Friday, August 10, 2012

Jordan McNamara returns to defend New Balance Falmouth Mile title, while Katie Mackey makes debut...

FALMOUTH, Massachusetts--Auburn/Riverside HS alum Jordan McNamara (left/photo by Paul Merca), who finished seventh in the finals of the US Olympic Trials 1500 meter race, is entered in Saturday's running of the New Balance Falmouth Mile at the Falmouth High School track.

McNamara, who competes for the Oregon TC Elite/Eugene, returns to the Falmouth Mile as the defending champion, setting a meet record last year of 3:54.89.

Last year's second and third place finishers, Jeff See in 3:55.24 and AJ Acosta in 3:55.30. return to the event, held in conjunction with the annual Falmouth Road Race, one of the country's top road races.

They will be joined by Craig Miller (3:56.41 PR), Liam Boylan-Pett (3:58.19 PR, at Falmouth), Jack Bolas (3:58.31 PR) and Christian Hesch (3:58.68 PR at Falmouth).  Sean Brosnan, 5th in 2010 will also be returning to the Falmouth track. Racing at Falmouth for the first time will be: Ben Bruce (4:00.00 PR), Garrett Heath (3:57.18 PR), Cory Leslie (3:56.85 PR) and David Torrence (3:52.01 PR).

In the women's race, University of Washington alum and Olympic Trials finalist Katie Mackey makes her Falmouth Mile debut, as the current Boston resident goes against a field that includes last year’s second place finisher, Brenda Martinez, who was 12th at the Olympic Trials and has a personal best of 4:32.29. She’ll be joined by Gabriele Anderson who just missed the Olympic team with a fourth place finish at the Trials in the 1500 meters. Anderson was fourth at Falmouth last year and has a 4:31.05 mile personal best. Also returning to compete is Sara Vaughn who was 6th at Falmouth in 2011.

Sarah Bowman (4:29.72 PR), Ashley Miller (4:39.11 PR) and Aisha Praught (4:35.96 PR) round out the elite women's field.

More information on the New Balance Falmouth Mile is available here.

NOTE:  In the August issue of Northwest Runner, McNamara was inadvertently omitted from the story I wrote on how athletes from the state of Washington fared at the US Olympic Trials due to an editing error on my part.  JMac was on the original story written for the magazine. My bad and apologies due to Jordan, his family, and friends!

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