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30th Manhattan College Invitational
10/12/02 at Van Cortlandt Park, New York City - 2.5 miles
Manhattan College calls it "the biggest and best" high school invitational in the country. While Mt. SAC might argue the point, the Manhattan is undoubtedly one of the biggest days of the season. This year, the meet will award 4,486 prizes, including 100 medals per race (up from 75). Last year's record numbers may be topped: 9,900 runners, 350 teams, 16 states and DC. The tradition of the meet shows in the all time meet record lists, which include such names as Alberto Salazar, John Trautman, Erin Keogh, Erin Davis, and Sally Glynn.
a DyeStat featured meet

Saratoga girls - Nicole Blood
Shenendehowa boys - Brendan Fennell

All-day rain turned parts of the course into ankle-high mud, but it didn't stop the rugby players next door and it didn't stop 9,000 high school runners.
US#1 Saratoga NY girls crushed the Eastern States Championship field with a 24 point score, 89 points ahead runner-up Argyle, 3rd ranked team in the Northeast.
Saratoga freshman Nicole Blood won easily in 14:25.4, 10th best on the all-time Manhattan list despite the conditions.
Pearl River sr Brendan Fennell was easily the fastest boy of the day at 12:30.2, 13th on the all-time list, and observors thought he would have had a top 5 time on a dry day.
US#11 Shenendehowa boys had the fastest average team time at 13:15.8.

Nicole Blood
Brendan Fennell meets the press (Marc Bloom)

Jim Patchin, of Corcoran Syracuse, (right) bellyflopped in the mud near the finish, but laughed about it afterward.

Other runners dove into an impromptu pool to clean up.

and afterwards.

The South Bend Cafe, across Broadway from Van Cortlandt Park, is popular for after-meet
parties. Saratoga NY fans were among those present this year.
From left: Kathy Kennedy and Fran Wilusz, parents of Girls JV B runner up Carli Wilusz of Saratoga;
Joe McWilliams, Steve Kennedy, and Stacy Kennedy.

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