Matthew Centrowitz, the Broadneck High senior who is the fastest schoolboy in the nation over four laps, will try for another distinction this afternoon - fastest high school miler in his household.
Centrowitz will compete in the elite open division of the third annual Reebok Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island in New York. His goal is to beat the high school best of his father Matt, who in 1973 ran 4 minutes, 2.7 seconds for Manhattan's Power Memorial Academy.
Last Saturday, Centrowitz shaved more than three seconds from the state meet record in the slightly shorter 1,600 meters, taking the 4A title in 4:04.09. In April, Centrowitz won the Penn Relays mile in a meet-record 4:08.38 and became the first boy in the history of the meet to win both the 3,000, which he took as a junior, and mile.
Matt Centrowitz, a two-time Olympian who now coaches at American University, ran for Manhattan College and the University of Oregon, where his son will follow in his footsteps this fall.
The Reebok Grand Prix is one of the few international track and field meets held in the United States.