"[The Wanamaker Mile] is something I’ve known about, been aware of for so long, obviously something I’ve thought about for so long, that being successful there — It would mean I’m doing it justice. It would mean I’m doing the thing that Kyle of 10 years ago would have hoped he could do…If I get to 1,400 meters and I hear the bell and I’m still in the race, then I just have to hope that I find it — those final, thirtysome seconds.”
“It’s humbling when you look back at the history books and you see all these guys who’ve run just as fast, or faster, than I have, and I don’t even — I don’t know who they are. It’s an unforgiving sport. People get forgotten very quickly if you don’t leave an impression.”
Willis sent Centro a tweet after one of his recent performances saying it fired him up and motivated him to get in his second run of the day.
Centro: "He sent some tweets out at me last week after my win, saying I fired him up, motivated him for his second run of the day. I don't want to continue to do that. I better tone it down with my performances, eliminate the celebrations, let him go play with his kids and take the afternoon off."
Poor pacing ruined the AR attempt and Rowbury wobbled during the final straight but held on for a dominating victory. Treniere Moser 2nd, an upbeat Jordan Hasay faded the last lap, and Mary Cain struggled.
Last weekend Tully almost beat out Brenda Martinez on the anchor leg for the DMR world record.
Four Olympic/WC medalists (Willis, Centro, Bernard Lagat and Leo Manzano), the last two NCAA record holders (Lawi Lalang and Chris O'Hare) and defending champ Will Leer comprise a terrific field. Oh, and a guy named Edward Cheserek is also entered.