January 23, 2014
This Friday and Saturday, January 24 and 25, The New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory will play host to the New Balance Games, a two-day track and field meet that will showcase a number of Olympians and top American stars.
Olympic finalist Duane Solomon will race for the American 600 meter record against current national record holder Erik Sowinski in a NYRR Millrose Games rematch from a year ago. In 2013, Sowinski edged Solomon, going on to time 1:15.61, the fastest time ever run by an American. Solomon’s eyes are set on a new record this year, one that he hopes to achieve on Saturday.
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Also taking center stage at the New Balance Games will be Olympians Will Claye and Morgan Uceny. Claye won the 2012 Olympic silver medal in the triple jump, while Uceny was ranked the best 1500 meter runner in the world in 2011. On Saturday, Claye will compete in the men’s triple jump, while Uceny will toe the line in the women’s mile.
Ajee’ Wilson, a New Jersey native who was a finalist at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in the 800 meters, returns to her home track for the 600 meters. She will also be competing at the NYRR Millrose Games on February 15.
The New Balance Games elite competition will be held on Saturday, the same day as thousands of area high schoolers take to The Armory’s famed fast track.
“We are moving the New Balance Games feature section up to major meet status,” said Dr. Norbert Sander, Executive Director of the Armory Foundation. “With a background of 5,000 high school amateur competitors, what could be better for any sport.”
“We are building the New Balance Games to be part of a new U.S. Indoor Circuit in the lead up to the NYRR Millrose Games, featuring many top Olympians on the new Super fast Armory Track,” added Millrose Games Meet Director Ray Flynn.