the New Balance Track & Field Center
at the New York Armory

168th and Fort Washington Ave., New York NY - (212) 923-1803

DyeStat at the Armory

a record setting place - kids and commuters mix - Armory's own web site

Armory stars of 2004
photos by John Dye unless noted otherwise
Elzie Coleman

by Greg Armstrong
Andra Manson
Natasha Hastings
Devon Williams
Fordham Prep
Nicole Leach
Hakon Devries
Camden NJ
Heather Iatauro
Boys & Girls NY
Nicole Blood
Jason Richardson
Hakon Devries - Gavin Coombs
Felipe Reyes

by Greg Armstrong

the Armory is a record setting place

With high banks and the latest Mondo surface, the New York Armory lays claim to the fastest indoor track in the world. Whether that's true or not, every year sees a stream of national high school records set at the Armory. The board below has a plaque for the Armory record in each event.
HS national records at the Armory, 1920 to 2004.

the scene in Washington Heights

On any afternoon from December to March, high school kids with running shoes and back packs mix with the crowd of homebound commuters at the Washington Heights subway station at 168th and Broadway. They are headed for a massive old brick building a block away at 168th and Fort Washington Avenue to run, jump and throw in a track meet. A few years ago, they also had to mix with the crowd of homeless living in the infield, as the Armory had fallen on hard times. Enter Dr. Norb Sander, a Manhattan internist and a New York Marathon champion. Appalled at how the Armory had fallen, he led a 10-year effort to restore the Armory to its former greatness. Energetic fund raising efforts paid off with millions of dollars in donations and grants. The culmination of the renovation of the Armory came with the dedication of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame on January 24, 2004, with 20 Hall of Fame members on hand. It was fitting that the Hall of Fame be moved from Indianapolis to New York because many members of the Hall launched their career as high school runners at the Armory in its heyday as a mecca for young runners. So, as the New York Times proclaimed, the Armory has come full circle.


  • Feb 13-14 Armory Collegiate Games - former HS Athlete of the Year Andra Manson soars 7-6. Fordham Prep wins 4x800 thriller in US#1 time.
  • Jan 24 New Balance Games - High school runners compete against elites: Josh McDougal 8:50.40 2 mile, US#7t all time, and Nicole Blood 4:48.82 mile, a personal best and US#1 this year. Two fabulous finishes in miles won by Gavin Coombs 4:11.35 and Heather Iatauro 4:53.79.
  • Jan 10 Hispanic Games - Elzie Coleman 46.58 sets new national record for 400 meters indoors.


  • Dec 27 Holiday Classic - Winslow boys, Shenendehowa girls win team titles.
  • Dec 20 Bishop Loughlin Games - Nicole Leach and Janine Davis hit all time top 10 in 600 meters - Natasha Hastings is MVP.
  • Jan 25 New Balance Games - Natasha Hastings 1:11.84 sets US record in 500 meters. Meet records by Brian Dalpiaz, Nicole Blood and Newburgh NY boys.
  • Jan 11 Hispanic Games - US#1 performances by Transit Tech NY boys, Brian Dalpiaz, Hakon Devries, Mike Morrison, Newburgh NY boys, Shana Cox, Natasha Hastings, Crystal Anyanwu, Katy Trotter and William Penn PA girls.


  • Dec 27 Holiday Classic - Cardinal O'Hara PA boys and Largo MD girls win team titles.
  • Dec 21 Bishop Loughlin Games - Shana Cox 37.59 sets US record for 300 meters.
  • Feb 26 Eastern States Championships - Boys & Girls NY and Red Bank Regional NJ run 2 fastest distance medleys ever in US. Shenae Dawkins 7.92 is US#1 55m hurdle time.
  • Jan 19 New Balance Games - Eleanor Roosevelt MD wins three relays, including all time top 10 marks in both 4x200 relays. Brian Dalpiaz wins third straight week in the Armory.
  • Jan 5 Hispanic Games - MVP's are Shana Cox (23.85 200m) and Jason Lilly (48.47 400m). Eleanor Roosevelt MD wins three relays in US#1 time.


  • Dec 27 Holiday Classic - Boys & Girls NY DMR 12:00.57. Mike Morrison 7-0.
  • Dec 15 Bishop Loughlin Games - Stacey Livingston 2:50.37 1000m US#8 all time. Shana Cox 38.00 300m US#3 all time. Shenae Dawkins doubles 55H/TJ.
  • Mar 9-11 National Scholastic Indoor Championships - 5 new national records, including two spectacular 200 meter races. Angel Perkins CA 23.59 takes record from Sanya Richards FL head to head. Bernard Christian TX 21.02 and Glenn McFadden CT 21.05 in epic race post fastest two 200m times ever. other records are Perkins 53.25 in the 400, Samantha Shepard 13-3.5 in PV, and Wilson Long Beach CA girls 3:53.17 in the sprint medley relay.
  • Jan 20 New Balance Games - Alan Webb goes sub-4 3:59.86 mile, new US indoor record and first HS runner under 4 minutes in the mile since 1967. Coach Scott Raczko said Webb can run faster -- and he does when he breaks Jim Ryun's outdoor record at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon in May.
  • Jan 6 Hispanic Games - US#1 marks by Tiandra Ponteen 55.30 400m, I-Perfection Harris 23-10 LJ, Glenn McFadden 21.51 200m, Michael Brown 1:57.36 800m.



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