McGorty, who will run for Stanford next fall, just missed on the goal of 4:10 he had targeted before the meet. After running the fastest time in the country in the 3,200 last weekend — a breathtaking cross-country season in which he was second at Foot Locker finals and earned All-Met Athlete of the Year honors preceded that — he said he felt confident and fit enough to chase down a time not often achieved on an indoor track.
“I knew it was going to be a challenge,” McGorty said. “I wanted to push myself and see what I could get.”
What he got was a time that was faster than he had ever run indoors, as well as a significant boost ahead of the Virginia AAA Concorde District championships later this month.
Back on the track Saturday morning, McGorty split 1:55 on his carry in the 4x800 relay, anchoring the Chargers to an almost 11-second victory over Clover Hill. Andris Sturans, Adam Huff, Logan Miller and McGorty brough the baton around in 8:02.91, a school record and the fastest time by a Virginia school this season.
“My teammates ran great and did what they needed to do to set me up,” said McGorty, who got the baton with a lead. “I’m very proud of them.”
He finished things off in the 1,000 a few hours later. His legs were sore and heavy by the time he toed the line, but the indefatigable McGorty still managed to run away from Westfield senior All-Met Nathan Kiley and the rest of a talented field to win in 2:30.24, the leading time in Virginia this season.
“It’s been pretty exciting, but not everyone [in the country] has run some of their fastest times [yet],” McGorty said. “I know it’s early so I’m not going to let it go to my head. I’m going to keep working.”
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