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7th New Balance Games

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1/19/02 at the New York Armory -
a DyeStat on-site meet

Michelle Rorke,
one of those Bronxville girls

Michelle Rorke is in command at the start of the bell lap and wins in 4:58.74, good enough to get her in the Millrose Games February 1.

by John Dye

Bronxville NY, a small community of 6,500 just north of the Bronx in Westchester County, was placed on the high school running map in the fall when their three best girls started running 1-2-3 in almost every cross country race they entered.

They could come from Central Casting for pretty, polite, All-American girls. Two of them are twins -- Catha and Caroline Mullen -- and the third, Michelle Rorke, looks enough like the Mullens to be their sister. Race announcers and writers can't tell them apart without a program.

But Rorke today set herself apart from not only her teammates but the rest of the girls mile field when she ran off to a 4:58.74 victory -- a huge 11-second PR which was an immediate ticket to the Millrose Games high school girls mile February 1 in Madison Square Garden.

Rorke made her move on lap 7 and was firmly in command by the start of the bell lap. Teammate Catha Mullen held the early lead, and then runner-up Jen Campbell, Farmingdale NY (5:01.64), led through the middle laps, with the Bronxville girls right behind.


Lap Elapsed Splits Leader
32.8 32.8     Casey Nelson
1:10.1 37.3 70.1   Catha Mullen
1:48.2 38.1     Catha Mullen
2:27.3 39.1 77.2 2:27.3 Jen Campbell
3:06.6 39.3     Jen Campbell
3:46.5 39.9 79.2   Jen Campbell
4:22.0 35.5     Michelle Rorke
4:58.74 36.7 72.2 2:31.4 Michelle Rorke


End of lap 1

Soph Casey Nelson, a newcomer from Hunterdon Central NJ in only her third race ever, led the first lap and finished third in 5:01.68, a 16-second improvement over her Hispanic Games time 2 weeks ago. Casey, a year-round soccer player on a nationally ranked team, dropped basketball last month and tried track. It is obviously a success.
End of lap 2
End of lap 5 - Bronxville 3 dog Campbell
End of lap 6 - Campbell leads,
but Rorke is ready to strike.

Girls Invitational Varsity Mile
1 - Bronxville 4:58.74* Meet Record
Michelle Rorke
2 - Farmingdale 5:01.64
Jen Campbell
3 - Hunterdon Central 5:01.68
Casey Nelson
4 - Tri-Valley 5:03.48
Heather Iaturo
5 - Bronxville 5:04.13
Caroline Mullen
6 - Immaculate Heart 5:05.11
Caitlyn Smyth

The Bronxville girls, ranked #1 in the US in the 4x800, returned to the track later in the day to win that race in 9:24.87, just a few ticks slower than their best.

Right, anchor Catha Mullen finishes the job.


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