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Montgomery Invitational

Prince George's Sports & Learning Center, Landover MD
200-meter, unbanked track

Saturday, January 12, 2008

 Dorrell's 4:16.81 leads three Virginians under 4:20
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Mile Previews


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Highlights - results
  • In the expected marquee event, Virginians dominated the boys mile, led by Pete Dorrell's (Blacksburg VA sr) 4:16.81 triumph. Hot on his heels were Joe LoRusso (Oakton VA) 4:17.83 and Logan Collins (Orange County) 4:18.55
  • Foot Locker finalist Marc Dennin (Boyertown PA), fifth in the mile, rebounded from that disappointment to take the boys 3200 in 9:25.98
  • Green Run VA senior hurdler Charisse Bryant continued her solid indoor campaign with an 8.16 victory in the girls 55m hurdles.
  • The DMRs featured Maryland power Eleanor Roosevelt leading three girls squads under 13-minutes with their 12:49.43 victory over Battlefield VA (12:52.75), and Quince Orchard MD cruising to the boys win in 10:37.17
  • Corey Fuller (Woodlawn sr) and Olu Olamigoke (Mountain View sr) waged a battle over the triple jump pit, with Fuller prevailing by a quarter inch, 47-00.25 to 47-00.00
  • Fast relay wins turned in by Glasgow DE in the boys 4x200 (1:30.32) and DeMatha Catholic MD (3:29.11) in the boys 4x400.

 The indoor track at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Center hosts many meets every season, including the annual Nike Indoor Nationals every March - Photo by Donna Dye

Mile Previews
by Meet co-director Tom Rogers

Boys Mile
This is, without question, the finest boys mile field ever assembled for the Montgomery Invitational. It has all the elements needed to produce an unforgettable race – speed, strength, and experience. The large field boasts eight runners who have personal records of 4:20 or better. Last year, two athletes from this race were invited to compete in the Millrose Games, with runner-up Jason Weller of Boyertown, PA becoming the Millrose HS mile champion. Could this race produce three invitees this year? Another Millrose champion perhaps? No matter what, it will certainly provide each runner an opportunity to be part of a great race.

T J HOBART, Baldwin, PA - This young runner from Pittsburgh holds a PR of 4:12.30 as a sophomore and leads the pack of those who are looking for an invitation to new York..

PETE DORRELL, Blacksburg, VA - anyone who witnessed Dorrell’s blistering performance at VA Tech last year knows that this miler is all business . . . and with a PR of 4:15.74, he’ll definitely be looking for a ticket to the big dance.

LOGAN COLLINS, Orange County, VA – Collins could well be the big gun in this race. Although he has recently been flying under the radar, he has already posted a 4:17.6 during this indoor season.

CHRIS MOEN, Walter Johnson, MD – the defending Montgomery invitational. Champion and meet record holder - 4:17.33, had a disappointing outdoor season last year, but he rebounded with a strong finish in cross country and is off to a fast start indoors. You can never count out his ferocious kick!

MARK DENNIN, Boyertown, PA – Dennin is the Pennsylvania State cross county champion, was second at Footlocker NE and 12th at Nationals. With a 9:19 2-mile PR last year, this amazing runner will seek to destroy his 4:24 mile PR and join his teammate from last year as a millrose qualifier.

JOEY THOMPSON, Howard, MD – multi-time Maryland state champion, Thompson has PR’s of 4:17 and 9:19 and is coming off of a great Cross Country season. This tall, lanky runner has deceptive speed and is more than ready for a big breakout race indoors.

Others to watch:
DANIEL PORTER, Mountain View, VA
NEAL DARMODY, Quince Orchard, MD

Girls Mile

While this year’s field for the Girls mile is not as deep as that of the Boys mile, it nonetheless promises an exciting, talent-packed race. This solid field is fairly evenly divided between Maryland and Virginia runners and it is highlighted by over half of the All-Met Cross Country team. This combination of seasoned veterans and speedy newcomers promises to push this race to a meet record and provides each athlete with a shot at the prestigious millrose mile.

MORGANE GAY, Whitman, MD – Morgane holds the best PR of this group at 4:52 and is coming off her best Cross Country season ever. Her smooth flowing stride belies her tremendous speed and tenacity -- she will certainly have her sights set on a trip to NY.

LIA DiVALENTIN, Chantilly, VA – Lia was the all-met runner of the year in Cross Country and her 5:00 PR will certainly put her in the mix with any competitor in this race. this race could provide the impetus for her to achieve her first sub-5 minute mile.

TESHIKA RIVERS, E. Roosevelt, MD – Teshika, one of the thoroughbreds in the Eleanor Roosevelt stables, won an incredibly tough MD State 4a Cross Country championship. She is versatile, she is strong, she is fast and she is more than ready for a very big race!

ARIEL KARABINUS, Osbourn Park, VA and LOUISE HANNALLAH, Churchill, MD – These two all-met Cross Country runners really came into their own during the fall and they aren’t letting off the gas during the indoor track season . Both possess 5:08 PR’s and they are tough competitors at any distance.

AMIRAH JOHNSON, E. Roosevelt, MD and ALEX DOLL, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, MD – This duo brings a bit of mystery and the excitement of the unknown to the girls mile field. Johnson ran a 2:15 800m last year -- as an 8th grader -- and is now in the fold at Eleanor Roosevelt, while Doll ran 5:11 last week – in practice!


Track Events
9:00 a.m. Boys 4x8
9:45 a.m. Girls 4x8
10:25 a.m. Boys 55m dash trials
11:00 a.m. Girls 55m dash trials
11:35 a.m. Boys 55hh trials
12:00 a.m. Girls 55hh trials
12:30 p.m. Boys Invitational Mile
12:35 p.m. Girls Invitational Mile
12:40 p.m. Boys 1600m
1:10 p.m. Girls 1600m
1:45 p.m. Girls 55m dash finals
1:55 p.m. Boys 55m dash finals
2:05 p.m. Girls 55hh finals
2:15 p.m. Boys 55hh finals
2:25 p.m. Boys 400m
2:50 p.m. Girls 400m
3:15 p.m. Boys 800m
3:35 p.m. Girls 800m
4:05 p.m. Boys Invitational 3200m
4:40 p.m. Girls Invitational 3200m
5:20 p.m. Boys 4x2
5:50 p.m. Girls 4x2
6:30 p.m. Boys Invitational DMR
7:00 p.m. Girls Invitational DMR
7:30 p.m. Boys 4x4
8:00 p.m. Girls 4x4

Field Events
9:00 a.m. Girls Pole Vault
9:00 a.m. Girls Shot Put
9:00 a.m. Girls Long Jump
9:00 a.m. Boys Triple Jump
9:00 a.m. Girls High Jump
11:00 a.m. Boys Pole Vault
12 noon Boys Shot Put
12 noon Boys Long Jump
12 noon Boys High Jump
12 noon Girls Triple Jump

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