Girls Eastern States -
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Schedule of Races
Marc Davis Video
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New: Walt Murphy - "A Perfect Storm ... record times"
Results (linked from winners table) - Marc Davis Video!
Vanny Stars: T. Gruenewald, C. Forys,
Midlothian VA girls, Shenendehowa NY boys
- New Vanny Records - Craig Forys 12:10.7 in 'E' race, Tommy Gruenewald 12:10.6 in 'F' race.
- Eastern States showdown - SE#3/US#18 Midlothian VA girls stun NE#1/US#1 Hilton and 8 others.
- Shenendehowa NY boys avg. 12:56.6 to win 'E' race - best time of day (one of best ever) and scored 92 points in "merged scoring."
By Rich Gonzalez
(BRONX, NY) -- During a thrilling afternoon of cross-country action highlighted by record levels in both quality and depth, Colts Neck High senior Craig Forys snared the spotlight by blazing to a smash a course record that had stood for 23 years.
A full 23 years of everyone chasing it; less than 23 minutes for Forys to savor it. .....
CLICK HERE FOR REST OF STORY - Winners Table/Results -
Fayetteville-Manlius sr Tommy Gruenewald (left) heads for the tape minutes after Colts Neck sr Craig Forys (right) broke the 23-year-old Vanny record in the "E" Varsity race. Forys ran 12:10.7, but saw his record beaten by Tommy G's 12:10.6. Open Photo.
LIST - updated as of October 9th -
GONZALEZ PREVIEW - "The
Eastern States At Manhattan -The Perfect Ten"
ABOUT VANNY - Excert from Marc Bloom's book
"Cross Country Running"; including a look at the historic
course map at Van Cortlandt Park
Winners Table, PHOTOS and Results (click on race name for results page)
Shaker NY 61 in a mild upset over Chaminade NY, 77
.Ryan McDermott, Chaminade, 12:33.0
Don Bosco NJ 89 to St. Anthony's NY 106
Dan Hibbs, Hatboro Horsham, 12:52.8
Smithtown nY 70 over Queensbury NY 84
Brian Rhodes-Devey, Guilderland, 12:27.2
Pope John Paul NJ 74 over Xavier CT 98
Adam Vess, Xavier, 12:47.6
Shenendehowa NY 65 over Danbury CT 85
Craig Forys, Colts Neck NY meet and course record 12:10.7; Steve Murdock, Shen, 12:15.5;, Mikel Thomas, Clovis 12:21.4; Adam Lenz CO 12:26.2
Fayetteville-Manlius NY 55 over Ridgewood NJ 96
Tommy Gruenewald, F-M NY, beats Forys' mark! 12:10.6
Warwick Valley NY 67 over Liverpool 83
Paul Springer, Unionville PA, 12:28.6
Midlothian VA 148, Eleanor Roosevelt MD 172, Saratoga Springs NY 190, Hilton NY 203
Hannah Davidson, Saratoga Springs NY, 14:14.7
||Ward Melville NY 66, Horace Greeley NY 106
||Suejin Ahn, Ward Melville, 15:10.2
||Voorhees NY 65, Cicero N. Syracuse NY 78
||Melanie Thompson, Voorhees, 14:43.0
||Colonie NY 48, Guilderland NY 119
||Emily McTaque, Niskayuna, 15:16.8
||New Rochelle NY 107, LaSalle Academy NY 112
||Jeanne Mack, LaSalle Acad., 14:56.9
||Cornwall NY 70, Rush-Henrietta NY 75
||Maggie May, Walt Whitman MD, 15:02.7
||Bay Shore NY 81, Cranston West NY 124
||Callie Hogan, Bay Shore, 15:00.5
2005 "A-Race" winners Aislinn
Ryan and Justin
Harbor are off to college this fall, so that leaves
the door open for a new king and queen of Vanny. With Warick
Valley boys reloading and Fayetteville
Manlius losing 4 of it's top 7 this year, look
for NY to be represented well by Liverpool and Shenendehowa.
