PREVIEW: PA Athletes at the 116th Millrose Games


Eight of Pennsylvania's top individuals and three relay teams are entered to compete in the historic 116th Millrose Games. Here's what you need to know about each athlete and their event.

Flying Circus Girls' Pole Vault - 9:41 AM

Veronica Vacca (Mount Saint Joseph), the 2023 Millrose Games Girls' Pole Vault Champion, is entered at 14 feet.

Vacca, the current state leader and US No. 4 ranked vaulter will have to defend her title against Sophia Hill (Radnor) and other elite competitors such as US No. 1 Jathiyah Muhammad from San Jose, California. 

Boys' Triple Jump - 10:05 AM

Pennsylvania and US leader Jordan Sowell (Cheltenham) has the potential to win the Boys' Triple Jump. Sowell is the only competitor who has covered over 50 feet this season; he is entered at an impressive 51-1.

CJ Simbiri (Delaware County Christian) and Joachim Johnson (Episcopal Academy) will compete with other top competitors like New York's Rocco Carpinello and Florida's Ty Mathes. 

Boys' 4x800m Relay - 11:00 AM

Expect a new state lead in the 4x800m relay as three of Pennsylvania's top-ranked teams will throw down with some of the country's best. 

Episcopal Academy is entered at 8:01.80, an effort they ran at the Kristian Marche Memorial Invitational. Seeded just behind them are Central Bucks West at 8:03.01 and Upper Dublin at 8:03.66. 

The Pennsylvania teams will toe the line with US No. 2 Bishop McNamara from Maryland TK. Bishop McNamara ran 7:49.00 in January at the VA Showcase

Boys' 300m - 11:38 AM

Jayden Horton-Mims (Imhotep Institute Charter) will look to improve his US No. 1 300m time of 32.92.

It should also be noted that Horton-Mims leads Pennsylvania in the 200m dash in 21.20 and the 400m dash in 47.60. 

Girls' 600m - 12:06 PM

Alli DeLisi (Penn Charter), fresh off her 2:09.38 800m race at the Ocean Breeze Invitational, will also race in an interesting event this weekend. 

DeLisi is the top seed in the 600m with a 1:33.53 she ran in January. 

Nike Girls' Mile - 12:20 PM

Olivia Cieslak (Haverford Township) will make her season debut in the mile a week after taking over the US No. 1 800m spot in 2:08.32.

Cieslak has an indoor PR of 4:52.65, but with the foot speed she's flexed this season, she could cut her indoor time closer to her outdoor PR of 4:45.62. 

Samantha Humphries of Texas, the top seed, could make a fast race possible for Cieslak. Humphries ranks third in the nation with an incredible time of 4:39.11. 

The girls' mile could be the perfect storm for fast times.