New Jersey Millrose Trials
Boys: Camden 3:22.5, Lenape 3:23, Metuchen 3:23
From: Edward J. Grant [[email protected]]
A funny thing happened on the way to the Millrose Games for some NJ
The girls' trials anded on a more orthodox note.Willingboro won the seeded section in 3:59.8 with Washington Twp qualifying for the first time at 4:00.6.
The boys' trials have traditionally been run in an unseeded manner, a relic of the days when they were held on an outdoor track that was too narrow for more than two teams to run at a time. The system has never been changed and so the three contenders wound up in separate sections.
Lenape went first and got a 50.4 leadoff leg from Ali Cooper, a three-year veteran of the trials. Newcomers Harry Owens and Charles Nocera
ran 51.2 and 51.1 and veteran Mohamed Kanu---who is coming back this winter from a long injury bout, closed in 50.3.
Camden, in the final section, had a 50.5 leadoff seon Sean brown and a 51.6 second leg from Tyree Jackson )(subbing for injured Anwar Moore). Then came frosh Jade Smith who clinched things with a 49.1 third leg. Veteran Danyne Brown closed in 51.4.
The other Camden school, Woodrow Wilson, didn't miss by much as it ran 3:24.2.
The girls, as noted, went head-to-head and it was a seesaw battle. Both teams ran with veteran lineups, in fact the same lineups which faced off in the AG race last spring. Latasha Taylor of Willingboro ran 59.1 to get the lead from Medea Ashton of WT on the first leg. Medea Ashton took the lead for WT on thesecond carre, but Takia Canty got it back by the passoff with a 60.5. It was the third leg that decided it as soph Danielle Myricks ran 60.6 to a 62.2 for Katie Connor of WT. Erin mcIntyre got some of this back with her 59.0 finale for WT, but Shakirah Rutherford's 59.7 was enough to give the 'Boro the win.
Buena was the third team in the race, but was too far back for Katrina Sye's 56.4 anchor to make any difference.
Newark Arts took third from the 2nd sction with a 4:05.6, ahead of
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