2012 adidas Grand Prix HS Dream Mile Recaps: Junior Bernie Montoya Runs 4:01.32 To Capture Deepest Boys Mile in HS History As Three Girls Break 4:40

By LetsRun.com with Tim Loh in New York City
June 9, 2012

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Boys High school Dream Mile

Junior Bernie Montoya used a devastating kick to pass a handful of racers and win the boys HS Dream Mile in 4:01.32.

The Arizona-native, who wakes up early back home to train before the 100-degree heat arrives, said New York’s "hot"weather Saturday didn’t bother him.

Edward Cheserek, another junior who came in hyped as having a good shot at a sub-4 himself, took the race out with Sam Parsons, coming through 400 meters in 59.66 and 800 meters in 2:01.01 (the announcer said the half-mile split was 2:02.4).

Early on the third lap, Cheserek hit the brakes, ceding his five meter lead and jumbling things. He quickly faded into the pack, as Brannon Kidder emerged up front, taking the field through 1200 in 3:02.99 (3:04.00 ¾ mile, the announcer said).

Montoya, who was biding his time, moved up on the inside on the final backstretch, pulling into striking distance. Heading into the final straight, he jumped into the lead – he later said he could hardly believe it – and held on for the victory.

“This is by far the hugest thing that has ever happened to me,” he said in the chute, cradling his Jim Ryun Dream Mile trophy and a bouquet of flowers. “I was just so happy, so happy to cross that finish line…Today we didn’t go sub-4, but I got the win, which is sweeter.”

Technically, the first seven finishers registered personal bests – though several have better relative times in the 1500 or 1600.

Montoya said this was his last race of the season.

Jacob Burcham, who came in 2nd at 4:02.73, said he was hoping to run two seconds faster.

“My goal was four flat,” he said, seeming unimpressed with himself. “I thought I could get it. I still think I can.”

He’s racing New Balance Outdoor Nationals next week.

Burcham, Montoya and Cheserek are all juniors.

Josh Lampron, who came in 3rd just under 4:03, said he was rounding himself into first place with about 100 meters to go but his legs rigged.

Having missed cross country and most of indoor track with a foot injury, the Villanova-bound senior said he’s looking forward to running the 1,500 meters at USA junior nationals next week.

QT #1: HS Running is so strong right now. 6 boys broke 4:03 in the same race and 9 broke 4:05. Wow. It very well maybe the deepest mile in US HS history. Actually, it has been confirmed it's the best time for place ever for places #4-13.

QT #2: Ignoring the time and the win, Montoya seems to have that special something. Read this article on him and you'll find out that he won the state meet with one shoe last year and this year, he lost his shoe, stopped, put it back on and came back from close to 100 meters down to win the 1600 at states. Ridiculous.

More: *Race Video *MB: BOYS DREAM MILE! HOLY COW!  *How awesome is Bernie Montoya? *Cheserek at Dream Mile

Rank Athlete Nation Result
1
USA
4:01.32
2
USA
4:02.73
PB
3
USA
4:02.98
PB
4
USA
4:03.12
PB
5
USA
4:03.18
PB
6
USA
4:03.96
PB
7
USA
4:04.11
PB
8
USA
4:04.38
9
USA
4:04.46
PB
10
USA
4:05.71
11
USA
4:07.02
PB
12
KEN
4:07.29
13
USA
4:09.43
14
USA
4:16.16
 
USA
DNF
Intermediate times:
400m Parsons, Sam (USA) 59.66
800m Cheserek, Edward (KEN) 2:01.81
1200m Kidder, Brannon (USA) 3:02.99

Girls HS Dream Mile

Los Angeles' Camille Chapus took over the lead on the final lap and held off a charging Angel Piccirillo to win in a personal best of 4:39.64.

For second, Piccirillo edged Alli Cash at the finish line, and they each dipped below 4:40 as well.

It was Alexa Efraimson and Piccirillo who pushed the pace early, bringing the field through the 400 in 1:07. The race then slowed, as they came through the 800 in 2:20.

Piccirillo was back in front through 1200 in 3:32, with Chapus moving to her heels. But it was Alli Cash who struck, jumping ahead of everyone just after the bell.

Chapus passed her, taking her first lead of the race, and maintained her lead down the homestretch.

"I didn't want to be surprised, so I kind of peeked a little bit and saw them," admitted Chapus, who is headed to Stanford this fall. "This means a lot to me...It gives me a lot of confidence heading into next year and the 1500."

The Villanova-bound Piccirillo, satisfied with her performance, said she had wanted to take the race out fast and was OK with the fact that she had to push it most of the way.

Quick Take #1: US leader Mary Cain won the NY state meet today in 4:19.78 which equates to a 4:40 mile
*Race Video

Rank Athlete Nation Result
1
USA
4:39.64
PB
2
USA
4:39.94
PB
3
USA
4:39.98
4
USA
4:42.41
5
USA
4:42.78
PB
6
USA
4:42.79
PB
7
GBR
4:43.82
SB
8
USA
4:47.08
9
USA
4:50.41
10
USA
4:52.26
11
USA
4:54.13
SB
12
USA
4:55.26
PB
13
USA
4:55.69
14
USA
5:00.72
Intermediate times:
400m - Anderson, Reagan (USA) - 1:07.69
800m - Anderson, Reagan (USA) - 2:20.50

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