Past Champions Nick Willis, Morgan Uceny Headline B.A.A. Mile
Invitational races feature start/finish on Boylston Street at Boston Marathon finish line and $14,500 prize purse.
BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced an elite field of Olympic Games medalists, returning champions and world class competitors for the 2014 B.A.A. Invitational Mile, to be held on Saturday, April 19, two days prior to the 2014 Boston Marathon®. Defending champion Nick Willis (NZL), a silver medalist at 1500 meters in the 2008 Olympic Games, highlights the men’s field. Two-time B.A.A. Invitational Mile champion (2010, 2012) and 2012 Olympian Morgan Uceny (Boston, MA) will look to win a third title. The B.A.A. Invitational Mile will also include Middle School 1000 meter races and Scholastic Mile races, featuring youths from the eight cities and towns of the Boston Marathon course.
A $14,500 prize purse will be distributed to the top professional finishers in the B.A.A. Invitational Mile. The male and female champion will each receive $3000. Prize money awards are equal for men and women.
B.A.A. Invitational Mile Schedule of Events – Saturday, April 19, 2014
Girl’s Middle School 1000 meters
Boy’s Middle School 1000 meters
Girl’s Scholastic Mile
Boy’s Scholastic Mile
Men’s Professional Mile
Women’s Professional Mile
Willis, 30, holds a 1500 meter personalrecord of 3:30.35, the fastest in the field. His winning time of 4:03.3 in last year’s B.A.A. Invitational Mile set a new event record. Leo Manzano (Austin, TX), silver medalist at 1500 meters at the 2012 London Olympic Games, will look to challenge Willis in this year’s race. Manzano’s Mile PR of 3:50.64 is the fastest in the field.
Also competing in this year’s B.A.A. Invitational Mile are Peter van der Westhuizen (RSA), 2013 B.A.A. Invitational Mile third place finisher; De’Sean Turner (Bloomington, IN), a six-time NCAA All-American who represented the U.S. at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in the 3000 meter steeplechase; Craig Miller (USA), 2012 USA. Road Mile national champion and eight-time NCAA All-American; two-time Irish national champion Paul Robinson (IRL); 2013 British national champion Chris O’Hare (GBR); and NCAA All-American Rob Finnerty (Greenville, SC).
Uceny, 29, who was ranked first in the world at 1500 meters/Mile in 2011, will look to win her third B.A.A. Invitational Mile title this year. Sara Hall (Redding, CA) and Kalkidan Gezahegne (BRN) will look to challenge Uceny. Hall has won the 2011 Grand Blue Mile (Des Moines, IA), 2011 USA Road Mile crown and 2006 Fifth Avenue Mile. She is married to Ryan Hall, who is racing in the 2014 Boston Marathon as part of the John Hancock Elite Athlete Team. Gezahegne is the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships gold medalist at 1500 meters.
Also competing on the women’s side are 2012 USA Road Mile champion and 2013 B.A.A. Invitational Mile third place finisher Heather Kampf (Minneapolis, MN); Chelsea Reilly (Colorado Springs, CO), 3000m national champion at the 2013 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships; Brie Felnagle (Tacoma, WA), 2007 NCAA 1500 meters champion; Laura Crowe (IRL), 2013 Irish 1500 meter national champion; and Violah Lagat (KEN), fourth place finisher at the B.A.A. Invitational Mile and the Fifth Avenue Mile in 2013 and the sister of two-time Olympic 1500m medalist Bernard Lagat (USA).
The B.A.A. Invitational Mile includes six races, held shortly after the 2014 B.A.A. 5K. The first two races feature middle school age students from the eight cities and towns of the Boston Marathon course – Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline and Boston. The girls and boys Middle School 1000 meter races include runners between sixth and eighth grade and finish at the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street.
Following the Middle School 1000 meter races is the Scholastic Mile, which features girls and boys races for high school students from the eight cities and towns of the Boston Marathon course. The Scholastic Mile follows the same three-lap, USATF-certified course the professional Mile athletes run, finishing at the Boston Marathon finish line.
For more race information, go to: www.baa.org