PACE athletes were on show in two top indoor meets on opposite sides of the Atlantic today – the Millrose Games in New York and the Birmingham Grand Prix in England.
Bronxville High school sensation Mary Cain was again the star of the show at the Millrose Games. In a tactical Wanamaker mile she took the win in 4:27.73 ahead of fellow Nike Oregon Project athlete Trenier Moser and Nicole Sifuentes. Jamaican sprinter Kimmari Roach placed 3rd in the 60m in 6.59 secs which should be enough to get him selected for the IAAF World Indoor T&F Championships in Sopot, Poland at the start of March.
One athlete with his eyes firmly set on Poland is British 800m runner Andrew Osagie. The Craig Winrow coached athlete clocked 1:45.22 to go second on the UK All Time list behind the legendary Sebastian Coe. Osagie, who won a medal in the 2012 World Indoors, will go to Poland in confident form. The Kenyan trio of Jeremiah Mutai, Bethwel Birgen and Hellen Obiri should have done enough during the indoor season to earn selection for Sopot in the 800m 1500m and 3000m respectively.
In tactical races today Birgen and Obiri placed 4th in the 1500m while Mutai placed 7th in Osagie’s 800m. The British pair of Jemma Simpson and Steph Twell clocked World Indoor qualifying times today with British Indoor 1500m Champion Simpson running 4:11 and Twell clocking 9:00 at 3000m en route to her 9:42.41 3rd place finish in the 2 miles. Andy Turner continued his return to fitness with a 7.76 clocking in the 60mH while a flu stricken Chris Tomlinson jumped 7.63m in the long jump.