Boys' Indoor States Distance Preview: Busy Day For Affolders; Hoey in the 8; 3K Is Wide Open

Boys' Mile Run Preview

Two weeks ago, Noah Affolder redeemed himself in a big way at the Millrose Games. A year after easing up before the finish line, costing him the junior boys' mile title at the prestigious meet, Affolder won that Millrose mile in a big way, running an all-time Pennsylvania state record of 4:07.24.

Now Affolder, a Carlisle senior, who transferred from New York over the summer, will look to add a state title on the track. But more important to him, he wants to help his Carlisle squad to a state title that slipped out of their grasp in cross country. Affolder is entered in the mile and the 800. Carlisle also has a 4x8 and DMR entered. Even if he runs the 4x8, Affolder will enter the mile as the heavy favorite (especially after Josh Hoey opted to run just the 800), as he looks for the win and crucial team points.

The second seed in the boys' mile is Noah's brother, Sam Affolder. Sam was fifth at the Millrose Games, running 4:13.45. Expect the brothers to help each other out en route to what they hope is a 1-2 finish. While eyes will be on those two, there are plenty of others looking to spoil Carlisle's party. Who could be the ones that could pull off a big upset?

Winchester Thurston's Tristan Forsythe might be a good bet. Forsythe finished eighth in the Millrose mile in 4:17.13. He has the speed and experience on the big stage and should be ready for a big race on Saturday. He took seventh in the mile from the slow heat last year.

LaSalle's Evan Addison is having a monster winter. Addison won at Ocean Breeze a few weeks ago in a 4:19.25 and showed some good fitness solo-ing a strong 1200 DMR leg at MOCs on Saturday. Expect the junior to try and mix it up with the leaders.

West Chester's Brandon Hontz, Owen J. Roberts' Liam Conway, and Haverford's James Abrahams have all run in the 4:23 range this season. Hontz picked up a notable win at the Carnival in the event and has steadily improved this winter. These three are definite contenders for medals. Kiski Area's Eric Kennedy ran a strong 4:23.14 for 1600 meters at SPIRE a few weeks ago and has run 4:17 outdoors.

Others to watch for are Cumberland Valley's Josh Higgins, South Fayette's Sam Snodgrass, and Springfield (Delco)'s Joe Cardie in a deep mile field.

Boys' Mile Entries:

Event 8  Boys 1 Mile Run (20)
  State Meet:  4:09.56  3/1/2015    Sam Ritz, Germantown Acad                  
     Name                        Year School                                
  1  Abrahams, James               12 Haverford Twp               
  2  Addison, Evan                 11 LaSalle Coll                
  3  Affolder, Noah                12 Carlisle                    
  4  Affolder, Sam                 10 Carlisle                    
  5  Boyd, Jarrett                 12 Freedom Area                
  6  Brown, Sean                   12 Roman Cathol                
  7  Cardie, Joseph                12 Springfield Delc            
  8  Conway, Liam                  11 O J Roberts                 
  9  Dineen, Kevin                 12 Holy Ghost Prep             
 10  Forsythe, Tristan             11 Winchester Thur             
 11  Higgins, Josh                 12 Cumberland Val              
 12  Hontz, Brandon                12 W C Rustin                  
 13  Kennedy, Eric                 12 Kiski Area                  
 14  Lennon, Callahan              12 Holy Ghost Prep             
 15  Matsumura, Thomas             11 Sthrn Lehigh                
 16  Mihalak, Colin                12 Coatesville                 
 17  O'Toole, Brendan              11 North Penn                  
 18  Owori, Sam                    10 Seneca Valley               
 19  Schulte, Jacob                12 Bishop McCort               
 20  Snodgrass, Sam                11 South Fayette