We received the following press release from the Armory today. We thought Salazar's quote about the Armory track being at least as fast as an outdoor track to be interesting.
``The new Armory track makes it as fast as any track indoors and we're pointing for our Nike Oregon Project athletes to race their best at the Armory Track Invitational and NYRR Millrose Games in 2015,” said Alberto.
the Armory wrote:
Track & Field standouts Galen Rupp, Mary Cain and Matthew Centrowitz will compete in the January 31 Armory Track Invitational.
Rupp, Cain, and Centrowitz headline new Armory Track Invitational
NEW YORK, NY – The Armory Foundation announces an exciting addition to the 2015 indoor track and field season: the Armory Track Invitational on January 31, 2015 at the New Balance Track and Field Center. The Armory Track Invitational, a new event featuring some of the country’s best professional, collegiate and high school athletes, will replace the former Collegiate Invitational.
The Invitational will be televised nationally and feature a major trip to the Armory for the Nike Oregon Project, coached by Alberto Salazar, Galen Rupp in the Men's 2 mile, Mary Cain and Jordan Hasay in the Women's 2 mile and Matthew Centrowitz on a leg of the international distance medley, all three events will be attempts on world records. (World Junior Record in the Women's 2 Mile for Cain.) The meet will be broadcast during a two-hour window on Saturday, January 31, with final details to be announced in coming weeks.
``The new Armory track makes it as fast as any track indoors and we're pointing for our Nike Oregon Project athletes to race their best at the Armory Track Invitational and NYRR Millrose Games in 2015,” said Salazar.
The Armory Track Invitational will also feature global track and field stars like Chauntee Lowe in the high jump, Will Claye in the triple jump and a much anticipated DMR with teams from USA, Kenya, Ireland, Brooks Beasts, New Jersey-New York TC and college teams from Columbia, Wisconsin, and Mississippi.
“We have been working on making this event one of the highlights of the upcoming indoor season and want to give our best athletes an opportunity to kick off the year at the highest level,” said Dr. Sander, President of the Armory Foundation.
The Armory Track Invitational will be an early indication of the season to come, continuing at the Armory with the 108th NYRR Millrose Games on February 14, 2015.
More than 40 collegiate teams and hundreds of high school competitors will compete on Friday (January 30) and Saturday (January 31), culminating in Saturday's two-hour TV window 4:30-6:30pm.
Colleges participating will be: Albany, Arizona, Army, Brigham Young, Bethune-Cookman, Cal State Northridge, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Claflin, Clemson, Columbia, Coppin State, Delaware, Duke, Hampton, Lehigh, Loyola (Md.), Maryland, McGill, Millersville, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, Monroe, North Carolina AT&T, Ottawa, Penn, Princeton, Ramapo, Rutgers, San Diego State, San Jose State, Savannah State, Sherbrooke, South Carolina, St. Thomas Aquinas, Syracuse, Tiffin, UDC, UMES, USTA, Wisconsin.
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, Hispanic Games, 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 visit ArmoryTrack.com.