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Prefontaine Classic
May 24, 2003 at Eugene OR

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Steve Magness 4:01.02 - 6th best US high school mile ever.
Magness ran with Alan Webb the entire way. They came through 3/4 in just over 3 minutes. At 1500 meters, Magness had a slight edge, 3:43.87 to 3:44.05, but Webb kicked past Magness at 100 meters and Magness tied up a bit in the last 50 meters.

Magness shadows 73 Webb
pix page by Erik Palmer, trackwire.com

Magness makes his move at 1200m
pix page by Victah Sailer, Photo/Run

The Oregonian newspaper article - "I didn't have my mojo," Mike McGrath said.

High school milers past and present are in the Prefontaine Classic's famed Bowerman Mile along with world class runners (Bernard Lagat, Kevin Sullivan, and Laban Rotich) at Eugene OR today.

  1 Bernard LAGAT                KENYA                  3:50.21
2 Kevin SULLIVAN CANADA 3:53.34
3 Alex KIPCHIRCHIR KENYA 3:53.73
4 David LELEI KENYA 3:54.26
5 Hudson DE SOUZA BRAZIL 3:54.39
6 Jason LUNN USA 3:54.43
7 Laban ROTICH KENYA 3:55.93
8 Yousef ABDI AUSTRALIA 3:56.23
9 Noah NGENY KENYA 3:58.79
10 Alan WEBB USA 3:58.84
11 Ibrahim ADEN USA 3:59.49
12 Mark FOUNTAIN AUSTRALIA 3:59.64
13 Michael STEMBER USA 4:00.71
14 Steve MAGNESS USA 4:01.02
15 Mike MCGRATH USA 4:10.66
-- Seneca LASSITER USA DNF
-- Graham HOOD CANADA DNF
-- Simon KIMATA KENYA DNF
-- David KIPTOO KENYA DNF 
the champion - Alan Webb set the US high school record of 3:53.43 in this race 2 years ago. He is now a pro in training for top meets later this year. the challengers -- Steve Magness of Texas and Mike McGrath of Oregon have been swift enough this year for the Pre Classic to invite two prep runners instead of one to run with the world's elite. Magness ran a solo 4:01.58 1600m in a Texas district meet, one of the fastest US high school times ever. McGrath's 1:48.56 is the fastest US prep 800 meters this year, and he ran a 4:05.28 mile against older runners in the Oregon Twilight series. They both hope to become the 5th US high school miler to run sub-4:00.
Alan Webb
Steve Magness
Mike McGrath

Steve Magness in Eugene
by Victah Sailer, PhotoRun

EUGENE OR 5/23/03 -- Well, Steve Magness is running in the mile at the Prefontaine Classic
tommorrow.....the race will air on NBC Sports on Sunday at 2pm EST. Steve arrived
yesterday from Texas and met Alan Webb during check in. They talked about the
race and Steve "feels like it's a dream and he doesn't belong here"....., is
he nervous?, "sort of "

Steve a self proclaimed "track nut" was invited to the Prefontaine Mile by
race director Tom Jordan who emailed him after a 4:05 mile. Steve, a fan of Tom
Jordan, has watched all the Prefontaine movies in 7th and 9th grade. In the
9th grade, Steve claimed the Magness family record from his grandfather who had
run a 4:27 mile in 1929. Both his father and his grandfather were milers.
Steve's PR was only 4:17.6 coming into his senior year. In Texas most events are
the 1600meters and not the mile or metric mile

Steve is following in the footsteps of Michael Stember, Gabe Jennings, Don
Sage and Alan Webb as HS'ers who have been invited to the Prefontaine Classic
Mile. He taped Alan's 3 :53 performance in 2001 and hope to be able to hang on
if he doesn't go out to fast and become the 5th HS'er to break the 4 minute
barrier.

His plan is to go thru the 400m in a comfortable 57-58, the half in 1:57-58
and then hope to hold on......for most of his races this season he has gone
thru the quarter in 58 or so. He will be joined in the Prefontaine Classic by
Mike McGrath, a HS miler, who he hasn't met yet, and hopes to join forces to run
the sub 4 HS mile. He doesn't believe there is a race with in this
race.....he hopes to run a strategic race with Mike McGrath.

