehara was 7th at 3:02.9, and Tara O'Brien was 8th in 3:16.0. Finally, the Eagles finished off the day with Sasha Clarick taking 6th in the frosh\soph 800m at 2:56.1, and Dylan Clay-Devlin was 11th in 3:10.8.

At some point during the running action, Adam Wiess took 9th in the varsity discus with a toss of 90-4 feet.

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