Girls Eastern States will showcase New York schools Hilton and Bronxville. Though
Colts Neck (NJ)
will have something to say about that. Hannah Davidson,
now the clear leader of powerhouse Saratoga Springs (NE#5),
looks to take home individual honors.
No folks, this is not Woodstock. It's
the Eastern States girls start from 2005. Photo
by Donna Dye
SCHEDULE OF RACES - This is a tentative schedule.
Please stayed tuned for any further updates
9:15 -- Sophomore Boys "A"
9:27 -- Sophomore Boys "B"
9:39 -- Freshman Boys "C"
9:55 -- Freshman Boys "A"
10:03 -- Freshman Boys "B"
10:11 -- Freshman Boys "C"
10:19 -- Freshman Boys "D"
10:27 -- Freshman Boys "E"
10:36 -- Intermediate Boys "Grades 7-8"
10:43 -- Intermediate Girls "Grades 7-8"
10:52 -- Freshman Girls "A"
11:01 -- Freshman Girls "B"
11:10 -- Freshman Girls "C"
11:19 -- Freshman Girls "D"
11:28 -- Junior Varsity Boys "A"
11:40 -- Junior Varsity Girls "A"
11:52 -- Junior Varsity Boys "B"
12:04 -- Junior Varsity Girls "B"
12:16 -- Junior Varsity Boys "C"
12:28 -- Junior Varsity Girls "C"
12:40 -- Junior Varsity Boys "D"
12:52 -- Sophomore Girls "A"
1:03 -- Sophomore Girls "B"
1:15 -- Peter L Waters Varsity Boys "A"
1:27 -- George T Eastment Varsity Boys "B"
1:39 -- Dr Francis J Sweeny Varsity Boys "C"
1:51 -- Joseph P Kearny Varsity Boys "D"
2:03 -- Edward D O'Toole Varsity Boys "E"
2:15 -- Lindy J Remigino Varsity Boys "F"
2:27 -- John N Johnson Varsity Boys "G"
2:37 -- Edward J Bowes/Girls Eastern States Championship Race
2:49 -- Warren Right Varsity Girls "A"
3:01 -- BR. Gregory Hunt FSC Varsity Girls "B"
3:13 -- Mike Cohen Varsity Girls "C"
3:25 -- Fred Dwyer Varsity Girls "D"
3:37 -- Irv Kintisch Varsity Girls "E"
3:49 -- Sr. Geraldine Bowes Varsity Girls "F"
*Races will will be added or deleted depending upon final entries.
*All races are equal championships within each division, except
the Eastern States Championship Race. Therefore, an attempt will
be made to seed all races equally.
2005 - Saratoga
girls win a close one. Fayetteville-Manlius boys win decisively.
Aislinn Ryan dominates. While Justin Harbour is fastest boy. It
rained and rained, and just when you thought the wind couldn't
get any worse - it got a lot worse. It was a day that most NY coaches
say was one of the worst days ever for a meet and the worst Manhattan
has seen since the mid 1970's. And while the Yankees game was canceled,
the races went on all day - on schedule. The boys races had a little
more diversity, but Fayettville-Manlius, NY was the best team again
on this day, putting 4 under 13:00 and a 5th at 13:16 to beat CBA
and Morris Hills, both of NJ.
Girls Eastern States - Defending Foot Locker national champion Aislinn
Ryan crushes the Girls Eastern States field in 14:04, third fastest
girls time ever on Van Cortlandt Park's 2.5-mile course (13:57 Nicole
Blood in 2004, Erin Keough 14:02 in 1986). Ryan finished 39 seconds
in front of Saratoga's first two -- Hannah Davidson 14:43 and Lindsey
Ferguson 14:46. Considering the driving rain conditions, it may have
been the greatest girls performance ever at Van Cortlandt Park.
