Morton Games: US record holder confirms plus more

Morton Games is delighted to announce the participation in the 2014 Women’s International Mile (sponsored by Clonliffe Harriers) at the Morton Games of US 5000m record holder Molly Huddle. Molly Huddle set the blistering 14.44.76 record at the 2010 Ivo Van Damme Memorial Meet in Brussels. She is an Olympic 5000m finalist having made the final at the London Olympics, she has also competed on two occasions in the world championships and at world cross country on three occasions. In addition to her 5000 US record PB she has a 1500m PB of 4.08.09 and a 10000 PB of 30.47.59 set as recently as the 4th of May.

Also confirmed in the Clonliffe Women’s International Mile is Heather Kampf. Heather, who competes for Team USA Minnesota, is one of the top athletes on the US circuit. She has been particularly successful on the popular road circuit and is the reigning US 1 Mile Road champion which she won at the 2014 Grand Blue Mile in an event record of 4.34.62, to regain the title she won in 2012. With road mile victories this year in Michigan, The Ryan Shay Mile and the Liberty Mile she has earned the nickname in the States of ‘Queen of the Road Mile’. Whilst at the University of Michigan she was a 9 time NCAA All American and was the NCAA 800 Indoor Champion in 2006. In 2014 she competed in the World Indoor 1500 metres in Sopot. Heather boasts an impressive set of PBs, her 1500 PB is 4.07.15 set on the 25th of April this year at Des Moines. Her indoor mile PB is 4.30.14 with a road mile best of 4.27.1. Throw in blistering pace, she ran 2.00.04 over 800 on the 16th of July last year, and that may well make her one of the favourites to win the International Women’s Mile at this years Morton Games.

In the pole vault: Hot on the heals of the confirmation from Igor Bychkov (ESP) comes confirmation that the joint pole vault stadium record holder with Bychkov, Luke Cutts (GBR) has confirmed for this years Morton Games. These two athletes were involved in one of the most dramatic events at the 2013 Morton Games when they jointly set a new stadium record of 5.56m. Vault after vault and they could not be separated and as exhaustion eventually set in a tie was declared.

Since those Morton Games Cutts has gone on to extend his PB outdoors to 5.70m, in London the 27th of July and this year Indoor on the 25th of January 2014 vaulted to an unbelievable 5.83m.

Morton Games are delighted that these two world class athletes are coming back to Santry to thrill the Morton Stadium crowd.

Keep an eye on for all the latest Games news with 50 days to go!