Mackey, Hurt Headline Fields for Aetna Falmouth Elite Mile
Guaranteed $15,000 prize purse plus time bonuses; 24th edition fourth stop on the BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2019 presented by Running Warehouse
From Falmouth Road Race
FALMOUTH, Mass. — Katie Mackey, the only three-time winner in the race’s history, and Tripp Hurt, the reigning USA 1 Mile Road Champion, lead the fields for the 24th Aetna Falmouth Elite Mile on August 17, organizers have announced. The Mile is part of the Falmouth Track Festival, held the evening before the iconic New Balance Falmouth Road Race.
The Aetna Falmouth Elite Mile will begin at 5:00pm on Saturday, August 17, on the James T. Kalperis Track at Falmouth High School. Total prize purse for the men’s and women’s fields is $15,000, not including possible time bonuses, with the winners each taking home $3500.
Beginning with the SBLI Family Fun Run and followed by the Aetna Falmouth Elite Mile and the Tommy Cochary High School Mile, the track festival will be streamed live on the New Balance Falmouth Road Race Facebook page beginning at 4:00pm.
Mackey, 31, is the 2017 USA 1 Mile Road Champion, 2018 USATF Club Cross Country Champion, American record-holder in the 4x1500m relay, and was eighth at 3000 meters in the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Hurt, 26, a two-time USATF Outdoor Championships steeplechase finalist, was third at this year’s USATF Indoor Championships in the 2 Mile.
Also among the headliners in the women’s race is Heather Kampf, a member of the same medal-winning relay team as Mackey and a four-time USA 1 Mile Road Champion. After three events, Kampf and Hurt lead the standings in the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2019, on which the Aetna Falmouth Elite Mile is the fourth stop.
Challenging Mackey and Kampf will be Cory McGee, who was fourth in the 2015 Pan American Games 1500 meters and won the Sir Walter Miler on August 2 in 4:27.87; Stephanie Garcia, a two-time member of Team USA at the IAAF World Championships in the 3000m steeplechase (2011, 2015); Allie Buchalski, 2018 NCAA 5000m runner-up; Jessica Harris, third at 1500 meters in the 2019 NCAA Championships; Lianne Farber, a three-time All-American at the University of North Carolina who runs for Team New Balance Boston; Eleanor Fulton, a two-time member of Team USA for the mixed relay at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships (2017, 2019); Vanessa Fraser, fourth in the 2018 NCAA 5000 meters; Dana Giordano, third at 1500 meters in 2016 NCAA Championships, who competes on the B.A.A. High Performance Team and has a family home in Woods Hole; and Heather MacLean, a Massachusetts state champion out of Peabody High School and an All-American while at UMass-Amherst who just finished seventh at USATF Outdoor Nationals in a personal record 4:05.27.
For the men, Tripp will face Josh Thompson, third at 1500m at the recent USATF Outdoor Championships; Garrett Heath, two-time USA 1 Mile Road Champion (2013, 2015); Pat Casey, the 2018 NACAC silver medalist at 1500 meters; Patrick Joseph, a member of Virginia Tech’s 2018 NCAA Indoor Champion Distance Medley team and fourth in the Mile; Daniel Herrera, defending men's BBTM GP Tour champion and Mexico’s national record holder in the Mile; Riley Masters, 2016 BBTM GP Tour champion and 2018 USA 1 Mile Road Champion; David Ribich, two-time NCAA Division II 1500m champion (2017-18); Mason Ferlic, 2016 NCAA Champion in the 3000m steeplechase; Craig Nowak, a two-time All-American while at Oklahoma State; and Garrett O’Toole, the 2018 Ivy League indoor Mile champion who now competes for Arizona State.
O’Toole, whose 4:01.89 Mile while running for The Middlesex School was the fastest U.S. high school Mile in 2014, won the Tommy Cochary High School Mile here in 2013, and still holds the meet record. At the Aetna Falmouth Elite Mile, O’Toole will be attempting to break the coveted 4-minute mark for the first time.
The Aetna Falmouth Elite Mile, which began in 1995, has played host to more than two dozen Olympians, including Morgan Uceny, Amy Rudolph, Carmen Douma-Hussar, Carrie Tollefson, Suzy Hamilton, Donn Cabral, Marc Davis, Robert Gary, Jason Pyrah, 2012 Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano and two-time Olympic medalist Nick Willis of New Zealand. The event records are held by Hamilton (4:25.27, 2002) and Jordan McNamara (3:54.89, 2011).