By Senior Correspondent Marty Ogden, Editing and Graphics by Ron Knapp
While most of the attention for CT track and field fans was on the CIAC Class meets held from . Thursday through Saturday, some local athletes went to high level meets to run some notable performances at the 116th Millrose Games in New York City and the BU David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston.
116th Millrose Games
Nike Track & Field Center, The Armory, New York, NY
PHOTOS by John Nepolitan
The Millrose Games is one of the oldest and most admired indoor track and field meets in the world. Each year professional, college, high school and youth athletes merge together in front of a sold out audience and a live television audience. There were several local athletes who were invited to compete and produced nationally ranked performances.
Katherine Bohlke, fresh off her wins in the 1600m and sprint medley relay at the Class LL championships on Thursday, was invited to compete at Millrose based on her performance at the Armory Officials Hall of Fame Invitational where she won in a mile PR 4:52.66 . On Sunday, the Newington senior, running as an unattached athlete in the Nike Girls’ Mile, went right to the back of the crowded field of 14 athletes from all over the country. She went through the 400m under 70 seconds and paced through the 800m in 2:22. Even with two laps to go, she was still in 9th place, but she had run faster than ever before. Then during the final two laps she sped up to 34 and 32 seconds that indicated that she had a lot more in the tank. Her third place time of 4:45.49 moves her ahead of Brooke Strauss to #2 all time in CT history and according to the current Athletic.net national rankings, Bohlke and Strauss are #8 and #9 this season.
The boys junior mile made the NBC broadcast and CT was represented by defending State Open 1000m champion Soheib Dissa who also won the 1000m at the Class L Championships on Saturday morning. The Newtown junior was up among the first few runners the first couple of laps but the top three quickly separated themselves and Dissa went through the 400m in 1:01 and the half mile in 2:04. He closed in 62 seconds to finish in a new PR of 4:13.26. The time ranks him the 10th fast CT high school miler and 24th nationally so far this season.
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