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Medalists, Record Holders on Tap for Reebok Boston Indoor Games

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01/03/2007 - 16:33

January 25, 2008 (updated). From press release. INDIANAPOLIS - Reese Hoffa, Jenn Stuczynski, Dwight Phillips, Adam Nelson, Khadevis Robinson, Angela Daigle-Bowen and Galen Rupp headline a top international field that includes Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba and Meseret Defar for this Saturday's Reebok Boston Indoor Games, the second event of the 2008 Indoor Visa Championship Series.

Track fans around the country will have limitless opportunities to catch all the action from Boston. ESPN2 will broadcast the meet, hosted at the Reggie Lewis Center, from 3-5 Eastern Time on Sunday. Beginning Tuesday morning, the meet will be available via Webcast, linked from www.usatf.org.

Men's shot put leads the way
The world's top three men's shot putters will battle it out in what promises to be a memorable competition. Hoffa enters the event #1 world ranked as the reigning world indoor and outdoor champion. He will be challenged by 2007 Indoor Visa Champion and 2004 world indoor champion Christian Cantwell, and 2005 world champion Adam Nelson, who ended last season ranked #2 in the world. The dark horse in this competition is Dan Taylor, who won this event last year with a season's best throw of 21.57 meters/70 feet 9.25 inches, and ended the 2007 campaign ranked #6 in the world.

Stuczynski looks to improve on great 2007 season
Reigning Reebok Boston champ Jenn Stuczynski left no doubt in 2007 that she is the new queen of the American women's pole vaulters with wins at the Tyson Invitational, adidas Track Classic and Reebok Grand Prix in New York, where she became the second woman ever to better the 16-foot barrier with her American outdoor record clearance of 4.88 meters, 16 feet. Stuczynski will be challenged Saturday in the women's Nutrilite Pole Vault by 2007 USA Outdoor runner-up Niki McEwen, 2007 USA Outdoor third-place finisher Jillian Schwartz and Canadian record holder Dana Ellis-Buller.

Robinson, Symmonds square off in men's 800m
Look for a spirited battle as reigning USA Outdoor champion Khadevis Robinson, who won the 600 meters last week at USA vs. The World at Run for the Dream in Fresno, takes on last year's Reebok Boston Indoor Games winner and USA Indoor champion Nick Symmonds in the men's 800 meters. Symmonds, who was the runner-up to Robinson at the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Championships, also won last year at the Prefontaine Classic. Also looking to contend is Sam Burley, who was the runner-up to Symmonds here last year, and three-time SEC champion while at Arkansas, Said Ahmed, who attended Boston English High School.

Scott, Phillips headline men's 60-meter dash
2006 World and USA indoor 60m champion Leonard Scott will look to recapture his short sprint dominance in Boston on Saturday, where he'll be challenged by 2004 Olympic and two-time World Outdoor men's long jump champion Dwight Phillips. Other contenders include 2007 World Outdoor Championships 4x100m relay gold medalist Leroy Dixon and 2006 World Cup 4x100m relay gold medalist Jason Smoots.

Notables in the men's 500 meters include 2005 World Outdoor Championships 400-meter silver medalist and Olympic 4x400m relay gold medalist Andrew Rock, who will be challenged by 2004 Olympic relay teammate and fellow gold medal winner Derrick Brew.

Rupp, Lukezic to meet in men's mile
One of the brightest young stars in American distance running, Galen Rupp, will take on a strong field in the men's mile. Rupp, who was the runner-up last year in the 10,000 meters at the USA and NCAA Outdoor Championships, finished 11th in that event at the 2007 World Outdoor Championships in Osaka, Japan. He'll be challenged by 2006 USA Indoor 1,500m champion and two-time U.S. Junior 1,500m champion Chris Lukezic. The international contingent in this race features Boaz Cheboiywo of Kenya, Max Smith of New Zealand, Fumikazu Kobayashi of Japan, Ireland's James Nolan, David Freeman of Puerto Rico, Pablo Solares of Mexico and Moise Joseph of Haiti.

