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Preview - Manhattan Invitational - 2013- Dyestat

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DyeStat   on Oct 9 2013, 06:10 PM

Top teams in East gearing up for Manhattan

 

Manhattan Invitational Entries 


By Chris Lotsbom of DyeStat (Follow @ChrisLotsbom)

(08-Oct) -- As has been tradition for a majority of the last 40 years, the Manhattan College Invitational presented by Reebok promises to be a competitive and telling meet showcasing many of the northeast's top cross country talent. Ten Dyestat Top-40 ranked teams will be competing between the boys and girls races, as well as a number of highly touted individuals. Here's a preview of Saturday's 2.5-mile contest through historic Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.

BOYS EASTERN STATES RACE

With two-time defending champion and event record holder Edward Cheserek graduated and now racing at the University of Oregon, the Boys Eastern States race is well up for grabs. Though the individual battle up front will be intense, the team competition is surely the highlight heading in.

New Jersey's Christian Brothers Academy won the team title in both 2011 and 2012, and enter Saturday's race as the overall favorite. Ranked second in Dyestat's National Top-40 poll only behind Gig Harbor (WA), the Colts have already seen success this season. In September, CBA put five runners in the top 15 at the Bowdoin Park Classic in New York, led by senior Mike McClemens and sophomore Blaise Ferro. McClemons won that contest in 16:02.29, though the big story was that all five scorers had a spread of 40 seconds. En route to winning last year's Manhattan Invite title, the difference from their first to fifth runners was 37 seconds. If CBA runs together this weekend, a third consecutive team title is surely within their grasp.

Trying to break CBA's winning streak will be New York's Fayetteville-Manlius and Pennsylvania's West Chester Henderson. Ranked fifth and ninth, respectively, in the October 3rd Dyestat rankings, both schools are surely looking at last year's Manhattan Invite results with added motivation. In 2012, West Chester Henderson finished runner-up to CBA, scoring 200 points, while Fayetteville-Manlius wound up in fourth with 218.

Both Fayetteville-Manlius and West Chester Henderson have standout lead runners who should play a factor in the individual race. As of Tuesday, senior Tony Russell of WCH was the top returning athlete from a year ago entered in the meet. Russell placed fourth overall in 2012 and has run 12:24.7 on the challenging course. For F-M, last year's runner-up Nick Ryan may be gone, but junior Bryce Millar is ready to step up and fill the void. In 2012, Millar was the top sophomore in the Eastern States race, placing seventh overall less than three seconds behind WCH's Russell.

As is tradition, New Jersey's Don Bosco Prep is one of the top teams in the region yet again, and could earn a spot on the podium, just like they did in 2012 when they finished third. Senior Kyle Levermore might be one of the overall favorites heading into the race, but he is out for a couple weeks with an injury. Look for Syracuse signee Mickey Burke of Rush Henrietta to be at the front of the pack. Burke got his season off to a fine start with a 10-second course record at the McQuaid Invitational. 

Other teams that could make some noise towards the top are Liverpool (NY, #22 nationally), Tatnall (DE, #24), and St. Anthony's (NY). Number 23-ranked Palos Verdes of California is traveling more than 3,000 miles across the country to race on the historic course.

Individually, seniors Thomas O'Neill (Middletown North, NJ) and Brian Cook (Pearl River, NY) are contenders, as well as Liam Mullett of Pingry and Josiah Hanko of Trinity Christian are ones to watch. Also, juniors Benito Muniz (Carmel, NY) and Stephen Garrett (Tatnall, DE) both finished in the top 15 as sophomores in 2012.

GIRLS EASTERN STATES RACE

The Girls Eastern States division will be a showcase race, as two of the nation's top teams in Unionville (PA) and Fayetteville-Manlius (NY) rematch just two weeks after facing off in upstate New York. On September 28, the second and ninth-ranked teams in the nation squared off at the McQuaid Invitational at Genesee Valley Park in New York, with Unionville coming out on top 45 to 79.

Led by senior Courtney Smith, the Unionville squad comes into Saturday's race with confidence having defeated the annual powerhouse in F-M. Joing Smith out front for Unionville should be Olivia Young, Emily Fisher, Kacie Breeding, and Elizabeth Edwards.

Fayetteville-Manlius will rely on Annika Avery, Alana Pearl, and Jenna Farrell. Pearl was eigth a year ago at Van Cortland Park.

Don't count out the girls of Pennsbury (PA), last year's ninth place finishers at Nike Cross Nationals. With a very young team (one senior, one junior, and five sophomores), Pennsbury is eager to lace up the spikes after their race last weekend at Lehigh's Paul Short Run was cancelled due to adverse heat.

