Women's Track at New York Athletic Club in Manhattan

Women Track

  • Julie Culley

    • Julie Culley is a New Jersey native who competed for Rutgers University. At Rutgers, she was an All-American in cross country her senior year and set school records in the 3000m, 5000m, and distance medley relay, and was a Big East Scholar Athlete of the Year.

      At the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, Culley finished 7th in the 5000m, with a time of 15:34.43. She was the first American finisher at the 2009 World Cross Country Championships, finishing 21st with a time of 28:08.

      In 2009, she finished fourth at the USA Championships in the 5000m. She earned a spot on the U.S. 2009 World Championship team by attaining the "B" standard with a time of 15:20.53 at the 5000m in Liege, Belgium. At the 2009 World Championships, Culley finished seventh in the first heat of the 5000m in 15:32.33 and did not advance.

      She currently lives in New Jersey and is training under the legendary coach Frank Gagliano.

      Personal Bests

      1500m: 4:13.18
      Mile: 4:34.38
      3000m (i): 8:55.62
      5000m 15:21.87


      Julie Culley Represents U.S. at World Track Championships
      LetsRun.com Goes To Amman
  • Natasha Hastings
    • In 2013 Hastings finally captured a long-awaited USA Outdoor championship, cruising past the line with a time of 49.94 to earn her place atop the podium. Hastings has been a fixture of Team USA's 4x400m relay, with six international relay medals to her name. In 2012 she added an individual world medal to her trophy case with a bronze medal at the 2012 World Indoor Championships. Hastings (52.57) had third-leg duty in the women’s 4x400m at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships where Team USA won their first-ever gold in the women's 4x400m relay at a World Indoor Championships in American record fashion, finishing in 3:27.34. At the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, Hastings made her first Olympic Team with her fifth place finish in the women’s 400m (51.13), which qualified her for the 4x400 relay pool. As a junior at the University of South Carolina in 2007, Hastings established herself one of the country’s best 400m runners. Following a dominant collegiate season in which she won national titles indoors and outdoors, Hastings finished as the USA Outdoor runner-up. Her personal-best time of 49.84 was the fastest ever run by a collegian. She chose to forgo her final year of NCAA eligibility.

      Career Highlights

      2014 USA Outdoor bronze medalist
      2014 USA Indoor bronze medalist
      2013 USA Outdoor Champion
      2013 World Outdoor 4X400m silver medalist
      2012 World Indoor bronze medalist
      2010 World Indoor 4X400m gold medalist
      2008 Olympic 4X400m gold medalist

  • Lesley Higgins

    • Lesley Higgins was a two-time NCAA DI track All-American at the University of Colorado. While running for CU, Lesley was the first American, second overall, in the mile at the 2001 NCAA DI indoor track and field championships, running a personal best of 4:42.36. In 2000, she was a scoring member of the NCAA DI cross country national championship team, and also finished eighth in the 3000 meters at the NCAA DI outdoor track and field championships. In 1999, she was the Big XII champion in the 1000 meters indoors, and selected as the Big XII newcomer of the year. She was also the Big XII champion in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 2002, and was a 2002 USA track and field championships qualifier in the 3000 meter steeplechase.

      Lesley resumed competitive running in 2007, competing in the 2007 USA championships in the 3000m steeplechase. On June 7, 2008, she achieved the Olympic Trials A standard with a personal best of 9:58.63 at the Saturn Midwest Distance Solution. She finished 13th in the final of the 3000m steeplechase at the 2008 Olympic Trials. In 2011, ten years after her runner-up finish at the NCAAs, Lesley finally ran a new personal best in the mile of 4:40.56 at the Boston Indoor Grand Prix.

      Lesley works as a political consultant in New York State.

