Two of our most promising American athletes, Ajee’ Wilson and Drew Hunter, will be dueling at the Armory Track Invitational on February 3-4. Ajee’ Wilson loves to race at the Armory, as does Drew Hunter. They are popular with the fans and young athletes as well. Be there!
Record-Setters Ajee’ Wilson, Drew Hunter
Join Two Electrifying Races
At Armory Track Invitational
NEW YORK, January 10, 2017 – Ajee’ Wilson and Drew Hunter are among the big names lining up for a pair of high-profile races at the Armory Track Invitational, February 3-4 at The Armory’s New Balance Track and Field Center.
Wilson, the 2016 World Indoor silver medalist in the 800 and an Olympic Games semifinalist, will run the 600 meters. The Neptune, N.J. native ran 1:26.45 to set a world junior record at the 2013 NYRR Millrose Games, which was also the second-fastest time in U.S. history.
Scotland’s Lynsey Sharp, who was sixth in the Olympic Games in the 800 meters, is also entered and could be taking aim at the Great Britain record of 1:25.81. Meg Manley, Olicia Williams, Cecilia Barowski, Kimarra McDonald and New York high school starsSamantha Watson (Rush-Henrietta) and Kamryn McIntosh (Suffern) are also entered. Watson is the U-20 World Champion in the 800 meters and McIntosh set the national high school record in the 600 at The Armory in 2015 with 1:28.78.
Meanwhile, Hunter, who turned professional after running three sub-four miles as a senior at Loudoun Valley High School in Virginia, will run in a strong field in the 3,000 meters. Hunter broke the U.S. high school record in the mile twice at The Armory in 2016, but has indicated that he is ready to run well under eight minutes for 3,000. Last year he ran a high school record 7:59.33.
The field includes Mike Brannigan, a 2016 Paralympics gold medalist in the 1,500 meters, who is from East Northport, N.Y. Brannigan, who was diagnosed with autism at age 3, broke the New York high school record in the 3,200 meters in 2015 when he ran 8:42.92 at the Loucks Games.
A good group of post-collegians that includes Nick Tuck, Daniel Winn, Graham Crawford, Will Geoghegan, Travis Mahoney, Morgan McDonald, Morgan Pearson and Brandon Hudgins rounds out the field.
TEAMS ENTERED: Adelphi, Arizona, Arkansas, Army Prep, Bloomfield, Carleton, Cal State LA, Cal State Northridge, Columbia, Cornell, Cheyney, Delaware, Duke, Essex County, Hampton, Maryland, Maryland Eastern Shore, McGill, Morgan State, North Carolina A&T, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ottawa, San Jose State, South Carolina, Tennessee Tech, Texas, Tulane, Wisconsin, Youngstown.
Media requesting credentials need to click on 2017 ATI media credential request form and fill out form. Deadline is Monday, January 30.
Go to Armorytrack.com to learn more about the Armory Track Invitational and about ticket information to the February 3-4 meet scheduled for Friday at noon-9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Follow The Armory on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @armorynyc or go to ArmoryTrack.com or Armory.NYC.
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 125,000 athlete visits. Besides its many youth sports and educational programs, The Armory runs the Armory Track Invitational Presented by the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Army Hispanic Games, Artie O’Connor College Invitational, Armory NYC Indoor Marathon, the New Balance Games, and the New Balance Nationals Indoors. The Armory is also the home to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame. For more: Please visitArmoryTrack.com.