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Q+A with Brendan Wortner
Dobbs Ferry senior Brendan Wortner earned his second outdoor track state medal by finishing sixth (top 6 in each division get medals) in the Division 2 standings and 14th overall in the 3K steeplechase with a finals time of 9:45.24 at the New York State Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Cicero-North Syracuse High School on June 9 according to nymilesplit.com.
Wortner was sixth last year too, finishing 18th overall.
We congratulate Brendan on his outstanding achievement and thank him for taking the time to answer the below questions:
Q. What did it mean to you to medal in an outdoor state meet for the second year in a row?
A. It feels good to medal again in the state meet, especially in the conditions that I ran in this past weekend. It was raining fairly hard, the steeple barriers were slippery, and the water pit was on the outside of the track instead of the inside, which messed me up a little bit mentally.
Q. Why were you as successful as you were at the state meet?
A. I don't have any other explanation for how well I did other than the fact that I was coached by the best, JP Kaminski. He was pretty much yelling at me the whole way to keep focused and to look beyond the barriers, which helped me clear them efficiently.
Q. The conditions, like the pouring rain and an uncoventional layout of the steeple barriers you had to compete in, as you pointed out, weren't the best. How did you navigate through them?
A. It was tough, but I tried to tune it all out and just focus on the people in front of me and getting over the barriers smoothly.
Q. Was this your last meet running for Dobbs Ferry and if so, what will you miss most about running for your school?
A. Yes, this was my last meet as a Dobbs Ferry Eagle, and I will certainly miss my coach JP. He was always there for me and was alway willing to stay late to practice barriers with me and all I needed to do was shoot him a text or call him about any problems I might've had and he would be quick to provide the answers for me. He was the best coach a guy like me could ever ask for.
Q. Where are you going to run in college and how much forward are you looking to compete at the next level?
A. I'm going to run for SUNY Geneseo (go blue knights!) in college, and I really look forward to it. I've been up to the area many times because my brother goes there, and it's going to be awesome to train with him once again and to run with the rest of the team this coming fall season.
Q. In college, are you doing both cross country and track?
A. Yes, I will be doing both cross-country and track in college.
King Competes as well
Dobbs Ferry senior Sarah King competed on the girls side, finishing ninth in the 2K Steeplechase in Division 2 and 25th overall with a finals time of 7:38.94 according to nymilesplit.com.
The Girls Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) Team will hold tryouts from 6:30-8:30 p.m. tonight at Ossining High School according to the LoHud Girls Basketball Blog.
Any girl who played in Section 1 this past season and is eligible to play high school basketball this winter is allowed to try out for the squad.
For more information on the BCANY, check out the link to its website.
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