World-Record holder Keni Harrison will make her Armory debut in February at the 113th NYRR Millrose Games. Photo courtesy of USATF
She Will Face a Stellar Field Including 2018 USA Indoor 60m Hurdle Champion and American Record-Holder Sharika Nelvis and Former NCAA and Pan American Champ Queen Claye at The Armory
NEW YORK, December 5, 2019 – Keni Harrison, the current world-record holder in the 100m hurdles and a four-time United States champion, is scheduled to compete in the 60m hurdles at the 113th NYRR Millrose Games. The historic indoor meet, scheduled for Saturday, February 8th at The Armory, will feature dozens of Olympians and world championship contenders as they prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics next summer.
“I’m excited to run my very first Millrose Games,” said Harrison. “I look forward to the competition and an enthusiastic crowd.”
Harrison is one of the most accomplished sprint hurdlers in history, setting the world record of 12.20 seconds at the London Anniversary Games in July 2016. In 2018, she added her first global title, winning the 60m hurdles at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in a meet record of 7.70. Competing against domestic fields that are often deeper in talent than at the global level, Harrison is the three-time defending USA outdoor champion. Most recently, Harrison secured her first outdoor global medal, taking silver at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
The NYRR Millrose Games will mark Harrison’s first time competing on the historic track at The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center.
Athletes competing against Harrison in the 60m hurdles include Sharika Nelvis, who in the 2018 USA Indoor Championships 60m hurdles in Albuquerque defeated Harrison with an American-record time of 7.70, Queen Claye (née Harrison), a former NCAA and Pan American Games champion, and Andrea Vargas, who finished fifth at the most recent World Championships while competing for Costa Rica.
While at Arkansas State, Nelvis won the 60m hurdles indoor in the 2014 NCAA Championships with a 7.93. More athletes and fields for the NYRR Millrose Games will be announced in the coming weeks. Already confirmed is a thrilling rematch of October’s World Championships’ shot put final, featuring Rio Olympics gold medalist Ryan Crouser and reigning world champion Joe Kovacs.
The NYRR Millrose Games is the most storied event in indoor track and field. The Millrose Games moved to The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center in Washington Heights in 2012 after having called Madison Square Garden home from 1914 to 2011. The Games – established by employees of Wanamaker’s Department Store – features track and field’s most prolific male and female stars as well as collegiate, high school, club, and youth competitors.
More than 200 athletes share the distinction of being both Millrose and Olympic champions. In November of 2013, the New York Road Runners became the title sponsor of the NYRR Millrose Games, which is owned by The Armory Foundation. The NYRR Millrose Games is a USATF television series event, and The Armory Foundation appreciates the support of USA Track & Field.
The Armory Foundation is proud to host the dozens of Olympians and world champions who will test their talents once more at The Armory. With highest-level competition at the youth, high school, collegiate, club and professional levels, there is truly something for everyone at the NYRR Millrose Games.
Stay tuned throughout the next few months to see which athletes will attempt to top last year’s feats, as fields for each event will be announced on a rolling schedule. Visit www.nyrrmillrosegames.org or call 212-923-1803 x7200 to buy tickets.