New York, N.Y.– This Year as in the past the Armory Track Invitational was a sensational meet. The meet brought together some of the best track talent from high school, college, and pro levels. Over the course of two days, spectators witnessed breath taking performance after performance, which left you in anticipation for what the rest of the indoor season will bring.
There were many outstanding performances over the past two days but three really stood out this year.
Samantha Watson’s 600-meter performance as she broke her own national high school indoor record of 1:28.67 demolishing it with a new time of 1:27.13. Samantha didn’t win the race but following the lead of Olympian Ajee’ Wilson who won the race with a time of 1:24.48 provided the right pace and inspiration, which helped Watson to her record setting time.
Mikey Brannigan set a Paralympic world record in the Men’s 3000m with an outstanding time of 8:09.64. The previous record was held by Antonio Maria of Portugal with a time of 8:44.17. According to Brannigan, this was his first race for the indoor track season, and he was very surprised by his performance. Brannigan will be back at the armory again on the 11th for 2017 Millrose Games to run the men’s elite mile race.
Tyrese Cooper broke the world junior record in the 300m with a time of 32.87 this comes after Cooper earlier in the season set the national high school record in the 300m. Cooper although giving an outstanding performance in the race did not win the race. The race was won by two time Olympic bronze medalist Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad in a time of 32.37. With Cooper’s performance, one can only imagine whats next for this young man.
This year’s meet was amazing as always; the meet gets bigger and bigger every year attracting some of the best talent in the sport at the time. If this meet is a good prediction of whats to come I can’t wait to see how the rest of the season turns out. Check out some of the shots from this years meet below.
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