- May 29, 2008 at 7:07 pm #9470
Eugene, Oregon–At the risk of sounding repetitious, the greatest field ever assembled at historic Hayward Field will toe the line on Sunday, June 8th, this time in the women's 1500 meters. Led by 2007 World Champion Maryam Jamal, who ran 3:58.75 in Osaka last summer to turn back all comers, Jamal is one of four athletes in the field who were ranked in the top 10 in the world by Track & Field News magazine. Besides Jamal (at No. 1, of course), these include Yuliya Fomenko at No. 6, Sarah Jamieson at No. 7, and Gelete Burka, last year's Pre Classic winner, at No. 8. Add into the mix America's best from last year, Treniere Clement, and the sensational U.S.-leader for 2008, Shannon Rowbury, who has improved from 4:12.31 to 4:01.61 this season, and you have a field unsurpassed in Pre Classic history. The meet record of 4:00.48 was set by Burka in 2007, and the Hayward Field record of 3:59.19 was set by the incomparable Mary Slaney in 1984. Both are in jeopardy in this race.
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