It looked like Chaminade's dreams of glory would fall just short as the George T. Eastment CHSAA 4 x 800-meter relay field rounded the final turn. Then magic happened. Millrose magic. Andrew Dorritie magic.
Dorritie, who ran anchor for the Flyers, willed himself down the last straightaway and across the finish line. He barely caught Fordham Prep's Conor Lundy in the final 100 meters, earning his team a time of 7 minutes, 53.03 seconds and a victory at the Millrose Games Saturday at the Armory in Manhattan.
It was Chaminade's first 4 x 800 victory at the prestigious event since 1999, coach Brian Hayes said.
"Going into that last lap, I asked myself, 'How bad do you want this?' " Dorritie said.
The answer? Really bad. Bad enough to completely disregard any kind of fatigue.
"I could feel it with 400 meters left," Dorritie said. "My arms were tired and I thought for a second I might be done. But it's been 15 years since Chaminade won Millrose. Our coaches have been telling us that. We needed the win today and we got it."
Thomas Slattery, Gunnar Nolan and Joe White set up Dorritie for a chance at victory. And as they watched from below the elevated track, all the trio could do was marvel at the resilience of their friend.
"Every single one of them gave everything that they had, fighting tooth and nail against the kid right next to them," Dorritie said. "If they didn't put me in the position I had, there's no chance we would have been Millrose champs."
And his teammates yelled . . . a lot.
"I was confident that we had it," Nolan said of watching Dorritie. "It can be nerve-wracking. But if you have trust in your teammates and your training, you shouldn't be that scared."
Slattery added: "I have faith in all these guys. I knew Dorritie was eyeing them down. He has so much heart and so much strength."
Northport's Tim McGowan placed second in a New Balance mile that featured four L.I. runners. McGowan ran 4:10.28. Chaminade's Sean Kelly finished third in 4:11.31. Port Jefferson's James Burke was fifth in 4:13.86. McGowan's teammate, Mike Brannigan, was 13th in 4:29.17. Tappan Zee's Luke Gavigan won in 4:08.96.
"I usually try to hide my excitement if it was a good race," McGowan said. "But I really surprised myself. I didn't think I had that in me."
Elsewhere, Central Islip's Livingstone Harriott, Alex Luckoo, David Petrie and Kevin Mowatt won the L.I. 4 x 400 relay in 3:24.85. The St Anthony's quartet of Brad Monegro, Sebastian Pierre, Marlon Montague and Mozai Nelson won the CHSAA 4 x 200 relay in 1:29.37.
Syosset's Ryan DePinto, Nick Ouassil, Eamon Sheerin and Simon Nwana ran a 7:49.87 in the New Balance Eastern 4 x 800-meter relay, good for fourth. The time is tops in the state, according to Milesplit.com.