The New Balance Indoor Grand Prix has a new entry for the men’s mile that will certainly up the ante for the event: 2012 Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp.
The 19th edition of the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix will get underway on Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center on the campus of Roxbury Community College, and it was announced on Monday that Rupp would be taking part.
Rupp, who took silver in the 10,000 meters in London 2012, joins a men’s mile field that already includes two Olympic 1,500 meters silver medalists: American Leo Manzano, who won silver in London, and New Zealander Nick Willis, who finished second in Beijing.
Since winning the 10K silver medal behind training partner Mo Farah in London, Rupp ran the fastest indoor mile in the world in 2013, running a 3:50.92 at Boston University. He has already set two US indoor records this season when he ran a 13:01.26 in the 5K and an 8:07.41 in the two mile.
The US flag-bearer at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Lopez Lomong, will also compete at the Grand Prix, hoping to build off a 2013 campaign where he ran the year’s second fastest indoor mile with a 3:51.21 en route to winning the Wanamaker Mile at the 2013 Millrose Games.
The premier event on the women’s side, the women’s two mile, will feature four-time US junior 1,500 meters champion Jordan Hasay. She took second last year in the 10,000 at the US championships in 32:17.34, and is a two-time NCAA indoor champion, winning both the mile and 3,000 in 2011.
Other American entrants in the women’s two mile include Gabriele Anderson, the 2010 NCAA runner up at 1,500; Stephanie Charnigo, who ran in the 1,500 at the 2012 US Olympic trials; Nicole Schappert, two-time winner of the New York Road Runners Road Mile; and Jenny Simpson, 2008 US Olympian and American record holder in the steeplechase.Jeff Pini can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jpini441