Withy 250 meters to go, Myles Hogan left no doubt.
On Friday in the boys 3,200m championship at the Loucks Games, the Fordham Prep senior and Princeton signee landed a big-time win with a time of 8:47.20, which now stands as the third-fastest effort in New York history.
But patience was key. Hogan ran off the hip of Manchester's (CT) Aidan Puffer for almost the entire way, waiting until the final 250 meters before he whipped around the NAU signee on the straightaway and put down his final move.
Hogan's last lap was a winning move, a 59-second quarter that Puffer couldn't answer. Puffer would go on to finish second in 8:53.92, while Corning's Jack Gregorski was third in 8:54.03.
A total of six boys went under nine minutes: Needham's Kyler McNatt (8:54.85), Ryan Hagan (8:55.65) and Colton Kempney (8:56.31).