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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Davidson and Lane at MSG for Millrose Mile

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Davidson and Lane at MSG for Millrose Mile

It is the home of some of the greatest moments in sports history. From basketball, to boxing to indoor track, Madison Square Garden is the home of champions and it is only fitting that tonight, Saratoga Springs senior Hannah Davidson and Greenwich senior Caitlin Lane will have the opportunity to have their names immortalized in “The Garden.”

The two long distance harriers will compete at the 101st annual Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden, competing in the Adidas Girls High School Mile at 7:10 p.m. Davidson will follow in the footsteps of some of the most memorable names from Saratoga County to ever put on a pair of running shoes.

The Saratoga Springs varsity track program has had the most runners invited to the annual event and crowned the most champions. The boys invitational high school mile started in 1974 and the girls was first contested in 1984, bringing the top eight scholastic milers in the East to race each February.

“Hannah’s done just about everything,” Saratoga Springs track coach Linda Kranick said. “She ran at Foot Locker three times, Nike Team Nationals three times, Penn Relays three times, competed at the indoor and outdoor national and is the outdoor national champion in the steeplechase. This is the last of many things that she has accomplished as an outstanding runner.”

Davidson is in elite company, joining Millrose Mile High School winners Cheri Goddard (Kenah) in 1989, Staci Snider, two-time winner Nicole Blood along with Dylan Welsh in 1999.

“Last year I tried to make it but I didn’t have any good miles,” Davidson said. “This year I’ve had a PR (personal record) every time I ran.”

The invitation-only event selects its field based on a runner’s history at major meets, time in the mile and rankings on the national and Eastern performance lists.
Davidson gained entry after her four minute, 55.05 second mile at the Archbishop Molloy-Stanner Games at the Armory Track Jan. 12.

“I thought about it all day,” Davidson said. “It’s was stressful, but I was ready.”

The Kranick’s, Art and Linda, have sent 10 different runners to the Millrose Mile, including Jessica Millage who earned an invite but was unable to attend due to tonsillitis in 1999 and Steve Murdock who competed for Shenendehowa after transferring from Saratoga Springs last year.

“Art does all the training and the workouts,” Linda Kranick said. “All the training is geared towards giving them versatility. Our runners come in with confidence, knowing they’ve worked hard. They have faith in the workouts and it’s been working.”

The runner and coach weren’t about to reveal any competitive game plans for tonight’s contest, but both were confident in Davidson’s ability under the lights in front of more than 20,000 fans.

“Hannah is able to change her race plan at any time,” Linda Kranick said. “She can react to what transpires during each race she’s in.”

The Millrose Mile invitation is another bright spot on a stellar career and comes during a time when Davidson can enjoy her senior season, already verbally committing to run at Providence College next year.

“It’s a big relief to have all of my college stuff done,” Davidson said. “This year has felt a lot easier and I’m looking forward to (Friday).”

ESPN2 will be broadcasting live 7 to 8 p.m. tonight from Madison Square Garden. The girls high school mile is scheduled to go off at 7:10 p.m.

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