Latest from Morton Games: Brie Felnagle will make her Morton Games debut in the SSC Women’s International Mile on July 17th. Felnagle is a former NCAA 1500m champion (2007) who has enjoyed considerable success on the US track circuit over the last three years in particular, her career highlights include a 7th place finish in the US track and field championships over 1500 metres in 2011 (4.10.33), 4th place in the 3000 metres in the 2012 Prefontaine Classic in a PB of 8.51.38 and this year a 3rd place finish in the US Indoor Mile Championship. She boasts a 1500 PB of 4.08.54, one mile PB of 4.32.17, 3000 PB of 8.51.38 and 5000 PB of 15.14.33. Felnagle will face fellow US athlete Deborah Maier, an NCAA 3000 metre runner up and 5000 runner up in 2012 with a mile PB of 4.31 and 5000 PB of 15.29.
Previously confirmed for the SSC Women`s International Mile is Ireland’s two time European Cross Country Champion and European 3000m bronze medallist Fionnuala Britton, Laura Crowe and Kerry Harty. Stiff opposition will also be provided by Scot Lennie Waite, a competitor in the Mile in the 2012 Morton Games and Yorkshire 800/1500m champion Rachel Bamford.
Up and coming US star Riley Masters is a confirmed starter for the 2013 Morton Mile. Masters who hails from Maine and was a recent graduate from the University of Oklahoma who enjoyed an extremely successful collegiate career, he ran the NCAA fastest 1500m in both 2012 and 2013 and is also the school record holder over 1500m for the University of Oklahoma. He boasts an impressive set of PBs including a Mile PB of 3.56.25 set in early February when winning the Tyson Invitational. He also has a 1500m PB of 3.37.19 and a 3000 of 7.53.11.
Also confirmed for the Morton Mile are regular visitors to Santry Jack Bolas (USA) and Craig Miller (USA) who on July 17th will be appearing in their fourth Morton Mile. Paul Robinson (St. Coca’s) is currently the man in form and is in the shape of his life and has progressed enormously since running his first sub four minute mile in the 2011 version of the Morton Games (3.59.99). He has been in a rich vein of form of late and possibly may be the man to deliver an Irish win in the Morton Mile for the first time in many a year.
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