Dalzon & Cirolia take 1-2 in the Suffern 300

Posted Tuesday, January 16, 2007 by Lohud.com

Weary Dalzon leads Stepinac 1-2 finish in Suffern 300
By Christopher Hunt
The Journal News
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(Original publication: January 16, 2007)

SUFFERN - Volter Dalzon of Stepinac felt he didn't have much left to give.

Two rounds of the 800-meter relay and two rounds of the 55 had left him spent.

But with a nudge from Crusaders coach Carlos Bedoya, he dragged his worn-out legs to the starting line of the 300 yards yesterday at the Suffern Invitational.

"My coach told me this is your last race," Dalzon said. "So if you're going to pass out after this, at least you'll be done."

If nothing else, that gave him enough incentive to attempt to get the race over with as fast as possible - and he won the 300 yards at Rockland Community College in 32.7 seconds.

The win didn't come easily for the senior, though. He slipped at the start, and the field began to pull away just steps into the race.

"Once I got my footing, I figured that I had nothing else to do but try as hard as I could," Dalzon said.

So with each step, he crept a little closer. And just before the last curve, Dalzon started tearing through the track, building a lead going into the stretch. His teammate followed and they finished 1-2, John Cirolia taking second in 33.6.

"Halfway through the race, I realized that I had enough in me to win," Dalzon said. "I'd never run a race in yards before, so I didn't know how I was going to gauge myself."

The race was just what he needed after his runner-up effort as the anchor in the 800 relay went to waste because Stepinac was disqualified in the final after a lane violation. Bedoya said Dalzon had 200-meter relay splits of 21.5 and 21.7, respectively, in the trials and finals.

Ramapo, meanwhile, continued torching the track at RCC. The Gryphons won the 800 relay in 1:32.8 with the team of Kahlil Boatright, Shaquan Belizaire, Mike Abelard and Vladimir Desamours.

Kevin Malivert and Obi Ezemma, two of their stronger legs, did not even attend the meet yesterday.

"That just shows that we have more in the arsenal," Ramapo coach Jermaine Scott said. "It shows that we can switch people around and put them in different things and do more than people think we can."

Ramapo has made major strides since Scott, a Ramapo graduate, joined the coaching staff in 2005.

"I've known a lot of these guys since they were young," he said. "I know their brothers. I know their family. They work hard for me out of respect."

Byram Hills' Phil Cawkwell won the 1,000 yards in 2:23.1. He went virtually unchallenged from the gun but didn't run as fast as he had hoped.

"I was looking to break our school record and run around 2:20," he said. "But honestly, it was kind of hard to concentrate for the last lap and a half when there's no one out there with you."

The senior finished two seconds ahead of the next finisher. Although the race was measured in yards yesterday, Cawkwell has showed promise this season at 1,000 meters. He said it is an event that he would like to focus on, as well as the mile.

Peekskill's Lawrence Campbell placed second in the 600 yards, the most competitive race of the day. Campbell finished in 1:14.7. Pine Bush's Brian Hilario, who was later awarded for the meet's most outstanding performance, won in 1:14.4.

Campbell took the pace after the first lap and continued pushing the tempo until Hilario positioned himself perfectly coming off the last turn. Campbell couldn't hold on, and Hilario took the lead just before the finish.

Hilario's victory helped Pine Bush win the team title with 72 points, 10 more than Monroe-Woodbury.

Robert Pope of Mount Vernon became the first Section 1 thrower to top 50 feet in the shot put this season. Pope won the shot put in 51-9 3/4 . Justin Ross of Irvington cleared 12-6 to win the pole vault.