Manhattan Invitational Girls Letter Race Previews

43rd Annual Manhattan Invitational Girls Letter Race Preview

Much of the day's action at Van Cortlandt Park will be devoted to the Letter races, and there are great matches on hand for all. Time was a bit limited for pulling in info from all of the different states. Also apologies to non-NY teams if the rating scores don't quite capture your full strength, as some of the estimations are really tough. The following summaries should give at least some idea of what's in store for the girls' 6 Letter duels.


Every year in the Manhattan Letters there is the Race of Death where strong teams struggle to finish in the top 10 behind a slew of dreadnoughts. Often it is the A race, which this year is more of an even-balanced affair. One obvious choice for the scary RoD is D in which the top end would rival some of the athletes in the Easterns race. Two Clash of the Titans struggles will see Warwick take on Guilderland, while a Section 1 battle between Suffern and John Jay-CR will conclude the day. Last year's Letter winners A through F were Liverpool, Padua, Bronxville, Monroe-Woodbury, Guilderland, and Cornwall.

All the races appear to have chances for some great battles either for the title or a top 5 finish. A special highlight for the Letter races is the presence of two of the top runners in the nation competing to post the best time of the day, as Mainland Regional's Alyssa Aldridge runs in Race C against Lydia Oliviere of Padua. Both will be looking to get some great story lines from Manhattan

Cheers to all, and remember not to start sprinting all out when you come out of the woods. There's still 600 meters to go.

Race by Race Breakdown

Girls Race A

Girls Race B

Girls Race C

Girls Race D

Girls Race E

Girls Race F