NEW YORK — In as dramatic a finish as you could imagine for a mile-long race, Greencastle-Antrim junior Taryn Parks became a national champion on Sunday.
With a tremendous kick in the last stretch of the race, Parks caught up to rival Marlee Starliper of Northern York and leaned across the finish line just three-thousandths of a second ahead of her at the New Balance Indoor Nationals at The Armory.
Parks’ time of 4:39.05 is the best time for a girls high school runner this year and ranks No. 8 all-time.
Victoria Starcher of West Virginia went into the lead early, but Starliper and Parks were right behind. Starliper made her move in the closing laps and Parks also passed Starcher.
Starliper held a sizeable lead, but Parks chased her down and lunged just before the finish line to eke out the victory before falling to the track.
Parks and Starliper now hold the first and second best mile times in Pa. history.
Parks recently won the 800 and mile in the Pa. indoor championships, but Starliper was competing in another national event that weekend. In an earlier event this season also at The Armory, the Millrose Games, Starliper was first and Parks third.