Top highlights and coverage from the 2014 Millrose Games Trials held on January 15th at the Armory.
Unionville girls recorded a US#4 distance medley relay in their first full strength competition since NXN FInals. PA went 1-2-3-4 at the Millrose Trials in the mile with four national top ten performances! Great Valley, Springside Chestnut Hill and Cardinal O'Hara overtook Unionville in the national top ten in the distance medley relay!
Athletes and relays will be attempting to punch their tickets and spots into this year's Millrose Games on Wednesday at Armory by competing in the Millrose Trials. The invitational mile races will certainly be the premier event of the evening with spots to the Millrose Games mile on the line, but there are other exciting relay races to look forward as well.
Elk County Catholic senior Kennedy Weisner enters her final year of XC with a champion's resume. Her best year to date was last year as a junior when she won her first state cross country title - this one in the inaugural Class A Championship. Weisner also qualified for her first Foot Locker Nationals. During indoor, she was invited to her first Millrose Mile, and also to the Brooks PR meet, an elite gathering in the Northwest. She came back in outdoor to capture two state AA titles, winning the 800 and the 1600 - a very tough double. She began her final XC season at PTXC-5, setting a course record of 17:49. An injury hurt her chance to repeat in Class A in XC, and sidelined her until December. She won the Millrose Trials Mile and finished 2nd in the Millrose Games. This is her third year qualifying for the Penn Relaya Carnival Mile - taking 5th as a sophomore and 3rd as a junior.
Abington Heights senior Tessa Barrett qualified for states in XC as a freshman and sophomore, and after an eye-opening 17:58 at the 2012 Tennett Invitatonal, she looked destined to challange for a state AAA title. But a mud-fest at the District 2 meet led to an injury, and the opportunity was lost. She bounced back in indoor with a solo 10:02 3k in February 2013. Her 3000 at PTFCA champs was an epic battle with Courtney Smith and Regan Rome - one she ultimately won in a state record 9:47.73. She would go on to take 4th at the Penn Relays 3000 in 9:40, and then 2nd (to Smith) in another battle at outdoor states, going 10:25 for 3200 meters. This year she opened with a stunning 17:26 at Cliff Robbins, and then not only won the Gold Race at PIAA Foundation, but set the course record for the Poop-Out Hill layout in 17:48. And then she followed in the recent spike-prints of Neely Spence and Angel Piccirillo, winning the Foot Locker Northeast Regional... then trumping all of the past Foot Locker finalists from PA by winning the championship at storied Balboa Park. But she was only beginning an incredible final high school campaign - resetting her state 3K record four more times - first at the Susquehanna High School Classic in late January; then again at the PTFCA State Championships on March 1, and then twice more at New Balance Indoor Nationals - both en route, first in the 5000 meter championship in which she set a national record of 16:11.85, and then two days later in (9:31.09) winning the two-mile title in a PA record and US#1 10:08.05. And we still have outdoor! WHEW!
There will be new qualifying procedures for the New Balance High School Miles at the Millrose Games in 2014. There will be fewer automatic spots on the line during the season in an effort to expand the reach. (via Armory Track)
New Jersey results highlighted from the Millrose Games Trials!
Event video and video interviews from December through January
Millrose Games Trials 2014
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