the race, there was speculation that US#1 NE#1 Saratoga, winner of
this meet 5 straight years, might be vulnerable. The results proved
this is true, but the mighty Toga squad prevailed over NE#2 Hilton
NY 133-147, with six more teams scoring within 100 points (Suffern
NY 193, Warwick Valley NY 205, Eleanor Roosevelt MD 205,, Colts Neck
NJ 212, Bronxville NY 213, and Fayetteville-Manlius NY 232.) Saratoga's
spread of 1:38 (2-3-26-48-54) was the widest in years and Hilton's
fifth girl finished ahead of Saratoga's fourth, but Saratoga's top
end duo was enough to carry the day for the defending champs. Hilton
(4-17-38-41-47) was led by Amanda Griggs 14:47 in fourth place.
2004 - A
record day at a cross country mecca, as two team average records
are crushed, an individual course record goes down as well, and
the other stays on the books by less than a second. The talk leading
up to the Manhattan Invitational was about Saratoga Springs and
speculation about their place in cross country history. The chatter
will only increase. But now you've got to add the boys from Fayetteville-Manlius
NY to the mix as one of the great teams ever. Nicole Blood used
the back woods to gap Warwick Valley's Aislinn Ryan, and pulled
away over the final straightaway to finish in 13:57 and break the
18-year-old mark of 14:01.9 set by of Langley Virginia's Erin Keogh
in 1986. And her team wasn't far behind, finishing in 3rd, 7th,
13th and 15th for 39 points with an estimated team average of 14:34.
The mark smashes their own record of 14:57.54 set last year.
individual matchup of the day for the boys was in Varsity Race
G, as Newton North's Chris Barnicle missed the meet record of Victor
Gras by less than a second, going 12:18 to beat Northport's Kevin
Tschirhart by 21 seconds. Fayettetteville-Manlius followed up their
record day at McQuaid to break Shenendehowa NY's 2003 record by
nearly ten seconds, averaging 12:48.82. Oh, and 23 boys broke 13.
That's a record, too, by one.
2003 - One of the most brilliant of the many Manhattans. Victor
Gras - 12:17.1 breaks John Trautman's 18-year-old meet record.
Nicole Blood 14:17.8 leads Saratoga girls to first sub-15:00 average
team time. Saratoga scored 56 points to beat Argyle 87 and Bay
Shore 120. Shenendehowa NY boys 12:58.7 team average is a meet
2002 - The mud was the story of the day, but it didn't stop Nicole
Blood and Brendan Fennell from turning in stellar performances.
Blood leads Saratoga girls 24 to 89-point margin in Eastern States
Girls Championship. Shenendehowa NY boys 13:15.8 had fastest average
boys time. (top boys teams are spread across seven varsity races,
so there is no head to head team winner).
2001 - Meet is an emotional affirmation of New York and American
spirit, just one month after the September 11 World Trade Center
attack. Brian Dalpiaz and Tracy Brauksiek are the fastest runners
of the day. Saratoga NY girls win Eastern States. Old Bridge NJ
is a split second winner of fastest boys team time over Bishop
Hendricken RI and St. John's MA.
2000 - Julia Pudlin's "one last burst" catches Erin
Donohue at the finish (below). Saratoga's deep squad wins varsity
girls by 88 points and scores perfect 15 in both JV races. Charles
Million NY and Austin Smith VA share fastest boys time of the day,
12:35. Danbury CT boys 13:19.3 have fastest team average.
1999 - Colonie NY edges Saratoga NY 59-61. Third was Peninsula
CA 101 (#1 in Rich Gonzalez' California Southern Section) rankings.
Laurel Burdick of Fayetteville-Manlius, Syracuse NY, unbeaten in
her sophomore season, won the individual race in 14:34.6, best
girls time of the day, 5 seconds ahead of Lisa Capello of Starpoint
NY and 16 seconds ahead of Danielle Coon of Saratoga. Colonie is
still without their top runner, Jen Kramer, who has missed the
season due to a stress fracture.