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Thursday
Dec052013

2013 in Review

Thursday......

Despite the weekend weather forecast of potential thunderstorms, the evening turned out to be a nice night. The results on the track were:

-Men-

In the East Coast Challenge DMR, St. Benedict’s (Jersey City, NJ), Arlington and Carmel provided a classic battle, with St. Benedict’s anchorman Edward Cheserek pulling away and leading the team to a 10:06.40 victory (Arlington 10:07.18 and Carmel 10:10.35). But Arlington was able to field another team that won the Open DMR with a fine 10:23.84.

In the Frosh/Soph 4X400, Thomas Jefferson (NYC) set a meet record of 3:24.81!

 

Women

In one of the nation’s fastest DMR races of the year, local teams squared off, with Mamaroneck (11:46.56) holding off Suffern (11:46.96), while defending champion Academy of Holy Names (Albany) finishing third in 11:49.18.

Ursuline set a meet record in the Open DMR with a 12:16.07 showing.

 

Friday

Men

The two distance races of the night were won by “Ryans”. In the 800 meters, Ryan Manahan of upstate Marcellus defeated a fine field with a time of 1:52.28. Moments later, Ryan Udvadia of Long Island’s Shoreham-Wading River won the 3200 meters with an outstanding time of 9:02.05.

Iona Prep’s Billy Bishop and Will Pope finished one-two in the Shot Put.

A new meet record was set in the TriState 4x4 by Valley Central. Their time of 3:22.07 broke the existing record by more than two seconds. In the inaugural Section One Mile, Alex Burks of Mamaroneck was the winner (4:26.90).

 

Women

The meet’s Outstanding Athlete Sabrina Southerland of Benjamin Cardozo won a fast 800 meters in 2:06.97. Then, ninth grader Hannah Debalsi of Staples (CT) won the 3200 meters in a blazing time of 10:20.70. Two meet records were set as North Babylon won the TriState 4X4 in 3:55.72 and in the evening’s last event, Caroline Pennacchio of Briarcliff won the newly-created Section One Mile in 5:14.29.

Saturday

Morning

Men

Ben Malone of Pascack Valley (NJ) set a new meet record in the One Mile Run (it was the first time that the Loucks Mile had been run since 1979 – the 1600 meters had been in vogue during the time in between). Malone’s time of 4:09.73 took White Plains legend Greg Herzog (4:10.64) off the top spot in the record books. 

Jack O’Brien of Hendrick Hudson set a meet record in the Javelin with a mighty throw of 197’ 01”.

Women

Sabrina Southerland runs the Mile in 4:47.23, winning the event and setting a record for the meet for the pure mile (and #5 in the combined rankings of the converted 1600 meters and the mile – leader Aisling Cuffe, Cornwall 4:42.06 converted).

 

At the Opening Ceremonies, former White Plains High School runner, Craig Masback, is honored for the 40th anniversary of his 1973, 880 yard victory. Masback would go on to have a great track and field career (see article below). During those same ceremonies, meet announcer Chuck Stogel wrote and read a fine tribute to those who suffered at the Boston Marathon, the school attack in Newtown, CT and those who suffered due to Hurricane Sandy. Student representatives were on hand from the areas that had been the scene of each tragedy.

 

Afternoon

Men

In a new event, Old Rochester Regional won the New England 4X400 in 3:36.27. Moments later, in a thrilling Men’s 4X800 Kellenberg defeated Ridgefield 7:49.08 to 7:49.97.

 

Women:

In a very exciting 400 meters, Olivia Baker (Columbia, NJ) defeated defending champion Kadecia Baird of Medgar Evers 53.66 to 53.69. New Rochelle’s Ashley Wiggins won the 100 meter hurdles (14.17). In the inaugural New England 4X400, James Hillhouse (New Haven, CT) won in 3:58.69. In the last individual event of the day, Emily Astarita (Ward Melville), in a very close pentathlon contest, defeated Shayla Broughton of Medgar Evers 3164 to 3160.

Just before the relays were about to be run, the skies opened up with a tremendous thunderstorm, one that caused a meet delay of more than an hour.

Team Scores

Men

Hackley 38
Iona Prep 26
Windsor (CT) 25
St. Benedict’s (NJ) 22
Lowell (MA) 21
Elmont 20
Lakeland 20
Kellenberg 18

Women

Medgar Evers and New Rochelle 61 each
Columbia (NJ) 38
Benjamin Cardozo 29
Liverpool 18
Staples (CT) 18
Kellenberg 15
Newburgh 15
Northport 14
Bishop Feehan (MA) 12
Hope (RI) 12
Lowell (MA) 12
Miller Place 12
North Babylon 12
Taft 12

Combined

Medgar Evers 63
Columbia (NJ) 52
Cornwall 33
Kellenberg 33
Lowell (MA) 33
Liverpool 32
Windsor (CT) 30
Arlington 27
Marcellus 22
Lakeland 22
Waterville (ME) 20
Brookfield (CT) 20

 

 

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