Obviously a student of the sport, Steve's idol is the great Emil Zatopek of
the Czech Republic.....Zatopak had innovative training which he did at the time

Attending the press conference this afternoon, Steve was one of the stars
along with Kaisa Berquist(#1-WHJ), Maria Mutola, Alan Webb, Kevin Toth, Cathy
Freeman, Stacy Dragila, Svetlana Feofanova, and Bernard Lagat who he had met with
earlier. Steve promised his teammates that he would wear a T-shirt which read
F.M.R. Track which he refrained to reveal the meaning behind the letters.

Steve's Mom, Dad and sister will be in attendance for his historic run
tommorow. Steve will be attending Rice in the fall and will next run in the 4xmile
and the mile at the Adidas/HS Championships.

Steve's PR's are 400m=50.3, and 1:52.70. Tomorrow we will update you on how
Steve and Mike did in the Prefontaine Mile..

 

Results


MEN

100m wind +0.5 m/s
Athlete Affiliation Time
1 Kim Collins St. Kitts & Nevis 10.00
2 Darrel Brown Trinidad 10.08
3 Bernard Williams USA 10.10
4 Dwain Chambers Great Britain 10.17
5 Coby Miller USA 10.19
6 Jon Drummond USA 10.23
7 Shawn Crawford USA 10.26
Ato Boldon Trinidad & Tobago DNF

400m
Athlete Affiliation Time
1 Tyree Washington USA 44.70
2 Michael Blackwood Jamaica 45.03
3 Gregory Haughton Jamaica 45.34
4 Derrick Brew USA 45.42
5 Avard Moncur Bahamas 45.54
6 Alleyne Francique Grenada 45.90
7 Felix Sanchez Dominican Republic 45.96
8 Leonard Byrd USA 46.21

Mile
Athlete Affiliation Time
1 Bernard Lagat Kenya 3:50.21
2 Kevin Sullivan Canada 3:53.34
3 Alex Kipchirchir Kenya 3:53.73
4 David Lelei Kenya 3:54.26
5 Hudson de Souza Brazil 3:54.39
6 Jason Lunn USA 3:54.43
7 Laban Rotich Kenya 3:55.93
8 Yousef Abdi Australia 3:56.23
9 Noah Ngeny Kenya 3:58.79
10 Alan Webb USA 3:58.84
11 Ibrahim Aden USA 3:59.49
12 Mark Fountain Australia 3:59.64
13 Michael Stember USA 4:00.71
14 Steve Magness USA 4:01.02
15 Mike McGrath USA 4:10.66
Seneca Lassiter USA DNF
Graham Hood Canada DNF
Simon Kimata Kenya DNF
David Kiptoo Kenya DNF

5000m
Athlete Affiliation Time
1 Abraham Chebii Kenya 13:08.10
2 Ben Limo Kenya 13:11.67
3 Shadrack Kosgei Kenya 13:12.24
4 Markos Geneti Ethiopia 13:13.27
5 Luke Kipkosgei Kenya 13:19.17
6 William Kirui Kenya 13:30.63
7 David Galvan Mexico 13:33.09
8 Adam Goucher USA 13:35.77
9 Abdi Abdirahman USA 13:37.96
10 Bob Kennedy USA 13:44.25
11 Mike Power Australia 13:47.35
12 Karl Keska Great Britain 13:53.21
13 Chad Johnson USA 13:53.41
14 Brad Hauser USA 13:58.68
15 Mike Donelly USA 14:01.91
16 Nick Rogers USA 14:17.77
Martin Keino Kenya DNF

110m Hurdles wind +1.0 m/s
Athlete Affiliation Time
1 Larry Wade USA 13.24
2 Dudley Dorival Haiti 13.43
3 Ron Bramlett USA 13.48
4 Duane Ross USA 13.51
5 Robert Kronberg Sweden 13.69
6 Micah Harris USA 13.69
7 Mark Crear USA 13.72
8 Eric Mitchum USA 13.84

Long Jump wind (m/s)
Athlete Affiliation Best Mark
1 Miguel Pate USA 8.27m (27-01 3/4) +0.8
2 Savante Stringfellow USA 8.23m (27-00) +1.0
3 Dwight Phillips USA 8.05m (26-05w) +2.7
4 Hussein Al-Sabee Saudi Arablia 8.04m (26-04 1/2) +1.9
5 Kevin Dilworth USA 7.54m (24-09) –0.5

