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Bowdoin State Park, Wappingers Falls NY
November 24, 2007
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it's a Shen and Warwick show
(Play a little Sinatra as you read along)
By Tom Cuffe, DyeStat NTN NY Boys Editor
The top two teams from the NTN NY Race on Saturday, November 24 will qualify for the BIG SHOW in Portland, Oregon = THE NIKE TEAM NATIONALS, Saturday, December 1. Race time for this NY extravaganza is 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. The location will be at the legendary NYS Federation Meet course at Bowdoin Park in the Hudson Valley Region of the Empire State right there on the shores of the Henry Hudson. Be advised the wind chill factor can be brutal. Bring the dri-fit by Nike, the thermals and lots and lots of HOT CHOCOLATE.
I’m leaving today:
Well actually some teams will probably be leaving on Friday and staying over but most schools will probably hop on the old yeller school bus head up the day of the event.
I want to be a part of it:
Well these ten teams will take to the starting line making for a relatively small championship field of 70 runners.
School Name - Club Name
Ithaca (Finger Lakes)
Smithtown (Blue Collar)
Warwick Valley (Purple Wave)
Chaminade – not listed BUT I do believe they are entered.
These vagabond shoes, are longing to stray:
Actually a good strategy would be to go with some good spikes 3/8 inch or 1/2 inch and sharpen them up the night before (ala Ty Cobb) and get ready for a 5000 meter war. Make sure you double knot those puppies on race day and get ready to roll! Bring the mineral oil too.
Right through the very heart of it:
Well the heart of the matter is this; Shenendehowa just won the NYS Federation Meet in a mammoth field of 255 finishers which is an outstanding feat of athletic prowess. Warwick Valley won the much smaller NYSPHSAA Championship the week before in Canada (Norwood area) over Shen 41 to 61 which works out to a 20 point victory. Queensbury has been a wonderful team all year long and will go to war with these top two squads. The Spartans won their NYPHSAA Class A Title with ease at the same site. Throw a wonderful Shaker seven into the mix with their big three and magical things could happen here. So the race for the qualifying spots appears to be between these four teams which have been at or near of the top of the NYS Rankings and the Fab Five all year long.
I wanna wake up in a city, that doesn’t sleep
And find I’m king of the hill - top of the heap:
This is what it’ll take to become king of the hill, finish in the top two spots. In this mathematical formula 1 = 2 and 2 = 1 (this is something that Professor John Nash of Princeton University and “A Beautiful Mind” could actually prove – a rather scary thought!). And the favorites to fulfill this formula are Warwick & Shen – Shen & Warwick. This for all intents and purposes could actually be a “glorified” -- VERY GLORIFIED -- dual meet, my apologies to all others. In such a small field these two teams will be able to key off of one another see each other all the way. The make-up of the course; because it is so wide and open will make for spectacular viewing not just for the on-lookers but for those participants in the race as well.
This is how these two team match up based off of season long individual rankings (thank you Mr. Bill Meylan).
Alex Leuchanka 11 09-AA Warwick
Mike Fox 12 09-AA Warwick
Mike Danaher 11 02-AA Shenendehowa
Brad Ackerman 12 09-AA Warwick
Brian Trainor 11 02-AA Shenendehowa
Jamie Glover 11 02-AA Shenendehowa
Dan Prial 12 09-AA Warwick
Greg Miniger 12 09-AA Warwick
Dan Harris 10 02-AA Shenendehowa
Tim Luthin 9 09-AA Warwick
Jon McDonald 12 02-AA Shenendehowa
Alex Belensz 12 02-AA Shenendehowa
James Hurley 12 09-AA Warwick
Brent Pavlik 11 02-AA Shenendehowa
But these are ever so close across the board. Now throw in the other 56 runners especially those from Queensbury, Shaker and Smithtown and this will be a very hard fought Championship Race.
These little town blues, are melting away
I’ll make a brand new start of it - in old New York:
Now this is not to say that Queensbury and or Shaker or for that matter Smithtown can’t get in there and duke it out with the top two. No little town blues for them. They are all very talented squads and the “any given Saturday” syndrome could come into play here and we could have an upset – no doubt these are all well seasoned and well coached harriers squads which will come to put it all on the line.
Watch for Giovanni Signoretti of Smithtown, Matt Flint of Queensbury and R.J Sniffen of Shaker to lead their respective teams.
New York, New York
I want to wake up in a city, that never sleeps
And find I’m “A” number one -- top of the list --king of the hill
“A” number one:
And “A” Number one goes to…………………………………..
You heard it here first:
Shen & Warwick tie >>> go to the six man tie breaker!
And if I can make it there, I’m gonna make it anywhere
It's up to you - New York, New York