Zach Cammer Wins Mile to Qualify for Prestigious Millrose Games

Zach Cammer holds off Kris Moran to earn a spot in the Millrose Mile.
Zach Cammer holds off Kris Moran to earn a spot in the Millrose Mile.
Zach Cammer (Walt Whitman, NY) slides up on the outside at 400 meters
Zach Cammer (Walt Whitman, NY) slides up on the outside at 400 meters
1 lap to go and John Flannery is making his bid to make it to Millrose, but Cammer is ready to make his move.
1 lap to go and John Flannery is making his bid to make it to Millrose, but Cammer is ready to make his move.
Zach Cammer used strong finishing kicks to win Millrose Mile qualifying race on Friday in the Armory at the North Shore Invitational.
Zach Cammer used strong finishing kicks to win Millrose Mile qualifying race on Friday in the Armory at the North Shore Invitational.

Zach Cammer earned his spot in the mile field at the 106th Millrose Games on Feb. 16. Zach claimed an automatic bid with his victory at Friday’s North Shore Invitational.

“It wasn’t pretty, but it surely was his gutsiest win,” said Coach Rob Conroy of Cammers’ performance. “He walked off the track bleeding profusely from all of the spike cuts on his leg.” Cammer, a senior at Walt Whitman, held off a late rally by North Babylon's Kris Moran to win the boys race in 4:27.95. “Friday's race trudged through a slow first half mile before Nick Costello of Delsea tried to make a decisive move at the midpoint,” said Doug Binder in his ‘Island in the Mix’ post on armorytrack.com. Costello gained more than 15 yards on the field but the pack eventually pulled him back in. "If it was a faster race that move might have been enough," Cammer conceded. For his part, Cammer bided his time and got into position with two laps to go and had enough kick in his legs to get to the finish line first.

“There were 60 boys teams at the Armory today from the metro area and Whitman won both of the distance events consisting of very stiff competition,” Said Coach Conroy. “Mike Damato won the 3200 in a time of 9:25.42 which is currently #2 in New York State.”

Photo Credits posted with this story:John Nepolitan Armory Track


In other events at the
North Shore Invitational held Friday at the The New Balance Armory Track and Field Center, commonly known as 'The Armory’ Whitman athletes distinguished themselves in the following events:

Boys' 55m Dash Semis

Tyquan Jack 7.42

Edwin Rodriguez 7.60

Frank Coleman 7.95

Greg Ahlsen 7.79

Boys' 300m Dash Trials

Dan Wilson 38.66

Gerald Riley 42.72

Boys' 1000m Run

Arjun Shah  2:55.74


Boys' 1600m Run

Brian Windisch 4:41.59

Matthew Rebolini 4:42.48

Ryan Gioe 4:53.53

Sean Breen 4:58.04

Jacob Kahrs 5:06.29


Boys' Invitational 3200m Run

Michael Damato* 9:25.42 (First Place)

James Vallar  9:49.57


Boys' 4 x 200m Relay

Walt Whitman 1:39.14


Boys' 4 x 800m Relay

Walt Whitman 1:39.14


Boys' Long Jump

Gerald Riley 18-1.75

Joe DiPiero 16-8.0

Jameson Latko 14-10.75


Boys' Shot Put

Kyle Perez 44-8.25

Tyler Ullman 27-7.00