The men's 3,000 meters features a strong international field headed by Australia's Craig Mottram, the 2005 World Championship bronze medalist at 5,000 meters and winner of the 3,000-meter race here last year. He will be challenged by New Zealand's Nick Willis, the 2006 Commonwealth Games 1,500-meter gold medalist. Also in the field are Ethiopia's Markos Geneti, 2004 World Indoor Championship bronze medalist at 3,000 meters, and American Ed Moran, the 5,000-meter gold medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games.

Youth to be served in men's Reebok 60m hurdlesYouth takes center stage in the men's Reebok 60m hurdles on Saturday. Leading the list is 2004 World Junior 110m hurdles champion Aries Merritt, who placed sixth at the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Championships. Also in the field is Joel Brown, who was the runner-up here last year.

Defar and away the best!
Ethiopia's incomparable Meseret Defar will look to set the world record in the women's two-mile race on Saturday. Defar, who was named 2007 World Athlete of the Year and ended the season ranked #1 in the world at 3,000m and 5,000 meters by Track & Field News, will try to better the existing world record of 9 minutes 23.38 seconds set in Boston in 2002. Other contenders to watch include New Zealand's Kim Smith, who placed fifth in the 10,000m at the 2007 World Championships and Serbia's Marina Muncan. Top Americans include two-time Olympian Jen Rhines and 2005 USA Outdoor 10,000m champion Katie McGregor.

Defar's Ethiopian compatriot and reigning world 10,000 meter champion Tirunesh Dibaba, who set the world indoor record in the 5,000 meters in Boston in 2005 and 2007, will look to set the world record at 3,000 meters on Saturday. The record of 8:23.72 was set last February by Defar in Stuttgart. Dibaba's sister, Ejegayehu, who ended the 2007 season ranked #8 in the world at 10,000 meters, will serve as the pacemaker for her world record attempt. Other contenders include Ethiopian Meskerem Legesse and 2007 USA Outdoor 1,500m runner-up Christin Wurth-Thomas.

Daigle-Bowen, Solomon lead women's sprint fields
2005 USA Indoor Visa Championship winner and 2005 World Outdoor Championships 4x100m relay gold medalist Angela Daigle-Bowen will look to return to form in the MBTA women's 60 meters. She'll be challenged by 2007 Pan Am Games 100m gold medalist and World Outdoor Championships 4x100m relay gold medalist Miki Barber and sprinter/jumper Brianna Glenn.

The women's 200-meter field will feature the professional debut of Shalonda Solomon, the 2004 World Junior champion and 2006 NCAA champion while at the University of South Carolina. She'll face a strong challenge from 2004 Olympic 4x400m relay gold medalist Moushaumi Robinson.

Lashinda Demus, who as the 2006 USA Outdoor champion and 2005 World Outdoor Championships silver medalist is well known for her prowess in the 400m hurdles, will attempt something different when she toes the line for the women's 800 meters on Saturday. In her first major race since giving birth to twins last summer, Demus will be challenged by Morgan Uceny, who last year finished fourth at the AT&T USA Outdoor Championships and sixth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Two challengers from Canada, Leanna MacLean and Aimee Teteris, will try to upset the Americans.

Toomey leads field in women's Visa Mile
Local fans should give a boost to Jennifer Toomey when she answers the gun in the women's Visa Mile. A resident of nearby Salem, Mass., Toomey is the 2004 double USA champion at 800m and 1,500m indoors and the American record-holder at 1,000 meters.

She'll be challenged by Lauren Fleshman, who ended the 2007 season ranked #6 in the U.S. in the 1,500 meters, and 2006 USA Indoor runner-up and 2004 NCAA Indoor mile and Outdoor 1,500m champion Tiffany McWilliams, among many others.

