Millrose Games
Feb 4, 2005 at Madison Square Garden, New York NY

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Aislinn Ryan, Chris Barnicle
and Bernard Lagat thrill big crowd
in Madison Square Garden


Aislinn Again!
MILLROSE GAMES, NEW YORK 2/4/05 -- If there was any doubt that Warwick Valley NY jr Aislinn Ryan is the dominant girls miler in the country, it was erased tonight, just as surely as she blew away Saratoga NY jr Nicole Blood and another top field. Unlike the photo finish at Boston last week, this one wasn't even close once Ryan launched her surge with a quarter mile to go. Ryan went around front running Blood in a flash and had a 30 meter lead with a lap to go. Blood faded to 4th at the end, with Fauquier VA sr Sarah Bowman, who had been stalking Blood most of the race, getting up for second and Bellport NY soph Brittany Sheffey 3rd. . Blood and Bowman led through a quarter in 70.3 and a half in 2:25. [John Dye].
1. Aislinn Ryan NY 4:52.29
2. Sarah Bowman VA 4:55.41
3. Brittany Sheffey NY 4:58.01
4. Nicole Blood NY 4:59.11
5. Danielle Tauro NJ 4:59.48
6. Kara McKenna NY 4:59.97
7. Lindsay Ferguson NY 5:01.57
8. Rolanda Bell NY 5:02.92
9. Mary Liz McCurdy NY 5:02.96
10. Kristen Reese NY 5:09.79

Two laps to go, just after Ryan got the lead -- photo by John Dye

Chris Barnicle 4:17.01
MILLROSE GAMES, NEW YORK 2/4/05 -- Banned by state association rules from running against a national class field in his home town of Boston last week, Newton North MA sr Chris Barnicle was not to be denied tonight. Taking the lead at the halfway mark in 2:12.9, Barnicle drew away surely and won with authority. St. Benedict's NJ sr Bryan Scotland, who yielded the lead stubbornly to Barnicle, was a game second. Third was Walter Johnson MD sr Andrew Jesien, who fell back after leading the field through a quarter mile in 63.8, but rallied again on the last lap. [John Dye]
1. Chris Barnicle MA 4:17.01
2. Bryan Scotland NJ 4:20.00
3. Andrew Jesien MD 4:21.35
4. Geary Gubbins NY 4:23.52
5. Mark Russell NY 4:23.99
6. Anthony LaMastro NJ 4:24.74
7. John Martinez NY 4:28.45
8. Carlos Jamieson NY 4:37.07

Barnicle takes command from Scotland -- photo by John Dye

Bernard Lagat 3:52.87 !!!
MILLROSE GAMES, NEW YORK 2/4/05 ---Bernard Lagat drew the loudest noise from a loud crowd of 13,500 when he won the Wanamaker mile in 3:52.87, breaking the Millrose Games record of 3:53.00 set in 1981 by Eamon Coghlan. Lagat also broke the Madison Square Garden record of 3:52.99 set by Noureddine Morceli in 1991. Fellow Kenyan Laban Rotich, who caught Lagat on the last lap in Boston last week, never had a chance to get close after Lagat flew past the rabbit at the half mile in 1:52. Rotich 4:00.33 and US Olympian Alan Webb 4:00.91 were left to fight it out for second.

Lagat smiles to the cheering crowd on his victory lap

photo by John Dye

Other Events

  • Fordham Prep won the CHSAA 4x800 a record fourth straight time in 8:07.63.
  • Lancaster NY sr Mary Saxer, HS pole vault record holder as the first prep girl to top 14 feet, made opening height of 13-0.75, but went out at 13-6, as Olympic champion Stacy Dragila went on to win at 14-8.25
  • West Catholic Philadelphia PA sr Nicole Leach, who ran the fastest high school girls 400m of the season (53.05) in the elite women's race at New Balance Games 2 weeks ago, wasn't up to the task this time, finishing 3rd in 55.96 behind Dee Dee Trotter's 53.94.

