Top field assembled for 6th Annual Ryan Shay Mile in Charlevoix

Top field assembled for 6th Annual Ryan Shay Mile in Charlevoix

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By Matt Peterson, special to RunMichigan.com

CHARLEVOIX, MICHIGAN -- The 6th annual Ryan Shay Mile will take place in Charlevoix, Michigan on Saturday, July 27 at 10:30 am. This is an invitational road mile with separate races for men and women. It features $4000 ($1000.00 1st place, $500.00 2nd, $250.00 3rd) in prize money with the title sponsor being Bergmann Marine.

This event provides elite middle-distance and distance runners with a competitive opportunity on the spectator lined streets of downtown Charlevoix in scenic northern Michigan. Once again, the spectators in Charlevoix should be treated to a terrific race to the finish line for the Shay mile with a deep men's field and a strong women's field.

Both winners from 2012, Daniel Clark and Heather Kampf, will be returning to defend their titles. And, with the current fields assembled, both course records, men's 3:55 (Jeff See, 2010) and women's 4:31 (Heather Kampf, 2012), could be broken.

It will not be easy for Clark as he will be pushed by a field that has at least 10 sub four minute milers (or the 1500 meter equivalent).

Leading this pack should be Liam Bolyan-Pett and Matthew Elloitt. Boylan-Pett is a two time runner-up in the Shay mile and has recorded a time of 3:37 for 1500 meters in Europe this summer. The 2011 runner-up, Elliott, is no stranger to the Shay mile but he provided track and field fans with a surprising finish at this year's U.S. Championships in the 1500 meters placing 4th and earning the right to chase the qualifying times for this year's Track and Field World Championships. He also hit a time of 3:37 for the 1500 meters in Europe this summer.

But, getting on the podium will not be easy as five others boast personal bests of 3:40 or faster for 1500 meters; Brian Gagnon, Tony Jordanek, Kyle Boorsma, Macklin Chaffee, and Daniel Stockberger. And it won't be any easier for the course record holder Kampf.

Grand Blanc, Michigan's Geena Gall, a 2012 London Olympian in the 800 meters, is returning to the Shay mile after a runner-up finish in 2009. Kampf and Gall were both in the final of this year's U.S. Championship 800 meters, and have set personal bests for the 1500 meters of 4:08 and 4:09 respectively this summer.

Last year's runner-up Ashley Miller, and Lauren Johnson with a mile best of 4:33, should provide plenty of competition along with Chemtai Rionotukei -- this year's winner of the 25K Fifth Third River Bank Run in Grand Rapids.

This race has had several world class athletes participate since its inception in 2008. Past participants De'sean Turner (steeplechase), Ashley Higginson (steeplechase), Dot McMahan (marathon) and Jeanette Faber (marathon) will represent the U.S. at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Moscow this year.

Desiree Davila (US, marathon), Geena Gall (US, 800 meters), and Nicole Sifuentes (Canada, 1500 meters) all represented their countries in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Davila and Gall also represented the United States in the 2009 World Track and Field Championships in Berlin, Germany.

Delilah DiCrescenzo, 2009 Shay Mile participant, qualified to represent the United States in the steeplechase at the 2011 World Track and Field Championships but could not run due to injury.

Peter van der Westhuizen has represented his native South Africa in two world championship meets. Meanwhile, the inaugural winner for the men, Grant Robison, ran the 1500 meters at the 2004 Olympics for the United States.

The Ryan Shay Mile started in the summer of 2008 to honor the memory of Ryan Shay. Ryan passed away on Nov. 3 2007 while competing in the 2008 USA Olympic Marathon Trials in New York City. Ryan was from Central Lake, Michigan about thirty minutes south of Charlevoix and attended Central Lake High School.

A talented runner, who through hard work and persistence won championships in high school, in college while at Notre Dame and in the professional ranks, Ryan was and still is a role model for many young people in Northern Michigan and around the country.

