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Men's 300m


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Men's 300m


Wallace Spearmon Leads Men's 300m Field At NYRR Millrose Games

New York, January 21, 2014 – Two-time Olympian and world-record holder Wallace Spearmon leads a stellar Men's 300 meter field at the NYRR Millrose Games, one that showcases both Olympic and World Championships medalists. The 107th edition of the NYRR Millrose Games will be held on Saturday, February 15, at The New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory.

Spearmon, 29, is one of the most decorated sprinters in American history, having earned World Championships medals in the 200 meters and 4x100 meter relay. A short sprint specialist, Spearmon has a personal best of 19.65 seconds for 200 meters, and has already run 20.68 this season. 

"I love the 300m distance," said Spearmon. "I am ready and can't wait to race at the Millrose Games at The Armory."

In 2006, Spearmon set the 300 meter indoor world record, timing a blistering 31.88 seconds. The mark could well be in jeopardy on the fast oval at The Armory.

Joining Spearmon on the starting line will be three of Trinidad & Tobago's best long sprinters. Lalonde Gordon and Jarrin Solomon, both 2012 Olympic 4x400 meter bronze medalists, and former 400 meter World Championships bronze medalist Rennie Quow are all entered.

A resident of Queens, Gordon often competes at The Armory. Last year, he set The Armory record for 300 meters with a time of 32.48. A year prior, Gordon earned an individual bronze medal in the 400 meters at the Olympic Games. 

"I'm going to be running in front of my home crowd so I've got to bring my 'A' game," said Gordon. "This is like my backyard. I'm very excited."

Bringing both short sprint specialists such as Spearmon and longer sprinters like Gordon, Solomon, and Quow is sure to create an intriguing and fast matchup, something rarely witnessed in indoor track and field. 

"Seeing this great field together at one of our signature events, the 300m, will really be a show stopper," said Dr. Norbert Sander, Executive Director of the Armory Foundation. "The world record is definitely in play."

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The Eaton's


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The Eaton's


Olympic Gold Medalist Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton are Armory Bound

Both Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton  will be competing in one running event and one field event during the NYRR Millrose Games, Saturday, February 15 at The Armory. Photo credit: Victah Sailer/PhotoRun

New York, January 15, 2014 - The New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory is proud to announce that track and field's most accomplished couple, Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton, will be competing at the 107th NYRR Millrose Games on Saturday, February 15. Both multi-event specialists will compete in two events, adding to an already stellar NYRR Millrose Games program. Eaton, 25, is the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and world record holder in the Decathlon. Theisen-Eaton earned a silver medal in the Heptathlon at the 2013 IAAF World Championships. Both will be making their first appearance at The Armory.
 
"I'm excited about competing again at the prestigious Millrose Games and for the first time at its new home in the Armory," said Ashton Eaton. "Millrose is something special and I am excited to be a part of the meet's continued history. This year I will focus quite a bit on World Indoors and defending my title and I expect to be in top shape coming into Millrose."
 
Both Eaton and Theisen-Eaton will be competing in one running event and one field event. Eaton is entered in the 60 meter Hurdles and Pole Vault, while Theisen-Eaton will race the 60 meter Hurdles and compete in the Long Jump. 
 
"You can't ask for better than this outstanding couple, the best athlete in the world in Ashton Eaton and one of the finest all-purpose performers in Brianne Theisen," said Dr. Norbert Sander, Executive Director of the Armory Foundation.
 
In 2012, Ashton Eaton captured the hearts of millions at the London Olympics, winning the Decathlon in dominant fashion. In the process, he earned the most sought after title in sports: World's Greatest Athlete.
 
Theisen-Eaton, a native of Canada, will face stiff competition in the long jump. Among those entered are Olympic bronze medalist Janay DeLoach Soukup of the United States, World Championships silver medalist Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria, and 2012 European Champion Éloyse Lesueur of France.  
 
Fans are urged to visit NYRRMillroseGames.org to purchase tickets. The 2014 NYRR Millrose Games will begin at noon and conclude at 6:30 pm, featuring the prime time window from 3 pm to 5 pm. Further questions can be answered by calling The Armory at (212) 923-1803 ext. 7200.

Photo credit: Victah Sailer/PhotoRun

Photo credit: Victah Sailer/PhotoRun

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Paavo Nurmi 2000m


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Paavo Nurmi 2000m


Finland's Paavo Nurmi was one of the greatest distance runners in history. An Olympic gold medalist in 1920, 1924, and 1928, Nurmi became known world-wide as the 'Flying Finn.' In 1925, Nurmi traveled to New York City, where he set a world record for 2000 meters at The Armory during a prolific indoor racing series. 
 
