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Champion Veterans and Rising Teen Stars Highlight the 107th Millrose Games

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NEW YORK — A 33-year-old American record was broken by a 39-year-old star at the 107th Millrose Games Saturday night.  Bernard Lagat entered the 2,000-meter run looking to break the record of 4:58.6 set by Steve Scott in 1981. 

Lagat, a fan favorite and the oldest runner in the field by eight years, took the lead at 1,200 meters and never looked back.  Lagat held off a hard-charging Cam Levins to break the tape in 4:54.7, shattering the old record.  In fact, the first five finishers in the race ran under five minutes.  It is not the first time Lagat has broken a record at the Armory.  At last year’s Millrose Games, he set the two-mile American Record. After Saturday's race, he said that he will be back for another record attempt in 2015.

Record Breakers at Roxbury: New Balance Indoor Grand Prix doesn't disappoint

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BOSTON -- In yet another record-breaking day at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, Mary Cain lowered her own world junior mark for 1000 meters and the US All-Star 4x800-meter team broke a world record set in this very spot 14 years ago.

The 17-year-old Cain, who first broke the world junior mark for 1000 meters just three weeks ago when she ran 2:39.25 at Boston University, took the lead with about 200 meters remaining and chopped off almost four seconds before the ink dried with her 2:35.80 win here—a time that was less than two seconds off the American record set by Jen Toomey in 2004. Chanelle Price finished a strong second in 2:36.93.

CONLEY SURPRISES WITH RECORD RUN AT NEW BALANCE GAMES Read more: ArmoryTrack.com - News - Conley Surprises With Record Run At New Balance Games

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NEW YORK (25-Jan) -- Here at the 19th annual New Balance Games, an afternoon of fast times and close races brought fans to their feet at The New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory. Olympian Kim Conley set a new facility record for the women's mile with her 4:24.54 victory, while Duane Solomon captured the men's 600 meters and Lee Emanuel was king of the mile in tight finishes.

Conley's overwhelming win in the mile came as a surprise, as the Olympian at 5000m is thought of as a longer distance specialist. Yet, the 27-year-old knew she had a fast time in her legs.

"My goal was 4:24," said Conley, who ran 2:05.92 for 800 meters last week in Seattle on an over-sized track. "I didn't know that this was the race I was going to do it."

Immediately following pacesetter Stephanie Charnigo from the gun, Conley tucked in behind and passed 440 yards in 64.6 seconds. After reaching halfway in 2:10.3 --just a tad off the 2:10 requested of pacer Charnigo-- Conley felt comfortable, but also a bit baffled.

Galen Rupp named USATF Athlete of the Week

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Olympic medalist Galen Rupp has been named USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week after breaking the 5,000 meter American men’s indoor record at the Boston University Multi-Team Meet, Thursday, Jan. 16.

Rupp (Portland, Ore.), a six-time national champion, finished Thursday’s race in 13:01.26, knocking off more than five-and-a-half seconds from the previous 13:07.00 mark set by Lopez Lomong in 2013.

“The race went great,” said Rupp. “It was the first race of the season, so I was definitely a little nervous going into it. My coaches had me really prepared, and I was very happy to break an American record.”

Spearmon set to lead 300m field at Millrose Games

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NEW YORK — Two-time Olympian and world-record holder Wallace Spearmon leads a stellar Men's 300 meter field at the NYRR Millrose Games, one that showcases both Olympic and World Championships medalists. The 107th edition of the NYRR Millrose Games will be held on Saturday, February 15, at The New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory.

Spearmon, 29, is one of the most decorated sprinters in American history, having earned World Championships medals in the 200 meters and 4x100 meter relay. A short sprint specialist, Spearmon has a personal best of 19.65 seconds for 200 meters, and has already run 20.68 this season.

"I love the 300m distance," said Spearmon. "I am ready and can't wait to race at the Millrose Games at The Armory."