Photo Sequences from the big New York weekend
the stories in photos and text by John Dye


Fordham Prep
Bernard Lagat
Mary Saxer
Nicole Leach
Zach Pollinger

Boys Mile

Chris Barnicle 4:17.01

Girls Mile

Aislinn Ryan 4:52.29



Chris Barnicle gets his shot -
Can Aislinn Ryan keep her victory tour going?

by John Dye

NEW YORK Feb 4, 2005 - The hallowed Millrose Games are mostly about elite athletes, but they also feature mile races for the best high schoolers in the country (boys race has been contested since 1974 and the girls since 1984). This year's edition sees part 2 of the 2005 high school mile wars. The elite events will feature HS pole vault record holder Mary Saxer (first HS girl to clear 14 feet) going against elite women and HS mile record holder Alan Webb, now an Olympian, running in the famed Wanamaker Mile.

Boys Mile

Newton North MA sr Chris Barnicle, banned from the Boston Indoor Games junior invitational mile by the MIAA last week, gets his shot in this race, but the western milers who dominated Boston (Laef Barnes and Ken Cormier) will be missing as the Millrose race becomes an all-Eastern affair. Two other season leaders who missed the Boston race will run tonight:

  • Shenendehowa NY jr Dan McManamon, whose 4:14.28 win at Dartmouth was US#1 until Barnes ran 4:13.61 in Boston
  • St. Benedict's NJ sr Brian Scotland, 4:14.35 winner of the Hispanic Games and US#1 in 800 meters at 1:53.32;

Girls Mile

This will be another duel between New York juniors Aislinn Ryan and Nicole Blood. Last week in Boston, Ryan won a ding dong battle that saw Blood lead until the bell and then Ryan move on top and hold off her rival in a furious last lap -- Ryan finishing in 4:49.62 US#1 and Blood 4:50.87 US#2. Their rivalry includes many meets, with Blood winning in New York state meets and Ryan winning on the road (Great American, Foot Locker and Boston).

Ryan has been undefeated since winning the Foot Locker cross country championship in San Diego in December. But Blood is defending champion here and may have an edge in agility over the long striding Ryan on the tight turns of the 11-lap Garden track.

HS Mile fields announced
NEW YORK Jan 22 -- Millrose Games High School mile fields were announced by invitations directors Larry Byrne and Jim Spier.
CHRIS BARNICLE, Newton North HS, Newtonville, MA
GEARY GUBBINS, Southampton HS, Southampton, NY
CARLOS JAMISON, North Rockland HS, Thiells, NY
ANDREW JESIEN, Walter Johnson HS, Bethesda, MD
JOHN MARTINEZ, North Rockland HS, Thiells, NY
DAN McMANAMON, Shenendehowa HS, Clifton Park, , NY
MARK RUSSELL, Lockport HS, Lockport, NY
BRYAN SCOTLAND, St. Benedict’s Prep, Newark, NJ
ROLANDA BELL, Sacred Heart Academy, Hempstead, NY
NICOLE BLOOD, Saratoga Springs HS, Saratoga Springs, NY
SARAH BOWMAN, Fauquier HS, Warrenton, VA
LINDSAY FERGUSON, Saratoga Springs HS, Saratoga Springs, NY
MARY LIZ McCURDY, Bay Shore HS, Bay Shore, NY
KARA McKENNA, Suffern HS, Suffern, NY
KRISTIN REESE, Carmel HS, Carmel, NY
AISLINN RYAN, Warwick Valley HS. Warwick, NY
BRITTANY SHEFFEY, Bellport HS, Brookhaven, NY
DANIELLE TAURO, Southern Regional HS, Manahawkin, NJ


Millrose Mile HS Selection Policies

by Larry Byrne and Jim Spier, boys and girls invitations directors

Two of the featured events at the Millrose Games are the “Boys One Mile Run” (contested since 1974), and the “Girls One Mile Run” (contested since 1984). Each of these events brings together, by special invitation, eight (8) of the top scholastic milers in America to race at New York City 's famous Madison Square Garden . The Millrose Games will celebrate it 98 th edition on Friday, February 4, 2005 .

