Also in the mix is event-record holder Jordan McNamara.
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Last Friday, organizers of the Falmouth Mile announced their elite athlete fields for the Sat., Aug. 10, event to be held on the James Kalperis Track at Falmouth High School. Reigning champion David Torrence and event record holder Jordan McNamara both return to the multi-colored Mondo track, as do Gabriele Anderson and Katie Mackey on the women’s side.
In it’s 19th year for men and 20th for women, the Falmouth Mile is run on the eve of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race and is known for fast times. In the last three years, 18 men have run under four minutes, including 10 in 2011. In 2012, the women’s mile world leading time was run on the track by Brenda Martinez; her winning mark was 4:26.76.
Joining Torrence and McNamara in the men’s event will be Garrett Heath, Jack Bolas, Matt Elliot, Will Leer, Craig Miller, and Duncan Phillips. McNamara (3:52.42) and Heath (3:53.15) ran personal best times at the Emsley Carr Mile at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London on July 27, while Torrence notched a season’s best of 3:52.74. Elliot is coming off a surprising fourth place finish at the U.S. Outdoor Championships, and a 3:36.88 personal best for 1500m. Leer was the 2009 Falmouth Mile champion, and won both the USA indoor mile and 3000m titles earlier this year.
All will be chasing McNamara’s event record of 3:54.89, set in 2011. If the time is broken, the winner will earn a meet record bonus of $1,500 on top of his $2000 first-place prize, plus an additional $1,000 bonus for breaking 3:58.
On the women’s side is Anderson, a veteran of the Cape Cod event. The Team USA Minnesota/Brooks athlete placed second in both 2012 and 2010, as well as fourth in 2011. Coming off personal bests of 8:42.64 for 3000m and 4:01.48 for 1500m, Anderson looks to be in top form heading into the latter stages of the outdoor track season. Fellow Brooks athlete Mackey is also competing; she was the top American over 1500m at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London.
Heather Kampf, who timed a career best 2:00.04 for 800m in July at the Meeting Sport Solidarietà, will make her Falmouth Mile debut. Joining her on the line will be Team New Balance athletes Sarah Brown (née Bowman) and Stephanie Garcia, as well as Ashley Miller, Aisha Praught, Sara Vaughn, and Heidi Gregson of Australia.
The women’s meet record stands at 4:25.27, run by Suzy Favor-Hamilton in 2002.
Accompanying the professional races will be the Cochary High School Mile, bringing some of Massachusetts’ best high school milers together. University of Connecticut-bound Michael O’Donnell and Weston native Garrett O’Toole lead the boys side, while 5:01.92 miler Julie McConville of Hingham tops the girls list.