The biggest event on the world’s indoor track & field calendar comes this Saturday. Of course we are talking about the 106th Millrose Games which takes place at The Armory in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood.
And this year’s Games will feature a lot of Ivy, in fact, current and former Heps’ athletes from Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale.
The women’s Wanamaker Mile boasts the deepest field of Ivy as Dartmouth All-American Abbey D’Agostino will be joined by three graduates — Ashley Higginson (Princeton), Delilah DiCrescenzo (Columbia) and Kate Grace (Yale). Others in the field include former Villanovan Sheila Reid, Oregon’s Jordan Hasay and high school sensation Mary Cain, who graces the cover of the current issue of Track & Field News. If you have some time for a little extra reading, check out this interview Grace did with Competitor where she talks about her excitement for this race.
By choice, D’Agostino and Hasay will be rooming together in New York City. The common thread? Former Big Green star Alexi Pappas, now a teammate of Hasay at Oregon. Pappas avoided the question of who would finish first in the Wanamaker, but was willing to predict “they’ll have a blast watching Chopped on tv together in the hotel!”
The men’s Wanamaker Mile, which closes the show at 9:50 pm on Saturday, will include Princeton grad Donn Cabral, who just ran sub-4 for the first time last weekend, and Columbia alum Liam Boylan-Pett, who has spent the winter racing subway trains. Last year’s winner, Matthew Centrowitz, is the headliner. Note that current Princeton assistant coach Robby Andrews will also be in that stellar field.
Harvard’s Becky Christensen is now in the elite high jump field with Olympic silver medalist Brigetta Barrett of the University of Arizona.
Two Ivy teams — Columbia and Penn — will be running in the Byron Dyce 4x800m relay. The hometown Lions, with Connor Claflin, Mark Feigen, Brendon Fish and Harry McFann, will be up for the challenge with Penn State and its superstar Casimir Loxsom. Penn’s young lineup is Mato Bekelja, Tim Hamlett, Kirk Webb and Tom Timmins.
Finally, there are some Ivy alums on the New York Athletic Club entries in the club distance medley relay. Penn grads Phil Cawkwell and Jeff Weinstein are on the ‘A’ team while David Nightingale (Princeton) and Michael Cunningham (Penn) are on the ‘B’ squad.
There are a few tickets remaining and the Games will also be shown live on ESPN3 from 7 pm to 10 pm on Saturday and a full two-hour package will be shown on ESPN the following evening from 8 pm to 10 pm.