For the second straight year the New Jersey Meet of Champions 3200 meter title came down to a sub-9 minute photo finish!
After trading moves throughout Gabay made a final surge heading into the bell to take the lead, Murphy fought back over the back stretch to answer and in doing so opened the door for a late kick from Jennings. For a moment it looked like Jennings' momentum was going to carry him to victory but at the last second Murphy found an extra gear to secure a win by .03 seconds running US#6 8:58.16 to Jennings' 8:58.19! And this was after Murphy competed in a the 1600m earlier that day!
Gabay running third clocked at 9:00.27 now ranked US#9 on the season.
These indoor Meet of Champions titles don't come easy, last year Murphy had to battle the then defending Champ Devin Hart to the line where Murphy also edged out the win running an 8:54.22 just ahead of Hart's 8:54.45.
Boys 3200m Medalists at NJ MOCs:
|1||Liam Murphy||12||Allentown HS||8:58.16||2|
|2||Jack Jennings||12||Mendham HS||8:58.19||2|
|3||Austin Gabay||12||Cinnaminson HS||9:00.27||2|
|4||Jackson Braddock||11||Southern Regional HS||9:06.86||2|
|5||Oliver Adler||12||Cherry Hill East HS||9:08.42||2|
|6||Vidhur Polam||11||South Brunswick HS||9:09.54||2|
|7||Ethan Wechsler||12||Cherokee HS||9:12.20||2|
|8||Martin Riddell||12||Haddonfield Memorial HS||9:14.70||2|