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High School stars mix with Olympians
Coming: 25 action photos!
Photos of Olympians and the general scene: Stacy Dragila - Melissa Morrison - Carlette Guidry - Maurice Greene - Jim Gray interview - Hall of Fame inductees Bell, Foster, Padilla - Eamon Coughlan "relay"
A crowd of 14,733 cheered throughout the night. Olympic level winners were Stacy Dragila 14-6, Regina Jacobs 4:24.04 mile, Carlette Guidry 7.14 60m, Joetta Clark Diggs 2:04.79 (with sister Hazel third at 2:04.92), Melissa Morrison 7.94 60H, Tisha Waller 6-2.25 HJ, Dominique Arnold 7.51 60H (beating Terrance Trammell, Mark Crear, and Allen Johnson), Maurice Green 6.45 60 meters (Millrose Games record), 39-year-old Johnny Gray 1:49.88, Jeff Hartwig 18-8.25, Shane Levy 7-3.75, Mark Everett 1:02.59 500m, Mark Carroll 3:58.19 Wanamaker Mile (fellow Irishman James Nolan second 4:00.06).
Best HS Relays: Lenape NJ boys 3:26.10 and Boys & Girls NY 3:56.75
Girls favorite is Shalane Flanagan, Marblehead MA sr, who has the only sub-5 minute mile this season in the nation. She will be joined by Easterners who hold the next four places on the US leader list: Pilar Marin, St. Anthony's NY; Danielle Jelley, Clarke NY; Marian Bihrle, Belmont MA; and Allison Hofmann, Rocky Point, NY. A western challenge comes two veteran national competitors: Sara Gorton, Phoenix AZ (US#1 1999 outdoor at 3000 meters, 9:33.98) and Michelle Dela Vina, Valparaiso IN. Rounding out the field are two New Yorkers with fine credentials as well: Jen Donovan, Half Hollow Hills, and Jillian Mastroianni, Sayville.
The boys race will see a more balanced national representation with no clear favorite, unless it is Tristan Colangelo, Gloucester MA sr, who leads the nation this indoor season with a sparkling 4:11.82 time at the Dartmouth Relays. Second in that race and second in the US is Jason Jabaut, Seton Catholic NY, 4:13.16. The rest of the Northeastern delegation is Brian McGovern CT, Justin Romaniuk NY, and Walton Kingsbery NJ. They will be severely challenged by such national stars as David Vidal, Kalispell MT jr, (recent winner of the San Diego Games in 4:14.67, a substitute for Alan Webb of Virginia, who withdrew); Ricky Brookshire, Boone NC sr (a 4:11 miler outdoors last year and second in the Great American Cross Country Festival this year); Brian Turner, Omaha NE sr (a 4:09 miler as a sophomore 2 years ago); and Mason Ward, Cincinnati OH sr (defending Ohio champion at 4:12).
In addition, there are a bunch of 4x400 relays for teams in the New York metropolitan area, and Samantha Shepard, Weston MA soph, will join the women again in the pole vault. Samantha shocked the world two years ago when she went 12 feet as an eighth grader in women's competition at the Millrose Games.
Official web site of the Millrose Games: http://www.millrosegames.com/
Television coverage: NBC, Saturday, February 5, 2000 (2:30 - 3:30 p.m. EST).