Deep fields feature 27 athletes ranked top 3 in nation, including 11 at #1
NEW YORK CITY (June 7, 2011) - Three athletes ranked #1 in the nation are among the top high school athletes added to the fields for the High School Dream Mile and Dream 100 at the adidas Grand Prix this Saturday, meet organizers and adidas announced today, bringing the total number of top-ranked athletes in the deep fields to 11 and setting the stage for what promise to be some of the fastest and most competitive races in the nation this season.
Billy Orman (Tuba City, AZ), #1 in the 3200 meters (8:48.63) and Austin Mudd (Greenwood, IN), #1 in the 800 meters (1:49.25) are among the athletes who have joined the adidas Boys' Dream Mile. Orman is a six-time Arizona State Champion who holds the state record for 1600 meters and 3200 meters, who is headed to Harvard University, while Mudd is a four-time Indiana State Champion who will attend the University of Wisconsin. With the addition of Orman and Mudd, the boys' mile features the top-ranked U.S. athletes in the 800, 1500 and 1600 meters, the mile, the 3200 meters, the 2-mile and the 5K.
Also ranked #1 in the nation, with a time of 53.15 in the 400 meters, is Olivia Ekpone (Germantown, MD). Ekpone last month won four state titles in the 100, 200 and 400 meters, and as anchor on the winning 4x100-meter relay. She will attend Texas A&M, and is set for the adidas Girls' Dream 100 here.
In its seventh year as one of the premier track-and-field events in the world, the adidas Grand Prix, at Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island, is the sixth stop on the international Samsung Diamond League circuit. Dozens of Olympic and World Champions - including Blanka Vlašić, Tyson Gay, Jeremy Wariner, Jessica Ennis, Allyson Felix and Bershawn Batman Jackson - are among the superstars announced to date, along with Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius, the 400-meter Paralympic gold medalist hoping to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games. Tickets are available at the event website, www.adidasgrandprix.com, or by calling 877-725-8849.
Among the other top athletes who have accepted invitations to compete are Robin Reynolds (Miami, FL), the 2010 World Youth Olympics Champion at 400 meters, and Myasia Jacobs (Paramus, NJ), the 2010 AAU National Champion in the 100 meters and two-time New Jersey State Champion at 100 and 200 meters, in the Girls' Dream 100. Molly McNamara (Red Bank, NJ), who is #5 all-time in New Jersey at 1600 meters, will compete in the Girls' Dream Mile.
A complete list of athletes, their hometowns and key rankings, with an * denoting new athletes added to the field:
Girls' Dream 100 Aaliyah Brown Frankfort IL #5 in nation 100m
Peyton Chaney St. Louis MO 2011 Kansas Relays 100m Champion
Olivia Ekpone Germantown MD #1 in nation 400m (53.15)
Octavious Freeman Lake Wales FL #1 in nation 100m (11.21); #1 200m (22.96)
Tynia Gaither Kissimmee FL #4 in nation 100m
Myasia Jacobs Paramus NJ NJ State Champion 100m/200m, 2009 and 2010
Robin Reynolds Miami FL 2010 Youth Olympic Games 400m gold medalist
Shayla Sanders Lauderdale Lakes FL #4 in nation 200m (23.45); #6 100m (11.45)
Tianna Valentine St. Louis MO 2-time Missouri 100m Champion
Boys' Dream 100
Marvin Bracy Orlando FL #1 in nation 100m (10.28)
Aaron Ernest Homewood AL #3 in nation 200m (20.86); #4 (t) in nation 100m (10.33)
Jaylon Hicks Houston TX #1 in nation 100m wind-aided (10.15)
Remontay McClain Covina CA #1 in nation 200m (20.68); #2 (t) in nation 100m (10.31)
Sean McLean Raleigh NC #4 (t) in nation 100m (10.33)
Bradley Sylve Port Sulphur LA #3 in nation 100m wind-aided (10.18)
Thomas Tyner Aloha OR #8 in nation 100m (10.43); ran 10.35 (no wind indicated)
Levonte Whitfield Orlando FL #2 (t) in nation 100m (10.31)
Girls' Dream Mile Kayla Beattie Woodstock IL #2 in nation at 3200m
Alli Billmeyer San Diego CA Won adidas Meet of Champions; #4 in nation 1600m
Lindsay Crevoiserat Glastonbury CT #2 in nation in the mile
Cami Chapus Los Angeles CA #2 in nation at 1600m
Kat Delaney San Juan Capistrano CA #3 in nation at 1600m
Wesley Frazier Ravenscroft NC #9 in nation at 1600
Eleanor Fulton Highlands Ranch CO 2009 World Youth Championships, 6th in steeplechase
Shelby Houlihan Sioux City IA #5 in nation at 1500m
Molly McNamara Red Bank NJ # 6 in nation at 1600m
Maddie Meyers Seattle WA 4:41.93 win in 2010 race here fastest of year in U.S.
