Reigning Olympic shot put gold medalist Ryan Crouser and defending Women’s NYRR Wanamaker Mile champion Konstanze Klosterhalfen from Germany will face strong challenges in their respective NYRR Millrose Games’ events at The Armory.
Photos by John Nepolitan
The Millrose Games can get even the least likely track fan excited! Why? Because of the plethora of big competitions and fine competitors, the intimacy of the fans and the feeling in the air, the meet just gets people excited! Check out the big 13 elite events planned for this coming weekend!
NEW YORK, NY, February 4, 2020 – High anticipation transforms into reality this Saturday as the famed 113th NYRR Millrose Games takes place at The Armory New Balance Track & Field Center.
“I don’t think there is any other atmosphere in the entire world like the Millrose Games when it comes to track & field,” 800m World champion and American record-holder Donavan Brazier said. “That’s why I always come back. I love to go to New York – they do a great job putting on the meet for the high schoolers and the professionals as well.”
More than one outstanding signature event is earmarked for the 113th NYRR Millrose Games. Meet Director Ray Flynn points to 13 high-volume elite track & field events to stimulate deafening roars from a sold-out Armory.
Flynn, the two-time Irish Olympian and owner of 89 sub-4-minute miles, believes this 113th NYRR Millrose Games edition is on track to have an all-time assemblage of world-class talent.
“This year,” says Flynn, “could be one of the best ever.”
A sold-out Armory and an NBC nationally televised audience will witness such a memorable day of indoor track & field.
“I love competing there,” said Olympian and World champion sprinter Nia Ali, who went to high schools in nearby Philadelphia and New Jersey. “I grew up competing at The Armory and it’s like home to me. I know all the meet officials and everyone who works there. I know all the plaques on the wall.
“It’s home and it’s always cool to go back home and compete at The Armory.”
A special ambiance embraces the 113th edition of this meet, recognized as the world’s premier indoor track & field event.
Around the corner after the NYRR Millrose Games and Toyota USATF Indoor Championships are the Olympic Trials and 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Elite athletes participating Saturday at The Armory understand it’s getting close to their Super Bowl, their World Series. The NYRR Millrose Games will hopefully catapult many of them to a summer to remember.
Following are Ray Flynn’s “baker dozen” of signature events at the 113th NYRR Millrose Games:
- Â· In the George Hirsch Men’s 60 Hurdles, new star and World champion Grant Holloway will go up against Olympic champion Omar McLeod from Jamaica and U.S. champion Daniel Roberts.
- Â· The Howard Schmertz Women’s 60m Hurdles will feature World Record holder Keni Harrison against World champion Nia Ali, who won in Boston last month, and NCAA champion Janeek Brown of Jamaica.
- Â· Who will soar higher in the New York Athletic Club Women’s Pole Vault, 2018 World Indoor champion and 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist Sandi Morris or fellow Olympian and four-time NCAA champion Lexi Jacobus?
- Â· Local and world-renowned star No. 2 Rai Benjamin in the Jane & David Monti Invitational Men’s 300m Dash versus Justin Robinson, who is the World U18 record holder.
- Â· The NewYork-Presbyterian Invitational Men’s 800m Run will be one of the most intriguing races with World champion Donavan Brazier against NCAA champion Bryce Hoppeland Isaiah Harris, who won last month at the Dr. Sander Invitational Columbia Challenge at The Armory.
- Â· In the Cheryl Toussaint Invitational Women’s 400m Dash, World leader Wadeline Jonathas will try to hold off recent World 200m silver medalist Brittany Brown.
- Â· Both the Mike Frankfurt Invitational Women’s 3,000m Run and Dr. Sander Invitational Men’s 3,000m Run include NCAA champions Weini Kelati of the University of New Mexico and men’s winner Edwin Kurgat of Iowa State alongside strong fields that include defending Women’s NYRR Millrose champion Alicia Monson of the University of Wisconsin and on the men’s side Olympic silver medalist Paul Tanui, NCAA runner-up Joe Klecker of the University of Colorado, U.S. Olympian Hassan Mead and former Syracuse University NCAA champion Justyn Knight of Canada.
- Â· AjeÃ© Wilson, the 800m American record holder, on her favorite track against Pan Am Games Gold medalist from Jamaica Natoya Goule in the Jack & Lewis Rudin Women’s 800m.
- Â· The women’s NYRR Wanamaker Mile features German star and defending champion Konstanze Klosterhalfen and new Canadian star Gabriela DeBues-Stafford and ElinorPurrier, who was the winner last month in the New Balance Grand Prix in Boston.
- Â· How about the fastest man in the meet? U.S. Indoor 60m champion Derek Kemp against World Indoor bronze medalist Ronnie Baker in the Men’s 60m Dash.
- Â· In the Women’s 60m Dash, six-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix, the most decorated athlete in track & field, against current U.S. champion Teahna Daniels.
- Â· The most exciting event of the World Championships in Doha, Qatar featured an epic shot put battle between 2016 Rio Olympic champion Ryan Crouser and 2019 World champion Joe Kovacs. The world’s top two in the shot put again will perform on center stage in the infield at The Armory during the Jam Shakwi Men’s Shot Put.
- Â· Not to be outdone, the signature event of the NYRR Millrose Games, the NYRR Wanamaker Mile, will showcase two former winners, Chris O’Hare and Eric Jenkins, two-time Olympic medalist Nick Willis and from the new first family of middle distance running Norwegian Filip Ingebrigtsen.
Overall, 31 Olympians will be competing in the 113th NYRR Millrose Games.
“I’ve been running at the Millrose Games and The Armory since high school and college,” Brazier added. “This is going to be my fourth year running there in a row professionally. I’m hoping to have better luck than the past four years. I haven’t won there, but hopefully I can bring one home this year.”
The NYRR Millrose Games is the most storied event in indoor track and field.
The Millrose Games moved to The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center 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, the 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 & Field.
The Armory Foundation is proud to host the dozens of Olympians and world champions who will test their talents once more at The Armory. With highest-level competition at the youth, high school, collegiate, club and professional levels, there is truly something for everyone at the NYRR Millrose Games.
The NYRR Millrose Games can be seen live nationally on NBC from 4-6 p.m. as well as on USATF-TV from 11:35 a.m.-4 p.m. and NBC Sports Gold from 4-6 p.m.
For more information on the upcoming NYRR Millrose Games or to purchase tickets please Visit www.nyrrmillrosegames.
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 Armory Foundation
The Armory Foundation 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 Columbia Challenge, and also hosts the largest high school indoor track meets with this year’s 26th U. S. Air Force Hispanic Games, The New Balance Games, the New Balance Nationals Indoors, the Energice Coaches Hall of Fame, Marine Corp Holiday Classic and the Colgate Games. The Armory also runs the Columbia & NewYork – Presbyterian 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 ArmoryTra