2018 NYRR Millrose Games Bring a Night of World-Class Track and Field to NYC
The NYRR Millrose Games celebrated its 111th running—its seventh at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory—by once again bringing top local competitors and world-class track and field athletes together for a full day of racing in Washington Heights. The meet began with events for club, high school, and college teams before a two-hour live broadcast of the professional events on NBC.
Youth athletes warmed up the track for the pros, with events like the NYRR Fastest Kid in the World 55-meter dash and the Rising New York Road Runners 800 meters.
In the boys' 800-meter race, Kymoy Phillip of Brooklyn won for the third year in a row with a finish time of 2:16:64, breaking the event record by nearly 2 seconds. The girls' race was run during the live broadcast, and Xion Bacchas broke the finish tape in 2:34:83. (Read more about Xion and how she's inspiring her whole family to take up track and field.)
Once the professional races were underway, women were out to set world records.
Bahamian sprinter Shaunae Miller-Uibo, who won gold in the 400m at the 2016 Rio Olympics, set an indoor world record of 35.45 in the women’s 300m. She equaled the mark set by Irina Privalova of Russia in 1993.
Americans Chrishuna Williams, Raevyn Rogers, Charlene Lipsey and Ajee’ Wilson set a world record during the Jack & Lewis Rudin Women’s 4x800 Relay with a finish time of 8:05:89 and celebrated with a victory lap.
As is the tradition at Millrose, the event closed with NYRR Wanamaker Mile, with the women taking to the track before the men.
In the women's race, the pack remained mostly intact, as Colleen Quigley of the United States took to the front with one lap to go. Her training partner, Kate Grace, looked to catch her down the homestretch, but Quigley held on to break the tape three-hundredths of a second ahead—4:30.05 to Grace's 4:30.08.
The men's race played out in different fashion, as Chris O'Hare gapped the field and held a long surge over the second half. O'Hare separated himself from the pack on the fifth lap, gaining a one-second advantage; at the bell, he was two seconds ahead. Fellow Scotsman Josh Kerr made an effort to draw even, as did American Ben Blankenship, but O'Hare's lead was secure enough to give him the win in 3:54.14.
Here's a quick recap with some more highlights from the day:
- In the men's 800 meters, Emmanuel Korir of Kenya ran a world-leading 1:44.21 to win. The performance is also the fourth-fastest all-time indoors.
- Training partners Aisha Praught-Leer and Emma Coburn dueled at the front of the women's 3000 meters, with Praught-Leer holding off Coburn, 8:41.10 to 8:41.16.
- The men's 3000 meters featured a final-lap battle between Shadrack Kipchirchir, the 2017 USATF 5K Championships winner, and Justyn Knight, the 2017 NCAA cross country champion from Syracuse. Kipchirchir took the victory in 7:45.49, with Knight finishing in 7:45.86.
- Vashti Cunningham, the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships gold medalist, cleared 1.96 meters (6 feet, 5 inches) to win the women's high jump. While she may not have come back to run the NYRR Gridiron 4M on Sunday, we think we know how she would have voted at the two-mile mark: Her father, Randall Cunningham, played 11 seasons at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.
For full results with lap-by-lap splits, visit the NYRR Millrose Games results page.