FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 25, 2019
WORLD AND U.S. RECORDS BROKEN AT NYC PARKS’ OCEAN BREEZE ATHLETIC COMPLEX DURING 2019 USATF INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Men’s 600m victor claims new world record; 16- year-old track sensation claims
American indoor best record in Women’s 600m
This weekend, NYC Parks’ Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex hosted the 2019 USATF Indoor Championships where World and U.S. records were broken in the Men’s 600m and Women’s 600m. This was the first time in nearly two decades that USATF brought the indoor championship back to the Big Apple for its thrilling three day weekend of elite track events.
At Ocean Breeze yesterday, 21-year-old Donovan Brazier claimed the world’s best record for his 1:13.77 performance in the Chocolate Milk Men’s 600m race. The win marked his second consecutive U.S. indoor title as he stayed 1.43 seconds ahead of the competition.
Brazier was not the only record setter in the building at Ocean Breeze, as 16-year old Athing Mu pulled off her own historical performance. The Trenton, New Jersey native and high school student, shattered the American indoor best record with her 1:23.57 finish in the Women’s Michelob Ultra 600m race.
The stunning victory was a surprising upset as Mu defeated 2018’s USATF Outdoor 800m silver medalist Raevyn Rogers. Mu’s record is now the women’s second-fastest indoor time in history.
“The 2019 Toyota USATF Indoor Championship was chock full of thrilling moments as many athletes saw their dreams realized,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver. “Donovan Brazier and Athing Mu’s incredible performances are indicative of their hard work and dedication. There was nowhere in the world I’d rather see them claim their new records than our very own Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex.”
The concluding indoor event of the nationally televised USATF Championship Series, the 2019 Toyota USATF Indoor Championships was a three-day competition featuring the country’s best track & field athletes. Running events from 60 to 3,000 meters, all field events, and the 3,000m race walks. For a complete list of results visit here.
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country's No. 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit www.usatf.org.
About Ocean Breeze
NYC Parks’ Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex is a 135,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art indoor track and field facility in Staten Island. The first facility in the United States to be recognized as a certified International Association of Athletics Federations facility, Ocean Breeze has hosted 14 major championships, including three major national competitions since opening in 2015. Most recently, the $112-million athletic complex served as host to the highly successful 2017 and 2018 USATF Hershey Youth Indoor Championships. Additionally, the complex serves as a community resource, offering recreational and athletic amenities to Staten Islanders.