Wheating faces world’s best at Bowerman Mile

Saturday's Bowerman Mile at Hayward Field in Oregon includes seven of the top 10 milers from last year, as well as American 800m/1500m NCAA winner Andrew Wheating.

Talk about a dream mile. Saturday’s Bowerman Mile at Hayward Field in Oregon includes seven of the top 10 milers of 2009, as well as American 800m/1500m NCAA winner Andrew Wheating. Top runners include Beijing Olympic gold-medallist Asbel Kiprop, Osaka World Champion Bernard Lagat of the U.S., Youssef Kamel of Bahrain and Amine Laalou of Morocco.

Canada’s Kevin Sullivan holds the record for breaking the four-minute barrier seven times at the ¬†Bowerman Mile, but Lagat will likely tie that mark tomorrow as he has run six sub-4 miles there.

Wheating ran the fastest 1500m collegiate time this year with a PB of 3:37.52 at the NCAA West Regionals, which converts to about a 3:56 mile.

“I am so excited,” Wheating told the local newspaper. “There are so many talented milers in the field. It’s a test for me personally to see if I can handle all the big dogs.”

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