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Eagles Compete at League Meet in Irvington

Posted Wednesday, May 09, 2012 by Perry King
Eagles Guys 3rd and Girls 5th at League 2-C Championship Meet

At the League 2-C Championships at Irvington on May 5th in the midst of late afternoon showers, Dobbs went head-to-head officially with five other teams -- Irvington, Ardsley, Sleepy Hollow, Woodlands, and Hastings -- plus a powerful ghost team from Mamaroneck that competed strongly but did not count in the scoring. Without any field component for the Eagle girls and a limited one on the guys' side, Dobbs was shut out of scoring in a big slice of the championship events. The Eagles boys edged the girls by 66-65 in their intra-team contest, and with a big field event contribution from Adam Weiss's silver in the discus throw, the guys finished 3rd among the 6 boys teams at Leagues, while the girls were 5th. The official boys standings were Irvington 195, Woodlands 85, Dobbs Ferry 66, Sleepy Hollow 60, Hastings 56, Ardsley 45. Irvington also took the girls title with 186 points, followed by a three-way virtual tie for 2nd with Ardsley 84, Woodlands 84, Sleepy Hollow 83, Dobbs Ferry 65, and Hastings way back at 8.

Perhaps the most notable outcome of the League meet was that the Eagles' 2nd-place 3000m runner was listed in the Lohud results (only ones available) as Chili, which could potentially open up a lot of new nickname opportunities for Annabelle in the many years ahead such as Chili Dog, (Red Hot) Chili Pepper, Chili Spice, etc. Brother Grant got no such bonus as he received the standard Sheely identification.

The meet had a pair of athletes winning three events, as Section 1's top jumper, Sleepy Hollow's Gillian Berger, won the long and triple jumps and also took the 100m dash. The guys' 100m dash winner, Mark Schelp of Irvington, also was huge in taking the shot put and discus. Also, Sleepy Hollow's Gabrielle Maldonado won the 200m and 400m and was part of the Horseman's winning 4x100m relay team. Although Mamaroneck's times and places did not count, spectators got treated to some great action, especially from the middle distance Tiger girls runners including State champion Anima Banks and Leonie Rauls.

On the boys' side for the Eagles, with only the top 3 places listed in the Lohud results, the tally shows two Eagle winners, with Brendan Wortner breezing to victory with a 4:38.50 time in the 1600m, and he did not run the 3200m, which he won at the huge Somers Invite on Saturday. Wortner also teamed with Connor Culhane, Bryan Martin and Grant Sheely to win the 4x800m race. Other big point-getters for the Eagle guys were Culhane with a late charge to get 2nd in somewhere around 2:15, Grant Sheely got 2nd in the 3200m in around 11:05, and Adam Weiss the silver in the discus. Ben Hord got the other medal place with a 3rd in the 200m.

The Eagle girls had a pair of winners, with Shanna Yue taking the 800m run with a 2:37.2 time, and Sarah King grabbing the 1500m run with a 5:09.1 time. The pair combined with Sasha Clarick and Karen Maehara to get 2nd in the 4x800m relay, and Yue, King, Clarick and Riley McKeown combined for a 2nd in the 4x400m relay. King also got a 3rd in the 400m hurdles. The other medal place came from the aforementioned Chili Dog, aka Annabelle Sheely, who ran a little over 13:00 to equal her brother's feat with a 2nd in the 3000m. Although not recorded in the online results, Rebecca Wiersma took 4th in the 3000m, Josephine Weidner placed in the 800m and Talia Clarick was likely 5th in the 400m hurdles, and Riley McKeown may have placed in the 400m.

Most of the Eagles will have almost two weeks off, but Brendan Wortner will compete in the 3000m steeplechase at the Loucks Games in White Plains this Saturday.

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