NEW YORK CITY (June 5, 2012)—Maddie Meyers, a senior from Seattle, Wash., and the 2010 adidas Dream Mile Champion, will return to Icahn Stadium to compete in the event for the third consecutive year at the adidas Grand Prix, organizers have announced.
Meyers, ranked #4 in the U.S. at 3000 meters, rounds out the field for the Girls’ Dream Mile, while the addition of Ahmed Bile to the Boys’ Dream Mile and sprinters Tremayne Acy and Trae Armstrong to the Boys’ Dream 100 complete those fields.
In its eighth year as one of the premier track-and-field events in the world, the adidas Grand Prix, at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, will feature athletes from 42 countries and 72 Olympic or World Championships medalists, 40 of whom are Olympic gold medalists and/or World Champions. Tickets are available at adidasgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.
The Dream fields include athletes currently ranked #1 on the U.S. high school list in 11 events. Headlining the Boys’ Dream 100 are the athletes with the five top legal times in the country this year, while the Girls’ Dream 100 features athletes who own eight of the top 10 times for 2012. In the Boys’ Dream Mile, athletes represent the five fastest Mile times in the country; in the Girls’ Dream Mile, the athletes bring seven of the fastest eight 1600-meter marks.
Bile, a senior from Annandale, Va., is a seven-time Virginia 3A State Champion, ranked #10 in the U.S. at 1600 meters (4:08.29). He is the son of Abdi Bile, the 1987 World Champion at 1500 meters. Acy, a junior from DeSoto, Texas, has the #6 wind-aided time in the nation this year for 100 meters (10.26) as well as the #9 legal mark (10.41), and is a member of the 2012 Texas 5A State Champion 4x100-meter relay team. Armstrong, a senior from Glendale, Ariz., is #3 U.S. at 200 meters (20.74) and is an eight-time individual Division 1 State Champion at 100, 200 and 400 meters.
Fields for the Dream Mile and Dream 100 consist of invited top athletes and winners of three qualifying meets in the adidas Golden Stripes series, provided those athletes meet the qualifying times. The first meet, the adidas Meet of Champions, was held on March 24, followed by the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kan., April 19-21 and the Golden South Classic in Orlando, Fla., on May 26. 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.
All of the latest news, photos and additional information on the adidas Grand Prix can be found at adidasgrandprix.com, the event’s pages on Facebook at facebook.com/adidasGrandPrix and on Twitter at twitter.com/adidasGrandPrix. When tweeting, use #agpny. For even more coverage on the Dream Mile and Dream 100, visit adidasgoldenstripes.com.
With the addition of the four new athletes, the fields for Saturday’s Dream races are complete. The full fields are:
BOYS’ DREAM 100
Tremayne Acy: DeSoto, Texas; #9 U.S. 100m (10.41), 100m PB 10.26
Trae Armstrong: Glendale, Ariz.; 8-time Div. 1 State Champion 100m, 200m, 400m
Raymond Bozmans: Fort Collins, Colo.; #4 U.S. 100m (10.27), 2012 State Champion 100m, 200m, 400m
Marvin Bracy: Orlando, Fla.; #3 U.S. 100m (10.25), #1 U.S. under all conditions 100m (10.06)
Abraham Hall: South Grand Prairie, Texas; co-#1 U.S. 100m (10.19), #2 U.S. 200m (20.58)
