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The Reebok Manhattan College Invitational — running from 9 am until after 4 pm on Saturday — will once again features more than 250 teams, including the 33 from 10 states which will toe the line in the Eastern States Invitational Race at the recently refurbished Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.
That race features 20 teams ranked in their home state and two teams ranked nationally. This one should be a rematch of last year's race that saw C.B.A. (N.J.) beat Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.), 60-103. C.B.A has already demonstrated just how good it is this season, scoring a perfect 15 points with a 16:15 average at Bowdoin Park three weeks ago.
Fayetteville-Manlius — on the other hand — has not raced even once this year. F-M is ranked 13th in the country by Marc Bloom and boasts one of the best individuals in the race — Syracuse-bound senior Nick Ryan.
St. Anthony's of Long Island should also be considered a contender. Last week it averaged 17:07 on a famously slow Sunken Meadow State Park and is ranked second in New York State. Bishop Hendricken — Rhode Island's top-ranked squad as well as ranked sixth nationally — should also be vying for the title.
Defending individual champion Edward Cheserek of St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.) will be making his season debut in the race this year. Last year her destroyed the field as well as the meet and course records when he ran 11:55.4 — the first prep runner to ever break 12 minutes. There's no telling what kind of shape he's in now but Cheserek is never one to shy away from a fast pace. With weather predictions expected to be much better than last year, you could just see a time in the 11:40s.
Carmel's Eric Holt and Lake Shore's T.J. Hornberger are two New Yorkers to watch out for. Holt — the top ranked boy in New York State — recently won the Six Flags Wild Safari race in 14:51. Hornberger was second at the McQuaid Invitational in 14:51 two weeks ago.
Boys Eastern States Championship @ 2:15 pm
|Box||Team||State||Team Rankings||Individuals to Watch|
|10||Bishop Hendricken||R.I.||R.I. #1 • U.S. #6||Michael Potter|
|23||Brighton||N.Y.||N.Y. Class B #7||Will Ronchetti|
|29||Corning-Painted Post East||N.Y.||N.Y. Class A #13||Stephen Rossettie|
|9||Don Bosco Prep||N.J.||N.J. #2||Kyle Levermore|
|8||Fayetteville-Manlius||N.Y.||N.Y. Class A #6, U.S. #13||Nick Ryan, Bryce Millar|
|24||Germantown Friends||Pa.||Pa. Class A #5||Samu Aziz|
|17||Hilton||N.Y.||N.Y. Class A #21||Tyler Ranke|
|18||La Salle Academy||R.I.||R.I. #3||Adam Rego|
|14||Laguna Hills||Calif.||Calif. Div 3 #12||Kyle Koch|
|20||Lake Shore||N.Y.||N.Y. Class B #20||T.J. Hornberger|
|22||Midlothian||Va.||Va. #3||Sean Willard, Andrew Gorsuch|
|27||Monsignor Farrell||N.Y.||N.Y. Class A #10, NYC #2||Dan Galford|
|25||Montpelier||Vt.||Vt. #12||Daniell Grosvenor|
|26||Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons||N.Y.||N.Y. Class B #1||Jordan Pantalone, Jason Lange|
|1||Salesianum||Del.||Del. #2||Pat Hally|
|12||South Burlington||Vt.||Vt. #1||Malcolm Plunket|
|19||St. Anthony's||N.Y.||N.Y. Class A #2||Patrick Ginty|
|4||Tatnall||Del.||Del. #1||Stephen Garrett|
|7||Walt Whitman||N.Y.||N.Y. Class A #14||Zachary Cammer|
|2||West Chester Henderson||Pa.||Pa. #3||Tony Russell|
|3||St. Benedicts||N.J.||Edward Cheserek|
|15||Taylor Allderdice||Pa.||Ean DeSilvio|