Eastern States' Boys Letter Previews

 

40th Annual Manhattan Invitational Boys Letter Race Preview 

Saturday, October 13, 2012 --- Van Cortlandt Park --- 12:51 PM to 2:03 for 7 Races

Overview

Along with the championship Eastern States race, the Manhattan Invite will also include 7 other boys' varsity races identified with letters from A to F, and starting every 12 minutes. More than 230 teams will be running in the varsity letter races. The statistics included below use the TR speed ratings f or NY teams, and where possible they are also included for runners from out of state. Team position for out of state teams are estimated from state rankings and ratings.

Overall, race F looks like it should be especially competitive, with Lowell of MA facing off against Rush-Henrietta and Warwick Valley. The top rated guy could be Marcellus's Ryan Manahan, but there are a number of outstanding runners from outside of NY who I was not able to get TRs for, and Lowell's Patrick Coppinger should be one to watch.

Numbers in parentheses following teams and runners are the Tully Runner speed ratings, estimated as best as able.

 

* Race A

Time:   12:51

Teams at the Top:   Collegiate (167.4), Syosset (161.4), Shaker (157.8), Ridgewood (154.8), St. John's Prep (MA #11)

Runners with Hops:   Liam Mullet - Pingry (186), Ty Buckley - Colleg. (174), Jeremy Spezio - Greenwich (174), Andrew Tario - Averill Park (174), Marco Pompilj - Colleg. (171), Andrew Morra - Garden City (171), Max Morgan - Shaker (167), Nick Salamone - Ridgewood (167), Adam Schwenzfeier - Shaker (165), Sam Marchan - Trinity (165), Liam Buckley - Colleg. (165)

Overview:  A small private NYC school, Collegiate won the A race last year and looks set for a repeat. Pingry's Liam Mullet looks like the top guy.

* Race B

Time:   1:03

Teams at the Top:  Baldwinsville (167.8), St. John the Baptist (158.4), Chariho (RI #7), Tappan Zee (157.2), Lakeland-Panas (154.2)

Runners with Hops:  Alec Peinkofer - Bald. (185), Alex Shodai - Middletown (175), Tom Meehan - Eastport-SM (175), Luke Gavigan - TZ (172), Josh Perez - Bald. (171), Jon Holmes - Colonie (168), Galo Vasquez - LP (168), Andy Fleming - Bald. (167), Jake Johnson - Colonie (165), Paolo Fiore - SJB (165), Jake Martin - Bald. (165)

Overview:  Baldwinsville is ranked #10 in NY and is the pick over last year's F race winner St. John the Baptist. Alec Peinkofer looks to have a fair gap over contenders for the top guy.

* Race C

Time:   1:15

Teams at the Top:  Chelmsford (MA #10), Lincoln-Sudbury (MA #17), Calhoun (161.2), West Genesee (158.4), North Rockland (157.8)

Runners with Hops:  Jack Curran - Calh. (180), Dan Janeczko (174),  Quinn Cooney - Chelms. (172), Eli Hoenig - LS (171), Cavendar Salvadori (169), Patrick Kearns - LaGuardia (169), Mitchell Abrams - LaGuardia (167), Jack Yaworksy - Clinton (166), Damian Feeney - N.Rock (166), Matthew Nelson - Barnegat (NJ #32), Alex Mulhumure - Hunterdon Central (NJ #47), Dallin Smith - North Kingston (165), Chris Landi - Calhoun (165), Thomas Connelly - Wilmington Friends (165)

Overview:  Two MA powers should battle Calhoun and West Genesee for the title. Calhoun's Jack Curran leads the way.

* Race D

Time:   1:27

Teams at the Top:  Walter Johnson (MD #3), Hunterdon Central (NJ #11), West Morris - Mendham (NJ #15), New Paltz (158.4), Tewksbury (MA #24)

Runners with Hops:  Ryan Manahan - Marcellus (190), Paul Ehmann - Mendham (176), Alfredo Mazzuca - New Paltz (176), Cullin Burdett - North Salem (173), David Busby - New Paltz (172), Henry Smithers - Toll Gate (170), Brian Amaral (MA #12), Josh Lee - Glens Falls (168), Patrick Duboyce - Linganore (167),  Anthony Galvan - Riverhead (166), Jack Gugel - Jordan-Elbridge (166), Daniel Kosogof - WJ (166), James Duncam - WS (166), Saad Baig - Curtis (165), Mike Watts - Islip (165), Alex Mulhumure - Hunt Cent (NJ #47)

Overview:    Walter Johnson of MD is likely the favorite here. Ryan Manahan is ranked at the top of NY along with Carmel's Eric Holt and he should be in the clear here.

* Race E

Time:   1:39

Teams at the Top:  East Greenwich (RI #2), Liverpool (164.6), Massapequa (158.6), Kellenberg (156.4)

Runners with Hops:  Ryan Cooney - Mass. (180), Alex Fitzgerald - Ward Melville (175), Stephen Bourguet - Manhasset (173), Don Muldoon - Liver. (173), ben Fazio - East Green. (RI #4), Lloyd Webb - Ward Melville (173), Vincent Cicale - Ward Melville (171), Scott Kulm - East Greenw (RI #11), John Flannery - Bronxville (171), Eddie Cunningham - West Windsor Plainsboro North (170),

Overview:  Liverpool will see what one of RI's top team is packing, and Ryan Cooney of Massapequa will go off as the favorite here.

* Race F

Time:   1:50

Teams at the Top:  Lowell (MA #1), Rush-Henrietta (169.2), Warwick Valley (167.6), Pearl River (157.4), Morristown (NJ ranked #11), Westfield (NJ ranked #12), Queensbury (154.8), McKee (153.6), Haddon Township (NJ scored  #4)

Runners with Hops:  Patrick Coppinger - Lowell (MA #4), Mickey Burke - RH (183),  Brian Cook PR (181), Brennan Root - RH (179), Daniel Huben - Clarence (178), Jack Stevenson - Stuyvesant (178), Michael Kalenoski - Lowell (MA #23), Matthew Luppino - West. (177), Philo Germano - Albany (175), Grant Parelli -WV (172), Aaron Peterson - WV (171), Kevin Trimmer - McKee (170), Bradley Kaufman - East Meadow (170)

Overview:  I'm left speechless by the potential strength of this field. This appears to be the strongest race, with last year's E race winner up against Rush-Henrietta and Warwick Valley.. Lowell's Patrick Coppinger and Rush-Henrietta's Mickey Burke should duel.

* Race G

Time:   2:03

Teams at the Top:  Chaminade (165.6), Bayport-Blue Point (160.4), Haddonfield (NJ ranked # 15), Morris Hills (NJ scored #14), Cornwall (159.0), Sachem East (154.2),  Regis (151.8)

Runners with Hops:  Thomas Slattery - Cham (177),  Adam Lafemina - BBP (176),  Dan Dracup - Ithaca (175), Greg Halla - Haddon (173), Michael Vecchio - Corn (169), Sean Kelly - Cham (169), Matthew Walsh - Cham (169), Ben DaVanezia - Mountain Lakes (169), Chris Luciano - Mountain Lakes (168), Connor Quinn - Washingtonville (167)

Overview:  Chaminade came in 2nd in last year's A race and now seeks to take the title over Bayport-Blue Point and a pair of strong NJ schools. Top runner options should be pretty open.