The New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory in Washington Heights will be one of the most appealing and frequented venues in the tristate area over the next 10 weeks as it hosts several of the sport’s signature events, including the iconic Millrose Games Feb. 11 and the New Balance Nationals Indoor meet from March 10 through March 12.
Over the past two decades, the Armory has welcomed an abundance of the sport’s pre-eminent stars. Already this season, the building considered among the foremost indoor track and field facilities in the world, housing one of the planet’s fastest tracks, has been the site of outstanding meets such as the U.S. Army Hispanic Games, the PSAL Martin Luther King Jr. Relays and the AT&T Coaches Invitational.
This weekend, the Columbia East-West Challenge will be staged featuring teams representing Columbia University, Harvard, UCLA, the University of Connecticut and collegiate powerhouse the University of Oregon. Feb. 3 and 4, the Armory Track and Field Invitational will command the attention of the track and field cognoscenti.
The meet will feature Drew Hunter, who last year at the event ran 3:58:25 to break Alan Webb’s American high school mile record set in 2001; LaLonde Gordon, a native of Trinidad and Tobago and product of Morgan State University, who won bronze medals in the individual 400-meters and the 4×400 representing Trinidad at the 2012 London Olympics; and Canadian Sage Watson, who specialized in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2016 Rio Olympics and currently competes for the University of Arizona.
The following day, Sunday, Feb. 5, the Public School Athletic League Bronx Borough Championships and Manhattan Borough Championships will take place. The weekend will be a prelude to the Millrose Games, a staple of New York sports culture and track and field for more than 100 years.