WAPPINGERS FALLS – What had been going on Saturday had already been impressive.
Pearl River freshman Mary Borkoski besting a strong field; Suffern eighth-grader Mary Hennelly winning her race by more than 20 seconds; John Jay-Cross River senior Eion Nohilly capturing his first ever Section 1 Coaches title, Scarsdale’s Greg Crowley pulling away from Arlington’s Conor Stack to win by nearly 13 seconds; and Brewster’s Kevin Hazelwood recording the fastest time of the day to win his fourth major event this season.
Then came the sixth and final Section 1 Coaches Invitational varsity race of the day.
And a young team from the west side of the Hudson made Bowdoin Park seem like home turf.
North Rockland eighth-grader Katelyn Tuohy won in 18:28.3. Junior teammate Alex Harris was second and another Red Raider eighth-grader, Haleigh Morales, was third.
Amazingly, Tuohy stopped to ask directions after making a wrong turn while leading after a downhill leg.
“I tried to make it up,” she said of the seconds lost.
Pearl River coach Dan Doherty was concerned Borkoski (19:06.7) had gone out too fast. Less than half a mile into the 3.1-mile course, she led by 15 meters.
“But she just kept going and going and going,” he said with a smile.
“This year, she seems not to be in awe of anyone. She seems confident,” he said.
A total of 427 varsity boys and 354 varsity girls competed. Hennelly won her 113-girl race in 18:33.5. She credited that to training with junior teammate Rachel Ludwikowski, who finished fourth, and to having Thursday and Friday off from workouts.
“My legs were fresh and ready to go,” she said.
The senior Nohilly (16:39.3), who won at Manhattan last week, said Briarcliff’s Ryan Gallagher (second place, 16:48.1) and FDR’s Garrett Burnett (third, 16:57.7) made him run faster.
“Some tough guys pushed up front. I was able to get competitive and get through,” he said.
Hazelwood, who clocked 16:27.1, got the ultimate compliment from his race’s second-place finisher Drew Dorflinger of Plesasantville (16:42.9).
“You ran sick,” Dorflinger told Hazelwood, who earlier recorded victories at Washingtonville, the Brewster Bear and Manhattan.
Hazelwood’s time wasn’t a personal best at Bowdoin but did beat his Coaches time from last year by 20-plus seconds.
“This course is like my backyard,” Hazelwood said. “I love this place.”