Carolina in my mind
Reigning world and Olympic heptathlon champion Carolina Kluft of Sweden will open her 2008 season by competing in the women's long jump. Kluft, who set the Reebok Boston Indoor Games meet record with her leap of 6.63 meters/21 feet 9 inches in 2005 and ended the 2007 campaign ranked #6 in the world in the long jump, will be challenged by 2001 USA Indoor and Outdoor champion Jenny Adams and Jamaican 2007 World Outdoor Championships competitor Elva Goulbourne.

Since the Reebok Boston Indoor Games began in 1996, more than 90 Olympic and World Championship medalists have competed in the event, which has also played host to five world records and nine American records. The event is owned and produced by Global Athletics & Marketing, Inc., an athlete-representation and events firm based in Boston.

The Reebok Boston Indoor Games, the second stop in USA Track & Field's Visa Championship Series, begins at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College, 1350 Tremont St. Information and tickets are available on-line at www.BostonIndoorGames.com or by phone at 1-877-TIX-TRAC.

The USA Track & Field Visa Championship Series will continue February 1 with the Millrose Games in New York City; February 15 with the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and February 23-24 with the AT&T USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boston. For more information, including TV broadcast schedules, visit www.visachampionshipseries.com

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Tirunesh Dibaba Joins Field for Reebok Boston Indoor Games

From press release

BOSTON (Jan. 21) - Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia, who twice has broken the 5000-meter indoor World Record at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games, will return this year to compete at 3000 meters, organizers announced today.

Still just 22 years old, Dibaba, a three-time World Cross Country Champion, has been one of the brightest track-and-field stars in the world for the past four years. In 2007, she defended her title as 10,000-meter World Champion with a dramatic come-from-behind victory while battling an injury. She is also the 2003 and 2005 World Champion and 2004 Olympic bronze medalist at 5000 meters.

Also added to the field are two athletes who will be competing before hometown crowds. Jennifer Toomey of Salem, Mass., is the 2004 double US Champion at 800 and 1500 meters indoors and the American Record-holder at 1000 meters, while Said Ahmed, a three-time SEC Champion while at the University of Arkansas, recorded some of the fastest 800-meter times in Massachusetts history while starring at Boston English High School.

Since the Reebok Boston Indoor Games began in 1996, more than 90 Olympic and World Championship medalists have competed in the event, which has also played host to five World Records and nine American Records. Sponsored by Reebok International Ltd., with its world headquarters in Canton, Mass., the event is owned and produced by Global Athletics & Marketing, Inc., an athlete-representation and events firm based in Boston.

The Reebok Boston Indoor Games, the second stop in USA Track & Field's Visa Championship Series, begins at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College, 1350 Tremont St. Information and tickets are available on-line at www.BostonIndoorGames.com or by phone at 1-877-TIX-TRAC.

********* Strong Field for Girls' Mile at Reebok Boston Indoor Games

BOSTON (Jan. 17) - Caitlin Lane (Greenwich HS/Greenwich NY), Jillian Smith (Southern Regional HS/Manahawkin NJ), Tori Pennings (Warwick Valley HS/Warwick NY) and Keely Maguire (Triton Regional HS/Georgetown MA) will return to the compete in the Girls' Junior Invitational Mile at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games on Jan. 26, organizers announced today.

Since the Reebok Boston Indoor Games began in 1996, more than 90 Olympic and World Championship medalists have competed in the event, which has also played host to five World Records and nine American Records. The Boys' and Girls' Junior Invitational Miles, which began in 2005, have quickly become two of the most prestigious events of their kind.

This is the fourth invitation for Lane, the 2007 NY State Champion at 1500 meters for small schools. Smith, the 2006 Nike Outdoor Nationals Freshman Mile Champion, was runner-up here last year; while Pennings was a member of the runner-up DMR squad at Nike Outdoors. Maguire is a 2005 Massachusetts Cross Country champion and 2007 New England champ at 1600m.

