Boston, MA - Senior Matt Payamps (Saint Anthony's) picked up another big win this weekend, taking home gold at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. He was invited to the junior boys mile, which pulled in several big names from the Northeast. After sitting just off the leader for much of the race, he kicked past for the win, much like he did en route to his 1000m win down at the VA Showcase. Payamps crossed the line at 4:12.39, a new indoor personal best.
The mark is now US No. 2, and makes him the odds-on favorite to take the Millrose Games mile in two weeks. There, he will likely face an equally challenging field, although the stakes may be a bit higher. The Millrose Games are one of the oldest track meets around, indoors or out, and the elite high school mile is stuff of legend. Payamps raced their the year before, but only finished eighth. Surely, he has higher aspirations this year. A New Yorker hasn't won the prestigious event since 2015, while a NY State Catholic School athlete hasn't won since Vince Draddy (Iona Prep) back in 1979. Plenty is on the line this year.
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NB Indoor Grand Prix Results
|1||Matthew Payamps||12||Saint Anthony's||4:12.39||1|
|2||Sean Dolan||12||Hopewell Valley HS||4:13.04||1|
|3||Cruz Culpepper||11||Niwot High School||4:13.24||1|
|4||Ryan Oosting||12||Arlington High School||4:13.32||1|
|5||Devin Hart||12||Pt. Pleasant Boro HS||4:14.60||1|
|6||Joseph DosReis||12||La Salle Academy||4:14.62||1|
|7||Rishabh Prakash||12||Burlington High School||4:14.88||1|
|8||Nico Young||11||Newbury Park High School (SS)||4:14.92||1|
|9||Miller Anderson||12||William Hall High School||4:17.57||1|
|10||William Coogan||11||Phillips Exeter Academy||4:18.24||1|
|11||Shea Weilbaker||12||Saratoga Springs||4:19.43||1|
|12||Lucas Aramburu||12||Brookline High School||4:31.47||1|