Millrose Games: NJ sweeps miles, US #1 in 60, Albemarle boys win 4x800 battle of titans

Anthony Kostelac finished off a dominating performance for the Albemarle boys in the 4x800 meter relay on anchor leg as the Virginia squad came close to the meet record with their 7:54 performance in a race against US leaders Morris Hills (NJ). (Photo by Tim Fulton of

An exciting night of high school action took place at the 102nd Millrose Games in New York. It was a big night in particular for the state of New Jersey as the two mile winners both came from the state with Jillian Smith of Southern Regional successfully defending her title from a year ago in 4:51.88, while Manalapan High's Robby Andrew dropped the hammer on the boys' field with a sub 60 second last for a 4:17.43 victory.

The clash between the nation's top two 4x800 meter relays never materialized or at least there was not as much drama at the end as the Albemarle boys from Virginia took charge from the opening leg and never looked back as they scored an 8 second victory on the US leaders from Morris Hills in New Jersey (8:03.31) in a near meet record time of 7:54.59, which is an incredible performance on the short track at MSG.

New Jersey prep Clayton Parros held his own against the professional runners in the men's 600 yard dash to finish third at 1:12.64.

National leading performances are usually not expected at the Millrose Games, but the short track does not hurt the short straightaway races as shown by Devon Smith from Westlake High School in Maryland blazing a US #1 6.65 clocking in the 60 meter dash to win the junior race division.

Results from

                     102nd Millrose Games                      
       Madison Square Garden, New York, NY  - 1/30/2009    

Event 22  Boys 1 Mile Run High School
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals
  1 Robby Andrews                Manalapan              4:17.42
  2 Bret Johnson                 Ocean City             4:19.61
  3 Mark Feigen                  East Greenwich         4:20.43
  4 Tyler Stutzman               Western Albemarle      4:21.11
  5 Marco Bertolotti             Paul D Schreiber       4:21.31
  6 Bobby Peavey                 Floyd E. Kellam        4:21.54
  7 Doug Smith                   Gill-St. Bernard's     4:21.66
  8 Nick Ross                    East Greenwich         4:24.39

Event 16  Girls 1 Mile Run adidas
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals
  1 Jillian Smith                Southern Regional      4:51.88
  2 Cory McGee                   Pass Christian         4:54.59
  3 Emily Lipari                 Roslyn                 4:57.70
  4 Juliet Bottorff              Tatnall                5:04.76
  5 Emily Menges                 Garden City            5:04.78
  6 Melanie Thompson             Voorhees HS            5:06.96
  7 Ariann Neutts                Roxbury                5:10.38
  8 Ann Carey                    St. John The Bap       5:11.60
 -- Grace Rodriguez              Hanover                    DNF

Event 17  Boys 4x800 Meter Relay Invitational
    Team                                                 Finals
  1 Albemarle                                           7:54.59
  2 Morris Hills                                        8:03.31
  3 Half Hallow Hills West                              8:10.28
  4 Pine Bush                                           8:10.34
  5 Northport                                           8:14.73
  6 Warwick Valley                                      8:16.61
  7 Pleasantville                                       8:16.68
  8 Washington Township                                 8:18.99
Event 28  Men 60 Meter Dash Junior
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals
  1 Devon Smith                  USA                       6.65
  2 Miles Lewis                  USA                       6.88
  3 Nickel Ashmeade              JAM                       6.92
  4 Ayo Isijola                  USA                       7.00
  5 Darryl Bradshaw              USA                       7.06
  6 Andrew Walsh                 JAM                       7.10
Event 18  Men 600 Yard Run Mel Sheppard
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals
  1 Renny Quow                   TRI                    1:11.32
  2 Sherridan Kirk               TRI                    1:11.38
  3 Clayton Parros               USA                    1:12.64
  4 Reuben McCoy                 USA                    1:13.61


Below are the performances entered for the meet that met the national silver standard.

HS Girls
4x400 Meter Relay 3:57.65   Benjamin Cardozo
4x400 Meter Relay 4:03.06   BOYS & GIRLS
4x400 Meter Relay 4:03.30   Seneca HS
4x400 Meter Relay 4:03.95   Medgar Evers College Preparatory School
4x400 Meter Relay 4:04.17   MT VERNON HIGH SCHOOL
4x400 Meter Relay 4:04.17   Hempstead
4x400 Meter Relay 4:04.31   St. John Villa Academy
4x400 Meter Relay 4:05.04   ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
4x400 Meter Relay 4:05.52   Kellenberg Memorial
4x400 Meter Relay 4:06.17   Hopewell Valley HS
4x400 Meter Relay 4:07.94   Newburgh Free Academy
One Mile Run 4:51.88 Jillian Smith Southern Regional
One Mile Run 4:54.59 Cory McGee Pass Christian High School
One Mile Run 4:57.70 Emily Lipari ROSLYN
One Mile Run 5:04.76 Juliet Bottorff Tatnall
One Mile Run 5:04.78 Emily Menges Garden City
One Mile Run 5:06.96 Melanie Thompson Voorhees HS
One Mile Run 5:10.38 Ariann Neutts Roxbury HS
One Mile Run 5:11.60 Anne Carey ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
HS Boys
4x400 Meter Relay 3:28.84   Newburgh Free Academy
4x400 Meter Relay 3:30.13   SPRINGFIELD GARDENS
4x400 Meter Relay 3:30.33   Camden HS
4x400 Meter Relay 3:30.91   BOYS & GIRLS
4x400 Meter Relay 3:31.10   Rahway HS
4x400 Meter Relay 3:31.16   FREEPORT
4x800 Meter Relay 7:54.59   Albemarle
4x800 Meter Relay 8:03.31   Morris Hills HS
4x800 Meter Relay 8:05.27   FORDHAM PREP
4x800 Meter Relay 8:06.00   MONSIGNOR FARRELL
4x800 Meter Relay 8:10.28   Half Hollow Hills West
4x800 Meter Relay 8:10.34   Pine Bush
4x800 Meter Relay 8:11.76   CHAMINADE
4x800 Meter Relay 8:14.73   Northport
4x800 Meter Relay 8:14.78   BISHOP FORD
4x800 Meter Relay 8:16.61   Warwick Valley HS
4x800 Meter Relay 8:16.68   Pleasantville HS
4x800 Meter Relay 8:18.99   Washington Twp. HS
60 Meter Dash 6.65 Devon Smith Westlake High School
60 Meter Dash 6.88 Miles Lewis Middle Country
One Mile Run 4:17.42 Robby Andrews Manalapan HS
One Mile Run 4:19.61 Brett Johnson Ocean City HS
One Mile Run 4:20.43 Mark Feigen East Greenwich High School
One Mile Run 4:21.11 Tyler Stutzman Western Albemarle
One Mile Run 4:21.31 Marco Bertolotti Paul D. Schrieber / Port Washington
One Mile Run 4:21.54 Bobby Peavey Kellam
One Mile Run 4:21.66 Doug Smith Gill - St. Bernards School
One Mile Run 4:24.39 Nick Ross East Greenwich High School