These are “scholastic events” sanctioned by National Federation of State High School Associations and the State of New York . Therefore, all competitors must represent their school and wear their school's team uniform .

The Millrose Games' long-established policy for selecting competitors is based on evaluating each candidate's “ One Mile Performance Profile” , which includes:

  • Honors Won. (i. e. winning and placing high in major [interstate] meets)
  • Win-Loss Record against other top prep milers
  • Time Performances at a one mile, 1500m, and 1600m.
  • Rankings on National and Eastern Performance Lists.

We will review each candidate's array of performances in major meets, beginning with the 2004 indoor season, with particular emphasis on State Championships, National Scholastic Indoor Championship (NY Armory), and Nike Indoor Championships ( Landover , MD ). Outdoors, we will focus on the 2004 State Championships, as well as “major interstate meets”: Arcadia, Penn Relays, Hartford, Loucks, etc., with primary emphasis on “end-of-season” competitions such as the Golden West Invitational, Nike Outdoor Championships [formerly adidas Outdoor Championships], USATF Junior Nationals, USATF Youth Championships, Junior Olympics and various State “Summer Games”.

By early Fall we will have identified two groups of candidates. Our “A” List will be elite 2004 underclass milers ranked by Track & Field News and DyeStat among the USA 's top 10-15 for the mile (plus 1,500/1,600m converted.) For the boys, that usually means sub-4:12. For the girls, that usually means sub-4:50. In December, we will contact these nationally-ranked milers to determine their interest, availability, and ability to participate. In most years, only 1 or 2 of this group commits to compete—in which case their Millrose Games invitation is confirmed.

Our “B” List consists of the top 10-15 returning milers within the East (ME-VA) as ranked by Eastern Track magazine. For boys, that usually means sub-4:21 indoors or sub-4:18 outdoors. For girls, that usually means: sub-5:05 indoors or sub-5:00 outdoors. While we will review major 2004 cross country meets, it should be stressed that winning and/or setting course records at these meets is NOT a significant factor in selecting Millrose Games Mile contestants, as often the best 5,000m harriers are not top-quality milers.

In December, as the 2004-5 indoor season gets underway, it's “show time” for these “B” List milers to produce a mile performance, on or before January 22, 2005 , that ranks them at the top of all scholastic milers in the East. Again, we emphasize that performances in “major interstate meets” carry considerably more weight than those in small, local meets. Also, it should be noted that performances in non-scholastic events or “Open” meets will NOT be considered for a Millrose invitation.

These Eastern “major interstate meets” (listed below) in which most of our leading “B” List candidates will compete are attended or monitored by our Invitations Directors or their representatives. Many of these meets are limited to competitors from their immediate surrounding states, so you must check with each respective Meet Director [Contact] to determine whether your entry will be accepted.

We emphasize that winning the Mile (or placing in top 2-3-4 ) at these designated meets does not ensure an invitation to the Millrose Games—other than the two automatic qualifying meets specified below . For example, winning the Yale Invitational Boys Mile in 4:21.2, while several others have run sub-4:18.5 at any of the earlier 2004-2005 Indoor Meets would lessen that individual's chances of being selected considerably.

As was the case in 2004, we are selecting two competitors from 2 major meets as “automatic qualifiers”: The Hispanic Games on January 8 th and New Balance Games on January 22nd—both conducted at the New York Armory Track & Field Center . In each of these meets, the winner of the Boys and Girls One Mile Runs will be automatically selected to participate in the 2005 Millrose Games Invitational H.S. Mile races.

