Global medalist & defending champion Nicole Sifuentes headlines B.A.A. Invitational Mile field
10th edition also features Middle School 1K and Scholastic Mile races; $14,500 Open prize purse goes 5-deep
BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced a field of world class competitors for the B.A.A. Invitational Mile, to be held on Saturday morning, April 14, two days prior to the 2018 Boston Marathon®. Following the B.A.A. 5K, Canada’s Nicole Sifuentes and American Drew Hunter will lead elite fields at the 10th B.A.A. Invitational Mile. The event will also include Middle School 1K races and Scholastic Mile races featuring youth athletes from the eight cities and towns of the Boston Marathon course.
B.A.A. Invitational Mile also offers a $14,500 Open prize purse that goes top 5 places deep per gender ($3000, $2000, $1500, $750 and $500).
Returning to the professional race a year after setting a course record is Nicole Sifuentes of Canada. In 2017, Sifuentes clocked an event record 4:33.7 to take the title, finishing a step ahead of Cory McGee. The two-time Olympian returns looking to become the first woman to earn back-to-back race crowns.
Sifutentes will again face McGee, as well as fellow University of Michigan alums & rising stars Shannon Osika and Becca Addison. Lauren Johnson, Katrina Coogan and Amanda Rego round out the field. Johnson, a member of Team B.A.A., finished fourth at last year’s USA Outdoor Championships 1500m.
The men’s field features Drew Hunter, a 3:56.79 Miler and one of the top young talents in track & field. Hunter will be joined on the line by Patrick Casey, Daniel Winn, Daniel Herrera, Sam Parsons, John Simons and Julian Oakley. Oakley placed ninth at the IAAF World Indoor Championships last month representing New Zealand.
The men’s & women’s event records are 4:03.3 (Nick Willis (NZL), 2013) and 4:33.7 (Nicole Sifuentes (CAN), 2017).
The B.A.A. Invitational Mile includes six races, held shortly after the 2018 B.A.A. 5K. The first two races feature middle school age students from the eight cities and towns of the Boston Marathon course – Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline and Boston. The girls’ & boys’ Middle School 1K races include runners between sixth & eighth grade and finish at the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street.
Following the Middle School 1K races is the Scholastic Mile, which features girls’ & boys’ races for high school students from the eight cities and towns of the Boston Marathon course. The Scholastic Mile follows the same three-lap, USATF-certified course the professional Mile athletes run, finishing at the iconic Boston Marathon finish line.
For more on the 2018 Boston Marathon weekend, go to: BAA.org