Erik Sowinski surprised Olympic finalists Duane Solomon and Nick Symmonds on the Armory oval last February. All three will be back at the NYRR Millrose Games on Feb. 15 with another American record - in the 1,000m run - on the line.
New York, December 4, 2013 - Two 800-meter finalists from the London Olympics - and the man who upset both of them and scored an American record in The Armory in 2013 - will return for a 1,000-meter run at the 2014 NYRR Millrose Games on Feb. 15 at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory.
Duane Solomon and Nick Symmonds - who were fourth and fifth in that super-fast final in London - will be joined by American 600m record holder Erik Sowinski and two-time NCAA champion Robby Andrews in a 1,000-meter showdown, which could result in an American record.
In fact, Symmonds is already calling that a goal. "The 1,000m indoor American record is one that I have had my eye on for a very long time," he said. "I truly believe the Armory is the best track for an attempt and I am confident that the passionate NYC crowd will cheer the field on to a new record."
Solomon - now a three-time national champion at 800 meters - finished fourth in London in 1:42.82, the second-fastest in U.S. history, behind only his coach, the incomparable Johnny Gray. Symmonds - who was just behind Solomon, fifth in 1:42.95 - had been agonizingly close to the podium at the previous three global events, before claiming a silver medal at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow (1:43.55).
Fans are urged to visit NYRRMillroseGames.org to purchase tickets. The 2014 NYRR Millrose Games will begin at noon and conclude at 6:30 pm, featuring the prime time window from 3 pm to 5 pm. Further questions can be answered by calling The Armory at (212) 923-1803 ext. 7200.
About the NYRR Millrose Games
Since its inception in 1908 at a local armory, the NYRR Millrose Games is one of track and field's most prestigious annual events. A New York City sports staple, the meet moved to New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in Washington Heights in 2012 after having called the Madison Square Garden home from 1914 to 2011. The Games - established by employees of Wanamaker's Department Store - annually feature track & field's most prolific male and female stars as well as collegiate and high school competitors. More than 200 athletes share the distinction of being both Millrose and Olympic Champions. In November, the New York Road Runners became the title sponsor of the NYRR Millrose Games, which is hosted by the Armory Foundation.