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Penn entries released, mile fields competitive

Angel Piccirillo of Homer Center (Pa.) celebrates her victory in the mile at the Penn Relays last year. She is back to defend her title but faces competition from Ajee Wilson (N.J.) and Mary Cain (N.Y.). John Nepolitan/ESPNHS

The Penn Relays has released its high school entry lists for this month's meet in Philadelphia (April 26-28), and the girls mile field is shaping up as a good one.

Joining defending champion Angel Piccirillo of Homer Center (Pa.) are the top two finishers from the New Balance Nationals Indoor 800: Ajee Wilson of Neptune (N.J.) and Mary Cain of Bronxville (N.Y.).

The boys mile field also is a good one, with Jacob Burcham of Cabell Midland (W.V.) going up against Craig Engels of Ronald Reagan (N.C.), Ben Malone of Pascack Valley (N.J.), Zavon Watkins of Liverpool (N.Y.) and Ahmed Bile of Annandale (Va.).

A total of 1,047 schools have entries for this year's meet, including 985 from the U.S. The remaining 62 schools come from a variety of locales but it is the strong Jamaican contingent that has made a major impact in recent years at Penn Relays.