As a sophomore last year, Pennsbury's Maddie Sauer was 19th overall; she has yet to run a major invitational this season, having missed the PIAA Foundation Meet on Sept. 21 with illness.

Others to consider in the team competition are Assumption of Kentucky, which just won at Great American last week; New York's Suffern, Academy of Holy Names, and Liverpool. Junior Kaylee Scott of Academy of Holy Names was the final girl under 15:00 last year, timing 14:59.3 for 12th place. Additional contenders include New England standouts La Salle Academy (RI) and Champlain Valley (VT), as well as Oakton (VA).

Vermont's Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year in Autumn Eastman is scheduled to compete; she finished a spot behind Scott in 2012. Heading into Saturday's contest, though, Elk County Catholic (PA) senior Kennedy Weisner must be considered one of the favorites. In 2012, Weisner came oh-so-close to taking the title, finishing less than two seconds behind Tatnall's Reagan Anderson. Anderson has graduated and is now racing for Vanderbilt, so the top returning honors go to Weisner. This season, she finished first in the Seeded Varsity A race at the McQuaid Invitational two weeks ago.

Though Tatnall (DE) graduated three of their top four from last year's winning team, they do return Kieran Hanrahan, a junior who was tenth overall in 2012.

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Greg Beal
Here's a result that seems too amazing:

Event 39 Girls 2.5 Mile Run CC Varsity E.
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Distance: D 13:55.30 10/2007 Carly Seymour, Central Cambria, P
Name Year School Finals Points
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1 Briana Gess 09 Haddonfield 13:34.3 1
2 Marissa Saenger 12 Clarence 14:28.9 2
3 Shelby Cain 12 Haddonfield 14:47.9 3
4 Sydney Clary 11 Lincoln-Sudbury 15:15.1 4
5 Emily Burns 11 Guilderland 15:16.7 5

EDIT: Jim Lambert posted this on his live blog, suggesting that the above results pulled in the wrong time for Briana Gess:

Briana Gess of Haddonfield runs 14:28.9 to win as Haddonfield finishes 5th
DougB
Unionville wins the matchups at 1, 2 and 5... wow. They've backed up their win at McQuaid.
Greg Beal
Girls Eastern States

1 Unionville 89 3 6 16 29 35 40 52
Total Time: 1:15:16.40
Average: 15:03.28
2 Fayetteville-Manlius 92 5 9 14 26 38 48 60
Total Time: 1:15:20.80
Average: 15:04.16
3 Assumption 146 18 25 32 34 37 53 113
Total Time: 1:17:13.50
Average: 15:26.70
4 Pennsbury 159 13 19 24 33 70 93 121
Total Time: 1:17:17.60
Average: 15:27.52
5 Oakton 175 8 30 41 46 50 74 102
Total Time: 1:17:45.00
Average: 15:33.00
6 La Salle Academy 229 4 20 64 69 72 75 116
Total Time: 1:18:21.60
Average: 15:40.32
7 Palos Verdes 238 22 47 49 55 65 79 101
Total Time: 1:19:09.00
Average: 15:49.80
8 Champlain Valley 290 2 42 66 86 94 95 128
Total Time: 1:19:31.90
Average: 15:54.38
9 Corning-Painted Post East 303 7 67 71 78 80 90 96
Total Time: 1:20:01.90
Average: 16:00.38
10 Downingtown West 313 12 57 77 83 84 122 134
Total Time: 1:20:22.00
Average: 16:04.40
11 Morgantown, WV 335 43 58 61 73 100 110 123
Total Time: 1:20:57.30
Average: 16:11.46
12 Liverpool 336 36 44 45 103 108 135 136
Total Time: 1:20:51.90
Average: 16:10.38
13 Garden City 385 17 39 85 115 129 137 138
Total Time: 1:22:08.90
Average: 16:25.78
14 Queensbury 387 21 51 104 105 106 107 118
Total Time: 1:21:41.70
Average: 16:20.34
15 Westhill 389 54 68 76 82 109 120 124
Total Time: 1:21:58.50
Average: 16:23.70
16 Tatnall 396 31 56 98 99 112 119
Total Time: 1:22:02.40
Average: 16:24.48
17 Sachem North 400 27 81 89 92 111 126 133
Total Time: 1:21:59.00
Average: 16:23.80
18 Warwick Valley 412 23 87 88 97 117 131 132
Total Time: 1:22:14.00
Average: 16:26.80
19 Academy of Holy Names 423 59 62 63 114 125 127
Total Time: 1:22:49.40
Average: 16:33.88
20 Newburgh 577 15 139 140 141 142 143
Total Time: 1:32:58.80
Average: 18:35.76
Joe Lanzalotto
Not as close as I was told.
Greg Beal
Manhattan Results- Boys Eastern States

