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Elite List for BAA Invitational Mile on 4-14

Olympic Games and 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 ‰ÛÒ The
Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today 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‰Ûªs 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
1,000 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‰Ûªs 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‰ÛªSean Turner (IN).

 

Highlighting the women‰Ûªs 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 U.S. 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.

 

‰ÛÏWith the Boston Marathon finish line as its backdrop,
the B.A.A. Invitational Mile brings the energetic atmosphere of a track meet to
Boylston Street,
as runners from the Boston
area and around the world compete in front of cheering fans,‰Û said B.A.A.
Executive Director Tom Grilk.
‰ÛÏWe are proud to host a world class field of professional runners, as
well as top middle school and high school age runners from the Boston Marathon
host communities, to our event.‰Û

 

The B.A.A. Invitational Mile includes six different races,
held shortly after the Fifth B.A.A. 5K on Sunday, April 14. The first two races
feature middle school age students from the eight cities and towns of the
Boston Marathon course ‰ÛÒ Hopkinton, Ashland,
Framingham, Natick,
Wellesley, Newton,
Brookline, and Boston. The girls‰Ûª and boys‰Ûª
Middle School 1,000 meter races include runners between sixth and eighth grade
and finish at the Boston Marathon finish line in front of thousands of
spectators.

 

Following the Middle School 1,000 meter race is the
Scholastic Mile, which features girls‰Ûª and boys‰Ûª one-mile races for
high school age 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 athletes run, finishing at the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street.

 

Schedule of Events ‰ÛÒ Sunday, April
14, 2013

8:00 a.m. ET    

Fifth B.A.A. 5K

First race of the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley

 

9:30 a.m. ET    

Girls‰Ûª Middle School 1,000 meters

Boys‰Ûª Middle School 1,000 meters

 

9:50 a.m. ET    

Girls‰Ûª Scholastic Mile

Boys‰Ûª Scholastic Mile

 

10:05 a.m. ET   

Men‰Ûªs Professional Mile

Women‰Ûªs Professional Mile

 

 

B.A.A. Invitational Mile Men‰Ûªs Field (as of April 5, 2013)

NAME                                      
COUNTRY        
AGE     PERSONAL BEST

Nick Willis                                
NZL      29        
3:50.66 (3:30.35)

Ross
Murray                            
GBR     22        
3:52.77 (3:34.76)

Peter van der
Westhuizen          
RSA     28        
3:54.90 (3:35.33)

Craig
Miller                               
USA/CO           
25         3:56.41 (3:36.35)

Donn
Cabral                             
USA/WA           23        
3:56.41i (3:40.03)

De‰ÛªSean
Turner                         
USA/IN 24         3:59.17 (3:46.22)

Ben
Bruce                                
USA/AZ           
30         4:06.52 (3:45.53)

 

B.A.A. Invitational Mile Women‰Ûªs
Field (as of April 5, 2013)

NAME                                      
COUNTRY        
AGE     PERSONAL BEST

Kalkidan
Gezahegne                 
ETH     
21         4:24.10i (4:00.97)

Gabriele
Anderson                    
USA/MN          
26         4:27.94 (4:04.84)

Brenda
Martinez                                   
USA/CA           
25         4:26.76 (4:06.96)

Chelsea
Reilly              
           
USA/CA           
23         4:30.18 (4:24.49)

Heather
Kampf                         
USA/MN          
26         4:37.13i (4:12.09)

Geena
Gall                               
USA/MI 26         4:31.75i (4:12.23)

Violah
Lagat                             
KEN     24        
4:39.42 (4:13.30)

 

( ) ‰ÛÒ Indicates 1500 meter track performance

i ‰ÛÒ Indicates indoor track performance

 

 

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