Marc My Words: Dorsainvil, O’Grady race to victory at ECC Championships

Jc Santa Teresa goes the distance on another continent


Continuing a string of personal and team successes this season, the St. Thomas Aquinas College track and field teams turned in strong finishes at the East Coast Conference Championships at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester.

The Spartans, directed by head coach Lorne Marcus of Pomona, placed fourth in the men’s standings and the Lady Spartans also placed fourth in the women’s competition.

The men were sparked by Winslow Dorsainvil of Monsey and Dyan Bestler of Williston Park.

Dorsainvil, who is a Spring Valley HS alum, started his day taking first place in the 4×100, combining with Travis Volpe of Commack, Ricardo Reid of Mount Vernon and Lloyd Smalling to clock 43.06. Dorsainvil came back to win the 100 meters in a prelims-time of 10.68 and a finals-time of 10.52 (a school record) and then won the 200 in a time of 21.94 (a personal standard).

Bestler, freshman from Mineola, was another individual winner, clocking 59.09 in the 400 intermediate hurdles.

Reid was fourth in the open 400 in a time of 51.83.  Tristan Holmgren of Valhalla, who was coming off an injury, was runner-up in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet .05 inches while Jamer Linares of Nyack ran fourth in the 10,000 meters with a time of 36:17.02.

In the women’s competition, sophomore Katie O’Grady of Tomkins Cove and Kristen Borriello of Montgomery produced individual triumphs.

O’Grady, an alumna of North Rockland HS,   proved unbeatable in the 10,000 meters in a time of 41:40.87 while Borriello, a freshman from Montgomery, was first in the 1,500 against a highly competitive field in a time of 4:52.01.

Gina Funaro of Queens took second in the 400 hurdles in a time of 1:12.89 while Gabby Sloezen of Westwood, N.J., took third in the 400 with a time of 60.11 as well as finishing sixth in the 200 with a time of 25.89, representing a school standard.

Allison Borriello of Montgomery took a 4th place finish in the 800 with a time of 2:25.73.  Meaghan Ventarola finished in 2nd place in the Steeplechase where she ran 12:16.48 and Cecelia Pfleging took 3rd place in the Steeplechase in 12:28.19.  The 4×800 team of Meaghan Ventarola, Patricia Nersten, Kristen Borriello, and Allison Borriello took 2nd place in a time of 10:06.79. Kelsey Barnes took 3rd place in the Discus with a throw of 29.34 meters and finished 5th in the shot put with a throw 10.09 meters.

WIND HIM UP, WATCH HIM RUN: Jc Santa Teresa of Nanuet, who views marathons as a walk in the park, completed his third 160km Bataan death march in the Philippines just weeks after completing a string of 21 50k’s. But he didn’t stop there, moving on to Punta Arenas, Chile, for another marathon before departing for a flight to King George Island (Antarctica). The plane was turned back due to bad weather, prompting another 50k in Punta Arenas with his friend, Adriana. When the weather finally cleared, Jc and another friend, Diane, arrived in Antarctica at night. “We slept in our tents,” related Santa Teresa. “Yes, it was cold (about 37F) but not as cold as New York! The race started about 6 a.m. I paced my friend for a 50K.” Next stop? Only Jc knows.

RED DRAGONS ROARING: The nationally top-ranked Cortland baseball team, behind pitcher Alex Weingarten of East Rockaway, routed Oneonta, 13-0, in the opening game of a three-game SUNYAC series at Wallace Field. The Red Dragons, including infielder Anthony Simon of Suffern, followed with a doubleheader sweep, combining for 31 runs and 39 hits to prevail, 10-3 and 21-3. Prior to the twin-bill, long-time coach Bob Wallace was honored posthumously. Wallace, who was a Navy veteran, passed away last December at age 87.

QUICK HITTERS: Redshirt senior Meg McNally of Hillburn netted three goals as the Mercy College women’s lacrosse team dropped an East Coast Conference contest to Dowling College, 18-11, in Dobbs Ferry. The Mavericks bounced back with a thrilling 15-14 victory over Roberts Wesleyan College on senior day. McNally scored back-to-back goals to rally to even the game at 12-12, and freshman keeper Cara Moran of Tomkins Cove played the final 38:07 and made six saves to improve to 3-0.  Senior Keri Watson of Massapequa Park scored the game-winner.The Mavericks close the regular season on April 25, meeting Molloy College in Rockville Centre at noon. … Junior Tara Monaghan of Stony Point had four goals as the nationally fourth-ranked Cortland women’s lacrosse team routed host New Paltz, 21-4. Senior Emma Hayes-Hurley of Huntington and junior Ashley Gentile of Baldwinsville each tallied six goals as the Red Dragons improved to 14-1 overall and 7-0 in the SUNYAC. … The Dominican College baseball team split a doubleheader with Concordia College of Bronxville at Provident Bank Park in Pomona. The Chargers won the opener, 5-4, but Concordia bounced back with a 11-6 victory. Suffern HS alum William Seymour of Sloatsburg, a junior outfielder, batted .262 with 10 RBI and a team-second-best 15 walks through 30 games for the Chargers.… Freshman Lauren Cappello of New City is batting .279 with 10 RBI in 22 games for the New Paltz softball team, while sophomore Megan Carbia of Tomkins Cove is batting .333 in 11 games. The Hawks close the regular season with doubleheaders at home against Brockport on April 25 and Brooklyn College on April 27. … The Dominican College softball team improved to 23-15 overall and 15-5 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) play after sweeping visiting Holy Family University, 10-0 in five innings and 10-2 in six innings, at the DC Field in Orangeburg. The Lady Chargers end the regular campaign with back-to-back twin-bills at home against Golden-Beacom on April 25 at 1 p.m. and Southern Connecticut State University on April 26 at noon. … Conor Reeves of Tappan had one goal and an assist and Patrick Kelly of West Nyack had a goal as the Dominican College men’s lacrosse team fell to 11th-ranked Molloy College, 20-10, at the Torne Valley Sports Complex in Hillburn. … Freshman Ashley Lew of New City is batting .266 in 31 games for the Pace University softball team. The Setters meet Dominican College on April 24 in a 3 p.m. twin-bill at Pace Field in Briarcliff. … Nyack HS alum Anthony Accardi of Valley Cottage had an assist as the nationally 10th-ranked Mercy College men’s lacrosse team clinched the program’s first-ever ECC playoff berth with a convincing 17-4 victory over Dominican College at the Torne Valley Complex in Hillburn. The Mavericks (10-3, 5-2 ECC) secured the No. 3 seed and will play at No. 2 seed NYIT in the semifinals on April 29 at a time to be announced. … Clarkstown South HS alum Bryan Greig of New City turned in another sharp outing on the mound, going the distance as the Mercy College baseball team earned a doubleheader split with perennial ECC power Dowling College at Mercy Field in Dobbs Ferry. The Mavericks won 4-2 behind Greig, who has been a workhorse all season, after losing the opener, 3-1.

THIS & THAT: Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, who has co-authored “The Journey Home, My Life in Pinstripes,” will appear at Book & Greetings, 271 Livingston Street in Northvale, N.J., just across the border from Tappan, on May 14 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. This is a ticketed event. For information call 201-784-2665.