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Jillian Smith 4:48.83
Southern Regional NJ junior kicks past Canadian Jessica Parry with 150 meters to go to win with authority.

Smith follows in teammate's footsteps - Story, photos by John Nepolitan

In 2007, Danielle Tauro led a 1-2 punch for Southern Regional(NJ) as she led her teammate Jillian Smith over the line. Tauro is now at the University of Michigan and Smith learned well from her, kicking away from Jessica Parry (London, Ontario, Canada) over the final 150 meters for a new USA #1 time of 4:48.83. (continued below)

Caitlin Lane leads the pack early

Early in the race, though, Caitlin Lane (Greenwich, NY) towed the field through the first four laps, passing 400 in 1:12 and 800 in 2:27.0. But that did little to shake off any of the 11 entrants. Just past the halfway point, Parry jumped into the lead and that single move started to string the field out.

Passing 1000 meters in 3:04, Parry had a slight lead over Smith, who was clear of the rest of the pack. At 1200 meters (3:42.1), little changed as Parry still had the lead, but Smith was inching closer. Behind the lead pair, Mary Kate Champagne (Seton Catholic, NY) was at the front of the chase pack, which now had started to truly splinter.

With just one lap to go, Smith had gotten right to the outside shoulder of Parry and looked ready to strike. With 150 meters to go, that attack happened and there would be no catching the New Jersey junior as she crossed the line in a new indoor personal best time of 4:48.83 – which also happens to be just 2 seconds off her outdoor personal best. She closed in a swift 31 seconds for the final 200 meters.


Jillian Smith
“I knew somebody was going to take it out and my plan was to just sit and I think everybody did what they wanted to do – have a fast race….Parry did a great three laps, keeping the pace up, and I just kept moving my arms faster and looking up there…the last lap to go I was just hammering…I get worried … every little move in the race, last year there was a lot of aggression in the race, this year the race calmed down and it was a lot easier to get around people which was better for everybody…I am really excited; I did not think I was going to run that fast…Being able to talk to her (Tauro) with all of her experience helps me a lot….every year, people are getting faster and faster so you never know what to expect.”


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Reebok Boston Indoor Games - 1/26/2008
Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center
Boston, MA

Event 17 Girls 1 Mile Run Jr. Invit.
Name Year Team Finals
1 Jillian Smith Manahawkin, NJ 4:48.83
2 Jessica Parry London, ONT, CAN 4:53.05
3 Mary Kate Champagne Plattsburgh, NY 4:55.57
4 Keely Maguire Georgetown, MA 4:56.02
5 Bridget Dahlberg Newton South, MA 4:58.67
6 Sarah McCurdy Bay Shore, NY 4:58.83
7 Brianna Welch Glen Head, NY 5:00.61
8 Kristin Reese Holmes, NY 5:00.85
9 Nicole Benson Peoria, IL 5:02.29
10 Tori Pennings Warwick,NY 5:02.43
11 Caitlin Lane Greenwich, NY 5:06.79

Jillian Smith and Caitlin Lane from the 2007 Reebok Boston Girls Junior Invitational Mile. Photos by Vic Sailer, photorun.net
Girls Entries Announced

(from Barbara Heubner, GlobalAthletics.com)

BOSTON (Jan. 17) – Caitlin Lane (Greenwich HS/Greenwich NY), Jillian Smith (Southern Regional HS/Manahawkin NJ), Tori Pennings (Warwick Valley HS/Warwick NY) and Keely Maguire(Triton Regional HS/Georgetown MA) will return to the complete in the Girls’ Junior Invitational Mile at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games on Jan. 26, organizers announced today.Since the Reebok Boston Indoor Games began in 1996, more than 90 Olympic and World Championship medalists have competed in the event, which has also played host to five World Records and nine American Records. The Boys’ and Girls’ Junior Invitational Miles, which began in 2005, have quickly become two of the most prestigious events of their kind.

This is the fourth invitation for Lane, the 2007 NY State Champion at 1500 meters for small schools. Smith, the 2006 Nike Outdoor Nationals Freshman Mile Champion, was runner-up here last year; while Pennings was a member of the runner-up DMR squad at Nike Outdoors. Maguire is a 2005 Massachusetts Cross Country champion and 2007 New England champ at 1600m.

Challenging them will be Sarah McCurdy (Bay Shore HS/Bay Shore NY), the reigning National Scholastic Indoor 800-meter champion; Nicole Benson (Limestone Community HS/Peoria IL), the 2007 Illinois Cross Country champion; Brianna Welch (North Shore HS/Glen Head NY), NY state class record-holder at 1000 meters for seventh, eighth and ninth grade; Jessica Parry (Catholic Central HS/London, Ontario), who set a Canadian Youth 800-meter national record at the IAAF World Youth Track & Field Championships last July; Bridget Dahlberg (Newton South HS/Newton MA), a three-time All-State champion and 4th in the National Scholastic Indoor Mile; Mary Kate Champagne (Seton Catholic Central HS/Plattsburgh NY), 3rd at 2 Miles at Nike Outdoor Nationals; and Kristin Reese (Carmel HS/Patterson NY), a member of the 4x800m national champion relay team.

The field for the Boys' Junior Invitational Mile was announced last week.

Sponsored by Reebok International Ltd., with its world headquarters in Canton, Mass., the Reebok Boston Indoor Games is owned and produced by Global Athletics & Marketing, Inc., an athlete-representation and events firm based in Boston.

The Reebok Boston Indoor Games, the second stop in USA Track & Field’s Visa Championship Series, begins at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College, 1350 Tremont St. Information and tickets are available on-line at www.BostonIndoorGames.com or by phone at 1-877-TIX-TRAC..

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