NYRR & Millrose Announce Mile Fields
After a victorious debut in the NYRR Wanamaker Mile at the 2012 Millrose Games, Matthew Centrowitz will return to defend his title this year on Feb. 16. Centrowitz, who ran 3:53.92 last year, the fastest time ever in the Armory, will attempt to break Bernard Lagat's Wanamaker Mile record of 3:52.87.
Arguably America's top miler, Centrowitz is the 2011 IAAF World Championships bronze medalist at 1500 meters and finished fourth in the 2012 London Olympic 1500 meters this past summer. Also last year, he won the Fifth Avenue Mile presented by Nissan, defeating Lagat and Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano.
Centrowitz's top competitor will be two-time Olympian Lopez Lomong, the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team flag bearer. They will be challenged by a strong field of professional athletes, including Robby Andrews, who finished fifth in the 2012 Olympic Trials 1500 meters; Ryan Gregson, the Australian record holder for 1500 meters; and Miles Batty, who set an NCAA record of 3:54.54 at the NYRR Wanamaker Mile last year. Also entered are collegians Ryan Hill (North Carolina State), Lawi Lalang (University of Arizona), Chris O'Hare (University of Tulsa) and Mitch Goose (Iona), who will all be gunning for Batty's record.
Rounding out the field are 2012 Olympic steeplechaser Donn Cabral of the U.S., Irish Olympian Ciarán O'Lionaird, and world-class Americans Garrett Heath and Jordan McNamara.
“I've never been this fit this early, it's really exciting for me,” said Centrowitz. “I’m definitely going after Bernard Lagat's meet record; and, if the race goes really well, I could get Bernard's American record, too (3:49.89). Every year when you plan for the season you always plan for a few special meets you get excited for. Millrose is the one for my indoor season, especially now that it's in the Armory on such a great track. I really look forward to racing in New York in front of my friends and family and repeating as NYRR Wanamaker Mile champion."
The women's race will feature Abbey D’Agostino (Dartmouth), who placed fifth in the 2012 Olympic Trials at 5000 meters; Jordan Hasay (University of Oregon), the 2011 NCAA indoor mile and 3000-meter champion and Emma Coburn (University of Colorado), the reigning Olympic Trials 3000-meter steeplechase champion.
Among the professional women are Americans Ashley Higginson, Delilah DiCrescenzo, Kate Grace, Sarah (Bowman) Brown, Emily Infeld and Renée Tomlin, and Canadians Sheila Reid, Nicole Sifuentes and Hilary Stellingwerff. High schooler Mary Cain will also compete.
To stay atop all the Millrose Games' news, please visit Millrose-Games.org. Here are the announcements to date:
• Millrose Coming to ESPN in 2013
• Millrose Schedule Announced
• Charismatic Leapers Coming To Millrose
• Symmonds, Solomon To Reunite
• Flower Power Comes To Millrose
• Lagat To Chase Records At Millrose Again
• Jager, Ritz Join Lagat, Levins & Lalang In Two-Mile
• Richardson Hurdles Into Millrose Games
• London Gold Medalists Suhr, Reese Commit
• DeLoach To Face Reese In Millrose Long Jump
• An Unique Millrose Opportunity
• Millrose Trials Yield High School Fields