The beginning of 2016 has seen wonderful happenings at the Armory in Washington Heights. Here are just a few of the many highlights that occurred on the track and in the Armory College Prep program.
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Astia Innis was offered scholarships to attend both Williams College and Denison University.
Senior Katherine Lima was recently accepted to Swarthmore College with a full scholarship and is a finalist for the Gates Millennium Scholarship.
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Matthew Centrowitz greeted the fans after winning his third New York Road Runners Wanamaker Mile title at the NYRR Millrose Games with a very impressive time of 3:50.63, the fourth fastest indoor mile in history.
Allyson Felix took a major step toward her 2016 Olympic goals by winning the NYRR Millrose Games 60m in 7.15. The USC graduate could become the first in history to win gold medals in the 200m, 400m, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay in a single Olympic games.
Aji Fanta Marenah won a 2016 New York Times College scholarship. The scholarship offers $15,000 per year for four years and includes a six-week paid internship at The New York Times, where she will gain experience working in the news department.
Armory College Prep traveled to Western Massachusetts on President’s Day to visit two of the nation’s premier all-women’s colleges, Smith and Mount Holyoke. The visits were made possible through a generous grant from the New York City Council, and Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez.
Paul Robeson’s girls team had a tremendous season at the Armory, winning several championship relay and individual titles. The Brooklyn Borough team ran the second fastest time of the year in the 4x200m relay at the EmblemHealth Hispanic Games with 1:37.80. They also won the Eastern 4x200m relay and PSAL 4x400m relay at the NYRR Millrose Games. Recently, Armory College Prep members visited several universities, including Hofstra, Adelphi and Temple to learn more about their programs and immerse themselves in the typical undergraduate experience.
One of the highlights of the 109th NYRR Millrose Games was the Invictus 60m Dash, which featured active and retired American service members, five of whom are training to represent the Invictus U.S. Team at the 2016 Invictus Games. The race was won by U.S. Army Sergeant Robert Brown, who ran 7.81.
More than 150 local kids were able to work out with professional athletes Queen Harrison, Matthew Centrowitz, Shannon Rowbury, Nick Willis and Erik Kynard before the NYRR Millrose Games.
Armory College Prep Middle School students are receiving a lesson on leadership styles and applying what they learned with a uniquely challenging puzzle game called Space Quest.
Over the past few months, Armory College Prep Middle School students have engaged in activities that have developed valuable technological and programming skills. Students have collectively worked on projects using computer coding, sound editing and game development software.
Drew Hunter rose to distance-running stardom at the Armory this year. The Loudoun Valley athlete broke Alan Webb’s high school national mile record with 3:58.25 at The Armory Track Invitational, then lowered it to 3:57.81 at the NYRR Millrose Games. Hunter will attend the University of Oregon next fall.
Sydney McLaughlin was the most outstanding track athlete at the New Balance Nationals Indoor. Junior Oshin Allen is a finalist in the Beat the Odds Scholarship, which honors outstanding high school students who have overcome tremendous adversity, demonstrated academic excellence and given back to their communities. The junior athlete broke the 400m national record with 51.84 and followed that up by helping Union Catholic become the second fastest 4x400m relay team ever by running 3:40.28.
University of Florida-bound brothers Noah and Josephus Lyles are two of the country’s fastest young sprinters. At New Balance Nationals Indoor, the two helped T.C. Williams run the second fastest 4x200m relay time in high school history. After that, Noah broke Xavier Carter’s 200m national record with 20.63 and Josephus won the 60m in 6.65.
Tamia Bradley and Maya Moore have both been accepted to Guilford College with scholarships. Maya was also accepted to Ohio Wesleyan University.
To hone their writing abilities, Armory College Prep Middle School students have completed blogs to reflect on what they have learned. The quality of the students’ work has recently been celebrated by MouseSquad.org, the Armory’s computer science curriculum, as three students received “runner up” status on a national online song making competition. Students have also been developing their math skills through Khan Academy, a personalized online learning platform, to extend their reach in everything from basic operations to advanced probability.
To strengthen its commitment to supporting students beyond their initial enrollment into college, Armory College Prep is proud to announce the “ACP Captains Program.”
The goal of this initiative is to create a network of Armory College Prep alumni who support each other throughout the entire college experience.
Several fans at the 82nd Eastern States Indoor Championships saw one of the greatest indoor high school shot put competitions of all time. Several athletes recorded season high throws, but the event’s highlight was Alyssa Wilson of Donovan Catholic who turned in the second farthest throw of all time with 54 feet 11 inches.
Kim Conley, who owns four Armory records, won this year’s New Balance Games mile in 4:27.88. Kate Grace, Stephanie Garcia and Cory McGee all ran under 4:31 in that race.
Armory College Prep graduates who are current college students have been named captains and will act as mentors and representatives for a small group of their fellow ACP alums who are also currently enrolled in college.
ACP alum Mohamed Koanda has been named the New Settlement Apartments College Access Center February Student of the Month. Last year, he was named Freshman of the Year for the entire SUNY Buffalo State campus.
Koanda is a sophomore majoring in computer information systems and mathematics education. He holds an impressive 3.96 GPA, is a member of the varsity track and field team and is active in community service.
Fordham Prep’s Conor Lundy was one of the many shining stars at the Armory this year. One of his best accomplishments was running what was then the nation’s leading high school mile time of 4:08.25 during the New Balance Games. He will be a freshman at Princeton next fall.
The first NYRR Night at the Races of the 2016 season ended with a crazy but fun relay. There were 15 teams of five and each team member had to run 5x200m.
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