For the first time in Arlington High School indoor track and field history, the Admirals can boast a Millrose Games championship.
An foursome won the 3,200-meter relay at the prestigious event Saturday, winning in 7:47.2 to establish the nation’s best time in the event this season.
“It was an absolutely thunderous performance,” coach Steve Arnett said after Joe Morrison, Eric Sbrollini, James Asselmeyer and Reece Ragusa made Arlington history. “They missed the meet record by two-tenths of a second. It’s the fastest time in the United States this year.”
Usually the anchor for Arlington, Asselmeyer ran the third leg, setting a personal-record time (1:50.88) to set up the Admirals for victory.
“You’re really hoping the runners understand what you’re looking for and deliver,” Arnett said. “They delivered on the highest level.”
In the girls mile, Arlington’s Bella Burda finished sixth in 5:01.79.
“It’s a good performance by her,” Arnett said, “but not was she was looking for.”
Starting in the sixth position in a field of 11 runners, the Admirals’ senior standout went out in the middle of the pack on the first lap, but fell back to sixth place after 440 meters.
By the third lap, Villanova University-bound Burda ran seventh before moving up to two spots by the fifth lap.
“The race went out really fast, and the early fast pace hurt her a little bit,” Arnett said. “It’s a good experience. I’m pleased.
“All in all, it was a great day for us.”
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