The Freehold Township, Winslow, and Ramapo girls, Seton Hall Prep, Cate DeSousa of Red Bank Catholic, and Collin Boler of Delbarton led a very strong showing for New Jersey at the Millrose Games Trials on Wednesday night at the New York Armory
Freehold Township continued its remarkable legacy of greatness in the 4x800-meter relay by winning that race in a NJ No. 2/US No. 4 9:32.02 to qualify for the 114th Millrose Games, which will be held on Jan. 29 at the NY Armory. The Patriots edges Ursuline of NY, second in a US No. 5 9:21.91, and Ramapo, third in 9:33.14. Ursuline and Ramapo also earned a berth in the Millrose Games.
Brianna Kirsch (2:22.95), Abigail Bossdorf (2:26.54), Tess Bossdorf (2:26.78), and Emma Zawatski (2:15.76) combined on the victory for Freehold Township. Brianna Braver anchored for Ramapo with a 2:20.37.
Jaia James had a huge meet for Winslow. The senior won the 55m dash in a personal best and NJ No. 2 7.21, and split 59.8 on the 4x400 that won the Suburban Division race in a NJ No. 1 4:01.29. Briyel Brown, Kamryn Holness, and Janelle Marshall handled the other three legs for Winslow.
Rancocas Valley, second in a NJ No. 2 4:04.98, and Ramapo, third in 4:06.53, also qualified for the 4x400 at the Millrose Games. Izzie Anzaldo ripped a 58.48 on the anchor for Ramapo, which qualified for Millrose in both the 4x400 and 4x800.
New Jersey swept the boys and girls mile as Boiler and DeSousa, both juniors, earned the auto qualifiers into the Millrose Games.
Boler ran a huge negative split on his way to victory in the boys mile in a huge PR of 4:14.86, which is NJ No. 1 and US No. 5 this season. Boler covered the final half mile in 2:03.6, and the last 400 in 58.8!!
In the girls mile, DeSousa , who hit the half mile in 2:33.35, closed with a 71.5 last 400 and 34.6 last 200 to finish off a victiory in 5:04.04.
In the boys 4x400, Seton Hall Prep (NJ No. 1 3:24.51), and St. Benedict's Prep (NJ #2 3:29.51) finished 1-2 to advance to the Millrose. Junior Xavier Donaldson split 49.97 on the anchor for Seton Hall Prep.
Gursharan Singh of Deptford cleared 13-0 to win the boys pole vault.