07 JAN 2011 General News New York

Hardee, Clay, Eaton to take on Millrose Multi Challenge

Bryan Clay and Trey Hardee both of USA win gold and silver in the Heptathlon (Getty Images)Bryan Clay and Trey Hardee both of USA win gold and silver in the Heptathlon (Getty Images) © Copyright

A new event at the 104th Millrose Games will bring three generations of U.S. decathletes - all medal threats for the 2012 Olympic Games in London - to Madison Square Garden for a unique competition.
 
Reigning Olympic Decathlon and World Indoor Heptathlon gold medallist Bryan Clay, 2009 World Decathlon champion Trey Hardee and indoor Heptathlon World record holder Ashton Eaton will compete in the 60m Hurdles, High Jump and Shot Put in a scored competition, the Millrose Multi Challenge.

“Clay and Trey” had already established themselves as gold-medal threats for London when in 2010, Eaton broke the World indoor record while a senior at Oregon. The three-time NCAA Decathlon champion won the 2010 Bowerman Award as the nation’s top male track and field athlete. Clay, Trey and Eaton will face competition from two-time NCAA champion Jake Arnold and the American high school record holder in the decathlon, Curtis Beach of Duke University.
 
The 104th Millrose Games will be contested Friday, January 28, 2011 at Madison Square Garden. The first event of USA Track & Field’s Visa Championship Series, the Millrose Games will be televised live from 8-10 p.m. Eastern Time on ESPN2.
 
USA vs. Jamaica fields complete
 
One of the top women’s sprint rivalries of the 2000’s will resume in the USA vs. Jamaica Challenge, in which three Americans will race against three Jamaicans in both the men’s and women’s 60m sprints.  Points will be awarded according to place, and the scores of the two races combined.
 
2005 World 100m champion Lauryn Williams returns to competition in 2011 in the women’s 60, where she will face her rival, the previously announced Jamaican sprint queen Veronica Campbell-Brown. In 2007, Brown edged Williams in a photo finish for the world 100m title.
 
Also competing in the women’s USA vs. Jamaica race will be Montclair, N.J.’s own sprinting double threat, 2006 World Indoor 60m champion Lisa Barber and her twin sister, 2007 World Outdoor 4x100m relay gold medalist Miki. In addition to Campbell-Brown, Jamaica will be represented by top sprint hurdler Vonette Dixon and 21-year-old up-and-comer Trisha-Ann Hawthorne.
 
The men’s USA vs. Jamaica Challenge will pit an American line-up led by 2010 U.S. champion and World Indoor 60m silver medalist Mike Rodgers. 2010 U.S. indoor 60m and outdoor 100m runner-up Trell Kimmons and 2010 USA outdoor bronze medalist Ivory Williams complete a dangerous line-up. Jamaica will be repped by 2010 World Indoor finalist Nesta Carter, who became the talk of the sprinting world last summer when he lowered his 100m personal best to a blazing 9.78. He is joined by three-time World Indoor 60m man Lerone Clark and 21-year-old Oshane Bailey.

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