112th NYRR Millrose Games Ready to Take Center Stage at The Armory

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112th NYRR Millrose Games Ready to Take Center Stage at The Armory

Will it be a repeat showdown in Saturday’s Women’s NYRR Wanamaker Mile between last year’s winner Colleen Quigley and Kate Grace, or will German Olympian Konstanze Klosterhalfen make her move into the winner’s circle? Photo by John Nepolitan.

 

NEW YORK, February 5, 2019  The center stage at the 112th NYRR Millrose Games at The Armory in Washington Heights will have a new and unforgettable presence.

 

The backdrop of an expected sold-out Armory New Balance Track & Field Center along with a NBC nationally-televised audience will embrace both the 2016 Rio Olympic gold and silver medalists in the shot put as they throw from inside the 200-meter oval track during Saturday’s 112th NYRR Millrose Games.

 

Showcasing the world’s top shot putters in the middle of the arena will elevate The Armory’s eighth edition of the NYRR Millrose Games to an all-time high.  

 

“We are extremely fortunate to have both the gold and silver medal winners from the 2016 Rio Olympics, Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs,” said NYRR Millrose Games Meet Director Ray Flynn. “They will complement our outstanding fields and event head-to-head matchups to give track & field fans a truly memorable NYRR Millrose Games.”

 

For NYRR Millrose Games complete fields please click HERE.

 

Flynn, a two-time Olympian, owner of the Irish mile record (3:49.77) and 89 sub-4 minute miles, is in his eighth year as meet director of the world’s most recognized indoor track & field extravaganza.

 

Flynn has selected 12 of this year’s NYRR Millrose Games most anticipated storylines:

 

  1. Men’s Shot Put: Who will win the 2016 Olympic rematch battle between gold medalist Ryan Crouser and silver medalist Joe Kovacs?

 

  1. Katelyn Tuohy from North Rockland High just set the new High School national record in the 3,000m at The Armory during the Dr Sander Invitational less than two weeks ago. Can anyone challenge her in the High School Girls’ Mile?

 

  1. Will we see the first sub-3:50 mile ever at the NYRR Millrose Games or even a World indoor record in the Men’s Wanamaker Mile? The field is led by Edward Cheserek (the 2018 Fastest Indoor miler in the world) and Clayton Murphy, coming off a world's best 800m on a flat track this past weekend. But watch Yomif Kejelcha (No.1 in the world in 2018 in the 5k) and 2019 world leader in the mile who says he wants the world record.

 

  1. Who will win the battle of the 5 NCAA Champions in the Men’s 3,000m? The race features the last three NCAA Cross Country Champions Morgan McDonald (2018), Justyn Knight (2017) and Pat Tiernan (2016) and two NCAA Track & Field Champions, Ben Flanagan (2018 10k) and Grant Fisher (2017 5k).

 

  1. Can Outdoor 800m American record holder, Olympian and 8-time U.S. Champion Ajeé Wilson hold off rival Natoya Goule and add the Indoor 800m American record holder to her impressive resume? Keep your eyes on the Jack & Lewis Rudin Women’s 800m.

 

  1. Can anyone defeat the 21-year-old phenom Vashti Cunningham in the women’s High Jump?  Cunningham is the 2018 world indoor silver medalist and a 2016 Olympian. Three other Olympians feature in the event.

 

  1. Can 21-year-old German Olympian and rising star Konstanze Klosterhalfen win the NYRR Women’s Wanamaker Mile against defending Millrose Games champion Colleen Quigley and Bowerman Track Club teammate and 2018 runner-up Kate Grace or will the women of Bowerman complete another 1-2 sweep?

 

  1. Women’s 60m: The comeback of Rio Olympic gold medalist English Gardner continues against fellow U.S. Olympian Deajah Stevens, formerly from Mt. Vernon, New Rochelle and Benjamin Cardozo high schools. The big challenge will be from Trinidad’s Commonwealth Games gold medalist Michelle-Lee Ahye who won recently in Boston. Keep an eye on the 2018 Millrose Games HS Champion (60m) Thelma Davies.

 

  1. The Men’s 800m showcases the 2018 U.S. Indoor Champion Donavan Brazier who ran 1:45.10, 2nd best in U.S. history. He faces off against 2018 World Indoor bronze medalist Drew Windle and NCAA 800m record holder and 600m World record holder Michael Saruni.

 

  1. Watch American record holder Sharika Nelvis battle Christina Manning, who is the world indoor silver medalist, alongside defending Millrose champion Tobi Amusan in a deeply competitive field in the Women’s 60m Hurdles. Who will be crowned champion?

 

  1. In the Women’s USATF Championship 1-mile Race Walk there will be a great match up with defending Millrose Games champion Maria Michta-Coffey and Canadian Olympian Rachel Seaman. They'll need to watch out for the new kid on the block Taylor Ewert, the 2018 USATF Youth Athlete of the Year.

 

  1. There is a huge high school record alert for both Boys’ and Girls’ 600m races with phenomenal talents of Luis Peralta and Athing Mu, respectively.

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English Gardner Returns to Her Roots And to the NYRR Millrose Games

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English Gardner Returns to Her Roots And to the NYRR Millrose Games

Olympic gold medalist English Gardner has something to prove at 112th NYRR Millrose Games Women’s 60m.  Photo by Image of Sport

 

NEW YORK, January 31, 2019  Olympic gold medalist English Gardner has plenty to prove entering the nationally-televised 112th NYRR Millrose Games on Saturday, February 9th at The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center in Washington Heights.

 

Going into 2016, the Philadelphia native already was one of the brightest young stars in American sprinting, winning five NCAA championships while at the University of Oregon, two world championship silver medals as part of the American 4x100m relay and the 2013 national championship in the 100m.

The Olympic year represented another breakthrough for Gardner as she won in the U.S. Olympic Trials with a new 100m personal best of 10.74, making her the seventh-fastest woman in history. She then won gold in Rio on the relay team, sprinting on a USA team that included Tianna BartolettaAllyson Felixand Tori Bowie to reach the top of the podium.

“I started off 2016 with the motto that I just couldn’t lose,” said Gardner. “And even if I did lose, I figured out why and learned from everything. It was a year of dominance, and I grew in maturity as well, in terms of how I approached running and prepared for my races. I went into that year knowing that there was no excuse not to be on the Olympic team and no excuse to leave Rio without a medal.”

Unfortunately, Gardner ended that season with a torn meniscus that required surgery, and her injury problems followed her into 2017. Gardner’s knee buckled during a handoff while competing at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco, resulting in a torn ACL for the second time in her career. Recovery took a full year, and Gardner’s 2018 season was abbreviated as a result.

She refused to let these setbacks break her spirit.

“It helped that this wasn’t my first ACL tear,” she said. “This series of injuries made me revamp who I was as a runner and who I was around. I look at it as more of a blessing than a curse. I ended up moving back home to New Jersey to be around my family and friends who really support me, so I could buckle down and get back to my roots.”

Moving from Los Angeles back to New Jersey wasn’t the only thing that changed. Gardner switched coaches, electing to be trained by her father Anthony. She also began coaching the men’s sprinters at Princeton University as a volunteer assistant alongside her own training.

“Not having the glitz and glamour of when I first went pro is something that has fueled me,” Gardner said. “I had top-of-the-line coaches and facilities before, but I’m a little bit more on my own now, and that’s OK. My dad has been coaching me since I was seven years old, and even in college he had a hand in my training. I like to joke around and say that I’m like Rocky, getting back to the Philly area and embracing where I came from.”

Coaching at Princeton has also given Gardner a new community and a different perspective on the sport.

“It’s been amazing,” she said, reflecting on her time at Princeton. “These guys come ready to work every day really focused and ready to go, even though they have to balance track with their strenuous academics. That’s what you dream of as a coach, not having to force your athletes to work and getting to be surrounded by people with the same mindset and goals. It also teaches me to lead by example. If I’m giving them instructions and they see that I’m putting in the work myself, it helps them be able to trust me more. We’re a family, we all work together to get better, and it’s something that I take pride in.”

Looking ahead, Gardner is scheduled to compete in the 60m at the 112th NYRR Millrose Games, where she will race against Bowie, Deajah StevensGabby Thomas and others.

“I’m super excited to come back and run in front of a familiar crowd where I’ve been competing since high school,” said Gardner, commenting about her return to The Armory that will host the NYRR Millrose Games and an NBC Sports nationally-televised audience. “Training has been going absolutely amazing, I feel like I’m starting to come around and feel like myself again. Back in high school I just came off my first ACL surgery and I was running the 60m in a meet at The Armory. I ended up running one of the fastest times in the country, I think it was U.S. No. 1 that year. It showed me that even though I had my issues, I was still able to come back. It’s kind of ironic that my first meet coming back again from an ACL injury is in the same arena. It’s a magical experience in there – always loud and energetic. I know that the competition will be absolutely amazing, so I just want to get out there, compete at my best and snag a `W’ in front of my home crowd.”

Millrose will be the starting point for Gardner’s 2019 season, a year that she hopes will be her best yet. Only 26, Gardner is in her prime and she looks to take advantage.

“I’ve had plenty of awesome moments in my career, but I haven’t had the breakout that I feel I’m capable of,” she said. “I take everything one race at a time, one rep at a time, and I’m getting better every day. My goal is to be the fastest woman alive, and I won’t stop until I get there. I’m even more focused than I was in 2016, and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds.

Many world class track & field events will be on center stage during the 112th NYRR Millrose Games, the most historic indoor meet. The men’s shot put will feature Olympic gold and silver medalists Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs respectively throwing from the center of the track. Other top athletes who have been announced in other events include defending Women’s NYRR Wanamaker champion Colleen QuigleyEmma CoburnKate GraceAisha Praught-Leer,Edward Cheserek,  Yomif Kejelcha, Nick WillisClayton MurphyDonavan BrazierCraig EngelsAjeé WilsonNatoya GouleTorie BowieEnglish GardnerDeajah StevensNia AliMorgan McDonald, Grant Fisher, Hassan Mead, and Pat Tiernan as well as high school running sensations Katelyn Tuohy and Sean Dolan and many moreThe night’s signature events will be the prestigious NYRR Men’s and Women’s Wanamaker Mile.

 

The 112th NYRR Millrose Games will be televised live nationally by NBC Sports from 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. on February 9th and live streamed on USATF.TVfrom 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. NBC Gold will have live streamed bonus coverage from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.


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NYRR Millrose New Balance High School Boys, Girls Spectacular Fields Announced

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NYRR Millrose New Balance High School Boys, Girls Spectacular Fields Announced

Right: North Rockland junior Katelyn Tuohy as she breaks the national high school 3,000m indoor record at the Dr. Sander Invitational at The Armory; Left: Bronxville seniors Matt Rizzo (No. 15) and Alex Rizzo (No. 8) ready to make competition see double in NYRR Millrose Games New Balance Boys’ High School Mile.Photos by John Nepolitan

 

NEW YORK, January 29, 2019 – Two of the major highlights of the 112thNYRR Millrose Games, scheduled for February 9that The Armory in Washington Heights,are the New Balance High School Mileswhich combine the top talent from the New York City metropolitan area with standout athletes from across the United States.