Tyreek Hill: Douglas, Ga.; co-#1 U.S. 100m (10.19), #1 U.S. 200m (20.14, #2 all-time)
Jazeel Murphy: St. Catherine, Jamaica; 2-time U20 CARIFTA Champion 100m
Khalfani Muhammad: Sherman Oaks, Calif.; 2012 Mt SAC Champion 100m, 200m
Levonte Whitfield: Orlando, Fla.; #5 U.S. 100m (10.35); co-#1 U.S. 60m indoors
GIRLS’ DREAM 100
Morolake Akinosun: Naperville, Ill.; #2 U.S. 100m (11.41), AAU Junior Olympics Champion 100m, 200m
Aaliyah Brown: Frankfort, Ill.; #4 U.S. 100m (11.48), 2-time State Champion
Kali Davis-White: Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.; #6 U.S. 100m (11.56); state runner-up 100m, 200m
Destinee Gause: Reynoldsburg, Ohio; 2012 National Indoor Champion 200m
Tristie Johnson: Jacksonville, Fla.; #1 U.S. 100m all conditions (11.28)
Jennifer Madu: Plano, Texas; 2011 IAAF Youth Champion 100m
Shayla Sanders: Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.; #1 U.S. 100m (11.33) and 200m (23.25), State Champion 100m, 200m
Tianna Valentine: St. Louis, Mo: State Champion 100m; Kansas Relays Champion
Ariana Washington: Long Beach, Calif.; #3 U.S. 100m (11.45), #2 U.S. 200m (23.52)
BOYS’ DREAM MILE
Ahmed Bile: Annandale, Va.; 7-time Virginia 3A State Champion; #10 U.S. 1600m (4:08.29)
Jacob Burcham: Ona, W.V.; #4 U.S. in Mile; 7th, 2011 World Youth Championships 1500m
Edward Cheserek: Newark, N.J.; 2011 U.S. HS XC Champion; HS National Record 5000m indoors
Marcus Dickson: Buckley, Wash.; #3 U.S. 1600m, #2 U.S. in Mile; State Champion 800m,1600m
Craig Engels: Pfafftown, N.C.; #4 U.S. 1500m, #3 in Mile; 2012 Penn Relays Mile Champion
Blake Haney: Bakersfield, Calif.; #7 U.S. 3200m, adidas Meet of Champions winner
Brannon Kidder: Lancaster, Ohio; 4-time State Champion, #7 U.S. 1600m
Josh Lampron: Mansfield, Mass.; #1 U.S. 1500m (3:45.74), #5 U.S. in Mile
Ben Malone: Hillsdale, N.J.; #2 U.S. 1500m; National Indoor Champion 800m
Bernie Montoya: Yuma, Ariz.; #1 U.S. 3000m; 7-time State Champion
Craig Nowak: Cypress, Texas; #3 U.S. 3000m, #4 U.S. 1600m; State Champion 1600m, 3200m
Brad Nye: Kaysville, Utah; #1 U.S. in Mile; 2012 U.S. Indoor Mile Champion
Izaic Yorks: Lakewood, Wash.; #1 U.S. 1600.; State Champion 800m, 1600m
Futsum Zeinassellasie: Indianapolis, Ind.; #1 U.S. 3200m; #2 3000m; National XC Runner of Year
GIRLS’ DREAM MILE
Allie Cash: Shawnee Mission, Kan.; Kansas Relays Champion 800m, 1600m; #5 U.S. 1600
Cami Chapus: Los Angeles, Calif.; 5th, 2011 World Youth Champs; #3 U.S. 1500m, 1600m
Alexa Efraimson: Camus, Wash.; #4 U.S. 1600m; is a freshman
Erin Finn: West Bloomfield, Mich.; U.S. HS Record-holder 5000m indoors
Wesley Frazier: Raleigh, N.C.; 2011 National HS Champion in Mile 5000m
Nikki Hiltz: Aptos, Calif.; 4th, 2011 U.S. Junior Nationals 1500m
Maddie Meyers: Seattle, Wash.; #4 U.S. 3000m, 2010 Dream Mile Champion
Amy-Eloise Neale: Snohomish, Wash.; 6-time State Champion
Alexis Panisse: Bayside, N.Y.; U.S. top 5 in 800m, 1600m and 2K Steeplechase
Angel Piccirillo: Homer Center, Pa.; #1 in U.S. 1600m; #2 in Mile; 7-time State Champion
Haley Pierce: Wilmington, Del.; # 2 in U.S. 1600m; 15-time State Champion
Paige Rice: Portland, Ore.; #5 U.S. 1500m; Cross Country State Champion
Lily Williams: Tallahassee, Fla.; #3 in U.S. Mile; 800m, 1600m, 3200m State Champion