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Posted: February 15, 2013  

Athletics: Team USA Olympians highlight deep fields at Millrose Games

A total of 22 members of Team USA from the 2012 Olympic Games are among those entered Saturday to compete in the Millrose Games. One of the most iconic indoor track meets in the world, this is the 106th edition of the Millrose Games and will be held at The Armory.

The Millrose Games serve as the second stop of the 2013 USATF Indoor Championship Series. The event can be viewed live on ESPN 3 on Saturday from 8-10 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN on Sunday from 8-10 p.m. ET.

Womenís events

The 600m American record of 1:26.56 will be in serious danger with the likes of four-time USA Outdoor 800m champion Alysia Montano and fellow 2012 Olympian Melissa Bishop of Canada leading the field. Ajee Wilson set the world junior 600m record earlier in the year and is looking to make a splash on the senior level in her first season as a professional. Also in the mix will be training partners Erica Moore and LaTavia Thomas.

Olympic gold medalist Brittney Reese and bronze medalist Janay DeLoach will go head-to-head in a talented field of long jumpers. While Reese is clearly the more decorated of the duo with four world titles to her name, Deloach out-jumped Reese in their last three head to head competitions at the end of the 2012 season. Others to watch include Olympic Trials 4th placer Whitney Gipson and Vashti Thomas of the Academy of Art, who placed 6th at the Trials.

The womenís mile is shaping up to be a fierce battle with high school phenom Mary Cain, 2012 Olympian Emma Coburn, University of Oregon standout Jordan Hassay, current U.S. leader Sarah (Bowman) Brown and Canadian Olympians Shelia Reid and Hilary Stellingwerff. Cain previously set the high school indoor mile record this year, but could add the American Junior record to her 2013 assault on the record books this weekend.

The top-three women on the current U.S. list will be competing in the pole vault with Jenn Suhr, Kylie Hutson and Mary Saxer entered to compete. Olympic gold medalist and American record-holder Suhr is the favorite to win, having jumped five and a half inches higher than any other American woman this year. 2012 Olympians Becky Holliday of the U.S. and Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece will also be competing.

Menís events

Loaded American fields in the 600m and two-mile will help to make up the menís fieldsat the Millrose Games.

Duane Solomon leads the menís field in the 600m fresh off setting the American record in the event January 26 in a time of 1:15.70. Solomon will battle five-time USA Outdoor champion Nick Symmonds. Solomon and Symmonds each dipped below the 1:43 mark in the 800m in last yearís Olympic final in becoming the second and third fastest Americans of all time, respectively. Michael Rutt, who was part of Team USA in the 800m at the 2012 World Indoor Championships, will also race in the 600m.

The menís two-mile will feature a pair of American record holders in Bernard Lagat and Evan Jager. A veteran of the Millrose Games and an eight-time winner of the Wanamaker Mile, Lagat holds a total of seven American indoor and outdoor records. In just his fifth time racing the event, Jager set the American record in the 3,000m steeplechase in 2012 with a time of 8:06.81. Andrew Bumbalough, who placed fourth at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the 5,000m, will also race in the two-mile.

A pair of 2012 Olympic silver medalists will highlight the menís 60m hurdles field with Jason Richardson and Trey Hardee. Richardson won silver in London in the 110m hurdles while Hardee claimed silver in the decathlon. Jeff Porter, who was a member of Team USA in the 110m hurdles in London, is also in the field.

2012 Olympians Donn Cabral and Lopez Lomong and 2011 World Outdoor Championships 1,500m bronze medalist Matthew Centrowitz will be key American athletes in the Wanamaker Mile. Centrowitz won the mile at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix earlier in the month in a time of 3:56.26.

Veteran sprinter and winner of four World Outdoor Championships and Olympic gold medals in the 4x100m relay, Doc Patton will compete in the 60m.

For complete start lists and more information on the Millrose Games and the USATF Championship series, visit USATF.org.

2012 Team USA Olympians competing: Darvis Patton (menís 60m); Jeneba Tarmoh (womenís 60m); Lauryn Williams (womenís 60m); Francena McCorory (womenís 400m); Georganne Moline (womenís 400m); Duane Solomon (menís 600m); Nick Symmonds ( menís 600m): Alysia Montano (womenís 600m); Donn Cabral (Wanamaker Mile); Matthew Centrowitz (Wanamaker Mile); Lopez Lomong (Wanamaker Mile); Emma Coburn (womenís mile); Evan Jager (two-mile); Bernard Lagat (two-mile), Trey Hardee (menís 60m hurdles); Jeff Porter (menís 60m hurdles); Jason Richardson (menís 60m hurdles); Brigetta Barrett (womenís high jump); Janay DeLoach (womenís long jump); Brittney Reese (womenís long jump); Becky Holliday (womenís pole vault); Amber Campbell (womenís weight throw).

Jared Slinde
Communications Manager
USA Track & Field

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