 

The 15 girls and 13 boys in this year’s girls’ and boys’ fields are some of the top distance runners in the country. Both races should be truly special. Here is an opportunity to get to know both fields: 

 

GIRLS

·      Katelyn Tuohy   JR, North Rockland, NY: Tuohy is arguably the greatest female high school cross country runner in history, having won Nike Cross Nationals two years in a row, while resetting course records. She is extremely accomplished on the track as well, holding national records in the indoor 5000m and outdoor mile, with a personal best of 4:33.87 in the latter event. Tuohy is fresh off Saturday’s national high school indoor record performance in the Dr. Sander Invitational Women’s 3,000m, with a time of 9:01.81. Tuohy enters the NYRR Millrose Games as the solid favorite, but she finished a surprising fourth in last year’s Millrose mile, the only high school distance race she’s lost in the last two years. She will look to gain redemption after blowing away the field at the NYRR Millrose Trials with a time of 4:39.15.

·      Marlee Starliper   SR, Northern, PA: Starliper made quite the early season statement at the Coaches Hall of Fame Invitational in December, running a time of 4:47.21 to comfortably qualify for Millrose. Her personal best of 4:43.49 is the second best in the field, and it won her a Pennsylvania indoor state championship, shortly after she placed third at Millrose one year ago. Her other accomplishments include a victory at the prestigious Penn Relays and a runner-up finish at the Foot Locker Northeast XC Regional.

·      Sarah Trainor   JR, Franklin D. Roosevelt, NY: Trainor outlasted a deep field to place second behind Tuohy at the NYRR Millrose Games Trials in a personal best of 4:52.65, which was enough to qualify her for the main event. Trainor is a steeplechase specialist outdoors, placing third in the state and second at New Balance Nationals Outdoor in 2018.

·      Lily Flynn   SR, Ursuline, NY: Flynn qualified for Millrose by placing second behind Starliper at Hall of Fame with an impressive 4:54.21 timestamp. She has used that performance as a springboard to a remarkable indoor season so far, running personal bests in both the 800m and 3,000m, both of which were winning efforts. With a mile personal best of 4:48.26, Flynn’s stellar range makes her an athlete to watch. Flynn’s sister Anna placed fifth at Millrose in 2015.

·      Lauryn Heskin   SO, Marymount, NY: A local athlete hailing from New York City, Heskin qualified for Millrose by winning the 25thHispanic Games with an indoor best of 5:02.68. This victory followed consecutive third-place efforts at Hall of Fame and the Marine Corps Holiday Classic. Only a sophomore, Heskin looks to be a factor on the distance scene for years to come.

·      Isabelle Goldstein   JR, Germantown, PA: After coming up short on three prior occasions, Goldsteing punched her ticket to Millrose with a big personal best of 4:56.33 at the New Balance Games. Goldstein is the 2018 PAISAA champion in the 3,200m, and her sister Abbe won the Millrose mile in 2017.

·      Camryn Wennersten   FR, Ridgewood, NJ: Wennersten placed third at the Millrose Trials behind Tuohy and Trainor, running a personal best of 4:58.44 to claim an at-large qualifying spot. The freshman is the youngest athlete in the field and her teammate Will Baginski will compete in the boys’ race at Millrose.

·      Jessica Schneider   SR, Notre Dame, PA: Schneider placed third at the Hispanic Games, and her personal best of 4:56.40 ten days later at the DELCO championships was enough to earn an invite. Schneider placed third in the mile at the 2018 New Balance Nationals Outdoor and fifth at the state indoor championships.

·      Taryn Parks   JR, Greencastle Atrim, PA: Parks ran her personal best of 4:45.81 in 2017 to win a Pennsylvania outdoor state championship. More recently, she proved her fitness by winning the prestigious Virginia Showcase, earning her a Millrose invite. Parks also finished second at the state cross country championships and sixth in last year’s mile at New Balance Nationals Indoor.

·      Victoria Patterson   JR, Deerfield, MA: Patterson placed third at this month’s Dartmouth Relays, running a personal best of 4:57.68, which was her first time breaking the five-minute barrier. She is also the reigning NEPSTA champion in the 1,500m.

·      Victoria Starcher   JR, WV Flyers, WV: Starcher placed second at last year’s edition of New Balance Nationals Indoor with a personal best of 4:46.32. She went on to sweep the West Virginia state championships outdoors, winning titles in the 800m, 1,600m, and 3200m. With tremendous range and championship experience, Starcher is sure to be a contender.

·      Claire Walters   SR, Fayetteville-Manlius, NY: Despite sporting a relatively modest personal best of 5:02.14, Walters’ 1,500m PB of 4:34.91 set this past December suggests that she is capable of running significantly faster. The senior is most accomplished on the cross country course, placing fifth at each of the past two editions of Nike Cross Nationals to play a starring role in F-M’s incomparable XC dynasty.

·      Phoebe White   JR, Fayetteville-Manlius, NY: White’s 1,500m personal best of 4:36.92 figures to put her right in the mix along with her teammate Walters. White displays excellent range, as she holds a PB of 2:11.39 in the 800m, while also contributing to her program’s cross country success.

·      Kelsey Chmiel   SR, Saratoga Springs, NY: Chmiel has established herself as perhaps the second-best cross country runner in the nation, finishing second behind Tuohy at Nike Cross Nationals in both 2017 and 2018. On the track, Chmiel ran her mile personal best of 4:44.55 at Millrose a year ago to place second and defeat Tuohy in the process. She is also a sub-ten minute 3,200m performer, making her one of the most accomplished athletes in the field.

·      Taylor Ewert   JR, Beavercreek, OH: Ewert holds a personal best of 5:00.22, but her true talents are in the racewalk, where she is the USATF junior champion and already one of the best competitors in the country at any level. Ewert has rewritten the junior racewalk record book over the past couple years and she will compete in the professional mile racewalk at Millrose in addition to running the high school mile.

BOYS

·      Sean Dolan   SR, Hopewell Valley Central, NJ: The senior from Hopewell Valley is the reigning New Balance Nationals Outdoor champion in the mile and he holds an impressive personal best of 4:08.86. Dolan placed ninth in the mile at Millrose a year ago, and he is an accomplished 800-meter runner, with a personal best of 1:50.74. Dolan has committed to run collegiately at Villanova University and his father is the Director of Track & Field/Cross Country at the University of Pennsylvania.

·      Matt Rizzo   SR, Bronxville, NY: Rizzo stamped his entry to Millrose by winning the mile at the 25thHispanic Games in a time of 4:17.32, a personal best. He placed third in the 1,600m at the NYSPHSAA outdoor championships and also has an impressive cross country pedigree, finishing second at the prestigious Manhattan College XC Invitational and winning the Class C state championship.

·      Alex Rizzo   SR, Bronxville, NY:  Rizzo ensured that he will join his twin brother on the Millrose starting line by winning the mile at the New Balance Games in a nearly identical personal best of 4:17.69. He also placed one spot behind his brother at Manhattan and finished third in the 1,000m at last year’s NYSPHSAA indoor championships. Rizzo will attend the U.S. Naval Academy next year. 

·      William Coogan   JR, Phillips Exeter Academy, NH: A junior from New Hampshire, Coogan has sliced nearly six seconds off his personal best this winter, running 4:16.04 in December. Coogan has turned heads since the start of his career placing sixth in the freshman division of the mile at New Balance Nationals Indoor two years ago at The Armory. His father Mark Coogan is a former Olympic athlete, and now coaches the New Balance Boston training group, which includes Abbey D’Agostino.

·      Jake Renfree   JR, Knoxville Catholic, TN:  Renfree is the best distance runner in the state of Tennessee, winning state championships in the indoor two mile, outdoor 1600m, and most recently the cross country title. With a personal best of 4:12.13 set at the Brooks PR Invitational, Renfree looks to once again test himself against a national caliber field.

·      Tim McInerney   SR, Christian Brothers Academy, NJ: McInerney punched his ticket to Millrose the old-fashioned way, defeating a deep field at the NYRR Millrose Games Trials on January 9thwith a time of 4:16.01. McInerney comes from a program with an unmatched pedigree for producing distance runners and he will be a threat with his lethal kick and a 1,600m best of 4:10.37.

·      Will Baginski   SR, Ridgewood, NJ: Baginski finished second at the Millrose Trials behind McInerney with a personal best of 4:16.87, earning him an at-large invite to the main event. The senior placed sixth at the Manhattan XC Invitational this past October. His teammate Camryn Wennerstenwill compete in the Millrose Girls High School Mile.

·      Shea Weilbaker   SR, Saratoga Springs, NY: Weilbaker claimed the first automatic Millrose invite of the season by winning the mile at the Coaches Hall of Fame Invitational in a time of 4:19.27. The senior is one of the most credentialed long-distance athletes in the field, winning the NYSPHSAA cross country championship this past November, to go along with his 3,200m titles both indoors and outdoors.

·      Sean Ryan   SR, Northport, NY: Ryan earned his Millrose bid by finishing second to Matt Rizzo at the Hispanic Games with a personal best of 4:17.93. The senior ran a leg on the runner-up 4x800m relay at the 2018 NYSPHSAA outdoor championship and won the 3200m at this year’s Molloy Stanner Games hosted by The Armory.

·      Tobias Wolfson   JR, Riverdale, NY: An Armory regular, Wolfson participated in every Millrose qualifying event and his persistence paid off at the New Balance Games. Finishing second behind Alex Rizzo, Wolfson ran a personal best of 4:18.04, holding the lead late and doing enough to earn an at-large bid. Wolfson is also the reigning USATF Junior Olympic regional champion in the 800m.

·      Sam Affolder   SR, Loudoun Valley, VA: Hailing from the same program that has produced outstanding athletes such as professional runner Drew Hunter, Affolder holds a personal best of 4:08.69. He is also a sub-nine minute 3,200m performer and he ran a leg on the winning 4 x 1 mile relay that set the national record of 17:01.82 at New Balance Nationals Indoor at The Armory. Affolder’s brother Noah holds the Millrose record of 4:07.24, set in 2017.

·      Sam Toolin   SR North Kingstown, RI: Toolin holds a mile personal best of 4:13.43 dating back to 2016, which he came close to equaling with a 4:14.53 at Boston University last month. Since then, Toolin has picked up victories at the East Coast Invitational and the URI Rhody Classic. He also placed third at the Rhode Island state cross country championships last November.

·      Carter Cheeseman   SR, Fort Worth Christian, TX: Cheeseman is the reigning Texas 5A cross country state champion and he went on to finish tenth at the Foot Locker National Championships. On the track, his mile personal best is 4:12.20 and he ran a superb two-mile time of 8:57.33 at the Brooks PR Invitational, while also winning state championships in both events. Cheeseman’s father competed in the high school mile at Millrose in 1984.

 

Members of the media interested in covering the 112thNYRR Millrose Games, to take place 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, February 9that The Armory in Washington Heights, can sign up for credentials by clicking HERE.

 

The high school girls’ and boys’ mile are two of one of many world class track & field events on center stage during the 112thNYRR Millrose Games, the most historic indoor meet. The men’s shot put will feature Olympic gold and silver medalists Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs respectively throwing from the center of the track. Other top athletes who have been announced in other events include defending Women’s NYRR Wanamaker champion Colleen QuigleyEmma CoburnKate Grace,Aisha Praught-Leer,Edward Cheserek, Yomif KejelchaNick WillisClayton MurphyDonavan BrazierCraig EngelsAjeé WilsonNatoya GouleTorie BowieEnglish GardnerDeajah StevensNia AliMorgan McDonald, Grant Fisher, Hassan Mead andPat Tiernan. The night’s signature events will be the prestigious NYRR Men’s and Women’s Wanamaker Mile.

