One current Indiana high school standout and an Indiana high school alumni will represent the state at the 116th Millrose Games at The Armory in New York City. The Millrose Games is considered one of the premier indoor track and field events of the season and is run on one of the fastest indoor tracks in the world.
Schmitz is currently in the middle of a breakout season, leading all Indiana boys runners in the 400m, 600m, and 800m this indoor season with times of 49.49 in the 400m, 1:20.78 in the 600m, and 1:54.10 in the 800m. He also ranks #1 in the 600m and 800m for his class and is #2 in the 400m for the 2023-24 indoor season.
Schmitz currently ranks as the #3 all-time boys runner nationally in the 600m, only behind Quincy Wilson with a time of 1:17.80 and Cas Loxsom with a time of 1:18.72. He is also the indoor 800m freshman class record holder with his time of 1:54.10.
Florence Diamonds Boys 600m Field
Included in the field are the current #2 600m runner in the country in Jaden Marchan, 3x Arizona state champion Tyler Mathews, Jonathan Simms a World U18 Record Holder at the 400m distance, and standout runners from several other states.
Not mentioned above is the current #1 200m runner in the country Quincy Wilson, who is also the defending Millrose Games champion in the 600m and the defending New Balance Nationals Indoor 400m champion.
Schmitz will be the youngest runner in the field as the only freshman among four seniors, two juniors, and a sophomore. He will have his work cut out for him against what is the most talented race he will have ever run in at this point.
Competing in the men's pro 2-mile race at the Millrose Games is 2019 Cathedral graduate and current Nike pro Cole Hocker. Hocker will return to the Millrose Games where he made his pro debut back in 2022.
Hocker will race off against a field with five Olympians (Kerr, Hocker, Klecker, Fisher and McDonald) in it, a New Zealand National Record holder in George Beamish, Candian Record Hodler Kieran Lumb, and Ethiopian Champion Samuel Firewu.
Dr. Sanders Men's 2-Mile Field