Bracy, Chapus, Cheserek are “Big Three” chasing prep goals in Dream 100, Mile
NEW YORK CITY (March 27, 2012) –
Two-sport sprint star Marvin Bracy and milers Cami Chapus and Edward Cheserek, a trio of the top high-school athletes in the country, will be out to make history at the adidas Grand Prix on June 9, organizers and adidas have announced.
Bracy (Orlando, Fla.), one of the most exciting young American
sprinters in years, will be chasing the U.S. high school record at 100
meters (10.01) in the Dream 100, seeking to become the first high-school
athlete to go under 10 seconds, while Chapus (Los Angeles, Calif.) will
be trying to break the national record of 4:35.1 in the Girls’ Dream
Mile and Edward Cheserek (Newark, N.J.) will be vying to break four
minutes in the Boys’ Dream Mile. If he succeeds, he will be just the
sixth U.S. high-school runner in history to do so but the second in the
last 12 months in the Dream Mile at this very meet, after Lukas
Verzbicas ran 3:59.71 here last year.
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, featuring dozens of Olympic
medalists and World Champions, will again be the sixth stop on the
international Samsung Diamond League circuit and is part of the Visa
Championships Series. Tickets are now available by calling 1-877-849-8722.
Blake Haney (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Carrie Verdon
(Moraga, Calif.), winners of the Boys’ and Girls’ Dream Miles at the
adidas Meet of Champions at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif.,
last weekend, have also been invited to compete at the adidas Grand Prix
provisional on posting qualifying times by June 4.
Bracy, the 2011 Pan Am Junior Games gold medalist, ran 6.08 seconds for
55 meters this winter to break the national high-school record, and his
wind-aided 100-meter time of 10.05 is the second-fastest all-time under
any conditions. A two-time Florida state champion at both 100 and 200
meters and a football All-American, the Boone High School senior is the
defending Dream 100 champion. He has committed to Florida State
University in both football and track.
Chapus, fifth in the 2011 World Youth Championships 1500 meters, is the
reigning California state champion at 1600 meters, a two-time state
cross-country champion, and anchored her Harvard-Westlake High School
distance-medley relay squad to the national high-school record. The
defending Dream Mile champion, the senior will attend Stanford
University next fall.
A junior at St. Benedict’s Prep in nearby Newark, Cheserek is sure to
be a crowd favorite in New York. They’ve already had a lot of practice
cheering for him: Cheserek ran 4:03.29 in the 2011 Dream Mile to set a
national sophomore record and 13:57 for 5000 meters at the 2012 Millrose
Games to set the national high-school mark in that distance. He is
also the 2011 Foot Locker Cross Country champion and #2 on the all-time
indoor 2 Mile list (4:02.21).
Fields for the Dream Mile and Dream 100 will be drawn from the winners of three qualifying meets in the adidas Golden Stripes
series, as well as from at-large bids. The first meet, the adidas Meet
of Champions, was held on March 24. Next up is the Kansas Relays in
Lawrence, Kan., April 19-21, followed by 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 legendary
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.
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