 

The 112thNYRR Millrose Games will be televised live nationally by NBC Sportsfrom 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. and live streamed on USATF.TVfrom 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. NBC Goldwill have live streamed bonus coverage from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.

 

For more information on the 112thNYRR Millrose Games and to purchase tickets please go to www.nyrrmillrosegames.org.

Follow The Armory on FacebookTwitterand Instagramat @armorynyc, or go to ArmoryTrack.comor Armory.NYC.

 

There will be a NYRR Millrose Games Press Conferenceon Friday, February 8th, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the NYRR RUNCENTER, located at 320 West 57thStreet between 8thand 9thavenues in midtown Manhattan. Please RSVP Nick Nicholas if planning to attend at nick@nicholaslence.com.

About the NYRR Millrose Games

With a storied history that spans more than a century, the NYRR Millrose Games is one of track and field’s most prestigious and enduring annual events. A New York City sports staple, the meet moved to the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in Washington Heights in 2012 after having called Madison Square Garden home from 1914 to 2011. The Games—established by employees of Wanamaker’s Department Store—features track and field’s most prolific male and female stars as well as collegiate, high school, club and youth competitors. More than 200 athletes share the distinction of being both Millrose and Olympic champions. In November of 2013, New York Road Runners became the title sponsor of the NYRR Millrose Games, which is owned by The Armory Foundation. The NYRR Millrose Games is a USATF television series event and The Armory Foundation appreciates the support of USA Track and Field.

About The Armory Foundation

 

The Armory is a New York City non-profit institution, with the mission of "Keeping Kids on Track." Each season The Armory— the proud home of the NYRR Millrose Games — hosts more than 100 track & field meets and welcomes more than 220,000 athlete visits. Among its many youth sports and educational programs, including the acclaimed Armory College Prep program, The Armory runs the leading collegiate indoor track meet with the Dr. Sander Invitational, and hosts the largest high school indoor track meets with this year's 25th Hispanic Games, The New Balance Games, and the New Balance Nationals Indoors.  The Armory also runs NewYork - Presbyterian ColumbiaDoctors Indoor Marathon presented by New York Road Runners, which is the world’s largest indoor marathon relay. The Armory is also the home to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame and dozens of very large education-focused events. For more: Please visit Armory.NYC and ArmoryTrack.com.

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  U.S. Olympian Colleen Quigley to Defend Women's NYRR Wanamaker Mile Title February 9 at 112th NYRR Millrose Games

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U.S. Olympian Colleen Quigley to Defend Women's NYRR Wanamaker Mile Title February 9 at 112th NYRR Millrose Games

Two-time world indoor champion Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia to join stacked men’s NYRR Wanamaker Mile field

 

New York, January 24, 2019 — U.S. Olympian Colleen Quigley will return to The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center on Saturday, February 9 to defend her NYRR Wanamaker Mile title at the NYRR Millrose Games. The signature event at the NYRR Millrose Games will feature seven Olympians and 13 world championship participants, including the recent addition to the men’s field of Ethiopia’s two-time indoor world champion Yomif Kejelcha.

 

“We are delighted to welcome Colleen back to the NYRR Millrose Games after her sensational win last year,” said NYRR Millrose Games Meet Director Ray Flynn. “The addition of Yomif to this incredible men's field makes me think we could possibly see the very first sub-3.50 Wanamaker Mile or even a run at the world record.”

The prestigious indoor mile race has taken place every year on the men’s side since 1926 and on the women’s side since 1976. This year’s NYRR Wanamaker Mile races will be broadcast live on NBC.

 

Quigley, 26, won her first NYRR Wanamaker Mile in 2018, besting fellow U.S. Olympian Kate Grace by just three hundredths of a second in 4:30.05, and then returned to New York later in the year to finish second at the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile. She competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics, finishing eighth in the 3000-meter steeplechase, and the following summer she placed third in the event at the USATF Championships.

 

“What better way to start a new year and a new season than taking a trip to NYC to race at one of the most prestigious and longest-running indoor track meets in the country,” Quigley said. “I can't think of anything better, so I'm going to the NYRR Millrose Games again this year to defend my NYRR Wanamaker Mile title. I'm more excited than ever to put my fitness to the test in the Big Apple.”

 

Joining Quigley in the women’s NYRR Wanamaker Mile field will be last year’s runner-up, U.S. Olympian Kate Grace, along with 2017 NCAA indoor mile champion Karisa Nelson, 2018 USA Road Mile champion Emily Lipari, and new indoor NCAA 1000-meter record-holder Danae Rivers.

 

Kejelcha, the two-time defending 3000-meter indoor world champion who opened his 2019 season with a 3:52.61 mile at the University of Washington earlier this month, will join a men’s field that already includes Olympic medalists Clayton Murphy and Nick Willis, and last year’s world’s fastest miler Edward Cheserek. Last year’s runner-up, Josh Kerr, will also line up, as well as U.S. Olympian Robby Andrews, who will be marking the 10th anniversary of his win in the high school mile at the Millrose Games. 

 

NYRR Wanamaker Mile Field – Men

Name

Personal Best Mile

Twitter Handle

Robby Andrews, USA

3:53.16

@RA_Andrews

Edward Cheserek, KEN

3:49.44

@KingCheserek

Craig Engels, USA

3:53.93

@craigathor

Johnny Gregorek, USA

3:53.15

@JohnnyGregorek

Ollie Hoare, AUS

3:59.70

@ollie_hoare97

Yomif Kejelcha, ETH

3:52.61

 

Josh Kerr, GBR

3:54.72

@joshk97

Riley Masters, USA

3:56.15

@riley_masters

Clayton Murphy, USA

3:51.99

@clayton_murph

Sam Prakel, USA

3:54.64

@sprakel10

Nick Willis, NZL

3:49.83

@nickwillis

 

NYRR Wanamaker Mile Field – Women

Name

Personal Best Mile

Twitter Handle

Kaela Edwards, USA

4:28.75

@kaelaAedwards

Kate Grace, USA

4:20.70

@fastk8

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The NYRR Millrose Games highlights the year-round partnership between The Armory Foundation, which oversees the premier indoor track and field center in America, and New York Road Runners, the world’s largest community running organization.


For more information on the NYRR Millrose Games and to purchase tickets, please visitwww.nyrrmillrosegames.org. Members of the media interested in covering the 112th NYRR Millrose Games from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, February 9 at The Armory in Washington Heights, can sign up for credentials by clicking HERE.

 

About New York Road Runners (NYRR)

NYRR’s mission is to help and inspire people through running. Since 1958, New York Road Runners has grown from a local running club to the world’s premier community running organization. NYRR’s commitment to New York City’s five boroughs features races, community events, free youth running initiatives and school programs, the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, and training resources that provide hundreds of thousands of people each year, from children to seniors, with the motivation, know-how, and opportunity to Run for Life. NYRR’s premier event, and the largest marathon in the world, is the TCS New York City Marathon. Held annually on the first Sunday in November, the race features 50,000 runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners.  To learn more, visit www.nyrr.org.

About the NYRR Millrose Games
With a storied history that spans more than a century, the NYRR Millrose Games is one of track and field’s most prestigious and enduring annual events. A New York City sports staple, the meet moved to the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in Washington Heights in 2012 after having called Madison Square Garden home from 1914 to 2011. The Games—established by employees of Wanamaker’s Department Store—features track and field’s most prolific male and female stars as well as collegiate, high school, club and youth competitors. More than 200 athletes share the distinction of being both Millrose and Olympic champions. In November of 2013, New York Road Runners became the title sponsor of the NYRR Millrose Games, which is owned by The Armory Foundation. The NYRR Millrose Games is a USATF television series event and The Armory Foundation appreciates the support of USA Track and Field.

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Emma Coburn, Aisha Praught-Leer Return for Super Race II in NYRR Millrose Games Women's 3,000m

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Emma Coburn, Aisha Praught-Leer Return for Super Race II in NYRR Millrose Games Women's 3,000m

THEY’RE BACK:  2018 champion Aisha Praught-Leer and runner-up Emma Coburn return to The Armory to run in the NYRR Millrose Games  Women’s 3,000m. They’ll also have elite company to challenge them. Photo by Ross Dettman

 

NEW YORK, January 15, 2019 – Track & Field superstars Aisha Praught-Leer and Emma Coburn, who last year thrilled track & field fans with a memorable photo finish, will reunite in the Women’s 3,000m during the 112th NYRR Millrose Gameson Saturday February 9th at The Armory in Washington Heights, confirmed the Armory Foundation.

 

Praught-Leer and Coburn, training partners and the top two finishers in this NYRR Millrose Games event last year, return to The Armory’s New Balance Track and Field Center to do battle once again against a highly-competitive field.

 

“Competing at the Millrose Games is always a priority for me and I love it” Coburn said. “This year will be my fourth time racing at Millrose and I am looking forward to the great competition and special energy from the spectators. Last year’s race was a thrill and I hope to be part of another competitive race in 2019.” 

 

Coburn is best known for her 3,000m steeplechase prowess. She pulled a stunning upset to win the gold medal at the 2017 World Championships, making her the only American to accomplish that feat. Coburn also has won an Olympic bronze medal and seven USATF championships over the barriers, and she is an accomplished flat runner as well.

 

Jamaica’s Praught-Leer was victorious at Millrose in 2018, as she defeated Coburn and Dominique Scott in a thrilling blanket finish where the three athletes were separated by a mere 0.08 seconds. Praught-Leer, who trains with Coburn in Boulder, Colorado, complemented her stellar career by winning gold in the steeplechase during the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Other athletes in the field include current and former NCAA standouts Weini Kelati and Elinor Purrier.

 

The University of New Mexico’s Kelati is a four-time All-American, and she finished second at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in November. Purrier, a 10-time All-American, won the mile at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships while representing the University of New Hampshire before beginning her professional career by signing with New Balance.

 

Also confirmed are Stephanie Garcia, a two-time World Championship qualifier in the steeplechase, and Lauren Paquette, a silver medalist in the 5,000m at the NACAC Championships.

 

Members of the media interested in covering the 112th NYRR Millrose Games, to take place 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, February 9th at The Armory in Washington Heights, can sign up for credentials by clicking HERE.

 

The women’s 3,000m is one of many world class track & field events on center stage during the 112th NYRR Millrose Games, the most historic indoor meet. The men’s shot put will feature Olympic gold and silver medalists Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs throwing from the center of the track. Top athletes who have been announced in other events include Edward Cheserek, Nick WillisClayton MurphyDonavan BrazierAjeé WilsonNatoya GouleTorie BowieEnglish GardnerDeajah StevensNia AliMorgan McDonald, Grant Fisher, Hassan Mead and Pat Tiernan. The night’s signature events will be the prestigious NYRR Men’s and Women’s Wanamaker Mile.

 

For more information on the 112th NYRR Millrose Games and to purchase tickets please go to www.nyrrmillrosegames.org.

Follow The Armory on FacebookTwitter and Instagram at @armorynyc, or go to ArmoryTrack.com or Armory.NYC.

