|99th Millrose Games
Feb 3, 2006 at Madison Square Garden, New York City
High School Miles
Boys - Dan McManamon, a seven-man chase pack, and an Irishman with a famous surname.
Girls - Aislinn Ryan goes for repeat.
preview by John Dye
Dan McManamon, a seven-man chase pack, and an Irishman with a famous name. That's how the boys race shapes up. Shenendehowa NY sr Dan McManamon was US#1 this season when the entries were announced. At the Boston Indoor Games last Saturday, he finished third behind Californians Michael Coe and A.J.Acosta, but chopped 2.4 seconds off his season best to finish in 4:10.72. That gives him more than 2 seconds advantage over seven runners who rank US#9 to 15 in a 3-second spread from Guilderland NY jr Brian Rhodes-Devey's 4:13.19 to Somers NY sr Alex Bean's 4:16.32.
The wild card of the race is John Coghlan of Dublin Ireland, whose father Eamonn Coghlan is one of the most famous names in the 99-year history of the Millrose Games. Eamonn earned the nickname "Chairman of the Boards" for winning the Wanamaker Mile eight times on the 11-lap to the mile board oval at Madison Square Garden. Under his father's coaching, John won the All-Ireland Intermediate Games 1500m as a sophomore last year. His PR's are 4:03 for 1500 meters and 1:58 for 800 meters.
MARK AMIRAULT, Xaverian Brothers, Westwood, MA: 2005 Massachusetts XC Champion -- 4:15.68 US#13
Aislinn Ryan goes for repeat.
Long legged Aislinn Ryan, a senior from Warwick Valley NY and the University of Colorado's latest prize recruit, will try for a repeat win in this race. Last year, she rallied to beat New York rival Nicole Blood in the midst of a winning streak that included the 2004 Foot Locker Cross Country Championship. Ryan hasn't been as dominant this year, finishing a close second to Blood at the Boston Indoor Games last week in 4:51.91 US#3. That makes Ryan the top seed here as Blood is not eligible because she no longer runs for her Saratoga NY high school team. Blood won the Millrose mile her freshman and sophomore years.
Ryan's top competition will be Lindsey Ferguson, another of Saratoga NY's endless supply of top runners. Ferguson was third at Boston less than a second behind Ryan in 4:52.68 US#5, and she beat Ryan convincingly in the Hispanic Games 3000 meters January 7. Also deserving consideration are Suffern NY sr Kara McKenna, winner of the Hispanic Games mile in 4:54.73 US#6 and Conestoga PA sr Liz Costello, winner of the New Balance Games mile in 4:56.09 US#7. Suffern has two runners in the field as McKenna is joined by freshman Shelby Greany, a Foot Locker finalist and winner of the Stanner Games mile January 14 in 4:58.74 US#12.
LIZ COSTELLO, Conestoga, Berwyn, PA: 2006 New Balance Games Mile Champion -- 4:56.09 US#7
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