Two of New England’s best distance runners were invited to participate in the prestigious Millrose Games Mile on Saturday at 9:14pm. Mike Marsella (Chariho, RI) and Connor Rog (Fairfield Prep, CT) will battle ten other athletes from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania for regional bragging rights.
You can watch the entire meet live via the Armory streaming webcast below . MileSplit New York will also be on-site with analysis, photos, and video. Check the meet page for the latest updates.
In anticipation of this tremendous event, we had the opportunity to ask both New England representatives a couple of questions as they prepare for the biggest race of their season so far.
What does qualifying for this event mean to you?
Marsella - It was definitely a major goal of mine to be able to run at such a prestigious event like the Millrose mile. I’m a little disappointed it’s not at MSG, but at the same time, excited to be at the armory. Hopefully I'll be able to post a quick time.
Rog - I am so stoked for the Milrose Mile. I honestly never thought I would be able to make it. I have never been known as a really great miler, and now I landed the last seed of the Milrose Mile! I am pumped! It's always been known as the most prestigious mile race for the high school level, and the fact that I somehow got the last spot makes me so happy. This is a race I have always wanted to be in, and now it's all or nothing.
What are you doing to prepare?
Marsella -I don't plan to do anything different than what I'm used to doing. I still have to discuss with my coach what type of speed work I'll be doing and the race strategy entering the race. Other than that, I really just have to stay focused.
Rog - I'll be finally working on speed work. I have been pounding in the miles, and now it's time to do some hard speed workouts. I'll be utilizing some Connecticut divisional meets and small qualifiers as workouts as well. For example, yesterday I ran the 1000m and the 3200m for the Connecticut West Regional qualifier. It was good because I got some speed and endurance work in.
Want to find out what the rest of the field had to say? Check out the MileSplit New York article.