About the NYRR Millrose Games

With a storied history that spans more than a century, the NYRR Millrose Games is one of track and field’s most prestigious and enduring annual events. A New York City sports staple, the meet moved to the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in Washington Heights in 2012 after having called Madison Square Garden home from 1914 to 2011. The Games—established by employees of Wanamaker’s Department Store—features track and field’s most prolific male and female stars as well as collegiate, high school, club and youth competitors. More than 200 athletes share the distinction of being both Millrose and Olympic champions. In November of 2013, New York Road Runners became the title sponsor of the NYRR Millrose Games, which is owned by The Armory Foundation. The NYRR Millrose Games is a USATF television series event and The Armory Foundation appreciates the support of USA Track and Field.

About The Armory Foundation

The Armory is a New York City non-profit institution, with the mission of "Keeping Kids on Track." Each season The Armory— the proud home of the NYRR Millrose Games — hosts more than 100 track & field meets and welcomes more than 220,000 athlete visits. Among its many youth sports and educational programs, including the acclaimed Armory College Prep program, The Armory runs the leading collegiate indoor track meet with the Dr. Sander Invitational, and hosts the largest high school indoor track meets with this year's 25th Hispanic Games, The New Balance Games, and the New Balance Nationals Indoors.  The Armory also runs NewYork - Presbyterian ColumbiaDoctors Indoor Marathon presented by New York Road Runners, which is the world’s largest indoor marathon relay. The Armory is also the home to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame and dozens of very large education-focused events. For more: Please visit Armory.NYC and ArmoryTrack.com.

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 Olympic Medalists Clayton Murphy and Nick Willis and World's Fastest Miler of 2018 Edward Cheserek to Headline NYRR Wanamaker Mile Men's Field at 112th NYRR Millrose Games on February 9

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Olympic Medalists Clayton Murphy and Nick Willis and World's Fastest Miler of 2018 Edward Cheserek to Headline NYRR Wanamaker Mile Men's Field at 112th NYRR Millrose Games on February 9

Signature event from The Armory’s New Balance Track and Field Center to be broadcast live on NBC

 

New York, January 9, 2019 — Olympic medalists Clayton Murphy and Nick Willis, along with the world’s fastest miler indoors or outdoors last year, Edward Cheserek, will headline the NYRR Wanamaker Mile men’s field at the 112th NYRR Millrose Games on Saturday, February 9 at The Armory’s New Balance Track and Field Center. The signature event at the NYRR Millrose Games has taken place every year on the men’s side since 1926 and was won last year by Chris O’Hare, and this year it will be broadcast live nationally on NBC for the third consecutive year.

 

“The NYRR Wanamaker Mile is revered as one of the world's greatest mile races and this year's men’s field in the 112th NYRR Millrose Games looks to be one of the best ever,” said NYRR Millrose Games Meet Director Ray Flynn.

Murphy, 23, of New Paris, OH, was the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials champion over 800 meters and won bronze in the distance at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The University of Akron graduate set a personal best in Rio, running 1:42.93 to become the third-fastest American in history. Murphy, who won two NCAA titles in 2016 and a Pan American title in 2015, finished second in a personal-best time in his NYRR Wanamaker Mile debut in 2017 and was fifth over 800 meters at last year’s NYRR Millrose Games.

 

“I am very excited to be back in New York and race the prestigious NYRR Wanamaker Mile,” Murphy said. “I’m sure the fans will be loud and cheering us on, and I am looking forward to putting on a show for everyone.”

 

Willis, 35, of New Zealand, finished as runner-up at the NYRR Wanamaker Mile three times (2009, 2015, 2016), was third twice (2008, 2014) and took fifth last year. As a four-time Olympian, the University of Michigan graduate and Ann Arbor, MI resident won the silver medal in the 1500 meters at the Beijing 2008 Games, carried New Zealand’s flag at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, and returned to the podium with a bronze medal in the 1500 meters at the Rio 2016 Games. In 2017, he won a record-tying fourth men’s title at the 5th Avenue Mile, adding to his previous victories on Manhattan’s most famous thoroughfare from 2008, 2013, and 2015.

 

“I started my career as a big underdog, and now as a 35-year-old, I am embracing this mindset again as I return to the NYRR Millrose Games for my seventh attempt at the historic NYRR Wanamaker Mile title,” Willis said. “New York has been a second home for my racing career, having raced in the Big Apple over 25 times, so I can't wait to return once again to the familiar 'boards' of The Armory, coincidentally the first track I ever raced at on U.S. soil back in 2001.”

 

Cheserek, 24, of Kenya was a 17-time NCAA national champion at the University of Oregon who recorded the second fastest indoor mile in world history last year in 3:49.44 at the Boston University David Hemery Valentine Invitational. Cheserek attended high school at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J., and has a strong connection to the New York area, having raced at The Armory dozens of times. He’s now a U.S. resident, living in Flagstaff, AZ.

 

“The NYRR Millrose Games has been one of my favorite meets since high school,” Cheserek said. “I haven’t been back since college, and I’m excited to race the NYRR Wanamaker Mile there for the first time. I know I need to prepare well as it’s always a fast race.”

 

The NYRR Wanamaker Mile women’s field and rest of the men’s field will be announced later this month.

 

The NYRR Millrose Games highlights the year-round partnership between The Armory Foundation, which oversees the premier indoor track and field center in America, and New York Road Runners, the world’s largest community running organization.


For more information on the NYRR Millrose Games and to purchase tickets, please visitwww.nyrrmillrosegames.org. Members of the media interested in covering the 112th NYRR Millrose Games from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, February 9 at The Armory in Washington Heights, can sign up for credentials by clicking HERE.

 

About New York Road Runners (NYRR)

NYRR’s mission is to help and inspire people through running. Since 1958, New York Road Runners has grown from a local running club to the world’s premier community running organization. NYRR’s commitment to New York City’s five boroughs features races, community events, free youth running initiatives and school programs, the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, and training resources that provide hundreds of thousands of people each year, from children to seniors, with the motivation, know-how, and opportunity to Run for Life. NYRR’s premier event, and the largest marathon in the world, is the TCS New York City Marathon. Held annually on the first Sunday in November, the race features 50,000 runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners.  To learn more, visit www.nyrr.org.

About the NYRR Millrose Games
With a storied history that spans more than a century, the NYRR Millrose Games is one of track and field’s most prestigious and enduring annual events. A New York City sports staple, the meet moved to the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in Washington Heights in 2012 after having called Madison Square Garden home from 1914 to 2011. The Games—established by employees of Wanamaker’s Department Store—features track and field’s most prolific male and female stars as well as collegiate, high school, club and youth competitors. More than 200 athletes share the distinction of being both Millrose and Olympic champions. In November of 2013, New York Road Runners became the title sponsor of the NYRR Millrose Games, which is owned by The Armory Foundation. The NYRR Millrose Games is a USATF television series event and The Armory Foundation appreciates the support of USA Track and Field.

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NCAA Champions to Face Off in 112th NYRR Millrose Men's 3,000m

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NCAA Champions to Face Off in 112th NYRR Millrose Men's 3,000m

NEW YORK, December 13, 2018 – The men’s 3,000m event during the 112th NYRR Millrose Games on February 9this shaping up to be one of the day’s most anticipated races.  Three NCAA cross country champions will toe the line at The Armory’s New Balance Track and Field Center as part of a deep field that includes numerous Olympians.

 

Headlining the field is former Syracuse University standout Justyn Knight. Knight won the 2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship after finishing in the top four the previous two years, and went on to add another title on the track in the 5,000m. Knight also qualified for the 2017 World Championships in London, finishing ninth in the 5,000m while competing for his native Canada.

 

“Millrose is the one of the world’s greatest indoor meets,” Knight said. “The atmosphere cannot be replicated, and I have never been to an indoor race like it. With competitive athletes and ecstatic fans in attendance, the environment will be suitable for a fast race.”

 

Fresh off their thrilling NCAA Cross Country Championship duel to the finish line last month in Madison, WI, Morgan McDonald and Grant Fisher will renew their rivalry at Millrose. The 2018 NCAA Cross Country Championship came down to a sprint finish between the two, with McDonald of the University of Wisconsin holding off Stanford University’s Fisher. McDonald is also the Australian champion in the 5,000m, while Fisher was one of the most accomplished high school athletes ever, winning Foot Locker Nationals twice and breaking four minutes in the mile. Fisher also won an NCAA championship on the track in 2017.

 

Another big name to watch is Hassan Mead. The veteran in the field, Mead, 29, is the 2017 USATF champion in the 10,000m. He qualified for the final of the 5,000m in Rio, and has also competed in both the 2015 and 2017 World Championships. Australian Olympian Pat Tiernan is also in the field, best known for his stunning upset of Edward Cheserek to win the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championship.

 

The men’s 3000m is one of many highly-anticipated events during the 112th NYRR Millrose Games, the most historic indoor track meet in the world. The men’s shot put will feature Olympic gold and silver medalists Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs throwing from the center of the track. Top athletes who have been announced in other events include Clayton MurphyDonavan BrazierAjeé WilsonNatoya GouleTorie BowieEnglish GardnerDeajah StevensNia Ali, andQueen Harrison. The night’s signature events will be the prestigious NYRR Men’s and Women’s Wanamaker Mile.

 

“Sixteen Olympians have already committed to compete at NYRR Millrose, and most events have yet to be announced, including the Men's and Women's NYRR Wanamaker Mile,” said Jonathan SchindelCo-President of The Armory Foundation. “We expect tickets to sell out well in advance of the NYRR Millrose Games.”

 

Entry announcements will continue leading up to the February 9th event and high school and youth qualifiers are determined during the January 9th NYRR Millrose Games Trials at The Armory.

 

For more information on the 112th NYRR Millrose Games and to purchase tickets please go towww.nyrrmillrosegames.org.

Follow The Armory on FacebookTwitter and Instagram at @armorynyc, or go to ArmoryTrack.com or Armory.NYC.

About the NYRR Millrose Games

With a storied history that spans more than a century, the NYRR Millrose Games is one of track and field’s most prestigious and enduring annual events. A New York City sports staple, the meet moved to the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in Washington Heights in 2012 after having called Madison Square Garden home from 1914 to 2011. The Games—established by employees of Wanamaker’s Department Store—features track and field’s most prolific male and female stars as well as collegiate, high school, club and youth competitors. More than 200 athletes share the distinction of being both Millrose and Olympic champions. In November of 2013, New York Road Runners became the title sponsor of the NYRR Millrose Games, which is owned by The Armory Foundation. The NYRR Millrose Games is a USATF television series event and The Armory Foundation appreciates the support of USA Track and Field.

About The Armory Foundation

The Armory is a New York City non-profit institution, with the mission of "Keeping Kids on Track." Each season The Armory— the proud home of the NYRR Millrose Games — hosts more than 100 track & field meets and welcomes more than 220,000 athlete visits. Among its many youth sports and educational programs, including the acclaimed Armory College Prep program, The Armory runs the leading collegiate indoor track meet with the Dr. Sander Invitational, and hosts the largest high school indoor track meets with this year's 25th Hispanic Games, The New Balance Games, and the New Balance Nationals Indoors.  The Armory also runs NewYork - Presbyterian ColumbiaDoctors Indoor Marathon presented by New York Road Runners, which is the world’s largest indoor marathon relay. The Armory is also the home to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame and dozens of very large education-focused events. For more: Please visit Armory.NYC and ArmoryTrack.com.