1 Christian Brothers Academ 90 7 9 11 19 44 48 73
Total Time: 1:03:41.70
Average: 12:44.34
2 Fayetteville-Manlius 114 2 5 29 37 41 47 88
Total Time: 1:03:58.30
Average: 12:47.66
3 Liverpool 159 15 17 27 35 65 77 104
Total Time: 1:04:55.70
Average: 12:59.14
4 West Chester Henderson 168 1 26 33 53 55 81 137
Total Time: 1:04:59.80
Average: 12:59.96
5 Tatnall 215 10 24 54 58 69 84 138
Total Time: 1:05:48.20
Average: 13:09.64
6 La Salle Academy 220 25 32 43 52 68 90 146
Total Time: 1:05:54.70
Average: 13:10.94
7 Ridgefield 225 13 42 51 56 63 108 120
Total Time: 1:06:01.30
Average: 13:12.26
8 Chaminade 290 14 34 45 92 105 112
Total Time: 1:06:36.60
Average: 13:19.32
9 Palos Verdes 319 18 49 71 79 102 119
Total Time: 1:07:14.70
Average: 13:26.94
10 South Burlington 325 39 61 72 75 78 86 135
Total Time: 1:07:24.40
Average: 13:28.88
11 Middletown North 328 6 30 64 111 117 140 145
Total Time: 1:06:58.90
Average: 13:23.78
12 Corning-Painted Post East 345 36 40 66 97 106 113 164
Total Time: 1:07:28.80
Average: 13:29.76
13 Oakton 378 23 74 80 85 116 121 130
Total Time: 1:07:54.10
Average: 13:34.82
14 Millburn 399 28 76 82 103 110 136 165
Total Time: 1:08:14.20
Average: 13:38.84
15 Pennsbury 420 20 59 60 133 148 149 155
Total Time: 1:08:29.20
Average: 13:41.84
16 Salesianum 466 8 91 118 123 126 157
Total Time: 1:08:50.30
Average: 13:46.06
17 Downingtown West 468 87 89 95 98 99 129 172
Total Time: 1:09:06.50
Average: 13:49.30
18 Bethlehem 480 12 70 125 132 141 152 169
Total Time: 1:09:11.20
Average: 13:50.24
19 Brighton 498 31 93 122 124 128 139 153
Total Time: 1:09:24.70
Average: 13:52.94
20 Loyola Blakefield 503 57 83 114 115 134 142 159
Total Time: 1:09:36.50
Average: 13:55.30
21 Don Bosco Prep 503 50 67 96 127 163 170 171
Total Time: 1:09:44.10
Average: 13:56.82
22 St. Benedicts 579 46 100 101 150 182 183 184
Total Time: 1:11:12.30
Average: 14:14.46
23 Rush-Henrietta 598 3 131 143 147 174 175 176
Total Time: 1:10:49.60
Average: 14:09.92
24 Pingry 609 4 109 156 167 173 181
Total Time: 1:11:02.50
Average: 14:12.50
25 Westhill 654 94 107 144 151 158 161 162
Total Time: 1:11:33.00
Average: 14:18.60
26 Auburn 719 62 154 160 166 177 178 179
Total Time: 1:12:53.90
Average: 14:34.78
27 Eastport-South Manor 757 38 168 180 185 186
Total Time: 1:15:32.20
Average: 15:06.44
Joe Lanzalotto
I just heard that he ran 13:09. Evidently too close to call right now between FM and CBA in the Easterns race. FM had their 5th in before CBAs.
DougB
Wow..... that kid might be a big story tomorrow. Thanks for posting.
300kicks
Gift from the Rift Part 2 B)

Edwin Rutto makes his debut for St Benedict's
http://highschoolspo...n-invitational/
@xcnation
Most do not know, the 1987 Palos Verdes HS, CA girls team also travelled to Manhattan and WON big! http://xcnation.runn...&news_id=186009
DougB
No doubt. I've "corrected" it.
hedyd4u
How could you not mention Micky Burke of Rush-Henrietta who broke the course record at the McQuaid Invitaitional and beat Bryce Millar by 20 seconds doing it. My pick to win the indvidual title is Micky Burke.
DougB
Good catch. It's fixed!
AshlandEd
For the record Pennsbury (Lower Bucks) finished 9th at NXN in 2012. Runnerspace hosts the NXN site. Check the result for yourself. Aurora NY finished 4th.
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