Boston, MA. – The city of Boston is still under the sway of its Super Bowl XLIX champion New England Patriot’s. The game, the interception (by rookie DB Malcom Butler), the controversial pass play call by Seattle at the Pat’s one-yard line with 26-seconds remaining, is still as fresh as the snow that has this old city’s narrow brownstone-lined streets clogged tighter than a cheese lovers arteries.
But sport moves on, as it always does. And this Saturday night the crème of the world’s track and field talent will gather in Roxbury’s Reggie Lewis Center for the 20th New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, second stop on the USATF Championship Series.
Among the most anticipated events is the opening pro race of the night, the men’s 1000 meters, a hybrid distance run mostly indoors that tests the strength of the 800m men even as it challenges the speed of the 1500m guys. And the eight-man field is evenly matched between those two skill sets with the American record (2:16.76, David Torrance 2014) in danger of falling. If it does, it would be at least the 12th American record set on the Reggie’s 200-meter banked red oval over the 20 years the event has been staged. There have also been seven world records set. (more…)