Amy-Eloise Neale Snohomish WA #1 in nation in the mile (4:48.01); #4 1500m, 3200m
Angel Piccirillo Homer City PA #3 in nation in the mile; Penn Relays winner
Haley Pierce Wilmington DE #1 in nation at 3000m (9:16.35); #3 at 1600m
Ajee Wilson Neptune NJ #2 in nation at 800m (2:05.25)
Boys' Dream Mile Jacob Burcham Ona WV #6 in nation 1500m; #6 in mile
Matt Carpowich Torrey Pines CA #2 in nation in mile
Edward Cheserek Newark NJ #1 in 5K (14:02.33); NJISAA prep champ 1600m, 3200m
Daniel Everett St. Louis MO 2011 Kansas Relays Champion 1600m
Elias Gedyon Los Angeles CA 2010 CA champion 1600m; #3 in nation 1600m, 3200m
Omar Kaddurah Grand Blanc MI #1 in nation 1500m (3:47.61)
Ammar Moussa Arcadia CA #2 in nation 3200m; #3 in mile
Austin Mudd Greenwood IN #1 in nation 800m (1:49.25); #2 1600m
Billy Orman Tuba City AZ #1 in nation 3200m (8:48.63); #4 1600m
Jantzen Oshier Mission Viejo CA #1 in nation in mile (4:06.81) and 1600m (4:00.83)
Jim Rosa Plainsboro NJ 3rd here last year in #3 time in nation for 2010
Joe Rosa Plainsboro NJ 2010 2-mile National Champion outdoors
Lukas Verzbicas Orland Park IL Defending champ; Nat'l HS Record-holder 2 mi, 5000m(i)
Blake Williams Durham NC #3 in nation 1500m; winner Golden South Classic
Fields for the High School Dream Mile and Dream 100 were drawn from the winners of three qualifying meets in the adidas Golden Stripes series, as long as the winners met qualifying standards, as well as from at-large bids. The first meet, the adidas Meet of Champions, was held on March 26; the second, the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kan., was April 20-23; and the third the Golden South Classic in Orlando, Fla., was on May 27-28. In addition to the opportunity to compete in a world-class international track event, athletes in the Dream Mile and Dream 100 will also have the chance to receive coaching from mile legend Jim Ryun and Olympic gold medalist Maurice Greene.
All of the latest news, photos and additional information on the adidas Grand Prix can be found at www.adidasgrandprix.com and the event's pages on Facebook and Twitter. Use the hashtag #agpnyc when referencing or searching for the event.
The adidas Grand Prix, part of the Visa Championship Series, will begin at 1 p.m. this Saturday, June 11. For even more coverage on the High School Dream Mile and Dream 100, visit www.adidasgoldenstripes.com.
About Icahn Stadium Icahn Stadium, a state-of-the-art facility on Randall's Island featuring a 400-meter Mondo track and covered seating for spectators, is the premier outdoor track-and-field venue in New York City. It was built by the Randall's Island Sports Foundation (RISF) in partnership with New York City Department of Parks. The facility is programmed, operated and maintained by RISF.