Gophers alumna Gabriele (Anderson) Grunewald, the fourth-fastest American at 1500 meters in 2013, is slated to compete in the NYRR Wanamaker Mile at the NYRR Millrose Games on Saturday, February 15, it was announced by New York Road Runners and the Armory Foundation this week.
Headlining the women's field are teenage track sensation Mary Cain and three-time USA champion Morgan Uceny. In addition to Grunewald, the women's field also includes two-time USA steeplechase champion, Emma Coburn; the 1500-meter bronze medalist at the 2013 USA Outdoor Championships, Cory McGee; Villanova University star, Emily Lipari; and Alexa Efraimson, the youngest Wanamaker Mile entrant at age 16 and the winner of the girls' race at the 2013 Nike Cross Nationals. The Millrose Games women's record for the mile is 4:21.45, run by Rumania's Doina Melinte in 1988.
The NYRR Millrose Games will be presented live on NBCSN from 2-4 p.m. CT. Fans will have the chance to watch the famed Wanamaker Miles, a world-class women's 800-meter race, and much more.
Most recently, Grunewald finished second in her first race of the 2014 season at the Sainsbury's Glasgow International meet last weekend. Grunewald was second in the 1,500-meter run in 4:12.76. Kenya's Hellen Obiri won the race in 4:10.20. Grunewald, then Anderson, wrapped up her Gopher running career as an All-American and the 1,500-meters runner-up at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships.