There will be a distinct local flavor at this year’s 106th edition of the Millrose Games, set to begin Saturday at The Armory in New York City.
Ten athletes from Arlington High School, as well as 2012 Olympic silver-medalist high jumper and former Dutchess County resident Brigetta Barrett, will participate in the event. Portions of the event will be televised nationally on ESPN and available online at ESPN3.com
Arlington sophomore Bella Burda will compete in the girls mile run. Burda, who won the Section 1 Class AA title in the 3,000-meter run earlier this week, has the third best time in the mile in the state. She earned that time by placing fourth in a Dutchess County-record 4:57.91 at the Millrose Games Trials on Jan. 16.
Sibby Hanson, a senior, will participate in the boys mile run. Hanson has the sixth best time in the mile in New York, having run a personal-best 4:18.85 at The Hispanic Games on Jan. 4 where he placed second.
Arlington senior Stefan Buechele will compete in the pole vault. Buechele has the fourth best vault in the state this season, achieving a 14 foot, 6 inch mark at the Jim Mitchell Invitational on Dec. 14. A pair of Arlington boys relays will run at the event. The 1,600-meter relay of Trenton Beram, Peter Garson, Chris Koenitzer and Tym Lotocky will compete in the Suburban division, while the 3,200 relay of James Asselmeyer, Matt Haerling, Tom Wimmers and Koenitzer will run in the Eastern division.
Barrett, a senior at the University of Arizona who attended Wappingers Falls’ Roy C. Ketcham High School for two years, will see her second action of the season at the Millrose Games. This past summer, Barrett jumped a personal-best 6-8 at the London Olympics to win the silver. Barrett is a four-time NCAA champion, having swept the indoor and outdoor titles the past two years. Among Barrett’s top competition at the Millrose Games are Olympic teammates Chaunte Lowe and Inika McPherson.