by John Dye
The Hispanic Games mile is a Millrose "qualifier," which
only means the selection committees consider the results as they
decide who will run in the high school boys and girls miles at the
famed Millrose Games February 1 at Madison Square Garden. Both winners
said they were hoping to impress the committees.
Brian Dalpiaz conducted the most impressive
interview, as he made all the pace and still kicked in a 29-second
last lap to finish in 4:16.71, a meet record and second fastest
in the country this indoor season. There were 10 more seconds
before a chase pack that included Andre Laboy CT, Brendan
Sullivan NY, Mark Alizzi NY, Chris Biggs, and Jesse Williamson
within 3 seconds of each other. The Sayville NY junior dominated
through all the quarter mile splits en route: 1:02, 2:06,
and 3:14. A Foot Locker national finalist and New York state
cross country champion this year, Dalpiaz appeared to finish
with plenty to spare. "It wasn't the best I can do,"
Dalpiaz said. "I'm not really a miler, but I want to
make it to Millrose."
Tri Valley NY soph Heather Iatauro threw her hat in the ring with
a solid 5:09.15 effort. This race was strictly between Iatauro and
Half Hollow Hills NY sr Ashley Robinson. After A.P. Randolph jr
Akilah Bates took the field through a quarter mile in 1:13, Iatauro
and Robinson moved on top for the remainder of the race. Iatauro
was on top on lap 3 and relinquished the lead to Robinson at the
half in 2:34. It stayed that way through lap 7, when Iatauro made
her move at the start of the bell lap and pulled away to win by
4 seconds. "If I am close to the leaders, I can usually win
with my kick," Iatauro said.
Iatauro finishes strong.
Does she want to go to Millrose? "Oh, yeah."
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