Sean McGorty’s mile run looked so easy, so effortless, that it was almost a shock when the announcement echoed over the loudspeakers at Franklin Field on Friday.
A new Penn Relays record. The new No. 1 high school time in the U.S. this year.
One very happy Chantilly senior.
Distancing himself from the pack after 200 meters to seize control of the race, he finished in a spectacular 4 minutes, 4.47 seconds.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” McGorty said. “Last year, it didn’t really go my way. To win in a place like this, it means a lot. To be part of its history, that’s even” better.
At the 2012 Penn Relays, he was tripped up on his second lap, but running out in front eliminated that problem this year. Ben Malone (Pascack Valley, N.J.) made a late charge in the last 100 meters, but McGorty never appeared threatened.
“I just wanted to run my race, and if that meant me going to the lead I was fine with that,” the six-time All-Met said. “In the last 100, I pretty much believed that I had it, but I still wanted to give it my all because Ben Malone’s kick is one of the best.”