In honoring Nurmi's great legacy, the 107th NYRR Millrose Games will play host to the Paavo Nurmi 2000 Meter Race on Saturday, February 15, at The New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory. The event will feature eight-time Wanamaker Mile champion Bernard Lagat and 2008 Olympic silver medalist Nick Willis, who won the prestigious NYRR 5th Avenue Mile last year.

I’m looking forward to coming back again to the Millrose Games in February - 2000m is a new distance for me indoors, and that’s exciting, I’ve had two great runs at The Armory the last two years and hope for another one this year.
— Bernard Lagat

The Paavo Nurmi 2000 meters will also feature Evan Jager, the American record holder in the 3000m steeplechase; Canadian Olympian and former NCAA champion Cam Levins; and American Junior record holder German Fernandez. Finnish national champion Niclas Sandellsis entered as well.
 
"Everywhere you turn there is great history at The Armory," said Dr. Norbert Sander, Executive Director of the Armory Foundation. "Breaking the American record in the 2000m here at the 2014 NYRR Millrose Games will rewrite the history books and find a place alongside the epic run of Paavo Nurmi in 1925."
 
In honoring Paavo Nurmi's legacy and world record race at The Armory, a delegation of honored guests will be in attendance from Finland, which will include Mr. Ilkka Kanerva, a member of the Finnish Parliament. Mr. Mika Nurmi, grandson of Paavo Nurmi, will be the race's official starter. 
 
"Our family is delighted with the Paavo Nurmi 2000 meters at the Millrose Games and I am very much looking forward to being the Race Starter in the arena where my grandfather set the world record," said Mika Nurmi.

Women's 800m


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Women's 800m


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For those who believe in the promise of youth, the NYRR Millrose Games on Feb. 15 has a race that will feed them.

It's the women's 800-meter run and it will feature two of the fastest teenagers on the planet as local product Ajee' Wilson will square off with Iceland's Anita Hinriksdottir. This showdown will also feature 22-year-old Jamaican Natoya Goule.

"Here at The Armory, we've been following Mary [Cain, in the NYRR Wanamaker Mile] and Ajee' for years," said Dr. Norbert Sander, the Executive Director of the Armory Foundation. "They have long been superb, but their meteoric rise this year caught everyone by surprise. This race could have three or four of the finalists of the 800 at the Rio Olympics in 2016."

Wilson — who broke her own World Junior Record in the 600m run at the Millrose Games last February — took sixth in the 800m final at the World Championships in Moscow last summer, finishing in 1:58.21, an American Junior Record. For those following the Neptune, N.J., native, that performance was not a huge surprise after she had claimed global gold at the World Youth Championships in 2011 and the World Juniors in 2012. Wilson opted to turn pro instead of running collegiately, but the 19-year-old is enrolled at Temple University in Philadelphia.

"With the fresh new track laid down and amount of talent in the field, I'm excited to race at Millrose," said Wilson. "The Armory is definitely one of my favorite places to race too, so it should be fun!"

Hinriksdottir became Iceland's first track & field world champion at the World Youth Games in Donetsk, Ukraine, this summer, taking the 800m run in 2:01.13, more than a half-second off her all-time best (a national record 2:00.49). Hinriksdottir, who will turn 18 a month before the NYRR Millrose Games, runs in a style that Athletics Weekly calls "swashbuckling," a forward lean with arms wide. She ran faster than 2:01.2 in four straight finals over the summer.

Goule — the aging veteran in the race — won both the NCAA indoor and outdoor 800m championships for LSU last season as a junior. The Clarendon, Jamaica, native broke two minutes at the Jamaica Senior Championships to qualify for the World Championships in Moscow, where she ran one of the fastest non-advancing times in the opening heats. The only runner — male or female — to represent the Green & Gold in the Worlds' 800s in Moscow, Goule has transferred to Clemson University.

Fans are urged to visit NYRRMillroseGames.org to purchase tickets. The 2014 NYRR Millrose Games will begin at noon and conclude at 6:30 pm, featuring the prime time window from 3 pm to 5 pm. Further questions can be answered by calling The Armory at (212) 923-1803 ext. 7200.

Since its inception in 1908 at a local armory, the NYRR Millrose Games is one of track and field’s most prestigious annual events. A New York City sports staple, the meet moved to New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in Washington Heights in 2012 after having called the Madison Square Garden home from 1914 to 2011.