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   New York, New Jersey Olympians, World’s Top Sprinters Set to Clash at 112th NYRR Millrose Games

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New York, New Jersey Olympians, World’s Top Sprinters Set to Clash at 112th NYRR Millrose Games

All eyes will be on Tori Bowie during the Women’s 60m dash at the 112th NYRR Millrose Games on February 9 at The Armory. Photo by John Nepolitan

NEW YORK, December 6, 2018 – Both the women’s 60m dash and 60m hurdles scheduled for the 112th NYRR Millrose Games on February 9th will feature several of the world’s fastest women in track & field, The Armory Foundationannounced today.

 

Tori Bowie is the headliner in the 60m, while local stars Nia Ali and Queen Harrison will both compete in the hurdles. It’s appropriate the swift trio will showcase their exceptional skills against highly-recognized sprinters and hurdlers on the world’s fastest indoor surface at The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center.

 

“I’m looking forward to once again run at the historic Millrose Games on February 9th at The Armory,” said Bowie, turning the attention away from her stiff competition.

 

Bowie is the defending world champion in the 100m, and won the silver medal in that event at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She also was a member of the American 4x100m relay teams that won Olympic gold in both Rio and London, making her one of the most decorated sprinters in recent history. Bowie placed second at last season’s NYRR Millrose Games, and certainly will have her eyes set on the top of the podium.

 

Meanwhile, several other women will look to challenge the World and Olympic champion, led by English Gardner. Gardner is the seventh fastest woman ever in the 100m, and she won an Olympic gold medal alongside Bowie on the 4x100m relay. A five-time NCAA champion while at the University of Oregon, Gardner currently coaches at Princeton University while maintaining her own athletic prowess on the track.

 

Deajah Stevens is another swift competitor to keep an eye on. Stevens, a local record holder who attended Benjamin Cardozo High School in Queens, qualified for the Rio Olympics and made the final in the 200m, ultimately placing seventh. An Armory regular, Stevens was a member of the 4x200m relay that set the American record at last year’s Dr. Sander Invitational. Also in the 60m field is up-and-coming star Ashley Henderson. The 22-year-old graduate of San Diego State University dipped under 11 seconds in the 100m for the first time this past summer, placing second at the USATF Outdoor Championships.

 

Turning to the hurdles, Nia Ali and Queen Harrison are two of the most accomplished athletes in track & field and their showdown promises to be a thriller. Ali is the reigning Olympic silver medalist in the 100m hurdles, and twice won the 60m hurdles at the World Indoor Championships. Meanwhile, Harrison has Olympic and World Championship experience in both the 100m and 400m hurdles, and she’s among the top 20 on the all-time list in the shorter event.

 

Both Ali and Harrison have roots in the New York City area, as Ali attended Pleasantville High School in New Jersey, and Harrison was born in New York’s Sullivan County. The Millrose Games showcases the best athletes in the world and celebrates the rich heritage of track and field in this region. Both Ali and Harrison exemplify that mission.

 

The Women’s 60m dash and 60m hurdles are two of many highly-anticipated events at the 112th NYRR Millrose Games. The men’s shot put will feature Olympic gold and silver medalists Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs respectively throwing from the center of The Armory track. Top athletes for both the men’s and women’s 800m were recently announced, including Clayton MurphyMichael SaruniAjeé Wilson and Natoya Goule. The night’s signature events are the prestigious NYRR Men’s and Women’s Wanamaker Mile.

 

Entry announcements will continue leading up to the February 9th event and high school and youth qualifiers are determined during the January 9th NYRR Millrose Games Trials at The Armory.

 

For more information on the 112th NYRR Millrose Games and to purchase tickets please go to www.nyrrmillrosegames.org.

Follow The Armory on FacebookTwitter and Instagram at @armorynyc, or go to ArmoryTrack.com or Armory.NYC.

About the NYRR Millrose Games

With a storied history that spans more than a century, the NYRR Millrose Games is one of track and field’s most prestigious and enduring annual events. A New York City sports staple, the meet moved to the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in Washington Heights in 2012 after having called Madison Square Garden home from 1914 to 2011. The Games—established by employees of Wanamaker’s Department Store—features track and field’s most prolific male and female stars as well as collegiate, high school, club and youth competitors. More than 200 athletes share the distinction of being both Millrose and Olympic champions. In November of 2013, New York Road Runners became the title sponsor of the NYRR Millrose Games, which is owned by The Armory Foundation. The NYRR Millrose Games is a USATF television series event and The Armory Foundation appreciates the support of USA Track and Field.

About The Armory Foundation

The Armory is a New York City non-profit institution, with the mission of "Keeping Kids on Track." Each season The Armory— the proud home of the NYRR Millrose Games — hosts more than 100 track & field meets and welcomes more than 220,000 athlete visits. Among its many youth sports and educational programs, including the acclaimed Armory College Prep program, The Armory runs the leading collegiate indoor track meet with the Dr. Sander Invitational, and hosts the largest high school indoor track meets with this year's 25th Hispanic Games, The New Balance Games, and the New Balance Nationals Indoors.  The Armory also runs NewYork - Presbyterian ColumbiaDoctors Indoor Marathon presented by New York Road Runners, which is the world’s largest indoor marathon relay. The Armory is also the home to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame and dozens of very large education-focused events. For more: Please visit Armory.NYC and ArmoryTrack.com.

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112th NYRR Millrose to Feature Stellar Jack & Lewis Rudin Women’s 800m

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112th NYRR Millrose to Feature Stellar Jack & Lewis Rudin Women’s 800m

Ajeé Wilson breaks the tape in World Record time during last February’s Jack and Lewis Rudin Women’s 4x800 Relay at the 111th NYRR Millrose Games at The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center in Washington Heights.       
Photo by John Nepolitan

NEW YORK, November 26, 2018  The 112th NYRR Millrose Games are scheduled for Saturday, February 9th, and the Jack and Lewis Rudin Women’s 800m race promises to be one of the highlights of the meet. Four competitors from last year’s world record-setting race in the 4x800m relay are set to return to the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory.

Highlighting the field is local superstar Ajeé Wilson, the 2017 world championship bronze medalist, and the hero of the American relay team that set the 4x800m world record. Wilson is the outdoor American record holder in the 800m, with a personal best of 1:55.61. Wilson will certainly have her eyes set on claiming the indoor American 800m record as her own.

“I’m looking forward to a great race at Millrose,” said Wilson, of Neptune Township, N.J. “I know that it will be a tough race with the talent and strength of the other girls running.”

Victory will indeed not come easily for Wilson, as she will be challenged by Jamaican standout Natoya Goule. The Commonwealth Games bronze medalist had a tremendous 2018 season, running a Jamaican record of 1:56.15 at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco, a race where she bested Wilson. Goule will look to continue to establish herself as one of the best 800m runners in the world at Millrose.

Also in the field is Charlene Lipsey, who ran on the record-setting relay team, and is also Wilson’s training partner and the current indoor American record holder. Lipsey ran her record-setting time of 1:58.64 at Millrose in 2017, and built off that momentum to make the world championship final that summer, where she finished seventh. Another American name to look out for is 2018 breakout star Ce’Aira Brown. Brown ran a terrific third leg on the runner-up relay team at Millrose last year, and later went on to break two minutes for the first time, running 1:58.01 in Sweden.

The Rudin family has a long and distinguished history supporting the sport of running and New York City. During the 111th NYRR Millrose Games the Rudin family sponsored the women’s 4x800 relay which culminated in a world record.

“We are excited to again be a part of this iconic sporting event in New York City, the 112th NYRR Millrose Games at The Armory,” said Eric and Bill Rudin. “We believe the Jack & Lewis Rudin Women’s 800m in a few months will match the excitement of last February’s world-record breaking performance by a superb USA team.

“Our fathers were extremely devoted to New York City and the sport of running. What better way to add to their legacy than for their names to be associated with this prestigious indoor track & field meet.”

“The Armory is delighted to announce the continued generous support by The Rudin Family- New York City's First Family of Running, for the Jack and Lewis Rudin Women's 800m featuring many of the most renowned runners in the world, during the 2019 NYRR Millrose Games,” Armory Foundation Co-President Rita Finkel added.  

The Jack & Lewis Rudin’s Women’s 800m is just one of many loaded events at the 112th NYRR Millrose Games, the most historic indoor track meet in the world. The men’s shot put will feature Olympic gold and silver medalists Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs throwing from the center of the track. Top athletes for the Men’s 800m were recently announced, including the dynamic trio ofClayton MurphyMichael Saruni and Donavan Brazier. The night’s signature events are the prestigious NYRR Men’s and Women’s Wanamaker Mile.

Entry announcements will continue leading up to the February 9th event and high school and youth qualifiers are determined during the January 9th NYRR Millrose Games Trials at The Armory.

For more information on the 112th NYRR Millrose Games and to purchase tickets please go to www.nyrrmillrosegames.org.

Follow The Armory on FacebookTwitter and Instagram at @armorynyc, or go to ArmoryTrack.com or Armory.NYC.

About the NYRR Millrose Games

With a storied history that spans more than a century, the NYRR Millrose Games is one of track and field’s most prestigious and enduring annual events. A New York City sports staple, the meet moved to the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in Washington Heights in 2012 after having called Madison Square Garden home from 1914 to 2011. The Games—established by employees of Wanamaker’s Department Store—features track and field’s most prolific male and female stars as well as collegiate, high school, club and youth competitors. More than 200 athletes share the distinction of being both Millrose and Olympic champions. In November of 2013, New York Road Runners became the title sponsor of the NYRR Millrose Games, which is owned by The Armory Foundation. The NYRR Millrose Games is a USATF television series event and The Armory Foundation appreciates the support of USA Track and Field.

About The Armory Foundation

The Armory is a New York City non-profit institution, with the mission of "Keeping Kids on Track." Each season The Armory— the proud home of the NYRR Millrose Games — hosts more than 100 track & field meets and welcomes more than 220,000 athlete visits. Among its many youth sports and educational programs, including the acclaimed Armory College Prep program, The Armory runs the leading collegiate indoor track meet with the Dr. Sander Invitational, and hosts the largest high school indoor track meets with this year's 25th Hispanic Games, The New Balance Games, and the New Balance Nationals Indoors.  The Armory also runs NewYork - Presbyterian ColumbiaDoctors Indoor Marathon presented by New York Road Runners, which is the world’s largest indoor marathon relay. The Armory is also the home to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame and dozens of very large education-focused events. For more: Please visit Armory.NYC and ArmoryTrack.com.

About the Rudin Family

The Rudin family has long supported running in New York City and is best known for its Samuel Rudin Trophy, presented since 1976 to the winning male and female runners in the TCS New York City Marathon. Samuel Rudin was an accomplished runner and member of the Class of 1918 at City College, not far from The Armory in Washington Heights where the Millrose Games takes place. His sons, Jack and Lewis, honored their late father by becoming the first sponsors of the five borough New York City Marathon. Now their sons, Eric and Bill, along with their children and grandchildren, carry on this tradition by naming the Women’s 800m for Jack and Lewis Rudin at the 112th NYRR Millrose Games. The Rudin family’s real estate holdings are comprised of 16 office towers with more than 10 million square feet of Class A space, and 18 apartment buildings, all in New York City.

