Records Fall During Armory Track Invitational
NEW YORK – Three records were re-written by two high school runners and one college sophomore during Saturday’s Armory Track Invitational at The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center. RESULTS
Samantha Watson, a junior at Rush-Henrietta High School in New York, broke her own national high school indoor record in the NYAC Women’s 600 meters with a 1:27.13 mark. Earlier this year she set the mark with a 1:28.67.
Olympian and Armory favorite Ajee’ Wilson, who will compete in next week’s 110thNYRR Millrose Games, won the Women’s 600m with a 1:24.48 time. It was Wilson who pushed Watson.
“The pressure was off of me and I was able to set a pace,” Watson said. “I was able to run my race and be competitive. I was very nervous because she was there. I knew how fast she was and how fast she would go out. It was like a nervous energy that helped me finish.”
Mikey Brannigan running for NYAC established a Paralympic world record in the Allan Steinfeld Men’s 3000m with a sizzling 8:07.64 time. The former record was Antonio Mariz of Portugal with 8:44.17, according to the International Paralympic Committee website.
Morgan Pearson of 361 Degrees won the Men’s 3000m (7:49.46), a race that also included Drew Hunter (7:51.90), who during last year’s Armory Track Invitational set the American indoor high school mile record.
“This is great for me,” said Brannigan, a 20-year-old sophomore at Suffolk County Community College. “This was my first race of the indoor track season. I wanted to see what kind of shape and fitness I was in. This was very surprising.”
“The crowds were cheering me on, ‘Let’s go, let’s go, keep it up, keep it up.’ They were cheering for me the whole way. That really helped me a lot.”
Brannigan, a 2016 Paralympic gold medalist from East Northport on Long Island, returns to The Armory on Saturday (February 11) to run in the men’s elite mile race.
Tyrese Cooper, the youngest of Saturday’s record-setting trio, broke the world junior record in the Councilman Mark Levine Men’s 300m that featured two-time Olympic bronze medalist Lalonde Gordon of Queens. Gordon, running for his native Trinidad, won the race with a 32:37 time, but right on his heels was the 16-year-old Cooper of Miami Gardens Xpress Track Club with a 32.87 mark.
Recently, Cooper set the national high school record in the 300 meters.
Next week The Armory in Washington Heights will host the 110th NYRR Millrose Games, taking place from noon-6 on Saturday, February 11. Tickets can be purchased at www.nyrrmillrosegames.org/tickets.
The two-day Armory Track Invitational concluded Saturday as 50 college teams competed in this major indoor meet at The Armory.