The Games — established by employees of Wanamaker's Department Store — annually feature track & field’s most prolific male and female stars as well as collegiate and high school competitors. More than 200 athletes share the distinction of being both Millrose and Olympic Champions.

In November, the New York Road Runners became the title sponsor of the NYRR Millrose Games, which is hosted by the Armory Foundation.

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Men's 60m


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Men's 60m


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New York, December 11, 2013Two-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Frater will be looking to keep Jamaica sprinting atop the podium in the 60-meter dash at the NYRR Millrose Games on Feb. 15. But the 31-year-old's task won't be easy as three young Americans — U.S. Olympian Isiah Young and 2013 NCAA champions D'Angelo Cherry and Ameer Webb — will be in on the chase.

"All three Americans were born in the early 1990s," said Dr. Norbert Sander, the Executive Director of the Armory Foundation. "This could well be a race of Olympic contenders in both Rio in 2016 and Tokyo in 2020."

Frater — who won global 4x100m gold in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 — joined Nesta Carter, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt on Jamaica's world-record relay (36.84) at the London Olympics. But he has also taken individual silver before, claiming second behind Justin Gatlin in the 100m at the World Championships in Helsinki in 2005.

Armory regulars are well acquainted with Cherry, who won the 60m dash for Mississippi State at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in both 2012 and 2013. Even before that, at the 2008 National Scholastic Invitational Championships here, he broke the national high school record in the 55m dash (6.14).

"The Armory is one of my most favorite places to race," said Cherry, who won 60m titles at the U.S. and NCAA Championships last winter. "I'm in good shape and looking forward to running a great race at the Millrose Games."

Young — a surprise 200m qualifier for the London Games out of the University of Mississippi — has posted sub-10 in the 100 and sub-20 in the 200 in 2013, but finished second to Webb in the 200m final at the NCAA Championships in June. Running for Texas A&M, Webb won back-to-back NCAA indoor titles in the 200m as well.

Frater won't be the lone Jamaican as young countryman Kimmari Roach — who ran at the adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium as a 20-year-old — is also in the field.

Fans are urged to visit NYRRMillroseGames.org to purchase tickets. The 2014 NYRR Millrose Games will begin at noon and conclude at 6:30 pm, featuring the prime time window from 3 pm to 5 pm. Further questions can be answered by calling The Armory at (212) 923-1803 ext. 7200.

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Men's 1000m


Erik Sowinski surprised Olympic finalists Duane Solomon and Nick Symmonds on the Armory oval last February. All three will be back at the NYRR Millrose Games on Feb. 15 with another American record - in the 1,000m run - on the line.  

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Erik Sowinski surprised Olympic finalists Duane Solomon and Nick Symmonds on the Armory oval last February. All three will be back at the NYRR Millrose Games on Feb. 15 with another American record - in the 1,000m run - on the line.  

The 1,000m indoor American record is one that I have had my eye on for a very long time, I truly believe the Armory is the best track for an attempt and I am confident that the passionate NYC crowd will cheer the field on to a new record.
— Nick Symmonds

New York, December 4, 2013 - Two 800-meter finalists from the London Olympics - and the man who upset both of them and scored an American record in The Armory in 2013 - will return for a 1,000-meter run at the 2014 NYRR Millrose Games on Feb. 15 at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory.

Duane Solomon and Nick Symmonds - who were fourth and fifth in that super-fast final in London - will be joined by American 600m record holder Erik Sowinski and two-time NCAA champion Robby Andrews in a 1,000-meter showdown, which could result in an American record.

In fact, Symmonds is already calling that a goal. "The 1,000m indoor American record is one that I have had my eye on for a very long time," he said. "I truly believe the Armory is the best track for an attempt and I am confident that the passionate NYC crowd will cheer the field on to a new record."

Solomon - now a three-time national champion at 800 meters - finished fourth in London in 1:42.82, the second-fastest in U.S. history, behind only his coach, the incomparable Johnny Gray. Symmonds - who was just behind Solomon, fifth in 1:42.95 - had been agonizingly close to the podium at the previous three global events, before claiming a silver medal at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow (1:43.55).

Fans are urged to visit NYRRMillroseGames.org to purchase tickets. The 2014 NYRR Millrose Games will begin at noon and conclude at 6:30 pm, featuring the prime time window from 3 pm to 5 pm. Further questions can be answered by calling The Armory at (212) 923-1803 ext. 7200.

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