NEW YORK – All-stars, gold medalists and hometown heroes will be among the eclectic group of accomplished professional and Olympic athletes to contest the “Super 60 II” at the 104th Millrose Games.
Launched in 2010, the Super 60 II
is a 60-meter proving ground for stars to showcase the universal component of speed in all sports, and to help determine which sport has the most potent combination of power, speed and acceleration.
This Friday, Super 60 I champion Anthony Dorsett, Jr., will defend his title against former Naismith Award winner and New Jersey native Jay Williams, Olympic gold medalist bobsledder and Buffalo native Steve Mesler, the Houston Texans’ speedster wide receiver Jacoby Jones and former MLB all-star Junior Spivey.
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.
In Super 60 I, Anthony Dorsett, Jr., staged a come-from-behind win, finishing in 7.01. The son of legendary NFL running back Tony Dorsett, Anthony played in the NFL from 1996 through 2003, starting at safety for Tennessee in Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000, and also playing for the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003. Dorsett's best year is generally considered to be 2001, when he returned two interceptions for touchdowns as a Raider. Dorsett was a track star at the University of Pittsburgh, where the 6-0, 200-pound, two-sport athlete was the 1995 IC4A champion in the 55-meter dash (6.28) and ran second leg on Pitt's 1995 BIG EAST champion 4x100m relay team outdoors. With Dorsett leading off, the Pitt 4x100 (40.04) and 4x200m (1:23.96) relay teams ran school records. Since retiring from the NFL, Dorsett has pursued careers as a personal training consultant, actor and model.
Born in Plainfield, N.J., Jay Williams graduated in 1999 from St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, where he was New Jersey Player of the Year, a Parade All-American, a USA Today first team All-American, and a McDonald’s All-American. Williams played collegiately at Duke University and led the Blue Devils to the 2001 NCAA title as a sophomore, scoring a school record 841 points in the season and averaging 25.7 ppg in the NCAA Tournament. In 2002, he won the Naismith Award as the country’s best college player. He graduated from Duke a year early, in 2002, and was the second player taken in the NBA draft, going to the Chicago Bulls. A 2003 motorcycle accident cut his NBA career short, but he made a comeback in 2006 and was briefly with the New Jersey Nets. He currently is an ESPN analyst.
Steve Mesler was one of the most celebrated athletes of 2010 as part of the U.S. 4-man bobsled “Night Train” team that won the first American Olympic gold medal in the event in 62 years. Like Dorsett, Mesler has a rich track & field background, winning the National Scholastic indoor pentathlon national title while at Buffalo’s City Honors High School. At 6-2 and 210 pounds, Mesler attended the University of Florida on a track scholarship and earned his degree in 2000. He competed in the decathlon, and he owns a 55m personal best of 6.58. An elbow injury essentially ended his track career, but he took his speed and strength to the ice, becoming a three-time Olympian in the bobsled. The exploits of the “Night Train” made Mesler a media darling, and it is a role he has embraced, having appeared on the “Today” Show, “Late Show with David Letterman”, “The Colbert Report” and on the cover of Sports Illustrated, among many other appearances. The 4-man bobsled gold was named the best moment of 2010 by Universal Sports and the team was USOC Team of the Year. He has won more World Cup medals (39) than any other American push athlete, and has been nominated for the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Jones and Junior
At 26 years of age and with an impressive track pedigree, Houston Texans wide receiver Jacoby Jones is likely the man to beat among the Super 60 II field. The New Orleans native started running track at age 7 and originally enrolled at Southern Louisiana University in 2002 on a track scholarship. He also ran track after transferring to Lane College and claims personal bests of 10.28 in the 100m, 13.4 in the 110 hurdles and 46 seconds in the 400. Drafted in the third round in 2007, Jones is a wide receiver and punt returner for the Texans. In 2010 he caught 51 passes for 562 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 11 yards per catch. The 6-2, 210-pounder returned 29 punts for 204 yards and 23 kicks for 494 yards.
At 6-0 and 185 pounds, Junior Spivey is built for speed, and he hopes to celebrate his 36th birthday on Friday with a Super 60 victory. The right-handed second baseman was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization in 1996 and played for the DBacks from 2001-2003, playing in 72 games for Arizona when they won the 2001 World Series crown. Spivey earned National League all-star recognition in 2002, hitting .301 with 16 home runs, 78 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Spivey played for the Brewers in 2004 and ’05 and later signed a minor-league contract with the Mets in 2009.
A Night at The Garden
Fans can experience a night at the world renowned Madison Square Garden – with the ambience, history and great international competition that Millrose has to offer – on any budget. Tickets for the 104th
Millrose Games range from $15-$100 and are on sale now at the Madison Square Garden box office (212-465-6073) or through Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.com/Millrose-Games-tickets/artist/8476222