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Dynamic trio of Clayton Murphy, Michael Saruni, Donavan Brazier Headlines NYRR Millrose Games’ 800m

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Dynamic trio of Clayton Murphy, Michael Saruni, Donavan Brazier Headlines NYRR Millrose Games’ 800m

Olympian Bronze medalist Clayton Murphy and former NCAA record holder Donavan Brazier are bound for the 112thNYRR Millrose Games. Photo by John Nepolitan

 

NEW YORK, November 13, 2018– The men’s 800 meter event in the 112thNYRR Millrose Games will include the top middle distance runners in the world including the Olympic bronze medalist, the two fastest runners in NCAA history, and the reigning NCAA champion, The Armory Foundation announced today.

 

Headlining the 800m for the February 9thNYRR Millrose Games will be 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Clayton Murphy. While Murphy struggled with injuries following his breakthrough medal performance in Rio, he announced his return to form this past summer in London with a time of 1:43.12, his second fastest ever. Now fully healthy, the American looks to be considered the favorite for this race.

"The Millrose Games is really the most prestigious indoor meet in the world,” Murphy said. “It is always fun to compete there in front of a packed house. I'm really looking forward to claiming my first Millrose victory on February 9th." 

Murphy will have plenty of competition, including from Michael Saruni, the former standout at UTEP. Saruni ran an NCAA record of 1:43.25 in April, following his victory at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Now in his first season as a professional runner, the Kenyan athlete hopes to take the next leap forward to become one of the best in the world, and he will have the chance to do just that at Millrose.

Three top Americans will look to challenge including Donavan Brazier, the former NCAA record holder. He ran a 1:43.55 as a freshman at Texas A&M in 2016, shattering Jim Ryun’s mark that stood for 50 years. Brazier has flashed his potential on numerous occasions, including when he finished second at Millrose in 2018.

Isaiah Harris, the 2018 NCAA Champion, is another athlete looking to make noise in his first season as a pro. The champion from Penn State knocked off Saruni during the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the win. Harris placed second at the USATF Outdoor Championships in consecutive years and represented the United States in the 2017 World Championships. Erik Sowinski, the experienced veteran and American record holder in the indoor 600m, will also be a strong contender.

The men’s 800m is one of many highly anticipated events during the 112thNYRR Millrose Games, the most historic indoor track & field meet in the world. The men’s shot put will feature Olympic gold and silver medalists Ryan Crouserand Joe Kovacsrespectively throwing from the center of the track. The night’s signature events will be the prestigious NYRR Men’sand Women’s Wanamaker Mile.

 

Entry announcements will continue leading up to the February 9thevent and high school and youth qualifiers will be determined during the January 9thNYRR Millrose Games Trialsat The Armory.

 

The NYRR Millrose Games is just around the corner. For more information and to purchase tickets to the 112th NYRR Millrose Games please go to www.nyrrmillrosegames.org.


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112th NYRR Millrose Games Tickets On Sale Today

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112th NYRR Millrose Games Tickets On Sale Today

2016 Rio Olympic Shot Put Gold and Silver Medalists Ryan Crouser, Joe Kovacs Confirmed to Compete in Center of The Armory’s Track

 

NEW YORK, October 2, 2018 – Tickets for the 112th NYRR Millrose Games, the world’s longest-running and most prestigious indoor track & field competition to take place at The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center, go on sale today at 11 a.m.

Tickets can be purchased to the February 9th NYRR Millrose Games by clicking on https://tickets.nyrrmillrosegames.org/Tickets. The NYRR Millrose Games features the world’s most talented male and female stars as well as collegiate, high school, club and youth competitors.

“We want to make the 112th NYRR Millrose Games the best yet and to showcase the greatest track and field athletes at the world's best indoor track & field meet,” said Meet Director Ray Flynn.

One new event, the men’s shot put will return to the center stage at The Armory track and will be held in the middle of the arena.

Current shot put Olympic gold medalist Ryan Crouser and shot put Olympic silver medalist Joe Kovacs have confirmed they will compete in the NYRR Millrose Games.

Crouser, a four-time NCAA shot put champion at the University of Texas, set the Olympic record in Rio in 2016 with a mark of 22.52 meters followed by Kovacs’ 21.78m. Kovacs was the 2010 indoor shot put NCAA runner-up while a member of the Penn State University track & field team.

Crouser and Kovacs pulled off the 1-2 finish in 2016, marking the first time that’s happened for Team USA in the shot put since the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

During last February’s NYRR Millrose Games, the USA 4x800 relay team of Chrishuna Williams, Raevyn Rogers, Charlene Lipsey and Ajeé Wilsonproduced an indoor world record time of 8:05.89 before a sold out crowd of more than 5,000 fans at The Armory.

Bahamian sprinter Shaunae Miller-Uibo set an indoor world record in the women’s 300m with a time of 35.45.

The night’s signature events are the prestigious NYRR Men’s and Women’s Wanamaker Mile.

Entry announcements will continue leading up to the February 9th event and high school and youth qualifiers are determined during the January 9thNYRR Millrose Games Trials at The Armory.

For more information on the 112th NYRR Millrose Games please go to www.nyrrmillrosegames.org.

Follow The Armory on FacebookTwitter and Instagram at @armorynyc, or go to ArmoryTrack.com or Armory.NYC.

About the NYRR Millrose Games

With a storied history that spans more than a century, the NYRR Millrose Games is one of track and field’s most prestigious and enduring annual events. A New York City sports staple, the meet moved to the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in Washington Heights in 2012 after having called Madison Square Garden home from 1914 to 2011. The Games—established by employees of Wanamaker’s Department Store—feature track and field’s most prolific male and female stars as well as collegiate, high school, club and youth competitors. More than 200 athletes share the distinction of being both Millrose and Olympic champions. In November of 2013, New York Road Runners became the title sponsor of the NYRR Millrose Games, which is owned by The Armory Foundation. The NYRR Millrose Games is a USATF television series event and The Armory Foundation appreciates its support.

About The Armory Foundation 

The Armory is a New York City non-profit institution, with the mission of "Keeping Kids on Track." Each season The Armory — the proud home of the NYRR Millrose Games — hosts more than 100 track & field meets and welcomes more than 180,000 athlete visits. Among its many youth sports and educational programs, including the acclaimed Armory College Prep program, The Armory runs a major collegiate indoor track meet with the Dr. Sander Invitational, and hosts the largest high school indoor track meets with the Hispanic Games, the New Balance Games, and the New Balance Nationals Indoors.  The Armory also runs The Armory NYC Indoor Marathon Presented by New York Road Runners, which is the world’s largest indoor marathon relay. The Armory is also the home to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame and dozens of very large education-focused events. For more: Please visit Armory.NYC and ArmoryTrack.com.

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Women’s 4x800 sets World Record; Chris O’Hare captures first NYRR Wanamaker Mile During 111th NYRR Millrose Games

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Women’s 4x800 sets World Record; Chris O’Hare captures first NYRR Wanamaker Mile During 111th NYRR Millrose Games

The USA 4x800 relay team of Chrishuna Williams, Raevyn RogersCharlene Lipsey and Ajee’ Wilson entered Saturday’s 111th NYRR Millrose Games at The Armory focused on a world record. They did just that as they left The Armory as new owners of a world mark.

The quartet’s magical time of 8:05.89 in the Jack & Lewis Rudin Women’s 4x800 Relay, broke the previous indoor world record of 8:06.24 set by Russia in 2011.

“Our coach said for us to believe in ourselves and we could get the record,” said Lipsey of Hempstead, N.Y., who ran the third leg. “I knew my teammates were going to run well. I just wanted to make sure I did my part.”

Wilson, who hails from Neptune, N.J., and is a regular at The Armory, ran the anchor leg and was inspired to finish strong by the sold-out crowd of 5,550 at the venerable track & field facility in Washington Heights. She credited the crowd’s deafening roars to giving her an extra push across the 200-meter track during her final lap.

“That is the loudest I’ve ever heard it,” Wilson said. “That’s the loudest I’ve ever felt it. That was insane. Every lap was high energy. The crowd definitely pushed me across on that last lap.”

The 4x800 USA team wasn’t the only world record on stage at The Armory on Saturday night.

Bahamian sprinter Shaunae Miller-Uibo, who won at last year’s NYRR Millrose games, set an indoor world record of 35.45 in the women’s 300m. She equaled the mark set by Irina Privalova of Russia in 1993. 

Chris O’Hare of Great Britain built up an insurmountable lead heading into the last lap of the night’s signature event, the NYRR Men’s Wanamaker Mile, to hold off runner-up Ben Blankenship andJosh Kerr. O’Hare finished with a 3:54.14 time to win his first Wanamaker Mile, just ahead of Blankenship’s 3:54.72 and Kerr’s 3:54.77.

“Lots of people come from far to watch and cheer me on, so it’s huge to perform and do so well having come so far,” O’Hare said. “I’ve done Millrose many a time and it’s very special to be able to win and makes all the other times I’ve competed even more worthwhile.”

In the NYRR Women’s Wanamaker Mile, middle distance sensation Colleen Quigley of St. Louis 4:30.05 outstretched last year’s runner-up Kate Grace at the finish line. Grace turned in a time of 4:30.08.

Aisha Praught-Leer took home one of the night’s tightly-contested titles when she won the Fred Lebow Women’s 3,000. Praught-Leer outlasted training partner Emma Coburn 8:41.10 to 8:41.16. University of Missouri’s Karissa Schweizer finished fourth, but her 8:41.60 set a new collegiate record bettering Jenny Simpson’s NCAA’s mark of 8:42.02 when she was at the University of Colorado in 2009.

Two of the most anticipated field events didn’t disappoint with its winners. Twenty-year-old high jump sensation Vashti Cunningham, the 2016 World Indoor champion, won the John Thomas Women’s High Jump with a best of 6 feet, 5 inches.

Olympic gold medalist Katerina Stefanidi of Greece won her third consecutive John and Margo Catsimatidis Women’s Pole Vault title, with a 15-feet, 5 ½ inches best vault. The expected duel between Stefanidi and USA 2016 Olympic silver medalist Sandi Morris never happened. Morris was unable to compete because she suffered a back injury during warmups.

Brodey Hasty, a high school senior from Brentwood High School in Tennessee, came within an eyelash of becoming the third high school runner to ever turn in a sub-4-minute performance indoors. Seconds after he crossed the finish line, the scoreboard flashed 4:00.05. Drew Hunter (2016) and Alan Webb (2001) both broke the 4-minute mark at The Armory.

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Coghlan Returns To NYRR Millrose Games, Delighted Classic Meet Is Alive And Well

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Coghlan Returns To NYRR Millrose Games, Delighted Classic Meet Is Alive And Well

By Elliot Denman, Photo by Ross Dettman

“The NYRR Millrose Games and the Wanamaker Mile, they’re alive and well.”

Take that from a man who should know – Eamonn Coghlan, the erstwhile “Chairman of the Boards” who won the classic Wanamaker Mile seven times, the first in 1977, the last in 1987. He ran a glory-filled romp through an era in which indoor track still ranked as a major spectator sport and whose exploits nearly personally filled Madison Square Garden time after time.

With no Coghlan on the scene in the years that followed his brilliant career at Villanova University, and then as an international runner – and finally as a Masters runner (he ran 3:58.15 at age 41 in 1994) – indoor track’s status as a spectator sport began a downward spiral and would eventually prove untenable at Madison Square Garden and other big-city arenas.

Although the scene of many epic races, the Garden’s 11-laps-to-the-mile banked board track was clearly slower than the 200-meter built-for-speed oval by then installed at The Armory in Washington Heights.

