American record holders, Hollister men's mile featured at USA Track & Field Classic
Courtesy of USATF.org
February 8, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - A pair of American record holders and a men's mile named
after one of the most significant figures in the corporate history of
Nike highlight competition in the distances and throws this Saturday at
the USA Track & Field Classic in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
American record holder Jillian Camarena-Williams will compete in the women's shot put while American record holder Galen Rupp goes after another AR, this time in the men's 2 mile, in Fayetteville.
With a field full of sub-four-minute milers, the Geoff Hollister men's
mile will honor the memory of Hollister, the third employee of Nike,
founder of the Athletics West track club and key figure in grassroots
running efforts who died Monday after a long battle with cancer.
Held at the University of Arkansas' Randal Tyson Center, the USA Track
& Field Classic is the third stop on USATF's 2012 Indoor Visa
Championship Series. The meet will be televised on ESPN2 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, February 12.
Strong fields, fast fields
Camarena-Williams in 2011 had the best season by an American female
shot putter in at least a quarter century, setting the American record
indoors and outdoors and winning a bronze medal at the World Outdoor
Championships. In Fayetteville she will compete alongside the woman who
with her brought the women's shot back into national prominence, 2011
USA outdoor champion Michelle Carter. The men's shot put includes defending national indoor champion Ryan Whiting and former Auburn standout Cory Martin.
The Geoff Hollister men's mile provides the deepest men's field of the
meet, with at least four men with personal bests of 3:50 or faster.
Included are World Outdoor silver medalist and U.S. Open champion Silas Kiplagat of Kenya (3:49.39PR); four-time NCAA mile and 1,500m champion Leo Manzano (3:50.64PR); 2010 5th Avenue Mile champion Amine Laalou of Morocco (3:50.22PR); and 2010 World Junior champion Caleb Ndiku of Kenya (3:49.77PR). The women's 1,500 includes 2010 USA indoor 800m and outdoor 1,500m champion Anna Pierce, three-time USA outdoor 1,500m champion
Treniere Moser and U.S. Open winner Brenda Martinez.
The American record holder indoors at 5,000 meters and outdoors at 10,000m, Galen Rupp
returns to the site of his first AR to go for another record in the
men's 2 mile. At the 2009 Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Rupp set
the collegiate and American records indoors in the 5,000m with his time
of 13:18.12. Last year he lowered that mark to 13:11.44 in Birmingham,
England. Also in Fayetteville, he won the 2009 NCAA outdoor titles at
5,000m and 10,000m.
The USA Track & Field Classic will be held in conjunction with the
2012 Tyson Invitational, one of the nation's premier collegiate meets.
For more information and scheduled fields for the USA Track & Field
Classic, visit www.visachampionshipseries.com .