      Personal bests

      800 meters: 2:11.60
      1000 meters (i): 2:49.70
      1500 meters (i):
      mile (i): 4:40.56
      3000 meters: 9:24.32
      3000m steeplechase: 9:58.63
      5000 meters: 16:39.98

      5k: 16:27.56
      4 miles: 21:54
      ½ Marathon: 1:18:06


      Brooks Featured I.D. Member
      Qualifier Steps Out of the Office and Onto the Track
      NYRR: Lesley Higgins
      Running with the elite in Central Park
      Running the Gamut
      Running Fast and Free, Elite Team Keeps It Simple
      2006 Corporate Challenge - Department of Buildings
      2006 Corporate Challenge
      A test of stamina for any athlete
  • Katy McManus

  • Miranda Melville

    • Career Highlights

      • 2013: 3rd at USA Outdoors 20,000m; 2nd at Penn Relays 5000m; 2nd at Pan American RW Cup Trials 20 km; 3rd at USA Indoors 3,000m;
      • 2012: 2nd place at Olympic Trials 20 km; 49th at World RW Cup 20 km; 6th at World Cup Team Trials 20 km; 4th at USA Indoors 3,000m;
      • 2011: 4th at USA Outdoors 20 km;
      • 2010: 4th at NACAC U23 10,000m; 6th at USA Outdoors 20 km; 6th at USA 20 km RW Championships; 6th at USA Indoors 3,000m;
      • 2009: 4th at USA Outdoors 20 km; 4th at USA Indoors 3,000m; 2008: 1st at Junior Olympics 10 km; 43rd at World Jr. RW Cup 10 km (53:25).
  • Alysia Montano

    • Career Highlights

      Montano was a standout college athlete; in 2012 she won three consecutive U.S. titles and earned a spot on the 2012 Olympic team where she went on to finish fifth in the final. Mantano had a breakout year in 2007 when she won the NCAA indoor and outdoor title and the USA Outdoor title.
      • 2013: 4th at Zurich; 2nd at Stockholm; 4th at World Outdoors; 3rd at Paris; 1st at USA Outdoors; 4th at Pre Classic; 1st at Penn Relays 4x800m;1st at Millrose Games 600m;
      • 2012: 1st at DecaNation; 5th at Olympic Games; 3rd at Monaco; 1st at Olympic Trials; 1st at Pre Classic;
      • 2011: 4th at World Outdoors; USA Outdoor champion; 4th at Prefontaine Classic; 4th at Paris; 6th at Stockholm;
      • 2010: 3rd at World Indoors; USA Outdoor champion; USA Indoor runner-up; 5th at Nike Pre Classic; 1st at Lignano; 1st at Monaco; 1st at Tyson Invite;
      • 2009: 7th at USA Outdoors; 2nd at Nike Pre Classic; 6th at adidas Track Classic.
  • Kathy Newberry

  • Rachel Seaman

    • Career Highlights

      Rachel Seaman is a three-time Millrose Games champion. She missed last year due to maternity leave and gave birth to daughter Isabella in the spring. This marks Rachel’s first visit to the faster Armory track. Rachel represented Canada in the 2012 Olympic Games and holds several national race walk records – including two set in the past couple of weeks. This result provides indication that she is ready to make an assault upon the 6:40.06 Millrose Games record set last year by USA Olympian Maria Michta.
      2012 Olympian; World Championship team member; 3x Millrose Games Champion
  • Jessica Zelinka

    • Career Highlights

      Jessica Zelinka is a two time Olympian for Canada who recently moved back to the Great North from Connecticut with husband Nathaniel (“Nate”) Miller and daughter Anika. Nate was a 2008 Olympic water polo competitor; in fact Jessica’s path to the NYAC came via Nate’s association with NYAC water polo chairman Chris Judge. Jessica has rewritten the Canadian record books in the Heptathlon; finishing 6th at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 7th in London. Amazingly, she also finished 7th in the individual 100 meter hurdles. For Olympic results Jessica was named the most outstanding track athlete of 2012 Athletics Canada. She is particularly strong in the hurdles and last year set her personal best 8.16 in her Millrose Games (and NYAC) debut. She also represented Canada in the 100m hurdles at the 2013 IAAF world championships.