Challenging them will be Sarah McCurdy (Bay Shore HS/Bay Shore NY), the reigning National Scholastic Indoor 800-meter champion; Nicole Benson (Limestone Community HS/Peoria IL), the 2007 Illinois Cross Country champion; Brianna Welch (North Shore HS/Glen Head NY), NY state class record-holder at 1000 meters for seventh, eighth and ninth grade; Jessica Parry (Catholic Central HS/London, Ontario), who set a Canadian Youth 800-meter national record at the IAAF World Youth Track & Field Championships last July; Bridget Dahlberg (Newton South HS/Newton MA), a three-time All-State champion and 4th in the National Scholastic Indoor Mile; Mary Kate Champagne (Seton Catholic Central HS/Plattsburgh NY), 3rd at 2 Miles at Nike Outdoor Nationals; and Kristin Reese (Carmel HS/Patterson NY), a member of the 4x800m national champion relay team.

The field for the Boys' Junior Invitational Mile was announced last week.

Sponsored by Reebok International Ltd., with its world headquarters in Canton, Mass., the Reebok Boston Indoor Games is owned and produced by Global Athletics & Marketing, Inc., an athlete-representation and events firm based in Boston. The Reebok Boston Indoor Games, the second stop in USA Track & Field's Visa Championship Series, begins at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College, 1350 Tremont St. Information and tickets are available on-line at www.BostonIndoorGames.com or by phone at 1-877-TIX-TRAC.

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BOSTON (Jan. 15) - Jenn Stuczynski, who last summer broke Stacy Dragila's outdoor American Record in the pole vault; Reese Hoffa, the reigning shot put World Champion; and Kara Goucher, 2007 World Championships bronze medalist at 10,000 meters, have been added to the roster for the Reebok Boston Indoor Games on Jan. 26, organizers announced.

Also set are Khadevis Robinson and Nick Symmonds, ranked #1 and #2 in the nation for 2007 at 800 meters. Robinson, a 2004 Olympian, is a four-time US Champion, while Symmonds is the 2007 US Indoor Champion.

Stuczynski, the reigning US Champion both outdoors and indoors, became the #2 female vaulter of all time when she jumped 16 feet last June at the Reebok Grand Prix. Hoffa, ranked #1 in the world for 2007, will face the #2 and #3 throwers: 2005 World Champion Adam Nelson and 2004 World Indoor Champion Christian Cantwell. Goucher, whose World Championships medal was the first ever for an American woman at 10,000 meters, also has run the fastest US time ever for the half marathon.

The women's 200-meter field will feature the professional debut of Shalonda Solomon, the 2004 World Junior Champion and 2006 NCAA Champion while at the University of South Carolina.

Since the Reebok Boston Indoor Games began in 1996, more than 90 Olympic and World Championship medalists have competed in the event, which has also played host to five World Records and nine American Records. Sponsored by Reebok International Ltd., with its world headquarters in Canton, Mass., the event is owned and produced by Global Athletics & Marketing, Inc., an athlete-representation and events firm based in Boston.

The Reebok Boston Indoor Games, the second stop in USA Track & Field's Visa Championship Series, begins at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College, 1350 Tremont St. Information and tickets are available on-line at www.BostonIndoorGames.com or by phone at 1-877-TIX-TRAC.

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Top Boys' Junior Mile on Tap for Reebok Boston Indoor

January 9, 2008
From press release

BOSTON (Jan. 9) - Four of the top five finishers in the 2007 Footlocker Cross Country Championship, including champion Michael Fout; 2007 indoor mile national champion Charles White; and Mac Fleet, with a personal best of 4:08.09 as a sophomore last year, lead an outstanding field for the Boys' Junior Invitational Mile at the 2008 Reebok Boston Indoor Games, organizers announced today.

