Track and field: Cal Olympian to run Millrose

Cal grad and London Olympic finalist Alysia Montano will run the 600 meters at the 106th Millrose Games indoor track and field meet Feb. 16 at the Armory in New York City.

Montano, who ran as Alysia Johnson while at Cal, is an 800-meter specialist. She ran the fastest time in the world in 2010 and last season was ranked No. 7 in the world, No. 1 in the USA, according to Track and Field News after a fifth-place finish at the London Olympics.

The 600 is an event held primarily indoors and meet director Ray Flynn believes Montano and the field could threaten Delisa Walton-Floyd’s 32-year-old American record of 1:26.56.

Others expected to join Montano in the race include former U.S. indoor champion Phoebe Wright, world indoor bronze medalist Erica Moore and world junior champion and former Neptune High School (N.J.) sensation Ajee Wilson.

“I have been looking forward to racing at Millrose for some time now, but could never fit it in the training schedule,” said Montano, a four-time national champion (2007, 2010-2012) in the 800 meters and bronze medalist in 2010 world indoor championships.

“This year is the perfect opportunity. The 600-meter run at Millrose is a wonderful opportunity to run fast, have fun and gauge my potential 800-meter time at this point in the season.”

Jeff Faraudo

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  • Juancho

    I assumed we were all in a who can be silent longest contest.

  • wehofx

    …then we lost.

    so Juancho, my fellow Recruiting geek, here’s what I got from twitter during the BTB Black Out:

    I’ve been concerned we’ll only have 4 rb’s on scholly counting khalafani(sp). tweets say jamal morrow is also OV. 3 star – looks good.

    allegedly still pursuing newby???

    foreman and davison – encinco crespi connection – are ov this weekend. foreman would be a good get and we need help in secondary.

    lb/de vita vea – academic problems? – and ed tandy are also supposed to be OV. this weekend could be huge!

    with V johnson I count 21 offers/commits. I’m worried that all the OV’s mentioned above mean Sonny D and Co figure we’re not going to get C Hunt or Cochran – but i’ve read a coupla tweets from Papa Cochran praising new staff.

    any of above sound wrong to you? any other good news?

  • Juancho

    Wehofx. Here are my kind thoughts.

    I think the michelin man (dykes) is recruiting on pure football hope. Because he has no Cal success to sell to kids. Tedford had the Rodgers years to lean on. I guess i mean Tosh did.

    So i think hes doing good given the circumstances.

    I think newby has zero chsnce. I think tyler foreman will be a Cal guy. Davison probably too.

    The buzz on hunt is he will decommit. I just dont see how we compete today with kids who want to play in BCS games. We havent even been in the top 25 since 2009.

    I was watching la tech video last night. Essentially its the oregon offense. Read option spread at a fast pace. Ideal guy for that job next year is goff.

  • Juancho

    Im more heart broken than manti teo having typed that. But goff can run and thats key to the new offense.

    Theres spread. And theres spread run option. A la oregon, niners, texas a and m, redskins, and now CAL.