Christian Alvarado breaks New England 2 mile record; sets Connecticut record
Congratulations to Christian Alvarado who won the New England two-mile championship in Boston at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Boston on March 1. Chris’ time of 9:00 minutes broke the 1975 state record, set the New England record, and is currently the #1 high school time at that distance in the United States. Chris advances to the National Championship in New York on March 16.
Alvarado won the 2-mile in 9:00.23, ahead of Darien's Alex Ostberg (9:02.74). The duo own the two fastest two-mile times in the country, according to milesplit.com - see video!
The senior distance runner who is set to compete for Georgetown this fall, ran a blistering time of 9:00.29, which won the event, set a meet record, propelled him to No. 1 in the nation and set an unofficial state record.
"I'm ecstatic," Alvarado said of his time. "I've never been ranked No. 1, or had a No. 1 time. This is a huge accomplishment for me and gives me a ton of confidence going into nationals."
See Fairfield Citizen News.
BOYS INDOOR TRACK MVP: Fairfield Prep's Christian Alvarado '14
By Mike Pucci, April 28, 2013, New Haven Register
The mile has always been Fairfield Prep’s Christian Alvarado’s featured event during the indoor track season. So Alvarado surprised even himself by what he accomplished in the two-mile this season.
Alvarado, the 2013 Register All-Area Boys’ Indoor Track Most Valuable Player, won the 3,200 meter run at the New England championships, the State Open, in Class LL and at the Southern Connecticut Conference championship. “I wouldn’t have guessed at the beginning of the season that I would be a 3,200 meter runner and winning that at New Englands,” Alvarado said. “It definitely exceeded my expectation.” At the Class LL meet, Alvarado finished in 9 minutes, 42.07 seconds, breaking the state record held by Glastonbury’s Donald Cabral since 2006.
Alvarado, a junior, also eclipsed the meet record in the 1,600 but was the runner-up to Staples’ Henry Wynne, who won the event in 4:17.18. Alvarado finished in 4:17.84. “I was excited and surprised by my times at Class LLs,” Alvarado said. “In the 3,200, I was just shocked. I was just hoping to place well and get a big (best time). I kind of carried that through the State Open and at New Englands.”
Alvarado won the New England title in a personal-best time of 4:14.24. He opted to run just the one-mile at the National Championships and placed fourth in his section and 15th overall in 4:16.96.
It wasn’t until the SCC Western Sectional meet on Jan. 24 when Alvarado was informed by Jesuits coach Bob Ford that he would compete in the 3,200. Ford praised Alvarado’s commitment and work ethic. “Chris understands the broader concepts of training,” Ford said. “He consistently works at weight lifting, nutrition, sleep, alternative workouts, warm-ups and cool downs. We have never had a harder working runner.”
This past fall, Alvarado was named the Register’s cross country MVP. But Alvarado prefers the track over the trails. “I like track better than cross country,” Alvarado said. “I just think that running track is faster than running outdoors on the hills. I just like running on the track because I think I run better. It’s more exciting to be in the atmosphere of track and field.”
Alvarado said he’s received interest from Georgetown, Virginia, Notre Dame and Dartmouth. Alvarado is the reigning state outdoor champion in the steeplechase, and he’ll be a captain for the cross country team in the fall.
“He works hard in the summer when the coaches aren’t around,” Ford said. “We expect he will be a big help to others this summer when he will be involved in practices as one of our XC captains. We look forward to continued improvement in outdoor track and in the three seasons next year.”
Christian Alvarado '14 wins Track Championships
After winning the SCC and Class LL 1600 and 3200 meter Indoor Track Championships, Christian Alvarado '14 went on to win the State Open 3200 meter running away from the field in the last two laps. This advanced him to the New England Championships in Boston. Starting as the number-two seed Christian again ran away from a very competitive group in the last lap for a personal best of 9:15 in the full two-miles, bettering his state open mark by 9 seconds. He capped off his season by running the 1-mile at the New Balance Indoor National Championships, again in a personal best (4:16.96), finishing 15th nationally.
See video interview after New England Championship below.
Alvarado '14 is Steeplechase Champion; wins twice at SCC Western Sectional Meet
Indoor Track Team set school records!
Congratulations to the Distance Medley Relay team for their 9th place finish at the New Balance Indoor Track & Field National Championship which took place March 9-11, 2012, at the Armory Track & Field Center in NYC. The team of Pat Corona '12, Adam Vare '14, Christian Alvarado '14 and Connor Rog '12 ran 10:17.95, again lowering their school record to one of the best in the US. This season the record has dropped almost 20 seconds.