D-Y star in Reebok Mile

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BOSTON - Dennis-Yarmouth senior Colleen Wetherbee highlights a field of 14 of the nation's top middle-distance runners set to compete in the third annual Girls' Junior Invitational Mile at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games on Saturday at Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.

Among those squaring off against Wetherbee is Danielle Tauro of Manahawkin, N.Y. Those two are familiar foes, with Wetherbee finishing a close second to Tauro in the mile at the 99th Millrose Games last year.

That evening, Wetherbee ran the distance in a personal-best 4:52.78, less than a second behind Tauro (4:51.89), the 2006 USATF Junior National Mile champion and seven-time New Jersey State champ.

A four-time Massachusetts state champ who's headed to N.C. State this fall on a track scholarship, Wetherbee also was runner-up last year at the Nike Indoor Nationals. She will compete in the mile at this year's Millrose Games, slated for Friday, Feb. 2 at New York's Madison Square Garden.

D-Y coach Jim Hoar said Wetherbee is the first Cape runner to be invited to this event twice. She is just the second Cape girl to run the Millrose mile, joining Falmouth's Sara Majka, who finished 10th in 1995.

Also in the mile is Brittany Sheffey of Bellport, N.Y., a six-time New York state champion. She owns the nation's fastest indoor mile (4:54.09) thus far this season.

Another mile hopeful is Massachusetts native Keely Maguire of Georgetown, a two-time Boston Globe Div. 2 Cross Country Runner of the Year.

Since the inception of the Reebok Boston Indoor Games in 1996, 90 Olympic and World Championship medalists have competed at the meet, which also has played host to four world records and eight North American records.