Finally, all accepted invitees in the Boys & Girls High School Miles must agree NOT to compete in any scheduled meet between Sunday, January 30th and the Millrose Games to ensure being in peak condition.  Failure to comply with this provision of the selection process will result in our invitation to compete in the 2005 Verizon Millrose Games being immediately withdrawn.

Boys Invitations Director
401-738-4232 or [email protected]

Girls Invitations Director
919-490-5206 or [email protected]


2004-5 Major Eastern High School INDOOR Meets or Meets with High School Events

  • Saturday, December 18 BISHOP LOUGHLIN GAMES . 51st annual “season opener” at the NY Armory Track & Field Center. 6-lane banked 200m Mondo Track. 168th St . & Broadway, NYC. Contact: Ed Bowes @ 718-857-2700 ext. 2233 or Mike Botti @ 718-788-0716
  • Saturday, December 18 HOWARD COUNTY WINTER TRACK FESTIVAL . Prince Georges County Sports Complex, Landover , MD 200m flat track used to host the Nike Indoor Championships. Varsity running events including B&G Mile Contact: Norman Belden @ (WE) 410-880-5988 or (HE) 410-992-4429 or [email protected]
  • Mon-Tue, December 27-28 BROWN UNIVERSITY INVITATIONAL . Olney-Margolies Fieldhouse, Brown University , Providence , RI . DMR on 12/27 other Varsity running events & B&G Mile on 12/28. (200m flat synthetic track- spikes OK) Contact: Bob Rothenberg @ 401-863-1041 or [email protected]
  • Tue-Wed, December 28-29 SETON HALL GAMES . Brennan Field House, Seton Hall University , South Orange , NJ Individual events, including B&G Mile on 12/28. Relays on 12/29. Contact: Marian Johnson @ 201-761-9561
  • Saturday, January 8 DARTMOUTH RELAYS . Leverone Field House, Dartmouth College , Hanover , NH. Top H.S. competitors from 8 states & Canada (200m flat synthetic- spikes OK) Contact: Barry Harwick @ 603-646-2540 or [email protected]
  • Saturday, January 8 11 TH CITIBANK HISPANIC GAMES . NY Armory Track & Field Center . “Automatic Qualifier” 6-lane banked 200m Mondo track. 18th St. & Broadway, NYC, Contact: Louie Vasquez @ 212-923-1803 ext. 14
  • Saturday, January 8 MONTGOMERY INDOOR INVITATIONAL . Prince Georges County Sports Complex, Landover MD. Top competitors from MD, DC, VA, PA, DE, and WV only. 200m flat track used to host the Nike Indoor Championships. Contact Tom Rogers @ (c) 240-476-1720 or (H) 301-770-7292 or [email protected]
  • Saturday, January 15 ARCHBISHOP MOLLOY-STANNER GAMES . NY Armory Track & Field Center . 6-lane banked 200m Mondo track. 168th St & Broadway, NYC. Contact: Joe Dombrowski @ 718-441-2100 (school) or 718-849-8251 (Fax) or [email protected]
  • Fri-Sat, January 21-22 YALE INVITATIONAL . Coxe Cage, Yale University , New Haven , CT ( NEW 200m BANKED synthetic track-spikes OK) Top HS competitors from 8 states. DMR on 1/21. B & G Mile on 1/22. Contact: Dan Ireland (Boys) @ 203-432-1404…or…Mark Young (Girls) @ 203-432-1405
  • Saturday, January 22 NEW BALANCE GAMES . NY Armory Track & Field Center . “Automatic Qualifier” 6-lane banked 200m Mondo track. 168th St . & Broadway, NYC. Contact: Louie Vasquez @ 212-923-1803 ext. 14

**PLEASE NOTE: Saturday, January 22 is the last day performances will be considered for selection for the Invitational Boys and Girls High School Mile Races at the 2005 Verizon Millrose Games on Friday, February 4 at Madison Square Garden . 



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