NJ Athletics: Millrose Games 2022
NEW YORK — Andrew McCabe woke up at 7:30 a.m. Saturday with a text message. The Ridge Boys 4×800 were going to take the train to New York to participate in the Millrose Games.
Until junior Patrick Doran said “Let’s go,” the Red Devils weren’t sure they would brave the blizzard to get to the New York City Armory in midtown Manhattan.
But once they arrived, they soaked up the atmosphere as much as possible. He propelled Ridge to victory in the 4×800 in 7:55.45, the fastest time in the United States this season.
The Red Devils did it with senior substitute Hudson Yu, in the second leg – and he had forgotten his spikes. McCabe and Jackson Barna (1:55.35) ran in under two minutes, as did regular starter James Kisker, who fell ill on Friday and was unable to compete at Millrose.
The Red Devils have estimated they will have eight under-twos by the end of the season.
“The Armory is a special place,” said McCabe, a senior. “It’s really hard to run slowly here.”
Wilson’s winning streak continues
Ajeé Wilson has been competing at the armory since she was in elementary school.
After winning the 800 meters on Saturday, Wilson recalled her first time at the Millrose Games. She was still competing for Neptune High School, running against pros in an open 800 meters.
Wilson, now 27 and herself a professional for a decade, enthusiastically shares her experience with young athletes. Saturday’s 800 was Wilson’s first race since August’s Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.
“It’s always nice to compete at the Armory. Getting the win is like the icing on the cake,” said Wilson, who hasn’t lost at Millrose since 2013.
“Every season is different, the way we train, the practices we do. It’s one of the things I love about the track. It’s always inconsistent.”
► Union Catholic helped preserve the dominance of New Jersey girls in the 800 meters. The Vikings’ time of 9:19.06 is the best by a New Jersey team this winter, No. 5 in the nation.
The Freehold Township foursome of Brianna Kirsch, Abby and Tess Bossdorf and Emma Zawatski clocked fourth in 9:29.73, a personal best three seconds and the first time under 9:30.
The Catholic Union and Freehold Township athletes stayed at a nearby hotel on Friday night, avoiding a dangerous commute from New Jersey.
“We are delighted to meet the Olympians,” said senior Abby Bossdorf. “The atmosphere is really competitive. We’ve been looking forward to it all week.”
Morris at Millrose
Keturah Orji is best known for the triple jump. She is a two-time Olympian and four-time NCAA champion in this event. But on Saturday, Orji returned to her roots in the long jump.
She climbed 21 feet 5½ inches on her first attempt. Although tied for second on the performance list, Orji finished third behind champion Tara Davis and Quanesha Burks based on her second jump.
Orji said she had “a lot of good fouls, but that doesn’t mean anything because it’s a foul.” It was her first time at the Armory since competing for Mount Olive.
Orji finished his competition with a broad smile and a bow to the bleachers, one floor above.
“As long as I watch her do this, I know she’s my friend who competes with the best,” said Gentrix Shanga, one of Orji’s former teammates in the Marauders and now a television producer. “She is one of the best. It’s surreal.”
► Delbarton junior Collin Boler finished fourth in the high school mile. Normally a favorite, Boler made a move with about 500 yards to go but couldn’t hold on. He finished in 4:12.39, a personal best of two seconds.
Gavin Sherry of Conard, Connecticut won in 4:06.58, breaking the meet record.
“I didn’t really have a plan,” said Boler, a Chatham resident. “I decided to go. It didn’t work out. But I’m happy with my time.”
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