DeLoach just misses medal in hurdles at 109th Millrose Games

February 11, 2017

Janay DeLoach track and field

Janay DeLoach

In a sport decided by hundredths of a second, the 60-meter hurdles can be cruel.

Janay DeLoach of Fairbanks felt the sting of missing a medal by a blink of an eye at the Millrose Games in New York, where she finished fourth in the women’s 60-meter hurdles.

She crossed in 8.03 seconds — just 0.01 from bronze, 0.02 from silver and 0.05 from gold.

DeLoach, of Eielson High fame, was the second-fastest American in the field of seven.

“I didn’t eat track today and a seasons best in the 60mh,” DeLoach tweeted. “I’ll take that as a good meet day. Can’t wait for outdoor though.”

The Millrose Games is the world’s longest-running and most prestigious indoor track and field meets, dating back 109 years.

DeLoach, 31, is a two-time hurdles winner at the Millrose Games in 2016 and 2014.

She is actually a world-class athlete in two events.

Just call it the ‘DeLoach Double.’

The Alaska Sports Hall of Famer is better known for the long jump. In 2012, she won a bronze medal at the Olympics and a silver medal at Worlds.

In 2015, she was forced to switch her traditional takeoff because of an injury to her left leg. She now jumps off her right leg. Despite the technique change she still qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials and remains one of the world’s top jumpers.

Look for DeLoach to compete at a high level in both events this season.