New York, NY ~ It was an exciting evening of Olympians and rising stars at the 110th running of the Millrose Games.
There were two American Records set, highlighted by New Jersey’s own Ajee’ Wilson in the 800 meters in a new American indoor record time of 1:58.27 and Courtney Okolo in the 500 meters, smashing the women’s American record, lowering the mark from 1:08.71 to 1:07.34.
The Women’s 500m was an American sweep with Okolo, Alysia Montano and Olympic Gold Medalist Dalilah Muhammad (400m Hurdles) finishing 1, 2, 3 (1:08.71, 1:09.55 & 1:09.66 respectively).
Samantha Watson of Henrietta, NY finished the Women’s 800m sixth in 2:01.78, and her time broke Mary Decker’s American high school record.
Dezerea Bryant won the Women’s 60m in impressive fashion with a blazing time 7.12. Fellow American Morolake Akinosun was second with a time of 7.17. China’s WEI Yongli was third (7.26).
Olympic Gold medalist & newlywed Shaunae Miller won the 300m race (35.71) ahead of Olympic medalists Ashley Spencer (36.27) & Natasha Hastings (36.88). High school star, Olympian Sydney McLaughlin finished fourth (39.07).
Olympians Shannon Rowbury (4:04.56) and Kate Grace (4:04.86) finished second and third behind Sifan Hassan in the Women’s 1500m. Hassan (NED) closed her final quarter-mile in under 62 seconds to storm away and set a new meet record and currently stands as the fastest time in the world this year.
Canada’s Phylicia George won the Women’s 60m Hurdles (7.98), American Sharika Nelvis (8.01) was second and Leah Nugent (JAM) was third (8.02).
The Pole Vault event was a rematch of the Rio Olympics between Gold and Silver medal winners Katerina Stefanidi (GRE) and Sandi Morris (USA), with the outcome being the same as the Summer Games. Stefanidi’s winning vault 4.82 (15-9 3/4) was enough to hold off Morris 4.72 (15-5 3/4).