Complete Pro Fields Set for Fifth Avenue Mile

September 20, 2012 at 12:15am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

On Saturday, the 32nd annual Fifth Avenue Mile Presented by Nissan will kick off at 8:45 a.m. with the wheelchair/handcycle division, followed by a morning’s worth of age-group and specialty races that feature almost 7,000 runners racing on one of the most famous avenues in the world.

Headlining the event will be the women’s and men’s professional miles at 12:45 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., respectively. In the pro races, 15 men and 13 women will vie for $60,000 in prize money, with the top man and woman each taking home $5,000.

Leading the men’s field are defending champion Bernard Lagat, a two-time Olympic medalist and a 2007 double World Champion; Leo Manzano, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist at 1500 meters; and Matthew Centrowitz, the 2011 IAAF World Championships bronze medalist at 1500 meters. All represent the United States.

The women are headlined by defending champion Jenny Simpson, a two-time U.S. Olympian and the 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters; Shannon Rowbury, a two-time Fifth Avenue Mile champion, two-time U.S. Olympian, and the 2009 IAAF World Championships bronze medalist at 1500 meters; and Hannah England of Great Britain, the 2011 IAAF World Championships silver medalist behind Simpson at 1500 meters.

Challenging for the women will be Brenda Martinez of the United States, whose personal-best 4:26.76 to win the Falmouth Mile last month ranks as the fastest in the world this year. Last week, Martinez won the Bupa Great North 1 Mile Run at the Great North CityGames in 4:34.99 over many of the women she will face on Saturday, including Simpson, Rowbury, and England.

A 2012 graduate of the University of California-Riverside, the 25-year-old Martinez was the 2009 NCAA Championships runner-up at 1500 meters and this winter won the U.S. Open mile in Madison Square Garden.

The complete pro roster as of September 20, subject to change:

MEN

             
           

Personal Bests

Bib

Last

First

Resides

Nat

Age

Mile

1500m

1

Lagat

Bernard

Tucson, AZ

USA

37

3:47.28

3:26.34

2

Manzano

Leonel

Austin, TX

USA

28

3:50.64

3:32.37

3

Centrowitz

Matthew

Eugene, OR

USA

22

3:53.92i

3:31.96

4

Torrence

David

San Francisco, CA

USA

26

3:52.01

3:34.25

5

Miller

Craig

Madison, WI

USA

25

3:56.41

3:36.35

6

McNamara

Jordan

Eugene, OR

USA

25

3:54.89

3:37.19

7

Gregson

Ryan

Wollongong, NSW

AUS

22

3:52.24

3:31.06

8

Heath

Garrett

Palo Alto, CA

USA

26

3:55.24i

3:36.03

9

Levins

Cam

Black Creek, BC

CAN

23

3:57.16i

3:42.61

10

Heath

Elliott

Portland, OR

USA

23

3:58.48

3:40.17

12

Lagat

Haron

Lubbock, TX

KEN

29

3:53.8r

3:48.59

14

Huffer

Craig

Ann Arbor, MI

AUS

22

3:59.66

3:36.35

15

Boylan-Pett

Liam

Washington, DC

USA

27

3:58.38

3:37.05

16

Cabral

Donn

Glastonbury, CT

USA

22

4:00.30i

3:40.03

17

Acosta

A.J.

Eugene, OR

USA

24

3:53.76

3:36.41

               

WOMEN

           
               

Bib

Last

First

Resides

Nat

Age

Personal Bests

1

Simpson

Jenny

Monument, CO

USA

26

4:25.91i

3:59.90

2

Rowbury

Shannon

San Francisco, CA

USA

28

4:20.34

4:00.33

3

England

Hannah

Birmingham, England

GBR

25

4:30.29

4:01.89

4

Martinez

Brenda

Big Bear, CA

USA

25

4:26.76

4:06.96

5

Anderson

Gabriele

Minneapolis, MN

USA

26

4:27.94

4:04.84

6

Pierce

Anna

Mammoth Lakes, CA

USA

28

4:28.37

3:59.38

7

Kampf

Heather

Minneapolis, MN

USA

25

4:30.95r

4:12.09

8

Maloy

Liz

Washington, DC

USA

27

4:35.12i

4:08.12

9

Bowman

Sarah

Knoxville, TN

USA

25

4:29.72i

4:05.67

10

Parker

Barbara

Boston, MA

GBR

29

4:30.51

4:12.17

11

McColgan

Eilish

Carnoustie, Scotland

GBR

21

None

4:11.78

14

Bleasdale

Julia

Dorking, England

GBR

31

None

4:16.56

15

Reilly

Chelsea

Davis, CA

USA

23

4:30.18

4:24.49

Photo: PhotoRun/NYRR

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