The Millrose Games

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I love marathons and ultramarathons. However, long before they were even in my realm, I loved track and field. My best events were 400m and 800m. As much as I enjoy following marathons and ultras now, I still enjoy a good track meet. With that being said, there is no better (indoor) meet than The Millrose Games.

Mary Cain

Mary Cain

Going into this meet, much of the hype has surrounded Mary Cain – specifically, the matchup in the Wannamaker Mile between seventeen-year-old Mary Cain and sixteen-year-old Alexa Efraimson. For more on that, check out Running Times: http://www.runnersworld.com/high-school-racing/a-scintillating-match-up-at-millrose-mary-cain-versus-alexa-efraimson

Here’s a summary of what you need to know about that race:
– Mary Decker Slaney’s 32-year-old American indoor mile record may be in play (4:20.50)
– the 26-year-old Millrose Games record may be in play (4:21:45)
– others competing include Sarah Brown, Emma Coburn, Treniere Moser and Morgan Uceny
Prediction: Cain first; Moser second, Efraimson third
– the race is scheduled to start at 4:18PM

Okay, enough Mary Cain for now… here’s a “watch list” for the rest of The Millrose Games:

Nick Symmonds

Nick Symmonds

Robby Andrews and Nick Symmonds will be running in the 1000m
– the race is scheduled to start at 4:32PM

Laura Leff will be running in the high school girls’ mile
– I included her because she is local (West Genesee)
– Leff has run 4:48:96 for the mile and could win this race
– watch Kennedy Weisner – she’ll be tough to beat
– the race is scheduled to start at 6:07PM (webcast)

Mike Brannigan will be running in the high school boys’ mile
– Mike has run 4:17:04 for the indoor mile and could win this race
– he was featured in Running Times back in December for his remarkable success, despite a diagnosis of autism: http://www.runnersworld.com/high-school-profiles/brannigan-is-not-slowed-by-autism
– the race is scheduled to start at 4:08PM

Alan Webb

Alan Webb

Alan Webb will be running in the Wannamaker Mile
– this will be the last race of Webb’s track and field career
– it would be great to see some magic happen on the track, but Webb hasn’t had it lately
Prediction: Nick Willis first; Lawi Lalang second; Leo Manzano third
– the race is scheduled to start at 4:48PM

Bernard Lagat and Evan Jager

Bernard Lagat and Evan Jager

Bernard Lagat and Evan Jager will be running in the 2000m
– the race is scheduled to start at 3:56PM

Abbey D'Agostino

Abbey D’Agostino

Abbey D’Agostino, Kate Avery and Sara Hall will be running the the 3000m
– the race is scheduled to start at 3:29PM

Here is the full schedule for live television (Saturday 2/15/14)

3:00 Men 60-meter hurdles
3:05 Women 60-meter hurdles
3:10 Girls Eastern 4x200m
3:15 Women 60-meter dash
3:20 Men 60-meter dash
3:25 Women Long Jump
3:29 Womens 3000m
3:35 Men Pole Vault
3:42 Men 300-meter dash
3:47 Men John Thomas High Jump
3:50 High School Boys Eastern 4x200m
3:56 Men Paavo Nurmi 2000m run
4:08 High School Boys New Balance mile run
4:18 Women NYRR Wanamaker Mile
4:27 Women 300-meter dash
4:32 Men Mel Sheppard 1000m
4:38 Women Road to Rio 800m
4:48 Men NYRR Wanamaker Mile

My math is questionable but I count ten men’s events and eight women’s events. Shame on you, NYRR and NBC Sports Network (How could you leave out the high school girls’ mile?!).

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2 Responses to The Millrose Games

  1. emmelineruns says:

    Absolutely love watching track but running short events is so very much not my thing. I’m hoping for a Cain victory (and record) and for Alan Webb to make a great showing before he goes to triathlon. He went to a high school in my county and everyone was so transfixed by his record attempt and all his success so I’ve always felt invested in his story.

    • Jason says:

      I feel bad that Alan gets little or no credit now. His 3:46:91 mile still makes him the 8th fastest miler ever! Not only that, the 3:53:43 he ran in high school could be around for decades. I wish him luck with triathlon – I think he has a tough road ahead but hopefully all goes well!

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