an update on the Adrian Martinez Classic, scheduled for June 5th at 5pm in
Concord, MA. We are expecting stellar fields in all six High Performance races.
In fact, next Thursday will be the best night of track races in New England
this Spring, and a great opportunity for sports fans to see some of the very
best runners in the nation up close. This is the running equivalent of the U.S.
National Soccer team playing a friendly match at a local park where the fans
could sit on the sidelines.
I want to draw special attention to the following athletes and races:
· Former Haverhill star Pat Fullerton ran 3:58 for a road mile last year; but to count as
an official sub-4, the mile has to be run on the track. So he’ll be taking a
crack next Thursday night.
· Brian Gagnon,
formerly of Lowell HS and University of Connecticut, is now training with an
elite group in New Jersey, the NJ/NY Track Club, which is coached by legendary
coach Frank Gagliano. He is among the top ranked 800m runners in the nation.
The men’s 800 might be the toughest race of the night, with 5 men who have run
1:46 or better. Gagnon will face fierce competition from former U. Maine
standout Riley Masters; 2010 World
Junior Silver Medalist Cas Loxsom;
Ugandan Olympian Julius Mutekanga;
and Dorian Ulrey, who represented
Team USA at the 2009 World Championships in the 1500.
· The women’s 800m features U.S. Olympian and former
American record-holder in the Steeplechase, Anna Willard, who now trains with the BAA. She will face a very
talented field, including Geena
Gall-Lara, who helped Team USA to a gold medal in the 4×800 at the IAAF
World Relay Championships two weeks ago.
· The women’s 5000m field includes Olympian Amy Hastings (she trains in Providence
with another coaching legend, Ray Treacy), Providence standout Emily Sisson, Jessica (Pixler) Tebo, former BU standout and all-American Katie Matthews, and a host of others.
· The men’s 5000 features three athletes who have run under
14:00 for the distance, led by Iona alum (and British National) Mitch Goose at 13:34.
· The women’s Adro Mile is headlined by Amanda Winslow, former Florida State
standout, who has a PR of 4:26. In close competition will be Tufts alum Cat Beck, whose 1500 PR converts to
about 4:27, and a host of women with PRs right around 4:30.
· In the men’s Adro Mile, locals like Pat Fullerton and BU
record-holder Rich Peters will face
a most daunting prospect: Taking on Leo
Manzano. In addition to winning the Silver Medal at the 2012 Olympics in
the 1500, Manzano is an eight-time medalist at the U.S. Championships. He is
among the most accomplished middle-distance runners in U.S. history.
These athletes and many more will compete at the 2014 Adrian Martinez Classic.
The Martinez Classic, which also offers mile races for all ages and abilities,
is a memorial for former Concord-Carlisle and Williams runner Adrian Martinez,
and a fundraiser for the Adrian Martinez Scholarship Fund, and the Friends of
CCHS Track and Field.
Below you will find the updated entry list for the 2014 AMC HP
We have 71 athletes entered at the moment.