Local high schoolers set to invade Madison Square Garden


Vicky Oddi
Communications Coordinator
USA Track & Field

NEW YORK - Local High school standouts Pat Schellberg and Hayley McMahon, who earned automatic berths at the Millrose Games Trials, will be vying for wins in the NYRR boys and girls high school miles January 29 at the 103rd Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The Millrose Games is the first stop of USA Track & Field's Visa Championship Series. The longest-running annual event held at fabled Madison Square Garden and one of the best indoor track and field meets in the world, The Millrose Games features some of America's and the world's top track and field talent. The meet will be televised live on ESPN2 from 8-10 p.m. Eastern Time.

National high school leader Emily Lipari (Roslyn HS, Roslyn, N.Y.) is the class of the field in the NYRR girls mile and will be chased by 2009 Pan Am Jr 5,000m silver medalist Aisling Cuffe (Cornwall HS, New Windsor, N.Y.) and 2009 World Youth team member Cory McGee (Pass Christian HS, Pass Christian, MS). Cuffe and Lipari went head-to-head two weeks ago at the Hispanic Games, with Lipari edging out Cuffe in the final meters to steal the win. Also watch for Hayley McMahon (Arlington HS, La Grangeville, N.Y.), who earned an automatic qualifier into the Millrose Games race by winning the mile at the Millrose Trials.

Headlining the NYRR boys mile will be current national high school leader Pat Schellberg (Delbarton, Morristown, N.J.) along with fellow 2009 Nike Outdoor National finalists Marco Bertlotti (Paul D. Schreiber, Port Washington, N.Y.). Schellberg and Berlotti went 1-2 at the Millrose Games Trials, respectively. Others to watch include Anthony Kostelac (Albemarle, Charlottesville, Va.), who was part of the 4x800m that set the national record at last year's Penn Relays, and Hispanic Games winner Tom Kehl (Father Judge, Philadelphia, Penn.).

Hoping to bring home their third-straight title from MSG, Benjamin Cardozo High School's girls lead the field in the PSAL 4x400m after running the fastest time in the U.S. for a high school girls team so far this year, 3:50.94,at the Millrose Games Trials.

St. Anthony's Marc Saracino, Patrick Murphy, Brandon Keany and Payton Hazzard are the frontrunners in the CHSAA boys 4x800m. Also watch for Kellenberg Memorial and Chaminde St. Joseph by the Sea, Iona Preperatory School and Regis High School, who are also entered.

Teams entered in the METRO girls 4x800m include North Shore (N.Y.), Northport (N.Y.), Garden City (N.Y.), Bronxville (N.Y.), Lenape Reg. HS (N.J.), Ursuline School (N.Y.), Syosset (N.Y.) and Ward Mellville (N.Y.). Teams competing in the METRO boys 4x800m include Haddonfield Memorial HS (N.J.), Christian Brothers Academy (N.J.), Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.), Red Bank Catholic (N.J.), Abington (Penn.), Morristown HS (N.J.), New Rochelle High School (N.Y.) and Freehold Twp HS (N.J.).

Friends and family of all local qualifiers have the opportunity to cheer on their local favorites at the 103rd Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden. They can purchase tickets by calling TICKETMASTER at 212-307-7172 or visiting www.Millrose-Games.com or stopping by the Madison Square Garden Box Office. USATF welcomes you to pay with your Visa.

For more information on the 2010 Millrose Games and the 2010 Visa Championship Series, visit: www.visachampionshipseries.com or www.millrose-games.com.