Since the Reebok Boston Indoor Games began in 1996, more than 90 Olympic and World Championship medalists have competed in the event, which has also played host to five World Records and nine American Records. The Boys' Junior Invitational Mile, which began in 2005, has quickly become one of the most prestigious events of its kind. In 2006, the boys' mile produced the fastest 2006 indoor time in the country (4:07.30) and six of the top eight best times for the season, while the 2007 mile yielded six of the top 10 times in the nation.

Fout (La Porte HS/La Porte IN), White (Cherry Creek HS/Cherry Hills Village CO) and Fleet (University City HS/San Diego CA) will be joined by 2007 Footlocker runner-up Christopher Derrick (Neuqua Valley HS/Naperville IL), who is also the 2007 Nike Team Nationals winner, as well as fourth- and fifth-place Footlocker finishers Colby Lowe (Carroll Senior HS/Southlake TX) and Luke Puskedra (Judge Memorial HS/Ogden UT).

Challenging them will be Cory Leslie (Sandusky Perkins HS/Huron OH), the 2007 state champ at 5K cross country, 1600m and the 4x800m relay; Christopher Brown (Carroll Senior HS/Southlake TX), fifth at Nike Team Nationals in 2007; Joseph Franklin (Amos P. Godby HS/Tallahassee FL), five-time state champion at 800m and 1600m and 2006 runner-up at Nike Outdoor Nationals 800m; and Sintayehu Taye (Cushing Academy/Ashburnham MA), 2007 Nike Indoor Nationals mile runner-up.

The field for the Girls' Junior Invitational Mile will be released soon.

Sponsored by Reebok International Ltd., with its world headquarters in Canton, Mass., the Reebok Boston Indoor Games is owned and produced by Global Athletics & Marketing, Inc., an athlete-representation and events firm based in Boston.

The Reebok Boston Indoor Games, the second stop in USA Track & Field's Visa Championship Series, begins at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College, 1350 Tremont St. Information and tickets are available on-line at www.BostonIndoorGames.com or by phone at 1-877-TIX-TRAC.

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Mottram, Willis, T. Bekele, Rupp set for Reebok Boston Indoor Games

January 3, 2008
From press release

BOSTON (Jan. 3) - Defending champion Craig Mottram of Australia, New Zealand's Nick Willis, Ethiopia's Tariku Bekele and American phenom Galen Rupp lead a top international field for the men's 3000-meter run at the 2008 Reebok Boston Indoor Games on Jan. 26, organizers announced today. Tickets for the 13th annual Olympic-style event are on sale now at the event website, www.BostonIndoorGames.com , or by calling 1-877-TIX-TRAC.

Mottram, the 2005 World Championship bronze medalist at 5000 meters and winner of the 3000-meter race here last year, will be challenged by Willis, 2006 Commonwealth Games 1500-meter gold medalist; Bekele, 2006 World Junior Champion at 5000 meters and younger brother of Kenenisa Bekele; and Rupp, 10,000-meter runner-up at the 2007 US championships. Also in the field are Ethiopia's Markos Geneti, 2004 World Indoor Championship bronze medalist at 3000 meters; and Americans Ed Moran, 5000-meter gold medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games; and Rod Koborsi, 2007 runner-up at the US 5K road championships.

They join the previously announced Carolina Kluft, who as 2004 Olympic gold medalist in the heptathlon owns the title of World's Greatest Female Athlete, and Meseret Defar, the reigning Olympic gold medalist and World Champion at 5000 meters who was named World Athlete of the Year in the sport.

Since the Reebok Boston Indoor Games began in 1996, more than 90 Olympic and World Championship medalists have competed in the event, which has also played host to five World Records and nine American Records. Sponsored by Reebok International Ltd., with its world headquarters in Canton, Mass., the event is owned and produced by Global Athletics & Marketing, Inc., an athlete-representation and events firm based in Boston.

The Reebok Boston Indoor Games, the second stop in USA Track & Field's Visa Championship Series, begins at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College, 1350 Tremont St. Information and tickets are available on-line at www.BostonIndoorGames.com or by phone at 1-877-TIX-TRAC.