Long Jump Series 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Miguel Pate Foul 8.19[2.2] 8.15[3.4] 8.27[0.8] Foul Foul
Savante Stringfellow 7.77[0.5] Foul 7.90[–0.7] 7.74[–0.3] 8.23[1.0] 6.34[3.0]
Dwight Phillips 7.68[0.5] 7.95[–0.2] 7.70[0.3] 7.63[–0.3] 7.84[0.5] 8.05[2.7]
Hussein Al-Sabee 7.47[–0.4] Foul Foul 7.85[0.3] 7.96[–0.5] 8.04[1.9]
Kevin Dilworth 6.91[–1.9] 7.28[–2.6] 7.37[1.3] 7.24[1.1] 7.54[-0.5] 7.54[1.9]

Shot Put
Athlete Affiliation Best Mark
1 Kevin Toth USA 21.76m (71-04 3/4)
2 Christian Cantwell USA 21.47m (70-05 1/4)
3 Brad Snyder Canada 20.54m (67-04 3/4)
4 Reese Hoffa USA 20.44m (67-00 3/4)
5 Justin Anlezark Australia 20.17m (66-02 1/4)
6 Tonyo Sylvester USA 19.37m (63-06 3/4)

Shot Put Series 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Kevin Toth Foul 21.76 Foul Foul Foul Foul
Christian Cantwell 21.47 21.27 Foul 20.59 Foul 21.21
Brad Snyder 20.54 20.44 Foul 20.54 Foul 20.38
Reese Hoffa 19.45 19.89 20.44 Foul 20.12 20.19
Justin Anlezark 19.44 20.17 Foul 19.42 Foul 19.60
Tonyo Sylvester 19.37 19.09 Foul Foul 19.01 18.93

WOMEN

100m wind +0.7 m/s
Athlete Affiliation Time
1 Kelli White USA 10.96
2 Chryste Gaines USA 11.03
3 LaTasha Colander-Richardson USA 11.08
4 Chandra Sturrup Bahamas 11.12
5 Torri Edwards USA 11.15
6 Tayna Lawrence Jamaica 11.24
7 Angela Williams USA 11.28
8 Juliet Campbell Jamaica 11.35

400m
Athlete Affiliation Time
1 Ana Guevara Mexico 49.34
2 Tonique Williams Bahamas 50.39
3 Ronetta Smith Jamaica 51.44
4 Monique Hennegan USA 51.50
5 Cathy Freeman Australia 51.70
6 Demetria Washington USA 51.78
7 Lisa Barber USA 52.71

800m
Athlete Affiliation Time
1 Maria Mutola Mozambique 1:57.98
2 Jearl Miles-Clark USA 1:58.61
3 Diane Cummins Canada 1:59.41
4 Tanya Blake Malta 1:59.56
5 Jen Toomey USA 1:59.75
6 Regina Jacobs USA 2:00.01
7 Sasha Spencer USA 2:01.56
8 Brigita Langerholc Slovenia 2:02.18
9 Hazel Clark USA 2:02.64
Vicky Fleschner USA DNF

1500m
Athlete Affiliation Time
1 Jolanda Ceplak Slovenia 4:02.44
2 Suzy Favor Hamilton USA 4:03.47
3 Meskerem Legesse Ethiopia 4:03.96
4 Mardrea Hyman Jamaica 4:06.36
5 Lena Nilsson Sweden 4:07.69
6 Suzy Walsham Australia 4:07.78
7 Sarah Schwald USA 4:09.58
8 Collette Liss USA 4:10.62
9 Emily Morris Australia 4:12.37
10 Catherine Berry Great Britain 4:15.16
11 Dulce Maria Rodriguez Mexico 4:16.82
12 Lisa Nye USA 4:22.93
Sara Schaaf USA DNF

100m Hurdles + 1.4 m/s
Athlete Affiliation Time
1 Brigitte Foster Jamaica 12.45
2 Miesha McKelvy USA 12.51
3 Donica Merriman USA 12.65
4 Jenny Adams USA 12.68
5 Melissa Morrison USA 12.70
6 Lacena Golding-Clarke Jamaica 12.82
7 Vonnette Dixon Jamaica 12.84
8 Gail Devers USA 13.06

High Jump
Athlete Affiliation Best Mark
1 Tisha Waller USA 1.98m (6-06)
2 Kajsa Bergqvist Sweden 1.95m (6-04 3/4)
3 Amy Acuff USA 1.95m (6-04 3/4)
4 Gwen Wentland USA 1.89m (6-02 1/4)
5 Ifoma Jones USA 1.89m (6-02 1/4)
6 Karol Rovelto USA 1.84m (6-00 1/2)
7 Nicole Forrester Canada 1.79m (5-10 1/2)

