The Easterns meet that we now know traces its lineage to the old AAU national high school championships first held at the old Madison Square Garden at 50th Street and 8th Avenue back in 1934.
That meet remained at the Garden until 1965, when it moved to the old 168th Street Armory in Washington Heights. It stayed there until 1972, run first by the New York Catholic High School Athletic Association and later by the Staten Island Coaches Association.
In 1973, a conflict of dates caused the meet to be cancelled and that placed the future of the meet in peril.
But the New Jersey Catholic Track Conference stepped in and took over, moving the meet to Princeton University‘s Jadwin Gym. The Easterns, as the meet was now known, soon became the most competitive indoor high school track meet in the nation.
In 1980, the girls Easterns debuted in Boston and continued there until 1996, when it merged with the boys meet. Now under the jurisdiction of the Bergen County Track Coaches Association, it was held for one more year at Princeton before moving back into the newly refurbished 168th Street Armory in 1998.
The meet has remained at the Armory for two decades now and on Tuesday enjoys its 85th running.
I’ll be posting all-time top-10 performance lists tomorrow, but click here for the final approved 2019 Easterns entries!