Photo Credit: Ben Wright
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The prestige of the Millrose Games brings its own sort of cache for professionals, collegians and high school athletes alike.
On Feb. 11, it will bring a potential national record attempt at 600 meters for one of the nation’s top middle-distance runners.
Moses Brown (RI) senior Sophia Gorriaran was announced on Thursday to contend in a field including Olympic gold medalist Athing Mu, along with Olympian Natoya Goule, Olivia Baker and World 600m No. 1 Shamier Little.
Mu, a World and Olympic champion, set the high school national and American U20 record in the 600m of 1:23.57 back in 2019, when she was just a 16-year-old from Trenton, New Jersey. It still remains as the No. 2 performance in the world all-time.
For Gorriaran, this could be her latest achievement.
Not only did she become the youngest American to run at the U.S. Olympic Trials at the age of 16 in 2021, but she also currently owns the No. 2 time in the world for 800 meters indoors, having run 2:02.27 on Dec. 17 in Boston.
She also holds the high school outdoor national record in the 600m when she authored a time of 1:25.22 at the Penn Relays last year, coincidentally alongside Mu, Goule and Baker.
Just a few days ago, she ran the No. 5 all-time performance in the 500m in 1:11.35, a performance which is part of 13 performances across the 2023 season thus far.
Gorriaran has stated that she will soon go after the national record in the 800m and will look to become the first high school girls athlete in history to break two minutes in the 800m.