Monday, 03 July 2017 15:42

Robby Andrews hoping local fans inspire him to hit qualifying time at prestigious meet Thursday at Icahn

At last week's United States Track and Field Championships Staten Island native Robby Andrews set off fireworks by dramatically winning the National 1500 meters title in 3 minutes, 43.29 seconds.

Now, just a couple of days after July 4, the fireworks could go off again, but this time right here in New York.

Two days after America's Independence Day celebrations, Andrews, along with America's greatest track and field athletes will be descending on Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island to participate in fierce competition, not only for themselves this time, but for their respective teams.

In an innovative and interesting concept, USATF leader Vin Lanana and the Oregon-based organization known as "TrackTown USA" have devised an idea whereby 140 of America's top athletes were "drafted" to represent one of four coed teams from an American region.

This team concept, originated last year in a meet at Oregon's Hayward Field, has expanded to include more athletes and more meets. All the athletes have already been drafted by the regional teams, led by track and field legends and "general managers" Sonya Richards-Ross (Philadelphia), Bernard Lagat (Portland), Nick Symmonds (San Francisco) and Allyson Felix (New York).

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