Olympic Games, World Championships Medalists Highlight B.A.A. Invitational Mile Field
Nick Willis (NZL) and Kalkidan Gezahegne (ETH) are top contenders; $14,500 prize purse at stake in the event, held on Sunday, April 14
BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced that an international field of elite athletes will compete in the B.A.A. Invitational Mile to be held on Sunday, April 14, 2013, one day before the 117th Boston Marathon®. Highlighting the men’s field is Nick Willis (NZL), a silver medalist at 1500 meters in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships 1500 meter gold medalist Kalkidan Gezahegne (ETH) will look to lead the women. The B.A.A. Invitational Mile also features a Middle School 1000 meter race and Scholastic Mile, held immediately before the professional Mile races.
With a one-Mile personal best of 3:50.66, Willis is the fastest man in the field. He will face 2012 Olympian, Glastonbury, Conn. native and Washington resident Donn Cabral and 2012 U.S. Road Mile champion Craig Miller (CO). Also competing is Ross Murray (GBR) who ran a 3:52.77 Mile last year at the age of 21, defeating Willis at the Aviva London Grand Prix. Rounding out the field are Ben Bruce (AZ), who placed third in last year’s B.A.A. Invitational Mile; Peter van der Westhuizen (RSA), who earned three top five finishes in road Mile races in 2012; and six-time NCAA All-American De’Sean Turner (IN).
Highlighting the women’s field is Gezahegne, who holds a 1500 meter personal best of 4:00.97. A talented group of Americans are also expected to be in contention for the win, including 2012 Olympian Geena Gall (MI); 2012 Fifth Avenue Mile and Falmouth Mile champion Brenda Martinez (CA); Heather Kampf (MN), 2012 U.S. Road Mile champion; Chelsea Reilly (CA), 2012 USA. 10K champion; and 2012 B.A.A. Invitational Mile third-place finisher Gabriele Anderson (MN). Also in the field is two-time NCAA All-American Violah Lagat (KEN), the sister of two-time Olympic medalist and six-time IAAF World Championships medalist Bernard Lagat.
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