NEW YORK CITY (May 30, 2012)—Tyreek Hill, who last weekend set the track world on fire with a scorching double of 10.19 at 100 meters and 20.14 for 200 meters at the Golden South Classic, will compete in the adidas Dream 100 at the adidas Grand Prix on June 9, organizers have announced.
Both times lead the nation this year, and Hill’s 200-meter clocking catapults him to #2 on the all-time U.S. high school list, just 1/100th of a second off the national prep record of 20.13 set by Roy Martin in 1985.
Also joining the Dream 100 field is Abraham Hall, a senior from South Grand Prairie, Texas, who shares the #1 spot at 100 meters with Hill and is #2 at 200 meters. Hall is the 2012 Texas 5A State Champion at 100 and 200 meters, and is headed to the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Hill, a senior from Douglas, Ga., who was virtually unknown outside of his home state until his Golden South breakthrough, is the 2012 Georgia 5A State Champion in 100 meters, 200 meters and the long jump. The addition of Hill and Hall to the field gives the Boys’ Dream 100 the five fastest 100-meter sprinters in the nation this year.
The Dream 100 and Dream Mile are again destined to be among the most hotly contested events at the adidas Grand Prix on June 9. 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, will feature dozens of Olympic medalists and World Champions, including Yohan Blake, the reigning 100-meter World Champion, and David Rudisha, the 800-meter World Record-holder. The event 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 at adidasgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.
Added to the Girls’ Dream Mile is Alexis Panisse, a senior from Bayside, N.Y. Panisse ranks among the top five in the U.S. at 800 meters (#4), 1600 meters (#5) and 2K Steeplechase (#5) and was fifth in the 2012 national indoor mile championships. She will attend the University of Tennessee.
Also joining the girls’ field for the Dream Mile are Lily Williams, a senior from Tallahassee, Fla., and Alli Cash, a junior from Shawnee Mission, Kan. Williams is the 2012 Florida State 3A Champion at 800, 1600 and 3200 meters, and ranks #3 in the U.S. in the mile thanks to her 4:46 Golden South Classic victory last weekend; Cash is the Kansas Relays Champion at 800 meters and 1600 meters who ranks #5 in the U.S. at 1600 meters.
Izaic Yorks, a senior from Lakewood, Wash., ranked #1 at 1600 meters (4:04.00), has been added to the Boys’ Dream Mile. The 2012 Washington 3A State Champion at 800 meters and 1600 meters, he will attend the University of Portland.
With four top sprinters joining the field for the Girls’ Dream 100—Jennifer Madu of Plano, Texas; Morolake Akinosun of Naperville, Ill.; Ariana Washington of Long Beach, Calif.; and Tristie Johnson of Jacksonville, Fla.—the event now features athletes with the eight fastest 100-meter times in the nation this season.
Madu, a senior headed to Texas A&M University, is the 2011 IAAF World Youth Champion at 100 meters and the 2012 Texas 5A State Champion at 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump and triple jump—titles all earned within eight hours. Ranked #5 in the U.S. at 100m and #2 in the triple jump, she is also the 2012 indoor national champion at 60 meters.
Akinosun, a senior, ranks #2 in the U.S. at 100 meters (11.41) and is the 2012 IHSA 3A State Champion at 100 meters. She is also the 2011 AAU Junior Olympic Games Champion at both 100 and 200 meters, and will attend the University of Illinois. Washington, a sophomore, is ranked #3 in the U.S. at 100 meters (11.45) and #2 at 200 meters (23.52), and is the 2011 USA Intermediate Girls’ Youth Champion at 200 meters and runner-up at 100 meters. Johnson, a senior who will attend Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., has the #1 all-conditions time in the U.S. for 100 meters (11.28) and is the 2012 Florida 3A State Champion at 100 meters and 200 meters. She won the 100 meters last weekend at the Golden South Classic.
Fields for the Dream Mile and Dream 100 are being 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, followed by the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kan., April 19-21 and 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 mile legend Jim Ryun.
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Sara Hunninghake, Global Athletics & Marketing