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Milers Webb/Willis Join New Balance Boston Indoor Games

Willis, Webb to Battle in Boston

 High School Phenom Lukas Verzbicas also added to field


BOSTON (Jan. 18) ‰ÛÓ Organizers announced today that Olympic Silver
Medalist Nick Willis from New Zealand and American Recorder-Holder Alan
Webb will match-up in the mile at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on
Saturday, February 5th.  Also added to the field is the nation’s top
high school miler from 2010, Lukas Verzbicas.  Tickets for the 16th
annual Olympic-styled event are on sale now at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com
<http://www.BostonIndoorGames.com> or by calling 1-877-TIX-TRAC.
 
Willis, who in 2008 became New Zealand’s first male track athlete in 32
years to bring home an Olympic medal, is also the 2006 Commonwealth
Games Champion. Last year, Willis added the New Zealand indoor 1500m
record to his own outdoor record, and then took bronze in the 1500m at
the Commonwealth Games.  Willis also broke the New Zealand and NCAA
indoor records for 3000 meters at this event in 2004 while competing for
the University of Michigan and has won the mile in Boston in each of
the last two years.    
 
Webb, who won here in 2007, has recorded the fastest time ever by an
American for the outdoor mile at 3:46.91 and is continuing his return
from Achilles surgery in 2010. Lukas Verzbicas, the two-time Footlocker
Cross Country Champion from Orland Hills, Illinois, led the nation at
this distance outdoors in 2010 (4:04.38). Showing great success at a
wide range of disciplines, Verzbicas is the National High School Indoor
Record Holder at 5000m (14:18.42), and is also one of the world’s top
junior triathletes, having won the 2010 USA Triathlon Flatland Junior
Elite Cup.  
 
Other anticipated events will include the women’s pole vault, which will
feature Olympic Silver Medalist and American Record-Holder, Jennifer
Suhr, as well as a 60m dash match-up between former World Champion and
Olympic Medalist Lauryn Williams and Olympic finalist Marshevet Myers.
Kalkidan Gezahegne from Ethiopia, the World Indoor junior record-holder
at 1500m and the mile and the 2010 World Indoor Champion at 1500m, will
return to Boston to add the mile to the 3000m title she won here in
2010.
 
The 16th-annual meet, the second stop in USA Track & Field’s Visa
Championship Series, begins at 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the Reggie Lewis
Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College.  Tickets and
meet information can be
found on-line at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com <http://www.nbindoorgrandprix.com> or by calling 1-877-TIX-TRAC.

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