NYC PARKS’ OCEAN BREEZE ATHLETIC COMPLEX TO HOST NEW YORK STATE PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS THROUGH 2022
NYC Parks today announced that its Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex (Ocean Breeze) was approved by The New York State High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Executive Committee to host its Indoor Track & Field Championships through 2022. The NYSPHSAA Indoor Track & Field Championships have been held at Ocean Breeze since 2017.
With the new agreement, beginning in 2020, Ocean Breeze in Staten Island will host the prestigious event through the next four years. Ocean Breeze and NYSPHSAA are excited to continue this partnership and host the elite high school athletes from all over New York State.
“We are honored that the NYSPHSAA has chosen to retain their partnership with NYC Parks’ Ocean Breeze for the New York State Championships,” said NYC Parks Ocean Breeze Park Administrator Lauren Primerano. “We want to thank the Executive Committee, Dr. Robert Zayas and Joe Altieri for their continued support of our athletic complex and we look forward to working with them through 2022 to produce an outstanding event.”
“We are excited that NYC Parks’ Ocean Breeze will continue to be the home of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Indoor Track and Field State Championships. Ocean Breeze has been a great venue for our Student-Athletes, coaches and fans for the last two years and will be again this March.,” said NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas. “It’s great to see a world class facility like Ocean Breeze be awarded the State Championships through a highly competitive bid process and we are proud to be returning to Staten Island through the 2022 Championships.”
In the brief history of the NYSPHAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at Ocean Breeze, a few records have been broken. Last year, Katelyn Tuohy of North Rockland High School broke the 1500M record with a time of 4:23.38, surpassing Mary Cain’s mark of 4:24.25 set in 2012. During the 2017 event, Sammy Watson of Rush Henrietta set the new meet record with a time of 1:28.67 in the 600M. Jill Shippee of Shenendehowa set the new meet record in the weight throw with a mark of 60’07’.
The 2019 NYSPHSAA Indoor Track & Field Championships takes place on Saturday, March 2. Meet and ticket information will be available soon at NYSPHSAA.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. The complex also serves as a community resource, offering recreational and athletic amenities to Staten Islanders.