A Fan's Guide To The 2012 Millrose Games
February 10, 2012
Update: Sanya Richards in the 400m added to this article
While we personally are sad this is the first Millrose Games not at Madison Square Garden (and perhaps more importantly for the sport, the first Millrose in fives year not on live tv (we're not sure the last time Millrose wasn't on any tv at all like this one)), the meet definitely should entertain, particularly for the mid-d and distance fans (the LRC audience). Plus with the US Open at MSG, and the USATF Classic in Arkansas back on the calendar, in many ways, this is now an extra meet on the pro calendar.
1,500 fans will enjoy the fact that US female 1,500 stars Shannon Rowbury and Jenny Simpson will clash in the 1,500 while world #1 in the 1,500 Morgan Uceny will battle Phoebe Wright, Maggie Vessey and Ethiopia's Fantu Magiso at 800. On the men's side, former US 1,500 star Bernard Lagat will try to reclaim his American 5,000 record in a race where the collegiate record will be under assault, as we'll find out if Lawi Lalang is world class just yet. US 1,500 star Matt Centrowitz will battle a talented group of collegians in the Wanamaker mile. (We must point out the best indoor mile in the US in arguably a decade is going on in Arkansas this week). Plus a good men's 60 hurdles and a world record attempt by LaShawn Merritt in the men's 500.
One of the biggest problem with being a track fan is that it takes a ton of time. Well, we are here to help. Below we break down the key events for you from the 2012 Millrose Games (all of the mid-d and distance events for you plus the men's 60 hurdles and men's 500) so you can just log onto your computer and watch the significant races from 8-10 pm ET. The non-collegiate portion of the meet actually starts at 4 pm Saturday, butw ho has six hours to devote to track and the big events don't start until 8 pm. For a full schedule of events, click here.
It's definitely a meet that's worthy logging onto You Tube for. We'll also be embedding it on LetsRun.com
Saturday 8 PM - NYRR Wanamaker Women's Metric Mile: US 1,500m Medallists Jenny Simpson And Shannon Rowbury Battle
(Editor's Note: A person in red is a likely race winner or someone really worth paying attention to)
1 Infeld, Maggie - New York AC (U.S.) - 25-year-old former Georgetown runner has PRs of 2:03/4:10.
2 Sifuentes, Nicole - Saucony (Canada) - 25-year-old former Michigan runner has PRs of 2:02/4:06 and is Canadian Olympic hopeful at 1,500. Last year she ran 2:03/4:08. Ran 2:03.35 last week at New Balance which isn't too far off her PR (2:02.63).
3 Maloy, Liz - New Balance (U.S.) - With zero fanfare, the 26-year-old former Gtown runner now has the Olympic "A" standard at 5,000 thanks to her 15:15.34 PR from last July and thanks to the fact that the IAAF recently lowered it to 15:20. Ran 8:48 3k at New Balance. 1,500 PR is 4:09. Finished 3rd - just ahead of Centrowitz in mile at New Balance Games at Armory on Jan. 21 in 4:40.32.
4 Follett, Katie - Brooks (U.S.) - Former Washington runner ran 4:07 last year in first year as a pro. Ran 10-second PR in Washington on January 28th at 9:05.
5 Van Dalen, Lucy - Stony Brook (New Zealand) - NCAA runner-up last year has a PR of 4:11.59. The collegiate record is 4:10.20, set in 1985 by Clemson's Tina Krebs. Prepped with a 2:42 1k last week.
6 Centrowitz, Lauren - New Balance (U.S.) - Sister of Matt, ran 4:10 two years ago but only 4:14 last year. She's 25 and needs to have a breakthrough year. Finished 4th in mile at New Balance Games at Armory on Jan. 21 in 4:40.60.
7 Simpson, Jenny - New Balance (U.S.) - World 1,500 champ went out in 4:39 for 1,600 in 3k in Boston last weekend before fading badly over final 800 to 8:58 (her PR is 8:42). Last year in her lone Armory appearance, she looked amazing and won by 2 + seconds in mile in 4:28.60.
8 Rowbury, Shannon - Nike (U.S.) - 2009 World Championships bronze medallist beat Simpson late with a 8:55.06 last weekend in Boston (her PR is 8:47).
9 Macias, Isabel - adidas (Spain) - 27-year-old has PR of 4:06.50. Ran 4:13 all alone last weekend.
10 Muncan, Marina - New Balance (Serbia) - Former Villanova runner is running out of time if she's ever going to make the Olympics. At age 29, her PR is 4:08.02 but she only ran 4:14.97 last year. Was a well-beaten 6th at New Balance Games mile three weeks ago in 4:42. She's the rabbit here.