Elite Connecticut track athletes set to compete at 114th Millrose Games

Danbury’s Alanna Smith will compete in the Millrose Game in New York on Saturday.

Danbury’s Alanna Smith will compete in the Millrose Game in New York on Saturday.

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Despite the snowstorm that is expected to impact our region the show goes on at the 114th Millrose Games on Saturday at The Armory Track and Field Center in New York.

Some of Connecticut’s elite boys and girls indoor track athletes plan to compete.

Conard track coach Ron Knapp confirmed that standouts Gavin Sherry and brother Callum Sherry will compete in the mile. Gavin Sherry is coming off a state record time of 4 minutes, 6.72 seconds set in the mile at the recent U.S. Air Force Hispanic Games at The Armory. According to Knapp that time currently ranks Sherry No. 1 in the United States as well.

Callum Sherry was second in the mile in 4:11.36 at the U.S. Air Force Hispanic Games, which ranks him No. 2 in Connecticut and the United States.

Danbury indoor track coaches Nick Fratticelli and Rob Murray said Alanna Smith will be headed to New York on Friday night to beat the snowstorm. Smith will compete in the 300 and has run 38.6 to rank her first in Connecticut and sixth in the United States this season. She will also compete in the 55 and has run 7.12.

Ralphael Hawkins of Hillhouse will compete in the 60-meter dash and Anichka Malachi of New Milford will compete in the long jump. This season she has set a personal best in the event with a jump of 17 feet, 11.75 inches.

Tim Fulton, director of high school track and field at The Armory, said there was no consideration for postponing or canceling the Millrose Games due to the snow.

“We can’t postpone an event that is live on NBC International,” Fulton said.

The Millrose Games actually began on Thursday with field events. Gary Moore Jr. of Hillhouse finished fourth in the weight throw with 70 feet, 3 inches. Alex Krause of Coventry was seventh (57-1).