Sean McGorty blasted to victory in the 3,200 meters Wednesday at the Concorde District championships, becoming the first boy in the country to break nine minutes this season.
McGorty had set the fastest time in the country in early January only to see it eclipsed two weeks later. The Chantilly senior was emphatic in recapturing the No. 1 spot, lapping the entire field at Episcopal and finishing to the din of an electrified crowd in 8 minutes 55.38 seconds.
The Stanford recruit embarrassed the meet record of 9:15.8 set in 2001 and also set a new Chantilly school record on the final day of the two-day meet.
Senior teammate Logan Miller was runner-up in a very respectable 9:29.05, but even he was forced to see McGorty’s back one more time after the All-Met cross-country Athlete of the Year flew by him a second time.
“It was the first time I’d ever seen in a two-mile race where the leader laps the entire field,” Chantilly Coach Matt Gilchrist said in a phone interview. “You usually don’t run as fast as Logan ran and expect to get lapped.
“I stopped putting limits on what I thought Sean could do a long time ago.”
So far this season no other boy in the country has broken nine minutes, an exalted barrier in the world of high school indoor track. Tom O’Neill (N.J.) has the nation’s No. 2 time of 9:05.50.
McGorty, who also won the 1,000 (2:30.81) and the 1,600 (meet-record 4:11.52), showed his toughness in capturing the sensational time, but it caught up to him at the end. He got sick over a trash can for a few minutes after the race.
“The best part was probably all of the support I got from the facility in going after the time,” McGorty said via text. “The cheering was great. But that feeling of finally breaking nine is tough to top.”
The boys from Westfield won their second team championship in a row over Chantilly and Oakton. Oakton won its fifth straight girls’ title by two points over Robinson and Chantilly was third.