The 1000-meter run developed into one of the most bizarre races of the indoor track season Friday during the New Balance Collegiate meet at the Armory in New York City.
Ben Malone of Pascack Valley (Hillsdale, N.J.)
emerged as the shocking winner with a clocking of 2:23.56, which is the second-fastest time in prep history and a U.S. junior-class record. The record of 2:22.28 was set by Robby Andrews of Manalapan (Englishtown, N.J.) in 2009.
Malone actually finished third, however, behind Ned Willig of Great Valley (Malvern, Pa.)
(2:22.37) and Zavon Watkins of (Liverpool (N.Y.)
(2:22.58), but they were both disqualified for cutting in too soon at the start.
In the girls 1000, Bronxville (N.Y.)
star Mary Cain finished strong to win in 2:47.29, which is a new national sophomore record, No. 6 overall all-time and a New York state record.
In the boys 600 on Saturday, Strymar Livingston, of Columbus (Bronx, N.Y.)
, broke his own national 600 mark with a time of 1:17.64. His old record was 1:17.64.