Elle Purrier St. Pierre, America’s best militia, will face a difficult field at the Millrose Games on January 29, 2022. The New Balance-sponsored sportswoman competed in her first Olympics after dominating the field at the U.S. Olympics in 2021. The media was thrilled that Elle Purrier grew up when she milked 30 cows in front of the school and received a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from the University of New Hampshire. The key is to find something you love to do, and that’s what Elle does.
It will be fun to see her compete at Millrose!
This article was written by David Monti for Race Results Weekly, which we use with permission.
Elle Purrier St. Pierre, photo by Jane Monti, Race Results Weekly, used with permission
USA OLYMPIC 1500M TEAM LEADS WANAMAKER MILE APPLICATIONS
Author: David Monti, @ d9monti
(c) 2022 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved, used with permission.
NEW YORK (January 6) – Team USA at the 1500m Tokyo Olympics at Elle Purrier St. Pierre, Cory McGee and Heather MacLean lead the entries for the WHOOP Women’s Wanamaker Mile, which will take place at the Millrose Games on Saturday, January 29. The World Athletics Indoor Tour meeting will take place for the 114th since 1914 and the tenth time in New Balance Armory Track and Field Center in Upper Manhattan.
Purrier St. Pierre, who represents New Balance, is the defending champion and record holder. In 2020, Purrier St. Pierre pushed for the victory in a time of 4: 16.85, which is the American indoor record and the second fastest indoor mile in history.
“I knew it was going to be a fast pace and then just kicking as hard as I could,” Purrier told Race Results Weekly after the 2020 meeting. The former hurdler added: “Well, I don’t feel completely out of it, I’ll try to move.”
Sixteen months later, Purrier St. won. Pierre competed in the US 1500m in the personal record and the Olympic record of 3: 58.03 and two months later started at the Tokyo Olympics and placed tenth in the final.
“I’m really looking forward to racing on the Wanamaker Mile this year,” said Purrier St. Pierre in a statement. This race has always been special for me and I definitely missed it last year. It’s one of the most prestigious and historic races, it’s always fun and always competitive, just the way I like it. “
K Purrier St. Pierre joins Wanamaker’s starting line with her Olympic counterparts Cory McGee and Heather MacLean, who also represent New Balance. McGee finished second in the US Olympic trials and MacLean third and as well as Purrier St. Pierre qualified for his first Olympics. McGee reached the final in Tokyo and finished in 12th place out of 13 athletes. MacLean reached the semifinals, but did not advance.
The three Olympians from the USA will probably get the biggest challenge from Konstanz Klosterhalfen from Germany and Jessica Hull from Australia. Both women run for the Nike-sponsored Union Athletic Club and both were Tokyo Olympic finalists (Klosterhalfen was eighth in the 10,000m and Hull 11th in the 1,500m). Klosterhalfen was second behind Purrier St. Pierre in 2020 Wanamaker and set the German indoor record 4: 17.26. She was also a bronze medalist in the 5,000m at the 2019 World Athletics Championships.
A total of seven Olympians (four finalists) from five countries are taking part in the women’s Wanamaker Mile.
This year’s Wanamaker will be the first in The Armory not to be financially supported or managed by the New York Road Runners (NYRR), America’s largest nonprofit road race organizer, co-sponsored the Armory Foundation from 2012 to 2020. The meeting took place in Madison before 2012. Square Garden on a 145.5-meter detachable track under a different route (the armory has a standard 200-meter tilted track).
The complete field is below with the best times per mile and 1500 m:
Elle Purrier St. Pierre, 1995, New Balance, 4: 16.85i / 3: 58.03
Konstanze Klosterhalfen (GER), 1997, Nike / Union Track Club, 4: 17.26i / 3: 58.92
Cory McGee, 1992, New Balance, 4: 21.81 / 4: 00.67
Heather MacLean, 1995, New Balance, 4: 25.98i / 4: 02.09
Josette Norris, 1995, New Balance, 4: 22.71 / 3: 59.72
Jessica Hull (AUS), 1996, Nike / Union Track Club, 4: 24.93 / 3: 58.81
Nikki Hiltz, 1994, adidas, 4: 24.45i / 4: 01.52
Katie Snowden (GBR), 1994, Herne Hill, 4: 25.89 / 4: 02.77
Esther Guerrero (ESP), 1990, New Balance, 4: 22.81 / 4: 02.41
Shannon Osika, 1993, Nike / Union Track Club, 4: 25.47 / 4: 00.73
Sage Hurta, 1998, About the Athletic Club, 4: 26.76 / 4: 07.50
Anna Camp Bennett, 1998, offline, 4: 44.13 / 4: 08.53