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Mile Guide: Wanamaker Edition

February 13, 2013

By Bring Back the Mile

First held in 1908 and known as the Wanamaker Mile from 1926 on, the world famous Mile enters its second year away from the boards of Madison Square Gardens to the uber fast and energetic New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory. Named after Rodman Wanamaker, the head of the Wanamaker's Department Store in New York City, it became one of the most famous events in the sport elevating stars such as Eamonn Coghlan, the "Chairman of the Boards," and the ageless Bernard Lagat as well as electric performances such as Doina Melinte's current Millrose Games record of 4:21.45 in 1988.

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Who will be the next great Wanamaker Mile athlete? Will Matthew Centrowitz start a streak that can rival Lagat's eight Wanamaker Mile titles? Will the collegiate champ, Jordan Hasay or the prep Mary Cain elevate themselves into the ranks of some of the best Milers of all-time? The Millrose Games has put together stellar fields once again for Saturday evening and we've compiled a viewer's guide to settle in with on Saturday evening.

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NYRR Wanamaker Men's Mile Preview
This field is loaded with 11 men having run sub-4 minutes in the Mile and another, Robby Andrews, who with a 3:34.78 1500m PR is certainly capable of doing so. While Wanamaker Mile reigning champion Matthew Centrowitz is the favorite on the heels of his stellar 2012 season, he will not be without a challenge. Australia's Ryan Gregson comes in as the top seed with a 3:52.24 PR and two-time Olympian Lopez Lomong (USA) is right behind with a 3:53.18 best. Centrowitz has already stated that Lagat's 3:52.87 event record is his target and something faster is possible. Will anyone catch him? Here's the Tale of the tape...

Event Record: 3:52.87 Bernard Lagat (USA / AZ), 2005
NCAA Record: 3:54.54, Miles Batty (BYU / USA), 2012
USA Record: 3:49.89, Bernard Lagat (USA / AZ), 2005
World Record: 3:48.45, Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR), 1997

Ryan Gregson Nike AUS 3:52.24 2010 3:31.06 2010 1500m AUS Record
Matthew Centrowitz Nike USA 3:52.4r 2012 3:31.96 2012 2011 WC Medalist
Lopez Lomong Nike Oregon TC USA 3:53.18 2010 3:32.20 2010 '08 & '12 Olympian
Garrett Heath Saucony USA 3:54.4r 2012 3:36.03 2012 8x NCAA All-American
Ciaran O'Lionaird Nike Oregon TC IRL 3:54.76i 2012 3:34.46 2011 2012 Olympian
Lawi Lalang U of Arizona KEN 3:55.09i 2012 3:36.77 2012 NCAA 5000m Record
Donn Cabral Nike USA 3:56.41i 2013 3:40.03 2012 NCAA Steeple Record
Chris O'Hare U of Tulsa GBR 3:56.48i 2011 3:37.95 2012 '12 NCAA Mile Champ
Ryan Hill NC State USA 3:56.78 2012 3:38.36 2012 7x NCAA All-American
Brian Gagnon NJ/NY TC USA 3:57.91i 2012 3:38.36 2012 2x NCAA All-American
Liam Boylan-Pett NJ/NY TC USA 3:58.19 2011 3:37.05 2012 NCAA All-American
Robby Andrews adidas USA 4:01.55 2010 3:34.78 2012 2x NCAA Champ
Mark Wieczorek Brooks USA 4:05.70 2011 3:47.43 2012 5x NAIA All-American
i = indoor / r = road

NYRR Wanamaker Women's Mile Preview
After a two year hiatus, the Women's Mile returns to the Millrose Games with a couple of stories to follow. The first is at the top with Hilary Stellingwerff (CAN), Sarah Brown (USA) and the 'racer' Sheila Reid. The three have impressive resumes and any one of them can certainly run away with a win here. But midway down the list we also have a trio of collegiates and arguably America's greatest prep athlete in history that will be battling it out. Jordan Hasay of the University of Oregon was at one time in Mary Cain's shoes, the current darling of the prep scene. Hasay as a Duck is the reigning NCAA indoor Mile champion and has a resume that anyone would envy. However Cain has been getting all the headlines recently smashing the all-time High School Mile record and most recently the 2 Mile record. Not to be overlooked is University of Colorado's Emma Coburn who is the 2012 USA Steeplechase champion and an Olympic team member as well as Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino fresh off her 4:34.14 indoor Mile. Here's the Tale of the tape...

Event Record: 4:21.45 Doina Melinte (ROM), 1988
NCAA Record: 4:25.91 Jenny Barringer (CU / USA), 2009
USA Record: 4:20.5 Mary Slaney (USA / OR), 1982 
World Record: 4:17.14 Doina Melinte (ROM), 1990

WOMEN - 8:40pm EST
Hilary Stellingwerff New Balance CAN 4:28.62 2007 4:05.08 2012 '12 Olympian
Sarah Brown New Balance USA 4:29.72i 2009 4:05.67 2009 4x NCAA Champ 
Sheila Reid Nike CAN 4:30.41i 2013 4:07.07 2012 5x NCAA Champ
Delilah DiCrescenzo unattached USA 4:32.11 2012 4:11.70 2012 USA XC Team
Mary Cain unattached USA 4:32.78i 2012 4:11.01 2012 HS MIle Record
Jordan Hasay U of Oregon USA 4:33.01i 2011 4:10.28 2011 2x NCAA Champ
Emma Coburn U of Colorado USA 4:33.24 2012 4:09.42 2012 2x USA Champ
Abbey D'Agostino Dartmouth USA 4:34.14i 2013 4:16.15 2012 NCAA 5000m Champ
Sara Vaughn Bowerman AC USA 4:34.29 2011 4:08.34 2012 2012 World Indoor
Renee Tomlin Nike USA 4:34.39 2012 4:11.31 2012 2x NCAA All-American
Emily Infeld Nike Oregon TC USA 4:36.83i 2010 4:07.77 2012 7x NCAA All-American
Kate Grace Oiselle - NJ/NY TC USA 4:39.52i 2011 4:10.57 2012 4x NCAA All-American
Ashley Higginson Saucony USA 4:43.01i 2012 4:12.80 2012 3x NCAA All-American
i = indoor / r = road


Tags: wanamaker mile (58) , millrose games (66) , matthew centrowitz (136) , armory track (10)

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