The Millrose Games, the world’s longest running indoor track and field competition, is taking over New York City tomorrow. The event now takes place at the Armory after a lengthy stint at Madison Square Garden.
Not sure yet if you’ll be following along? We have some convincing points. Here are four reasons to track the competition tomorrow, either through live streaming or following Canadian Running on Twitter as the action unfolds.
Andre De Grasse makes professional debut
After signing a massive US$11.25 million deal with Puma in December, Andre De Grasse has been considered the heir to Usain Bolt’s sprint dominance for Puma. He’ll be in the men’s 60m at 4:16 p.m. The Canadian indoor record for the 60m is 6.45 (Bruny Surin).
Khamica Bingham, one of Canada’s fastest sprinters, is in the women’s 60m. Check out our short piece with Bingham here.
New York bound ✈️ for the #NYRRMillroseGames ! ???????????????????????????
— Khamica Bingham (@micabingham) February 19, 2016
Canadian presence in the women’s NYRR Wanamaker Mile, aka the featured event of the meet
Erin Teschuk, a student at North Dakota State University, will be the lone Canadian in the NYRR Wanamaker Mile. The Winnipeg native is having a stellar year with the Bisons and has the fourth fastest time of all U.S. collegiate women in the mile (4:34:00).
Charles Philibert-Thiboutot had been announced as a late entrant to the field but has since scratched. He cited a minor lower-leg injury as the reason why.
Bummed to announce that I am pulling out of @MillroseGames Wanamaker Mile ?Nagging injury has to be taken care of now. Good luck to all!
— Charles P.-T. (@Chuck_PT) February 18, 2016
World heptathlon silver medallist in a sprint event
Brianne Theisen-Eaton, the world championship silver medallist in the women’s heptathlon, will be competing in the women’s 60m hurdles in New York City rather than her typical seven-event routine.
— karen kennedy (@RedTheMed) February 18, 2016
Three Canadian Olympians in the 3,000m, potential for a national record
The men’s 3,000m is absolutely stacked with Canadian content including Cam Levins, Matt Hughes and Mo Ahmed. Though the Canadian record (7:40.17 by Kevin Sullivan) may be out of reach, the race will be epic.
— Cam Levins (@CamLevins) February 16, 2016
— Matt Hughes (@HugheSteeple) February 18, 2016
The meet will stream live on USATF.TV from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and on NBC Sports Network from 4 to 6 p.m. EST.
The full schedule can be found below with Canadians in bold (all evening times EST):
3:29 Men Armory Invitational Mile (Rob Denault)
3:58 Women Fred Schmertz Pole Vault
4:00 Women Howard Schmertz 60-Meter Hurdles (Theisen-Eaton)
4:05 Men Howard Schmertz 60-Meter Hurdles
4:11 Women 60-Meter Dash (Bingham)
4:16 Men 60-Meter Dash (De Grasse)
4:21 HS Girls PSAL 4×200
4:28 Women 5000 Meters
4:30 Men USMC Long Jump
4:42 Men John Thomas High Jump (Mike Mason)
4:46 Youth Boys NYRR Young Runners Boys 800 Meter Final
4:50 Men NYAC 400
4:56 Men Paavo Nurmi 3000 Meters (Levins, Hughes, Ahmed)
5:11 HS Boys New Balance Mile
5:19 Women AT&T 400 Meters
5:24 Women NYRR Wanamaker Mile (Teschuk)
5:34 Women 800 Meters
5:39 HS Boys Eastern 4×200
5:44 Men Invictus Dash
5:48 National Anthem
5:50 Men NYRR Wanamaker Mile