New York, December 11, 2013 – Two-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.