High Jump Series 1.79 1.84 1.89 1.92 1.95 1.98 2.01
Tisha Waller XO O O O XO O XXX
Kajsa Bergqvist O O O O XO XXX
Amy Acuff O O XO O XXO XXX
Gwen Wentland XO O O XXX
Ifoma Jones XO XO O XXX
Karol Rovelto O O XXX
Nicole Forrester XO XXX
P = pass | O = made | X = miss

Pole Vault
Athlete Affiliation Best Mark
1 Stacy Dragila USA 4.62m (15-01 3/4)
2 Svetlana Feofanova Russia 4.52m (14-10)
3 Kellie Suttle USA 4.32m (14-02)
4 Tracy O’Hara USA 4.22m (13-10)
5 Thorey Edda Elisdottir Iceland 4.22m (13-10)
5 Mary Sauer USA 4.22m (13-10)
Mel Mueller USA NH
Jill Schwartz USA NH

Pole Vault Series 4.22 4.32 4.42 4.52 4.62 4.75
Stacy Dragila O XXO O O XO XXX
Svetlana Feofanova P O O XO XXX
Kellie Suttle O O XXX
Tracy O’Hara O XXX
Thorey Edda Elisdottir XO XXX
Mary Sauer XO XXX
Mel Mueller XXX
Jill Schwartz XXX
P = pass | O = made | X = miss

Bernard Lagat preps for Pre

photo by Victah Sailer, PhotoRun

Preview
EUGENE OR -- High school milers Steve Magness of Texas and Mike McGrath of Oregon go against world class runners Saturday 5/24 in the Prefontaine Classic, a stop on the USATF Golden Spike tour. Waiting for them will be Bernard Lagat, who won the Oregon Track Classic 1500m Saturday 5/17 in 3:34.13 (left), fastest in the world this year, and Alan Webb, who set the US high school record of 3:53.43 here 2 years ago. Magness and McGrath are following in Webb's footsteps in hopes of becoming the 5th sub-4 minute high school miler ever. Donald Sage just missed in 2000 at 4:00.29 when he was an Illinois prep.

Magness and McGrath earned their invitations with US#1 high school performances earlier this season. Magness ran one of the fastest high school 1600 meters ever in a Texas district meet, 4:01.58, setting all the pace. He also split 2:56 for 1200 meters in a distance medley race. McGrath leads the country at 800 meters, 1:48.56, and ran a 4:05.28 mile against elite runners May 3 in the Oregon Twilight meet.

The Bowerman Mile will start at 2:52 pm Saturday. A 90-minute Pre Classic television show will air at 2pm Sunday (Eastern) on NBC.

The Bowerman mile field: Bernard Lagat (Kenya), Cornelius Chirchir (Kenya), Hudson deSouza (Brazil), Ibrahim Aden (United States), Alan Webb (United States), Abdelkader Hachlaf (Morocco), Noah Ngeny (Kenya) , Jason Lunn (United States), Laban Rotich (Kenya), Michael Stember (United States), Kevin Sullivan (Canada), Steve Magness (U.S. HS), Mike McGrath (U.S. HS), Seneca Lassiter (United States), Yousef Abdi (Australia), Graham Hood (Canada), Simon Kimata (Kenya)--pace, David Kiptoo (Kenya)--pace

Schedule

12:50 National Anthem
1:00 Pole Vault (W)
1:05 Shot Put (M)
1:07 1500 Meters (W)
1:23 400 Meters (M)
1:32 100 Meters (W)
1:40 100 Meters High Hurdles (W)
1:47 110 Meters High Hurdles (M)
1:52 High Jump (W)
2:10 800 Meters (W)
2:15 Long Jump (M)
2:17 100 Meters (M)
2:23 5000 Meters (M)
2:45 400 Meters (W)
2:52 Bowerman Mile (M)
3:05 Presentation of Prefontaine Trophy to winner of 5K

Prior Years on DyeStat

  • 2002 - Sanya Richards finishes second in the 400m in 51.16, fifth best ever by a US high school girl.
  • 2001 - Alan Webb sets a new US high school mile record of 3:53.43.
  • 2000 - Donald Sage just misses sub-4:00 at 4:00.29.

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