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Recap of 2008 Millrose Games High School Miles
by: LetsRun.com
February 1, 2008
*Main 2008 Millrose Recap Here

Millrose is packed full of high school races. That is for a variety of reasons. #1) Fans. High school kids running at Madison Square Garden means a lot of relatives and friends coming to watch and buying tickets. #2) The high school races are now some of the most exciting races. High school runners often don't have the best of tactics, a ton of youthful exuberance, and that makes for great racing. The loudest the crowd has been the last two years has been for the High School Boy's Mile. Recaps of the two high school miles below.

Girls Mile: Jillian Smith Wins for 2nd Week in a Row
Kristin Reese of Carmel, NY, the winner of the New Balance mile, took the lead at the gun and pushed a fast pace (71.43) for the first 400. Reese would hold the lead for the first 3 quarters (3:40.79) but Reebok Boston girls' mile champ Jillian Smith was on her shoulder, with Cory McGee in position as well. It was a 3 girl race.

Smith made her move a little over 4 minutes into the race with 2 laps to go. She blasted into the lead and just like that the race was over. She extended her lead to the finish winning comfortably in 4:50.87, as McGee over took Reese for 2nd (4:55.52 and 4:56.21 for 2nd and 3rd).

Event 16  Girls 1 Mile Run High School
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals              
  1 Jillian Smith                Southern Regional      4:50.87  1500m 4:32.5
  2 Cory McGee                   Pass Christian         4:55.52              
  3 Kristin Reese                Carmel                 4:56.21              
  4 Hannah Davidson              Saratoga Springs       4:57.68              
  5 Melanie Thompson             Voorhees               4:59.01              
  6 Caitlin Lane                 Greenwich              4:59.13              
  7 Emily Lipari                 Roslyn                 5:03.70              
  8 Jillian King                 Scotia-Glenville       5:06.74              
  9 Shelby Greany                Suffern                5:07.03              
 10 Jeanne Mack                  La Salle Academy       5:11.23                            

Boys Mile: Kyle Merber Gets it Done

Time to Party
Nick Crits played the role of the sacrificial lamb as he took it out in a suicidal 59.2. The pace slowed at 800 to 2:06 and Peter Dorrell took the lead. Dorrell led through the 3/4 of a mile as the crowd started getting louder and louder (it seems each runner brings about a 20 person cheering section and they manage to get everyone else pumped up). Doug Smith tried to come up to the front, but Kyle Merber would make the decisive move. Merber went to the front with 1 3/4 laps remaining (145 meters a lap) and would keep it till the finish getting a comfortable win in 4:13.86. Bobby Andrews moved up to 2nd nearly a second back.

Event 35  Boys 1 Mile Run High School
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals              
  1 Kyle Merber                  Half Hallow            4:13.86  1500m 3:57.8
  2 Bobby Andrews                Manalapan              4:14.60              
  3 Charles White                Cherry Creek           4:15.01              
  4 Doug Smith                   Gill-St. Bernard's     4:15.76              
  5 Willie Ahearn                Danbury                4:16.31              
  6 Peter Dorrell                Blacksburg             4:17.82              
  7 Vince McNally                Conestoga Valley       4:19.69              
  8 Nick Crits                   Wissahickon            4:23.59              
  9 Parker Boudreau              Danbury                4:27.23                            


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