WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. >> Saturday afternoon at White Plains High School (New York), the mile race belonged to the state of Connecticut.
Danae Rivers of Wilbur Cross and Fairfield Prep’s Christian Alvarado won the women’s and men’s Glenn D. Loucks Games mile titles, sweeping the event and bringing home two titles.
Alvarado’s winning time was 4:12.82, while Rivers crossed the finish line in 4:49.62.
To top off the day, the pair was awarded their trophies by running sensation and professional Mary Cain of the Nike Oregon Project.
“It still hasn’t sunk in yet but it’s pretty crazy,” Rivers said of meeting Cain and winning.
Alvarado, who didn’t have the ideal 3,000 meter race at Penn Relays a few weeks ago, said he was looking at this race to get his season back on track.
That’s exactly what the senior did.
“My game plan was to stay in the front pack as long as I could and then make a move toward the last 400 meters,” he said. “I really took it out hard after the 800 and I did a great job of holding on and finishing strong the last 400.”
Alvarado, who is headed to Georgetown this fall, said winning this type of prestigious event was what he needed.
“I can’t describe how much of a confidence boost this is after Penn Relays,” he said. “It’s amazing.”
For Rivers, this was her first time at the Loucks Games and she made the most of it.
The sophomore ran in the third position for a majority of the race but separated herself the last lap as her and Kennedy Weisner of Elk County Catholic, Pennsylvania duked it out. Rivers pulled ahead and used a strong kick down the straightaway to secure the win.
“I was just riding it out and feeling the pace,” Rivers said. “And then it was time to go, and I said, ‘OK I can do this, why not?’”
This early in the track season, Rivers said she was happy with her time and it was a nice change of pace to be challenged.
“It’s pretty cool to run outside the state and go to some of these invitationals,” Rivers said.
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