Bergmann Marine, located in Charlevoix, Michigan, provides marine sales, service and storage facilities. This family owned and operated business spans three generations and has been providing service to Northern Michigan for more than twenty five years.

This event is held as part of Charlevoix's annual Venetian Festival, and in conjunction with the Drenth Memorial 5k and 10k road races on the same Saturday morning.

Charlevoix is located in the upper northwestern portion of the lower Michigan peninsula.

Men's Mile Start List:

  • Daniel Clark, Jackson, MI, University of Notre Dame, 2012 USA Track and Field Olympics Trials Competitor - 1500m, 1500m 3:39.
  • Liam Boylan-Pett, NJ/NY TC, Bath, MI, Columbia University, 2012 USA Track and Field Olympics Trials Competitor - 800m and 1500m, NCAA All-American, 800m 1:46, 1500m 3:37.
  • Matt Elliott, Brooks, Rock Hill, SC, Presbyterian College/Winthrop University, 4th at 2013 US Championships 1500 meters, 1500m 3:37, Mile 3:57.
  • Brian Gagnon, New Jersey-New York Track Club, Lowell, MA, University of Connecticut, Big East Champion, NCAA All-American, 800m 1:46, 1500m 3:38, Mile 3:57.
  • Tony Jordanek, Lexington OH, Kent State University, MAC Champion 1500m, 1500m 3:38.
  • Kyle Boorsma, Speed River TFC, Guelph, ON, Canada, Guelph University, CIS Cross Country Champion, 1500m 3:39.
  • Macklin Chaffee, Chagrin Falls, OH, Williams College, NCAA DIII All-American, 1500m 3:39, Mile 3:58
  • Daniel Stockberger, Team Indiana Elite, Layafette, IN, Indiana University, NCAA All-American, 800m 1:49, 1500m 3:40.
  • Ben Hubers, Marietta GA, Indiana University, NCAA All-American, 1500m 3:41, Mile 3:59.
  • Frezer Legesse, Oklahoma City, OK, University of Oklahoma, All-Big 12, Big 12 DMR Champion, 1500m 3:41, Mile 3:58.
  • Dey Dey, Thornton, CO, University of Arkansas, NCAA All-American 800m, 800m 1:47, Mile 3:59.
  • Matt Jurysta, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, Drake University, 1500m 3:41.
  • Josh McAlary, Jackson, MI, Michigan State University, NCAA East Regional qualifier 1500 meters, 1500m 3:42, Mile 4:00.
  • Tony Filipek, Saginaw, MI, Saginaw Valley State University, NCAA DII All-American, 800m 1:49, 1500m 3:44, Road Mile 4:02.


Start List - Women:

  • Heather Kampf, ASICS/Team USA Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, University of Minnesota, 2012 USA Track and Field Trials 800m(7th), 2012 USA Road Mile Champion, 2006 NCAA 800m Indoor Champion, 800m 2:00, 1500m 4:08.
  • Geena Gall, Nike, Grand Blanc, MI, University of Michigan, 2012 Olympian (800 meters), two time NCAA champion (800 meters), 800m 1:59, 1500m 4:09.
  • Ashley Miller, Tipton, IA, University of Nebraska, NCAA All-American, Big 12 and Big 10 1500m Champion, 800m 2:03, 1500m 4:11.
  • Lauren Johnson, Oregon Track Club Elite, Huntington IN, Huntington University, 3 time NAIA All-American, 1500m 4:11, Mile 4:33.
  • Chemtai Rionotukei, Kenya, 2013 25k Fifth Third Bank River Bank Run champion.
  • Shannon Osika, University of Michigan, Waterford, MI, NCAA All-American, Mile 4:37.
  • Sara Barron, Vanderbilt University, Oakland, MI, 1500m 4:20, Mile 4:44.

Contact: Matt Peterson, Elite Athlete Coordinator
Phone: (231) 675-1746
Email: mpeterson@ejps.org Website: www.venetianraces.com

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