Boys Manhattan Preview - Races A-G

Manhattan Invitational – 38th Annual Meet

Preview for Boys Races A - G

Saturday, October 9, 2010. Van Cortlandt Park -- the Bronx


In addition to the premier Eastern States race, the Manhattan Invitational will be running 7 other varsity letters named from A to G. 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.


Race Previews


Race A

Time: 12:51

Teams at the Top: Monsignor Farrell (NY-AA15), Ridge (NJ-6), Bayport-Blue Point (NY-B2), Commack (NY-AA-24), St. John the Baptist (NY-AA-25), Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons (NY-B-15)

Runners with Hops: Andrew Valenski Massapequa), Kyle Gronostaj (Columbia) Dan Gilford (Mon Far), Connor Crowley (BBP), Justin Tampellini (Com), Evan Roelke (Ridge-NJ), Joe Ray (BBP), Brendan Camenzuli (SJB)

Overview: Ridge may have just enough pack density to beat Monsignor Farrell and Bayport-Blue Point for A title. Valenski and Gronostaj appear to be the top two guys up around the 180 TR mark.


Race B

Time: 1:03

Teams at the Top: Connetquot (NY-AA-6), Walter Johnson (MD-2), Scarsdale, Dobbs Ferry (NY-C-12)

Runners with Hops: Daniel Siegel Great Neck South, Alex Willett WJ-MD), Zach Krause (Con), Tyler Murtha (Con), Brendan Wortner (Dobbs Ferry), Nick Regan (WJ-MD), Josh Ellis (WJ-MD), Scott Little (Con), Derek Palafox (Bellport), Brian Busby (New Paltz)

Overview: Not a deep field here, but the race includes the top NY team not running in the Eastern States race and one of the top teams from MD. The score between Connetquot and Walter Johnson should be very close.


Race C

Time: 1:15

Teams at the Top: Somers (NY-A-6), Randolph (NJ-24), Brewster (NY-A-13, but reportedly a scratch), Shoreham-Wading River (NY-A-19), Washingtonville, Pope John XXIII (NJ), Harrison, Morris Hills (NJ), Damascus

Runners with Hops: Martin Hehir (Wash), Collin Frost (R-NJ), Ed Brown (Colonie), Travis Mayer (Central Square), Charles Conway (Som), John Lee (SWR), Ben Kraines (Scotia-Glenville), Chris Repecki (Har), Mitchell Kun (Sheepshead Bay), Charlie Carr and Justin Maguire (Brewster-scratch),

Overview: This field has a fair amount of depth, but Somers appears to have the most upper level talent.  Randolp has the up front strength and so does Washingtonville.


Race D

Time: 1:27

Teams at the Top: St. Anthony’s (NY-AA-10), Cicero-North Syracuse (NY-AA-13), Queensbury (NY-A-8), Holland Patent (NY-C-2), Pawling (NY-C-3), Guilderland NY-AA-21), Walt Whitman (NY-AA-23), Atlee (VA-21), Toll Gate (RI-15)

Runners with Hops: Chris Buchanan (CNS), Andrew Catanese (Atlee-VA), Dylan Racha (HP), Cody Racha (HP), Michael Turi (John Jay – East Fishkill), Eric Holt (Carmel), Gary Messina (Q), Michael Damato (WW), Thomas Diliberto (StA), Zach Cammer (WW), James McDonough (Mahopac), Andrew Coy (Guild), Nico Turok (Guild)

Overview: Could be the most loaded of the fields with a lot of competitive matchups with St. Anthony’s going up against CNS, Queensbury, Guilderland, and Walt Whitman (NY). On the small-school level, the contest between the #2 and #3 Class C teams Holland Patent and Pawling will also be worth watching.


Race E

Time: 1:39

Teams at the Top: Shenendehowa (NY-AA-14), Smithtown (NY-AA-19), Suffern (NY-AA-20), Jordan Elbridge (NY-C-5), Liverpool, Rye

Runners with Hops: Victor Palumbo (Eastchester), Tyler Frigge (Suf), Ian Dorset (Shen), Taylor Love (Rye), Charles Morris and Steven Bourget (Manhassett), Greg Bader (JE)

Overview: Not that much depth in the field, but a number of the closely ranked NY AA teams get to square off against each other.


Race F

Time: 1:50

Teams at the Top: St. Mark’s (DE-2), North Rockland (NY-AA-8), Ithaca (NY-AA-9), Marcellus (NY-B-1), Sachem East (NY-AA-16), Delaware Military Academy (DE-10), Chaminade (NY-AA-17), Brandywine (DE-25), Greenwich (NY-C-18)

Runners with Hops: Edward Owens (Packer Collegiate-NY#1), Thom Harrington (StM-DE), Alex Saavedra (SE), Chris Steenkomer (StM-DE), Matt Johnson (Ith), Benjamin Malone (Pascack Valley-NJ), Ryan Manahan (Mar), Chanon Tuntivate (B-DE), Kyle Fox (StM-DE), James Naglieri (NR), Travis Payne (DMA-DE), William Slattery (Cham), Austin Lane (Gr)

Overview: Big teams from NY vs. a lot of teams from DE. Lots of talent here, and the battle between Owens, Harrington, and Saavedra should be a scorcher.


Race G

Time: 2:03

Teams at the Top: St. John’s Prep (MA-3), Georgetown Prep (MD-15), Pearl River (NY-B-7), Boone (FL-25), Mamaroneck, White Plains, Monroe-Woodbury, Bronxville (NY-C-6), Berne-Knox-Westerlo (NY-C-8),

Runners with Hops: Dan Zawalich (STP-MA), Ryan Phillips (Regis), Jon Green (SJP-MA), Joe Clark (SJP-MA), Sean Egan MW), Peter Gelston (WP), Phil Duncan (B-FL), Andrew Gyenis (GP-MD), Timothy Odin (SJP-MA), John Logan-Hines (B-FL), John Leonick (MW), Willie Underwood (Lake George)

Overview: St. John’s Prep was 2nd to St. Anthony’s in the Ocean States (RI) Championship race and is probably the favorite here.