2013 Millrose Quotes
Doc Patton, who won the Millrose 60m in 6.50, an Armory record and the world's best time in 2013:
On the Millrose track — "It's the fastest track in the world right now."
"This may be my last year; I want to go out with a bang."
On what his performance tonight means to him: "That's huge."
English Gardner, who won the Millrose women's 60m in 7.19:
"With the 60, you gotta be fast, quick, out of the blocks — just go. I'm happy with my race ... and look forward to Nationals."
Janay DeLoach, won the long jump, breaking the Armory record with a leap of 22-7 3/4.
On defeating Olympic gold medalist Brittney Reese — "We go back and forth all the time. It's good competition.
On competing at the Millrose — "It's a blast out here. The crowd is great. I had a really good time."
"It's fun to have an animated crowd, to hear the screaming -- and just go for it."
On tonight — "I just need to focus. It wasn't perfect, but I'm going to continue to build."
"I feel I'm where I need to be. I'm overall pleased."
Jeff Porter, who edged Andrew Riley by .01 in the 60-meter hurdles (7.59):
"It's a homecoming for me. I have a good 20 people here. Any time they can watch me, it's amazing."
"I'm working on my technique on the blocks. If I'm going to make the [U.S] team, I'm going to need to have good technique.
On trying to making Team USA — "Last time I predicted it would take 13.1 and that wasn't good enough. I'd say 13.0 now, but that may not be a guarantee. It's tell you how competitive it is now."
Andrew Riley, who ran second in the hurdles (7.60):
"I felt a little rusty out there. I got too close to the hurdles.
"This is my first professional race, and I'm looking forward to big things to come in the future."
Sabrina Southerland of Cardozo High, who became the first PSAL runner to win the H.S. mile at Millrose since 1986 (Shola Lynch, Hunter College):
On winning — "It's a dream come true. I was praying I'd win. I just left it all on the track."
On waiting six laps to move — "I went when my body told me it was ready to go."
On college — "All options are still open."
Women's Wanamaker Mile winner Sheila Reid, who won in 4:27.02:
"This was a really fun race. I couldn't stop smiling at the end. I struggled here last year, and it was really nice to win tonight. I had a few more gears if I had needed them."
On Mary Cain: "She's a phenom. My best 1500 meters in high school was slower than her best mile."
Mary Cain, who broke her own national high school record in the Wanamaker Mile, finishing in 4:28.25:
"This is a dream come true. Last year I ran fourth in the high school mile here, so I guess I'm moving up."
"I want to stay humble and not sound cocky. But at the same time I don't want to be the little high schooler. My coach believes in me, and I kept saying to myself tonight, 'I deserve to be here.'"
Bernard Lagat, who broke Galen Rupp's American record in the two-mile run, winning in 8:09.49:
"People ask me, 'How do you do it at 38?' I say, 'The magic is in the training.'"
"When we begin out training in the beginning of the year, there is one important race — The Millrose."
Bernard Lagat's seven-year-old son Miika on the on the cheetah spikes he asked to made for his dad: "They're awesome. They make you fast."
Edward Cheserek, after breaking Gerry Lindgren's 49-year-old national high school record in the two-mile, finishing in 8:39.15:
On his historic time — "I wasn't feeling well tonight."
"I'm happy to get the record. I knew I had to get ready. My coaches told me if you run smart, you may get it."
Alysia Montano, who crushed the American record in the 600 meters tonight:
"I definitely thought I was going to make the world record. I'm never running just to be up front. I was going to run strong, with poise and in control."
"This track is amazing. I loved it. My body feels good. I can see myself here again. I'm kind of addicted."
Mary Wineberg, who won the women's 400m dash in 52.19, just .01 ahead of Francena McCorory:
"I want to show people that at my age people can still do this. As long as I'm strong, I can move on. I'm not scared of the race anymore. 33 is the new 21."
Lopez Lomong, the 2013 Wanamaker Mile champion and new meet record holder (3:51.21), just ahead of 2012 champ Matthew Centrowitz:
"I never ran in [the Millrose Games before]. When I was in high school, I wasn't good enough. It was a blessing to come here and run this time."
"Someone is going to come and break this record, so I look at the big picture: At the end of the day, we don't run for ourselves but for this great nation of ours. At the end of the day, what we want is U.S. athletes taking home medals."
Matthew Centrowitz, who finished a close second to Lopez Lomong in the Wanamaker Mile:
"I love coming here. I came out and executed the plan I wanted to. I was relaxed most of the race; you have to make spur of the moment decisions, and I did that. In these tight indoor you want to be in the lead."
Tulsa's Chris O'Hare, who set the college mile record in the Wanamaker Mile:
"I'd be an idiot to sit back and try to beat it in the last 50 of the race; no one ever does that. I came here to take advantage of this incredible opportunity."
About the record — "I knew it was going to go, whether it was Ryan (Hill), myself or Lawi (Lalang). I'm so happy. My coach and family keep me level. I'm very thankful for them. I didn't want to put any pressure on myself."
"It was wonderful to run with all these big dogs. I really felt like a high school kid; I felt like asking for autographs."
"It (the Armory) is such a good place to run with a great atmosphere. I was just happy to be a part of it."
Alberto Salazar on Mary Cain (on the phone from Portland):
"First of all, I believed she should finish up near the front and get second or third and get around 4:28."
"She's still young and learning tactically. The worry was that at some point she would let too many people get in front of her. But at 16 and a half, she's learning very quickly."
"I was watching with (wife) Molly and son (Alex). When she shuffled back to sixth or seventh they started getting worried. But I said 'No, you watch, she's going to kick great.' She had a lot of work to do to catch up. She's so young she doesn't know how to push herself and will fall asleep a little bit. I was a little worried, but I knew she'd come back."
"Every week or two weeks I get surprised by something she does, something she does in a workout I just go 'wow.'"
"I was yelling so much my dogs got scared. I had to run them into the laundry room. I don't think they've every heard me scream so loud."
"She's very consistent. Everybody knows she's a 4.2 student and really smart in terms of book smart. But she's also very intuitive about tactics and training. She'll know stuff I don't think she'd possibly know. But she's so polite she won't cut me off. But when I'm telling her something she'll answer and be two sentences ahead of where I'm going."