Bella Burda made history again.
A senior runner, Burda became the first Arlington High School track and field athlete, male or female, to qualify for the prestigious Millrose Games three times, her victory at Saturday’s Hispanic Games punching her ticket again.
“I’m thrilled to have qualified for Millrose,” she said after her wire-to-wire victory in Saturday’s invitational mile at The Armory Track & Field Center in Manhattan. “It’s always packed with competition. I’m so excited to be able to race there.”
Never trailing, Burda completed the indoor mile course in 5:01.25 to win the event, setting up her third trip to the famous meet at The Armory in February.
“She did it the old-fashion way: She earned it,” Arlington coach Steve Arnett said. “She led it, from the first step to the last. She started to open a game, and then it was a run to the finish.”
Named the Poughkeepsie Journal’s Runner of the Year following this past cross country season, Burda was named the 2014-15 Gatorade Runner of the Year for New York this past Thursday.
“There’s no one better than this kid,” Arnett said.
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