Saturday, May 30, 2009

Pro news: Lagat, Lukezic, Thurmond & St. Clair compete in Reebok Grand Prix...

Four athletes with Washington ties are among the competitors in Saturday's nationally-televised Reebok Grand Prix track meet at Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island in New York.

The Reebok Grand Prix is the fourth stop of USA Track & Field’s Visa Championship Series.

Reigning double world champion Bernard Lagat, formerly from Washington State, is part of a field that organizers hope will produce the first sub-13:00 for 5000 meters ever on U.S. soil. The field will include 2009 World Cross Country champion Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia, Kenyans Micah Kogo, Edwin Soi, and Haron Lagat, Juan Luis Barrios of Mexico, Abdi Abdirahman of the U.S., and Sam Chelanga, the 2008 NCAA Cross Country runner-up from Liberty University.

Former Auburn High School standout Chris Lukezic, who was spiked two weeks ago at the adidas Track Classic in Carson, California, hopes to bounce back from that disappointment as he runs the 1500 in a field that includes Alan Webb, Steve Sherer, and 2008 Olympian Leonel Manzano.

Fresh off her tour on the Brazilian circuit, three-time Olympian Aretha Thurmond from Federal Way will spin the discus against Olympic champion Stephanie Brown-Trafton, and long-time rival Suzy Powell-Roos.

The men's javelin features former University of Washington and Boise State thrower Justin St. Clair.

NBC Sports will provide coverage of the Reebok Grand Prix from 4:30pm to 6:00pm EST.

The link to the web site of the Reebok Grand Prix is here...

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