Still, many speculated that the Millrose Games’ inevitable move uptown to The Armory in 2012 represented the death knell of both the Millrose meet and its always-spotlighted Wanamaker Mile.

Fortunately, not Dr. Norbert Sander, the late-great visionary whose incredible efforts restructured The Armory from homeless shelter to brilliant center of world-class track and field activity. And, fortunately, not Eamonn Coghlan, the Flying Irishman and runner most identified with the glory years of the Millrose Games and Wanamaker Mile at Madison Square Garden (with his eighth Wanamaker Mile win in 2010, Bernard Lagat bested Coghlan’s total of seven;  Coghlan’s quickest at Millrose was 3:53.0 in 1981,Lagat’s 3:52.87 in 2005).

Yet another tradition, in the years since his last race, is a Coghlan visit from “across the pond" to the Millrose meet.

Thus, the former Irish senator was on hand as a celebrated guest at The Armory for the 111th edition of what is now the NYRR Millrose Games on this first Saturday of February 2018.

And as the honorary starter of the NYRR Wanamaker Mile, triggering the start of the 12-man race, slightly more than eight full Armory laps.

Rabbit Riley Masters did his job through 800 meters (1:56.86), before Scotsman and British Olympian Chris O’Hare, the former U.S. collegiate star at Tulsa, took over and the real running began.  Much as Coghlan did in his heyday – with his famed “one move and one move only” – this was the only move O’Hare would need.

He was never headed, going on to a 3:54.14 victory over five more under four minutes – fast-closing Josh Kerr (3:54.72), another Brit; Ben Blankenship (3:54.77), Charlie Grice (3:56.47), Nick Willis (3:57.72) and Kyle Merber (3:57.75.)

U.S. collegian Robert Domanic of Mississippi (4:06.02) was the final finisher and then it was time for Coghlan to  analyze the whole scene.

“It’s an honor just being here, at the 111th NYRR Millrose Games, and to be part of that history going back all those years,” he told you.

“We’ve had a fantastic NYRR Wanamaker Mile here tonight.

“Nobody was willing to go out with Chris O’Hare, as he was making sure he’d be part of that Wanamaker Mile tradition, too. 

“Most important, it’s wonderful to see The Armory hosting the event.

“Seven years ago, they thought it was going to die when it left the Garden, and I’m really so proud of the job they’re doing here now.  Now, I think it’s going to last forever.

“In terms of the crowd participation (The Armory was sold out to its 5,550 capacity) and the noise I heard, standing in the middle of that arena there as they ran that NYRR Wanamaker Mile, it was exactly the same (as Madison Square Garden.)

“I tell you, they were going berserk, there was no difference whatsoever. No question whatsoever.

“Chris O’Hare, he’s a good lad, he’s a Scottish lad, there’s no reason why he can’t be up there when they’re passing out the medals (i.e., Olympic Games and World Championships.)

“He’s relatively young and he’s tough mentally.

“But he’s got to stop looking around on that last lap.

“I know he wanted to win it really bad.”

As Coghlan himself did, in 1977 (4:00.2), 1979 (3:55.0), 1980 (3:58.2), 1981 (3:53.0), 1983 (3:54.4), 1985 (3:53.82) and 1987 (3:55.91.)

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NYRR Millrose Games Quotables

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NYRR Millrose Games Quotables

Emma Coburn, 2nd in Fred Lebow Women's 3000 with 8:41.16: "In steeplechase, we have visual items to break up the race, this is just about grinding. Ayesha and I had a plan going in that if the rabbit didn't take us through, we would work together. We do it in practice where we're neck-in-neck. She ran a beautiful race. When Ayessha wins, I win. We're very, very close friends."

Donovan Brazier,2nd in Mel Sheppard Men's 800 with 1:45.35: "I didn't think this race was going to be that fast! I thought me running 1:45 would win it! Would have been nice to go a little faster, but I'm happy with my time."

Emmanuel Korir,  1st in Mel Sheppard Men's 800 with 1:44.21: "I thought I did good. I am ready to run faster, and I am still training to run faster. I am pushing for 1:42. Aiming for my Gold record."

Lolo Jones, 7th in Howard Schmertz Women's 60m Hurdles with 8.37: "I did terrible! Good to get it under my belt though.”

Ronnie Baker, 1st in Joe Yancey Men's 60m Dash with 6.48: "Pretty good, I love the Millrose atmosphere, I've never been to the Armory before. Feels great to be able to open up the season at 6.48."

Karissa Schweizer, 4th in Fred Lebow Women's 3000 with 8:41.60: "Feels amazing, wasn't expecting that, I was competitive, knew I would take a fast past. Taking the lead wasn't the plan, but I just went for it!"

Gabrielle Wilkinson, 1st in New Balance Invitational Junior Girls' Mile with 4:42.94: "I worked very hard and all the work I put in paid off."

Colleen Quigley, 1st in Women's NYRR Wanamaker Mile with 4:30.05: "I've never broken tape before! And I've never run on the track before at the Armory. Was so exciting!"

Kate Grace, 2nd in Women's NYRR Wanamaker Mile with 4:30.08: "At the end I thought I could nip her, but looking back, I should have gone sooner. It's always good to learn. This was a tough race. It sucks not winning, but it's a reason to come back!"

Chris O'Hare, 1st in Men's NYRR Wanamaker Mile with 3:54.14: "Lots of people come from far to watch and cheer me on, so it's huge to perform and do so well having come so far."

Vashti Cunningham, 1st in John Thomas Women’s High Jump with 6’ 5”: "This was a really big confidence builder for me. This offseason has been slow for me, but glory to God for letting me come out here and have a good meet. To train, I've been lifting heavier than I had been, doing hills, and trying to get my form right."

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Meet Director Ray Flynn Serves Up Incredible  ‘Top 10 List’ For 111th NYRR Millrose Games

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Meet Director Ray Flynn Serves Up Incredible ‘Top 10 List’ For 111th NYRR Millrose Games

The 111th NYRR Millrose Games will feature 52 Olympians, 7 Olympic champions and 7 World Champions competing on Saturday, February 3 at The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center in Washington Heights.

Ray Flynn, the NYRR Millrose Games Meet Director for the past seven years, anticipates plenty of unique story lines from the 111th NYRR Millrose Games edition. Ray has come up with his “Top 10 to Watch” list for Saturday’s schedule of events from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. ET:

1. Will we see another high school athlete break 4 minutes in the mile? Watch as Brodey Hasty (Nashville) attempts to become the next one in the Men's Invitational Mile.

2. Can American Sandi Morris finally break the Millrose jinx and topple Greece’s Katerina Stefanidi in the John & Margo Catsimatidis Women’s Pole Vault? Stefanidi and Morris won gold and silver respectively at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

3. Olympian Lolo Jones returns to the track in the Howard Schmertz Women’s 60m Hurdles after just missing out on making the U.S. Bobsled team for the 2018 Winter Olympics. How will she respond?

4. In Saturday’s Fred Schmertz Men’s 60m Hurdles, World Record Holder (110mH) Aries Merritt returns to top form following his battle with a rare kidney disease that saw him receive a kidney transplant from his sister in late 2015.

5. Can anyone defeat the great Jamaican sprint Olympic gold medalist Asafa Powell in the Joe Yancey Men’s 60m?

6. In the John Thomas Women’s High Jump, look for 20-year-old Vashti Cunningham to attack the 1.96m (6’5”) barrier. The second year professional is already a World Indoor Champion (2016) at the event. Cunningham is also the daughter of former Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro quarterback Randall Cunningham, who will be here Saturday night.

7. Can local star Lalonde Gordon win on his home track in the NYAC Men’s 400m? The Trinidadian became a gold medalist this summer in London as a member of the 4x400m relay.

8. North Rockland High School sophomore sensation Katelyn Tuohy, just set the national HS record for 5k. Will she break 4.40 for the mile Saturday night in the New Balance Girls High School Mile?

9. On Saturday night we will see a World Indoor Record attempt in the Jack & Lewis Rudin Women’s 4x800m Relay by the U.S. quartet of Crishuna WilliamsRaevyn Rogers, Charlene Lipsey and Ajee’ Wilson.

10. No high school boy who has won the mile at the NYRR Millrose Games has ever gone on to win the NYRR Wanamaker Men’s Mile. On Saturday we could see it happen as either Kyle Merber or Robby Andrews could become the first in history to do so!

To get up-to-date 111th NYRR Millrose Saturday fields, please click HERE.

The 111th NYRR Millrose Games can be seen on USATF.TV from 11:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.  on Saturday and will be televised live by NBC from 4-6 p.m. There also is the USATF Cool Down show beginning at 6 p.m.

Fans can watch the meet for free at the NYRR Millrose Games viewing party from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the NYRR Run Center.  

 

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Olympic High Jumpers Vashti Cunningham, Inika McPherson Ready for Liftoff In John Thomas Women’s High Jump At 111th NYRR Millrose Games at The Armory

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Olympic High Jumpers Vashti Cunningham, Inika McPherson Ready for Liftoff In John Thomas Women’s High Jump At 111th NYRR Millrose Games at The Armory

Great heights will be reached in Washington Heights during the John Thomas Women’s High Jump at the 111th NYRR Millrose Games on February 3 at The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center.

Olympian and 2016 IAAF World Indoor High Jump champion Vashti Cunningham joins fellow 2016 USA Olympian and amazing soaring sensation Inika McPherson in a much-anticipated high jump duel to be part of the national NBC Sports live coverage from 4-6 p.m.

In 2016, Cunningham jumped 6’-6” to win the United States Championship which became the top jump in the world that year and a World Junior Record.  In the Rio Olympics, Cunningham finished 13th overall and last year was a finalist in the World Championships.

“I’m really excited to be jumping in the upcoming NYRR Millrose Games and my first time ever in The Armory,” said Vashti Cunningham, who turned 20 earlier this month.

Her father is the former Philadelphia Eagles’ All-Pro quarterback Randall Cunningham and her brother Randall Cunningham II is a current three-time All-American at the University of Southern Cal and NCAA Outdoor Champion in the high jump.

She’ll be challenged by McPherson, who is a two-time qualifier for the World Outdoor and Indoor Championships, and, who at just 5’4” tall, has amazingly cleared 6’6”. No woman in history has ever jumped higher above her own height than McPherson.

The field also includes Priscilla Frederick, born in Queens, NY and a Pan American Games silver medalist as the National High School Champion local star Jenna Rogers from Rutherford, New Jersey.

This event is named to honor the late John Thomas, whose high-jump skills earned him a spot in the United States Track & Field Hall of Fame. As a 17-year-old freshman at Boston University, Thomas soared over the 7-foot mark indoors to become the first man to achieve that feat indoors. The Olympian also broke the world outdoor record three times with his highest being 7’-3 ¾”.

To purchase tickets for the 111th NYRR Millrose Games CLICK HERE.

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United States Quartet Eying World Record Chase in NYRR Millrose Games’ Jack & Lewis Rudin Women’s 4x800m Relay

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United States Quartet Eying World Record Chase in NYRR Millrose Games’ Jack & Lewis Rudin Women’s 4x800m Relay

Ajee’ Wilson (left) and Charlene Lipsey will be running on the same team with eyes on breaking the women’s 4x800 world record in the 111th NYRR Millrose Games. Photo By Ross Dettman

The Jack and Lewis Rudin Women’s 4x800 Relay is expected to be one of the 111th NYRR Millrose Games’ signature events when the world’s greatest track & field stars take centerstage on February 3 at The Armory New Balance Track & Field Center in Washington Heights.

