By LetsRun.comJanuary 21, 2012
By David Monti(c) 2012 Chase Results Weekly, all rights reserved
NEW YORK (21-Jan) — Showing solid aboriginal division form, Britain’s Andy Baddeley won the aristocratic mile at today’s 17th New Balance Games at the Armory actuality in Upper Manhattan, arch bristles men beneath the four-minute mark.
Baddeley, 29, who was the fastest miler of the 2008 alfresco division aback he clocked a claimed best 3:49.38 at the Bislett Games in Oslo, backward a the advanced of the 14-man backpack as pacemaker Brian Gagnon took the acreage through the aboriginal division in 59.4 seconds, and the bisected in 1:57.8. Baddeley waited until the penultimate lap to move to the lead, again took the alarm with accessory James Brewer in hot pursuit. Baddeley wasn’t worried.
“I knew I had accession few gears,” Baddeley told Chase Results Weekly afterwards the race. “I knew (I would win) if I captivated him off on the aback beeline with 100 to go.”
Brewer was clumsy to aing on Baddeley, and the 2009 Fifth Avenue Mile best maintained his advance through the band to win in an aboriginal apple baton of 3:57.22. Brewer clocked 3:57.92 in second, while above University of Wisconsin amateur Craig Miller took third in 3:58.65.
“Hey, I adulation New York. I’ve had a lot of success here,” said Baddeley, who in accession to his Fifth Avenue Mile achievement won the mile at this activity in 2010 and was third in the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games the aforementioned year.
Kenyan aerial schooler Edward Cheserek of St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark ran in the aristocratic chase and accomplished seventh in 4:02.21. He had hoped to claiming Alan Webb’s aerial academy almanac of 3:59.86 set on the aforementioned Armory clue in the 2001 copy of this meet. (Editor’s note: It was the additional fastest mile anytime by a being accessory a US aerial school).
The women’s mile was a bump-and-grind activity because there was no appointed pacemaker. A closely-bunched backpack of 14 women went through bisected way in a adjournment 2:27.4, three abnormal slower than the aerial academy girls’ mile which preceded theirs. Serbia’s Marina Muncan and Ireland’s Stephanie O’Reilly were the nominal leaders, but cipher had absolutely taken ascendancy of the race.
That all afflicted in the final three laps aback Canada’s Hilary Stellingwerff went to the advance and best up the pace. She was chased carefully by above University of California Riverside amateur Brenda Martinez who acclimated Stellingwerff’s billow to set herself up for a able final sprint.
“I acquainted acceptable with, like, 400 to go,” Martinez said afterwards the race. “It’s boxy to say that I capital to use her, but I bare my aplomb aback and I apperceive I’m in abundant shape.”
Martinez waited for the final about-face to beat advanced about Stellingwerff, again surged to the band in 4:39.37. Stellingwerff captivated on for additional (4:39.82) and Liz Maloy got third (4:40.32).
“It’s absolutely nice to get a win,” the animated Martinez said.
In the aristocratic women’s 800m, the 2010 NCAA best Phoebe Wright led from gun to tape, but was pressured throughout the chase by Latavia Thomas. Wright auspiciously dedicated her 2011 New Balance Games appellation in 2:02.32, to Thomas’s 2:02.71.
“Yeah, it feels good,” said Wright, who will acknowledgment to the Armory to run the aforementioned ambit at the Millrose Games on February 11. “This clue is lightning fast.”
Tevan Everett won the men’s 800m in 1:47.70, admitting abatement up a little afore the accomplishment line. Former University of Connecticut agent Mike Rutt got additional in 1:47.98, aloof advanced of Uganda’s Julius Mutekanga (1:48.00).
There was additionally active activity in the varsity afar area the top-2 finishers would acquire affirmed spots in the Millrose Games aerial academy miles. In the girl’s race, Laura Leff of West Genesee Aerial Academy in Upstate New York came from ten meters aback with a lap to go to defeat Megan Moye of Midlothian, Va., 4:48.96 to 4:49.36. Leff was afraid that she bent Moye.
“No, no way,” Leff said aback asked if she anticipation she would win. “I was aloof thinking, ‘hold your spot’ so I could go to Millrose.”
Leff, Moye and third abode Sophie Chase of Burke, Va. (4:55.79), all ran claimed best times.
In the boys varsity mile, Zavon Watkins of Liverpool, N.Y., becoming a additional after anchorage in the Millrose Games aerial academy mile area he accomplished a black seventh aftermost year. In today’s chase he clocked 4:14.52 over Rhode Island’s Mike Marsella (4:15.27) who, like Watkins, will additionally go to Millrose.
“It was amazing, you know?” Watkins said. “Coming into the chase I aloof capital to get aboriginal or additional aloof to qualify. The big affair in my apperception was to accomplish it aback to Millrose and do article great, because aftermost year I concluded up falling, tripping, and was never able to attempt in the race.”
Finally, in the rarely-contested 500-meters, Strymar Livingston of Christopher Columbus Aerial Academy actuality ran a civic aerial academy almanac of 1:01.68, ballyhoo Mike Greene’s almanac of 1:02.40 set aback in 1984 in Boston.
Video and Results below:
Video of 2012 New Balance Mile
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