Manhattan Invitational – 38th Annual Meet
Preview for Girls Races A - F
Saturday, October 9, 2010. Van Cortlandt Park -- the Bronx
In addition to the premier Eastern States race, the Manhattan Invitational will be running 6 other varsity letters named from A to F. Some of the top teams from the region will be sprinkled among the races, and a lot of key matchups of NY schools of the same size will be contested along with the usual battles of little powerhouses against the big schools.
The following includes a brief summary of the top teams and runners who can be easily determined for each race. Inevitably, the non-NY schools will be shortchanged since info is harder to dig up, but the previews give a general idea of what will be great about each race. Teams and runners are not necessarily listed in order of speed levels because information is not available for many teams.
Teams at the Top: West Chester Henderson (PA-3), Cicero- North Syracuse (NY-AA-16), Guilderland (NY-AA-17), Boone (FL-22), Connetquot, Pope John XXIII (NJ)
Runners with Hops: Maria Lamontagne (CNS), Nicole Watterud (CNS), Janie Augustyn (WCH), Amanda Eisman (WCH), Michelle Fish (Guild), Juliana Marcucci (Riverhead), Anna Pickett (Guild), Mary Weelsh (Manhassett), Jacqlynn Halstead (CNS), Heather Classe (Boone-FL), Caroline Coleman (Boone-FL), Jessie Smillie (Connet)
Overview: Two closely ranked NYS AA schools are matched against one of PA’s top teams and a strong team from FL.
Teams at the Top: Shenendehowa (NY-AA-5), LaSalle (RI-1), Ithaca (NY-AA-9), Academy of the Holy Names (NY-A-6), Nanuet (NY-B-3), Marcellus (NY-B-7), Clarence (NY-AA-15), Rush-Henrietta (NY-AA-18), Shaker (NY-AA-24), Bayport-Blue Pt (NY-B-12)
Runners with Hops: Lizzie Predmore (Shen), Catherine Maloy (Holy Names), Megan Young (Nan), Leah Triller (Holy Names), Molly Keating and Caroline Falvey and Emily Papazian and Evie Jensen and Caitlin Marino (LaSalle), Anne Carey (St. John Baptist), Gabby Mancuso (New Paltz), Kaitlin McCadden (Clar), Mary Carroll (Ith), Lizzie Greiner R-H)
Overview: In soccer terms, this is the group of death. Seems to have by the most talent loaded into this race with some interesting matchups for Class AA and B teams. La Salle appears to have most of RI’s top runners on the team if the rating listings are to be believed.
Teams at the Top: Bronxville (NY-C-2), Wantagh (NY-A-8), St. John Villa (NY-A-11), Pawling (NY-C-7), Suffern, Cranston West (RI)
Runners with Hops: Ursula Svoboda (Suf), Rachel Paul (Sachem East), Mary Cain (Brx), Meredith Rizzo (Brx), Alyssa Knott (Smithtown), Christine Connolly (SJV), Amelia Phillips (Brx), Jillian Biagini (SJV), Lindsey Acuri (Bay Shore), Morgan Meaney (Pawl)
Overview: Can anyone knock off little Bronxville, the top TR-rated team in NY Class C? May have missed finding a power team from out of state, but this race appears to be for the Broncos to win.
Teams at the Top: Pearl River (NY-B-2), Colonie (NY-AA-11), Tappan Zee (NY-A-8), Damascus (MD-13), Atlee (VA-16), John Jay – East Fishkill, Brewster (NY-A-20), Lakeland-Panas, Mahopac, East Greenwich (RI-8), Berne-Knox-Westerlo (NY-C-18)
Runners with Hops: Lauren Hehir (Washingtonville), Erica Guerin (PR), Ceili McMorrow (PR), Courtney Tedeschi (BKW), Ariana Bottalico (Brew), Jackie Malocki (Col), Carolina Casin-Silva (LP), Gabrielle Drummond (JJ-EF), Cailie Kohlbrenner (TZ), Taylor Jo Gillen (TZ), Gabrielle Robert (JJ-EF), Jaimee Dorsey (EG-RI)
Overview: Varied group of fairly well matched strong teams. Pearl River will test itself against large-school Colonie and some moderately strong out-of-state teams.
Teams at the Top: North Penn (PA-7), Ridge (NJ-6), Pingry (NJ-18), Liverpool, Rye (NY-B-14), Scotia-Glenville,
Runners with Hops: Meghan McGovern (NP-PA), Gina Talt (Mamaroneck), Bridget Hanna (Our Lady of Mercy), Rachel Patman (Liv), Sabina Bains (Ridge-NJ), Simrian Bains (Ridge-NJ), Kaylee Scott (Columbia), Becky Colorio (SG)
Overview: The NJ and PA schools should battle it out for the E title in a field with limited strength NY teams.
Teams at the Top: Greenwich (NY-C-1), Mountain Lakes (NJ-8), West Islip (NY-AA-22), Notre Dame (NY-B-10), Holland Patent (NY-C-4), Morris Hills (NJ-16), Ridgefield (CT-22), Somers, Commack
Runners with Hops: Betsy Edinger (Green), Leah Rice (HP), Jana Sedlacek MH-NJ), Ali Foote (WI), Allison Stapleton (Com), Madeline Montague (Green), Erin Neville (Com), Kayla Neville (Com), Sarah King (Dobbs Ferry), Mallory Warner (Baldwinsville), Kristen Landry (ML-NJ) Colleen Richter (ML-NJ)
Overview: Another race along with C that a small NY Class C might be favored to win. Greenwich may get a battle from a pretty strong Mountain Lakes team and the bigger West Islip squad.