It’s anticipated a United States team will have a legitimate shot to surpass the world indoor record of 8:06.24 set in 2011 by Russia during the Russian Indoor Championships in Moscow. The talented USA quartet of Ajee’ Wilson, Charlene Lipsey, Raevyn Rogers and Chrishuna Williams, two of whom raced in the World Championships final in London last August, headline the 800-meter event.

“Never has the United States been so rich in its 800-meter depth of talent,’’ said NYRR Millrose Games Meet Director Ray Flynn. “This will be one of the great races of this 111th NYRR Millrose Games."

Derek Thompson will coach this super USA 4x800 women’s squad.

Wilson became the first U.S. woman to run under 1.56 seconds for 800m, setting the American record in Monaco. Lipsey last year finished runner-up to Wilson in the USATF Outdoor Women’s 800 championship.

"It would be great to challenge the world record now that women's 800m running is so strong in the United States,” Wilson added.

During the US Outdoor Track Championships in Sacramanto, both Wilson and Lipsey, who are training partners, finished first and second, respectively. Wilson won with a time 1:57.78 just edging Lipsey’s 1:58.01 time. Rogers and Williams finished 4th and 5th in that same race.

Rogers is beginning her professional career following success at the University of Oregon where she won both the NCAA 2017 indoor and outdoor championship in the 800 and set a collegiate record in the 800 with a 1.59.10.

A multiple All-American at the University of Arkansas and member of NCAA champion distance medley relay team, Williams qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 800.

Expected to give Team USA a run for its money will be a very formidable Team Jamaica squad of Simoya Campbell; Kimarra McDonald, Natoya Goule and Fellan Ferguson as well as a strong New York/International All-Star team led by Lynsey Sharp from Scotland, Kendra Chambers, Ce’Aira Brown and Cecilia Barowski. Rounding out the 4x800 field will be top collegiate representatives from the University of Columbia, Iona College and University of Pennsylvania.

Both Goule and Campbell represented Jamaica in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Sharp is a two-time Olympian and turned in a personal best in the 800m of 1:57.69 during the finals of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The New York/International All-Star Team is coached by the legendary Frank Gagliano.

The event will be the second to last event of the day, followed by the NYRR Men’s Wanamaker Mile.

The Rudin Family is synonymous with supporting the sport of running and New York City.

“The Rudin Family is honored to continue our support of the New York Road Runners Millrose Games and this year’s Jack and Lewis Rudin Women’s 4x800 Relay” said Eric and Bill Rudin.  “Our fathers, Jack and Lewis, always wanted to bring the best to New York and we’re thrilled to see these world class athletes compete in our hometown.  There’s no better place for history to be made than New York City.”

Added Armory Foundation Co-President Rita Finkel: “The Armory is deeply appreciative of the continuing generosity of the Rudin Family to the NYRR Millrose Games. It is so exciting to have the next generation of one of New York City’s First Families of Running supporting the Jack and Lewis Rudin Women’s 4X 800 Relay, a race that promises to deliver as the women chase a world record.”

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Two-Time Olympic Medalist Nick Willis, Defending Champion Eric Jenkins and Team USA World Championship Members Brenda Martinez and Sara Vaughn to Highlight NYRR Wanamaker Mile Fields

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Two-Time Olympic Medalist Nick Willis, Defending Champion Eric Jenkins and Team USA World Championship Members Brenda Martinez and Sara Vaughn to Highlight NYRR Wanamaker Mile Fields

NYRR Wanamaker Mile Field to include 11 Olympians and two past champions racing at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory

Two-time Olympic medalist Nick Willis will race for his first title in six attempts against defending event champion Eric Jenkins in the men’s field and Team USA World Championship members Brenda Martinez and Sara Vaughn will lead the women’s field at the NYRR Wanamaker Mile, the signature event of the NYRR Millrose Games, on Saturday, February 3 at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory.

The prestigious indoor mile race has taken place every year on the men’s side since 1926 and on the women’s side since 1976. This year’s field will include 11 Olympians and two past champions, with the women’s and men’s NYRR Wanamaker Mile races starting at 5:27 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. (ET), respectively.

Willis, 34, of New Zealand, finished as runner-up at the NYRR Wanamaker Mile three times (2009, 2015, 2016) and was third twice (2008, 2014). Last September, he won a record-tying fourth men’s title at the 5th Avenue Mile in New York, adding to his previous victories from 2008, 2013, and 2015. As a four-time Olympian, Willis won the silver medal in the 1500 meters at the Beijing 2008 Games, carried New Zealand’s flag at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony and returned to the podium with a bronze medal in the 1500 meters at the Rio 2016 Games.

Jenkins, 26, of Portland, OR, won the NYRR Wanamaker Mile last year in a last-lap sprint against Olympic 800-meter bronze medalist Clayton Murphy. The 2017 World Championship team member also narrowly defeated Olympic 1500-meter champion Matthew Centrowitz at the 2016 New Balance 5th Avenue Mile, winning by one-tenth of a second in 3:49.4, the fastest time ever by an American at the event.

Martinez, 30, of Big Bear, CA, was a Rio 2016 Olympian who made her third consecutive IAAF World Championship team in the 800 meters last summer. In her World Championship debut in 2013, she became the first American woman in event history to medal in the 800 meters, and the year prior won the 5th Avenue Mile in New York, outlasting a field that included seven Olympians. 

Vaughn, 31, of Boulder, CO, made her first World Championship team last summer after finishing third over 1500 meters at the USATF Championships. She is a two-time U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier who has also competed for Team USA at the World Indoor Championships and earned All-American honors while racing for the University of Colorado-Boulder.

The NYRR Millrose Games will highlight the year-round partnership between The Armory Foundation, which oversees the premier indoor track and field center in America, and New York Road Runners, the world’s premiere community running organization. NYRR has been the title sponsor of the NYRR Millrose Games since 2014, and for the third consecutive year the next generation of stars will share the same track as Olympians at the event. Media can apply for credentials to cover the NYRR Millrose Games by filling out the respective form here before 12:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 28. Tickets to the NYRR Millrose Games are available for purchase here.

NYRR Wanamaker Mile – Top Professional Men & Women

 

Name  

Mile Personal Best 

Twitter Handle 

Nick Willis, NZL

3:49.83

@nickwillis

Will Leer, USA

3:51.82

@william_leer

Kyle Merber, USA 

3:52.22

@TheRealMerb 

Charlie Grice, GBR

3:52.64

@CharlieGrice1

Chris O’Hare, GBR

3:52.91 (i)

@Chrisohare1500

Ben Blankenship, USA

3:53.04

@benfblankenship

Robby Andrews, USA 

3:53.16 (i)

@RA_Andrews 

Eric Jenkins, USA 

3:53.23 (i)

@_EricJenkins 

Robert Domanic, USA

3:54.73

@robertdomanic

Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, CAN 

3:54.52

@Chuck_PT 

Josh Kerr, GBR

3:59.90 (i)

@joshk97

 

Name  

Mile Personal Best 

Twitter Handle 

Ciara Mageean, IRL

4:22.40

@ciaramageean

Brenda Martinez, USA

4:26.76

@bmartrun

Alexa Efraimson, USA

4:27.39

@AlexaEfraimson

Nicole Sifuentes, CAN

4:27.93 (i)

@ndsifuentes

Hannah Fields, USA

4:28.32

@runhannahfields

Kaela Edwards, USA

4:28.75 (i)

@kaelaAedwards

Gabriela Stafford, CAN

4:29.07 (i)

@gstafford13

Elinor Purrier, USA

4:29.44 (i)

@ellepurrier

Karisa Nelson, USA

4:31.24 (i)

@KaririNelson

Sara Vaughn, USA

4:34.29

@MomVaughn

Nikki Hiltz, USA

4:34.57 (i)

@Nikki_Hiltz

 

 

 

 

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 Olympic Medalists Stefanidi, Morris Renew Rivalry  At 111th NYRR Millrose Games’  John and Margo Catsimatidis Women’s Pole Vault

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Olympic Medalists Stefanidi, Morris Renew Rivalry At 111th NYRR Millrose Games’ John and Margo Catsimatidis Women’s Pole Vault

The Rio Olympic gold medalist Katerina Stefanidi of Greece and USA’s silver medalist Sandi Morris will renew their rivalry in a who’s who of pole vaulters at the 111th NYRR Millrose Games at The Armory’s New Balance Track and Field Center in New York on February 3, 2018.

Four of the top seven vaulters in the world will be competing, in the John and Margo Catsimatidis Women’s Pole Vault with the inclusion of Katie Nageotte of the United States and Alysha Newman of Canada. Added in the mix is World indoor record holder and former Olympic champion Jenn Suhr.

Katerina Stefanidi and Sandi Morris were recently ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in the world for 2017 by Track & Field News, and have one of the strongest and most current rivalries in the sport.

Six months after Stefanidi narrowly defeated Morris at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the two great rivals were first and second in 2017 in both the NYRR Millrose Games and in the World Track and Field Championships in London. Stefanidi took the top spot in both events. They’ll return to the John and Margo Catsimatidis Women’s Pole Vault event at the 2018 NYRR Millrose Games.

The Greek national champion and Greek record-holder Stefanidi set her indoor personal best of 16-0 ¾ in 2016 at the NYRR Millrose Games, where she is now a three-time champion. "2018 will mark my fifth Millrose Games,” Stefanidi said. “I have won three consecutive years and can't wait to get back to New York City and The Armory runway."

She secured the gold at last summer’s World Championships in London with a 16-1 ¼ jump that means she’s in a tie for the fourth best performer in history.

Morris has jumped higher than her Greek rival, having cleared 16-4 ¾ (or 5.00m) outdoors as well as 16-2 ¾ indoors in 2016, and is the third best all time. 

“I am very excited to come back to NYC to compete at Millrose again,” Morris said. “I have yet to have the honor of winning the competition, and I hope to change that as 2018 is all about jumping high and winning meets. I am feeling strong and can’t wait to come to New York to put on a show with my fellow competitors!”

The U.S. outdoor record-holder and indoor and outdoor champion, Morris took silver ahead of Stefanidi’s bronze at the World Indoor Championships in 2016.

Katie Nageotte jumped 15-6 ¼ in 2017 after placing third at the NYRR Millrose Games and taking silver at the USATF Indoor Championships. She was ranked sixth among female pole vaulters by Track and Field News, and on Christmas Day (@ktnago13) tweeted “…BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER RANKED #6 IN THE WORLD!!!!”

Alysha Newman was ranked seventh for the year, in which she set a 15-7 personal best. The reigning Canadian champion and national record-holder represented her nation at the last Olympics and World Championships, and was fourth at the NYRR Millrose Games in 2017.

Jenn Suhr captured the 2012 London Olympic gold medal and also won the silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2016, Suhr established the indoor world record with a jump of 16-6 (5.03m).

“It is only fitting that the Upper Manhattan neighborhood near where the Catsimatidis family settled from Greece, would reach to new heights with this exciting competition,” said Margo Catsimatidis.

“Our family is so proud to support the historic NYRR Millrose Games and welcome world champions to NYC,” said John Catsimatidis.

Purchase tickets to the 111th NYRR Millrose Games on February 3, 2018 at tickets.nyrrmillrosegames.org

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