Sean McGorty won the 1,600-meter run at the Liberty Flames Invitational over the weekend, churning out the fastest time in the country.
The Chantilly senior sizzled in all three of his victories during the two-day meet in Lynchburg, but was white hot in the longest event. He led from the start and ran away from Mathew Borny of Blacksburg before stopping the clock in 4 minutes 11.56 seconds at Tolsma Indoor Complex.
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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