* Adaejah Hodge, Quincy Wilson, Samantha Humphries and Riley Smith are a handful of high school athletes in the country
NEW YORK CITY — Just looking at the 116th Millrose Games entries, there will be a handful of memorable head-to-head matches at the Armory on Sunday.
Many of the country’s top athletes will line up in events ranging from the 60 meters to the mile.
Take a closer look at the five deepest fields heading into Sunday’s prestigious event.
* Adaejah Hodge and Brianna Selby finished second and third at the VA Showcase in the USATF 60m Finals
The VA Showcase featured one of the best matches in the country.
it featured three of the country’s top runners in the Mia Brahe-Pedersen, Adaejah Hodge AND Brianna Selby.
Brahe-Pedersen won in the new US No. 7 in 7.22, while Hodge and Selby finished second and third in the US No. 2 and 3 in 7.24 and 7.28.
This weekend in New York, we will see another showdown at the same distance between the runners.
Also in the mix will be McKenzie Travis and Olivia Pace, who are tied for No. 5 in the U.S. at 7.38. Both these contestants faced each other in a different final.
* Caine Stanley and Javyian Greene posted a handful of the fastest times in the nation at the VA Showcase in the 300m
What can we expect when four of the top five sprinters in the country come together in the 300m?
However, the field will have to unseat the nation’s fastest sprinter Jayden Horton-Mims of Imhotep Institute Charter (PA). Horton-Mims is the only guy to go under 33 seconds so far this year.
It took a personal best of 32.92 to earn the Armory Officials Hall Of Fame invitation just a few weeks ago.
In the mix will be IMG Academy’s Caine Stanley, who is the third-fastest boy over the distance. The senior from Bradenton, Florida is on the verge of breaking the 33-second barrier. At The VA Showcase, Stanley posted a 33.33.
It was in the same race Montverde Academy Jayvian Greene, who ran 33.67.
One of the most underrated competitors in the field is Nicholas Spikes of Paint Branch (MD). The unsigned senior holds a handful of the nation’s fastest times, including the no. 4 of the US of 33.57.
* Jonathan Simms, one of the best runners in the country, takes the MileSplit through a weight training session leading up to the Millrose Games
The boys 600 meters will be a sportsman.
Many of us remember the battle between Jaden Marchan and Quincy Wilson at the Marine Corps Holiday Classic in December.
Marchan had a better day and finished with the no. 1 for the U.S. in 1:17.66, while Wilson was second in 1:17.81.
Marchan and Wilson have not raced each other since.
Wilson’s teammate Colin Abrams currently holds the nation’s fastest time in the 1K after he went 2:27.63 earlier this season. The junior has blossomed on the scene this year as he clocked a lifetime best of 1:53.84 in the 800m and 1:20.84 in the 600m.
However, Jonathan Simms of Allen (TX) who broke Obea Moore’s 400m world age group record at the Junior AAU Olympics at 45.12, he will be on the field. Simms has set a lifetime best already this indoor season in the 400m with a 47.60. To Simms’ advantage, he has 800 meters of strength. He ran a lifetime best at the Junior AAU Olympics last summer when he clocked 1:51.69 for the win.
Sleeper pick is BYU commit Tyler Mathews. Matthews went 1:17.76 on Jan. 19 in the 600m at Flagstaff, which was uphill.
* Samantha Humphries and Abby Faith Cheeseman battle it out at the CYUP Misfits Invite in the mile earlier this year
The Girls’ Mile
There’s one word to describe the Nike girls’ next mile: ELECTRICITy.
This field is stacked and fully loaded as many runners who competed at NXN and Footlocker Nationals will cross the line.
Elizabeth Leachman of Boerne Champion (TX) is coming off a national record in the outdoor 3200 meters last weekend and is going down the distance this week. She has never run an indoor mile in her career yet, but she does have an outdoor 1600m best of 4:47.28, which she ran last spring to win the UIL Texas State title.
Leachman will face Samantha Humphries, the third fastest girl over the distance this season. The Oregon commit clocked 4:39.11 to finish third at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix last weekend at The TRACK in Boston.
Don’t count out Abby Faith Cheeseman, though. She finished 13th at the Foot Locker Nationals in December. New York State standouts Zariel Macchia and Emily Bush will also be on the field.
Rookie star Sophia Rodriguez of Mercer Island (WA) who set multiple age group records last year will make her indoor mile debut.
Other members of the field will be Isabel Conde De Frankenberg, Olivia Cieslak, Rylee Blade and Emma Zawatski.
* Riley Smith wins Florida Challenge Mile with No. 4th in USA of 4:04.65
The boys’ mile
of Nike boys mile is filled with the country’s top leaders.
Four of them rank in the top 10 in the mile.
Riley Smith of Buchholz (FL) is currently the fourth fastest runner in the nation. He ran 4:04.65 last weekend to win the Florida Challenge.
Sitting at points no. 7 and no. 8 are Miles Ramer AND TJ Hansen, who ran 4:06.97 and 4:08.06 respectively to start the closed season.
Right on the heels of Hansen is the 10th fastest guy in the country, Byron Grevious of Philips Exeter Academy. He clocked 4:08.10.
Jimmy Wischusen, Keegan Smith, Tam Gavenas and Soheib Dissa will also line up in the Big Apple.