Millrose early preview: Ches to chase 5k mark, HS miles set, 4x8s sought

Coverage of the Millrose Games

Sat., Feb. 11, 2012 - The Armory, New York, NY

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The next record Cheserek will chase: Verzbicas’ 5k – St. Benedict’s (Newark, N.J.) junior Edward Cheserek already has made strong bids for the 2M and 1M prep USRs – following an 8:43.16 deuce at the Molloy Stanner Games Jan. 14 with a 4:02.21 last weekend during the Elite Mile at the New Balance Games. But the 3:59.86 by Alan Webb from 2001 and the 8:40.0 by Gerry Lindgren from 1964 remain the best ever.

Now at the Feb. 11 Millrose Games, Cheserek will move up and chase a perhaps more-attainable standard: the 14:06.78 5000 achieved by Lukas Verzbicas just last March. As he did last weekend, Cheserek professionals for company in the Millrose 5k. The field announced by Millrose officials includes Bernard Lagat, trying to regain the record he once held but lost to Galen Rupp. Lagat has previously won the Millrose Games Wanamaker Mile 8 times and also set the 2M USR last winter at The Armory while Verzbicas chased the prep mark behind him. Cheserek has run 14:02 for the distance outdoors.

More from ArmoryTrack.com on Cheserek’s attempt and Lagat’s attempt.

HS mile fields set: Led by defending girls champ and North Shore (Glen Head, N.Y.) senior Samantha Nadel and Liverpool (Liverpool, N.Y.) senior Zavon Watkins, last week’s New Balance Games winner, there will be 24 preps toeing the line in the Girls and Boys High School Miles at Millrose. Nadel won last year’s girls race in 4:50.58 and is currently US#1 in the mile (4:46.11) and 3k (9:31.65). Four others in the field have broken 4:50 this winter, as the field has the top 7 ranked girls in the country.

Besides US#3 Watkins, who ran 4:14.52 last weekend, the boys field also features NB Games runner-up Chariho (Wood River Junction, R.I.) senior Mike Marsella, who ran 4:15.27 last weekend and hit 4:09.09 last spring, and Millrose Trials winner and Great Valley (Malvern, Pa.) senior Ned Willig, who also clocked an eye-popping 1:51.25 for 800 last weekend.

Full fields:

New Balance High School Girls' Mile

1 Nadel, Samantha North Shore, NY 4:46.11

2 Leff, Laura West Genesee, NY 4:48.96

3 Cain, Mary Bronxville, NY 4:48.98

4 Moye, Megan Cosby, VA 4:49.36

5 Margey, Kelsey Friends Academy, NY 4:49.03

6 Paul, Rachel Sachem East, NY 4:52.95

7 Chase, Sophie Lake Braddock, VA 4:55.79

8 Batzel, Audrey Ocean Lakes, VA 4:58.06

9 Nerud, Brianna North Shore, NY 4:58.45

10 Gerlach, Tori Pennridge, PA 4:58.67

11 Panisse, Alexis Benjamin Cardozo, NY 5:00.87

12 Seykora, Maria Notre Dame, PA 5:01.09

Larry Byrne New Balance Boys' High School Mile

1 Watkins, Zavon Liverpool 4:14.52

2 Marsella, Mike Chariho, RI 4:15.27

3 Willig, Ned Great Valley, PA 4:15.61

4 Delago, Christian Shaker, NY 4:16.00

5 Price, Everett New Providence, NJ 4:16.22

6 Surkont, Konrad Stuyvessant, NY 4:16.31

7 Lewandowski, Stephen Mountan Lakes, NJ 4:16.66

8 McIe, Adam Brewster, NY 4:17.10

9 Holt, Eric Carmel, NY 4:17.42

10 Gorman, Tim CBA, NJ 4:17.67

11 Napolitano, Rob Red Bank Catholic, NJ 4:19.67

12 Rog, Connor Fairfield Prep, CT 4:20.08

Looking for 4x800 Invitees: The 4x800 is another Millrose Games event for preps and one for which there was no particular qualifying event(s). Twenty-four schools have been extended invitations for these boys and girls races. If your school is on these lists and has not responded to the invitation yet, please contact Tim Fulton at tim@armorytrack.com.

4x800 Invitees:

Event 9 Girls 4x800 Meter Relay High School


School Seed Finals


Section 1 Timed Finals

1 Mt. St. Dominic, NJ 'A' 9:09.69 Invited

2 North Shore, NY 'A' 9:19.52 Invited

3 Garden City, NY 'A' 9:21.62 Accepted

4 Strath Haven, PA 'A' 9:21.84 Invited

5 Holy Names, NY 'A' 9:22.31 Invited

6 Lenape, NJ 'A' 9:23.71 Invited

7 Columbia, NJ 'A' 9:24.96 Invited

8 West Potomac, NJ 'A' 9:26.50 Invited

9 St. Anthony's, NY 'A' 9:27.55 Invited

10 Notre Dame, PA 'A' 9:28.10 Invited

11 Colonie, NY 'A' 9:30.20 Invited

12 Bronxville, NY 'A' 9:30.26 Invited


Morris Hills, NJ 9:38.09

Pope John XXIII, NJ 9:38.69

Event 12 Boys 4x800 Meter Relay High School


School Seed Finals


Section 1 Timed Finals

1 Boys and Girls, NY 'A' 7:52.45 Invited

2 Christian Brothers, NJ 'A' 7:56.53 Accepted

3 Arlington, NY 'A' 7:57.44 Accepted

4 Collegiate, NY 'A' 7:58.42 Invited

5 Penncrest, PA 'A' 8:02.43 Invited

6 Pope John Xxiii, NJ 'A' 8:02.58 Invited

7 Strath Haven, PA 'A' 8:02.96 Invited

8 Bronxville, NY 'A' 8:03.71 Accepted

9 Pleasantville, NJ 'A' 8:03.77 Invited

10 Monsignor Farrell, NY 'A' 8:04.04 Invited

11 Shaker, NY 'A' 8:04.60 Accepted

12 Bellport, NY 'A' 8:07.60 Accepted


Bronx Science, NY 8:07.28

Centreville, PA 8:07.30

Pawling, NY 8:08.70