*More than 5,000 athletes from over 150 schools in six states will compete in the 2nd Annual Marine Corps Holiday Classic on Tuesday, December 27th at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory.


*Former Mayor David Dinkins, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Actor Harvey Keitel are expected to attend. They are all former Marines, and they will present awards to victorious competitors from 1-3 p.m. The meet will get under way at 9 a.m. Commissioner Kelly?s schedule is subject to change.Marine Corps General Richard Tryon will also be in attendance. He is the Commanding Officer of the Eastern Recruiting Region and Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. 


*The Marine Corps Relay, featuring teams from New York, New Jersey and the Headquarters Office in Garden City, NY, will be held at 1:30 p.m.


*The meet events are all relays with the exception of the boys and girls Invitational 800 Meter Runs, with the boys scheduled for 2 p.m. and the girls at 2:05 p.m.


*Among the athletes expected to compete areAislinn Ryan of Warwick Valley High School, the National High School Cross Country Champion of 2004 (third this year), and Lionel Williams of St. Peter?s, who last year set the national sophomore record and New York State indoor mark for 600 Meters at 1:19.68 at the Archbishop Molloy Stanner Games.


*At 1:15 p.m., Corporal Elizabeth Quinoneswill sing the National Anthem accompanied by the Marine Corps Color Guard. Athletes will compete for prizes throughout the day in the Marine Corps Chin-Up Challenge.


*This past Saturday, the 52nd annual Bishop Loughlin Games were held at the Armory. Lynne Layne of New Rochelle High School, the National Scholastic Indoor champion at 60 Meters, set the meet record for 55 Meters at 6.99. Layne, the New York State outdoor champion at 100 and 200 Meters who will attend the University of Tennessee, also won the Long Jump at 18-3 3/4. In the Section 1 Kickoff a week earlier, Layne set the Section 1 mark for 300 Meters at 39.4.Williams of St. Peter?s won the 600 Meters in 1:21.24.


*Thomas Walls of Woodrow Wilson in New Jersey set a meet record in the 55 Meters at 6.42, while Scott DiCesare of Irvington (New York) tied the meet standard in the Pole Vault at 15-0. Jason Gross of McDonogh (Maryland) set the meet record in the Triple Jump at 47-7 ?.


*New Rochelle won the girls competition with 22 points while Benjamin Cardoza finished second with 16 points. DeMatha of Maryland was the boys winner with 21 points, followed by Simon Gratz of Philadelphia with 17.


*Following are varsity results at the Bishop Loughlin Games:

Boys 55 Meter Dash: Thomas Walls, Woodrow Wilson, 6.42. Boys 55 Meter Hurdles: Keith Brown, McDonogh, 7.55. Boys 300 Meter Dash: Kenneth Talley, Simon Gratz, 34.51. Boys 600 Meters: Lionel Williams, St. Peter?s, 1:21.24. Boys 1000 Meters: John Maloy, Shaker, 2:33.28. Boys Mile: Vito Cannavo, Msgr. Farrell, 4:25.86. Boys 2 Mile Run: Dan Lewis, Msgr. Farrell, 9:29.32. Boys 800 Meter Relay: Camden, 1:31.96. Boys 1600 Meter Relay: DeMatha, 3:20.79. Boys 3200 Meter Relay: Simon Gratz, 8:09.65. Boys Long Jump: Danny Hu, Great Neck South, 22-0. Boys Triple Jump: Jason Gross, McDonogh, 47-7 ?. Boys Shot Put: Joe Tesoriero, Port Jefferson, 55-9 ?. Boys High Jump: Justin Frick, Freehold Boro, 6-6. Boys Pole Vault: Scott DiCesare, Irvington, 15-0. Girls 55 Meter Dash: Lynne Layne, New Rochelle, 6.99. Girls 55 Meter Hurdles: Nia Ali, Pleasantville, 7.99. Girls 300 Meter Dash: Krystal Cantey, Winslow Township, 39.32. Girls 600 Meters: Dalilah Muhammad, Benjamin Cardoza, 1:34.37. Girls 1000 Meters: Brittany Sheffey, Bellport, 2:54.39. Girls Mile: Kelsey Malmquist, Kellenberg, 5:12.23. Girls 2 Mile Run: Lauren Schmidt, Bay Shore, 10:47.38. Girls 800 Meter Relay: Hempstead, 1:42.78. Girls 1600 Meter Relay: Benjamin Cardozo, 3:54.51. Girls 3200 Meter Relay: Morris Knolls, 9:32.26. Girls Long Jump: Lynne Layne, New Rochelle, 18-3 ?. Girls Triple Jump: Nwamaka Okobi, Freeport, 37-6. Girls Shot Put: Toina Long, New Brunswick, 39-3 ?. Girls High Jump: Brittany Dexter, Burnt Hills, 5-8. Girls Pole Vault: Rachel Cassata, Somers, 11-0.


*Admission to the Marine Corps Holiday Classic is $5, with students and seniors admitted for $3.

 The action begins at 9 a.m.


Upcoming Events:

Monday, December 26, Police Athletic League Holiday Classic, 9 a.m.

Tuesday, December 27, Marine Corps Holiday Classic, 9 a.m.

Wednesday, December 28, Public Schools Athletic League Holiday Games, 9 a.m.

Friday, December 30, USATF Metropolitan Open Holiday Classic, 5 p.m.