Eagles Leave Somers Invite with a New School Record
Posted Monday, May 07, 2012 by Perry King
Brendan Wortner Blazes to Victory and New School Record in 3200m at Somers Invite
Sofia Maluf got things rolling for the Eagles on Quatro de Mayo in the Friday night action for the Somers Invite, and on the next morning a well caffeinated Brendan Wortner celebrated the Cinqo day in a big way with a new school record in the 3200m by storming back on the final turn to capture the win. The winning time was about 6 seconds under the State Qualifying mark, so B-Wort appears well set for a state appearance in his chosen event, whether the 3200m or after the next good run in the 3000m steeplechase.
Maluf was the first of five Eagles to hit the Tuskers track, and she strutted to 9th place in 9:23.8 in the 1 mile race walk, just a little off her personal best mark. The race went down to the wire as home girl Maria Gorecki edged Pearl Rivers' Meghan Keetley by 0.2 seconds.
On Saturday the boys 3200 race was held early in the morning, which was a bit off an issue for a late-leaving Wortner, who needed a big cup of coffee to kick into gear. Grant Sheely joined him in the action, which quickly turned into a 4-man race with Wortner in the lead, Brewster's Justin Maguire and John Jay - East Fishkill's Kevin French battling for the heel-sitter spot, and Bronxville's Dayton Flannery lurking dangerously in 4th. With 1 1/2 laps to go, Wortner made his move and Flannery dropped out of contact and French faded just off the pace. Maguire, however, went right with Wortner and took the lead on the turn following the gun for the last lap. Maguire managed to strectch his lead to about two yards on the back straightaway but began tying up as he hit the last turn. Wortner flew by him and had already opened up a comfortable lead as he hit the last straightaway and charged home to a victory by 2.6 second win with an Eagles record 9:27.3. The time was about 3 seconds better than Aaron Lessing's Eagle record set three decades ago. Lessing still owns the 1600m mark of 4:16.
While the Wortner was celebrating the win with a few matter-of-fact primal utterances and fist shakes, Sheely was battling home with an outdoor PR of 10:40.6 in 13th place, about 12 seconds off his indoor best at the County meet in January. The girls 3000m race soon followed, and Sarah King and Shanna Yue were in the action. King dropped out midway through, but Yue ran strong for a outdoor PB of 11:22.1 for 12th, about 14 seconds off her overall PR set at Sectionals in February.
League meet is today, Monday, May 7th at Irvington.