In first race in 19 months, Monmouth’s Ian Moore from R.V. wins 1,000 at Rutgers Classic!!!!!

Rancocas Valley graduate Ian Moore, in his first race in 19 months, won the 1,000 Saturday at the Rutgers Holiday Classic at the Armory.

Moore, a junior at Monmouth, ran 2:29.11, edging Columbia’s Jacob Van Orden, who ran 2:29.44. Cherokee grad Nico Grilli, a freshman in his first collegiate race on the track, was 3rd in 2:30.55.

Moore did not compete last year and hadn’t raced since May 8, 2021, when he ran 1:54.12 in the 800 at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships at Rider in Lawrenceville.

Moore ran 1:51.98 earlier in the spring of 2021, which ranks No. 10 in Monmouth outdoor history. He also ranks No. 6 in the 600 (1:22.09), No. 9 in the indoor 800 (1:52.76) and No. 6 in the 1,000 (2:26.29). He was the MAAC indoor 800 champ in February of 2020.

It was Grilli’s first track race since he ran a PR 4:19.51 at the 2021 Meet of Champions in South Plainfield and his first indoor race since February of 2019.

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