Eagles Complete Midseason Slate and Prep for Postseason
Posted Friday, May 04, 2012 by Perry King
Eagles Head to May Postseason Meets After Finishing Off Regular Season at Bronxville Meet
The Dobbs track team came back from a three week layoff around the April school break for a trio of events to wrap up the regular season for most of the squad. A couple of athletes will be attending the big Somers Invitational on Saturday, Cinco de Mayo, where some state and national champions may be in action.
The Eagles came off the break period with a meet at Mamaroneck on Monday, April 23rd, on an odd squarish track. Results aren't readily available for the shake-off-the-rust meet, but one highlight was the Tigers' mutiple-State-titled star Anima Banks leading the area's top 4x800m relay team to a narrow win over Mamaroneck's second string guys' squad, which was no mean feat. As usual, the Eagles did well in the distance events and mostly well enough in the mid-distance and sprints, some of the sprinters and hurdlers slept through their events, and fun was had by mainly all.
A week later, Brendan Wortner, Sarah King, and Shanna Yue traveled a little upstate to compete in the Cornwall Steeple Fest. Yue was in her first steeplechase and got a few fun rookie swims in as she got her bearings on way to one of the top finishes in her heat as she completed the 2000m in 8:23.6 for 30th place overall. King ran in the seeded heat that featured a Middletown runner appropriately named Amber Goodspeed winning the race, 20 seconds ahead of Pearl River's Kelly Hayes. King opened the season with a 7:34.2 time in 9th place that boosted her into the #2 spot among State Division 2 runners. Wortner was coming off a win in 3000m SC at the meet last year, but trying out some new wrinkles threw off his form a bit and he ended up 4th in 10:08.6, with Bronxville's Dayton and John Flannery in the top two spots. Though he was 17 seconds off his time from last year's Cornwall race when he was known as Benn, Wortner still starts off in the top 10 among Division 2 runners in the state and can likely knock 20 seconds off his time just by smoothing the hurdle technique.
A day later on Tuesday, May 1, the Eagles' full squad had a scrimmage-type dual meet against some of Bronxville and Woodlands athletes at the Broncos' track. None of the three teams were at full strength, but they got a good workout in for upcoming League meet, which for Dobbs and Woodlands is at Irvington on Monday, May 7. Also attending the meet will be Ardsley, Hastings, and Mamaroneck. Last year the girls' side of the League Meet featured a power-packed lineup that included one runner who would win the State 800m championship, Mamaroneck's Anima Banks, but also many other athletes who went to States including Banks' teammate Gina Talt, Irvington's sprinter Kiana Lee and high jumper Helene Hall, Woodlands' 400m hurdler Nia Holmes, Irvington's 4x400m relay team, and Mamaroneck's 4x800m relay team. On the boys side, Dobbs' Brendan Wortner would be State-bound in the 3000m steeplechase, along with Hastings' Christian Soto in the 400m hurdles, and Tommy Vandenburg of Mamaroneck in the 800m. Talt, Holmes, Vandenburg and some of the relay members such as Irvington's Annie Field have graduated, but the rest will be back for Monday's action.