Tue, Feb 03, 2009

Goucher, Trammell Added to Boston Indoor Games Fields

BOSTON (Feb. 3) – Two-time Olympic medalist Terrence Trammell and 2007 World Championship Bronze Medalist Kara Goucher lead a list of new athlete announcements from the organizers of the 2009 Reebok Boston Indoor Games. 

Trammell, who also has two World Indoor Championship gold medals, opened his 2009 season with an impressive win at the Millrose Games, narrowly missing Allen Johnson’s meet record in the 60 meter hurdles. Goucher, the 2007 World Outdoor Championship bronze medalist at 10,000m, also won at Millrose last week. Goucher will compete in the in the 3000 meters. Other Millrose winners slated to compete in Boston include Michael Rodgers (60m), Bianca Knight (60m), Renny Quow (400m) and previously-announced Jenn Stuczynski (Pole Vault) and Steven Hooker (Pole Vault). 

Organizers also announced today that the pole vault will be contested on the same elevated vault runway which has been used at the Millrose Games since 1999.  Meet Director Mark Wetmore said, “It is a significant undertaking to move this runway to Boston.  But we have the best vaulters in the world here, and we want to give them every opportunity to be successful.”  At Millrose, Steven Hooker broke the Madison Square Garden Record and narrowly missed clearing the bar at Sergei Bubka’s World Record height of 6.15m/20’ 2”, which has stood for sixteen years.  Likewise, Jenn Stuczysnki, came very close to breaking the American Record in the women’s vault.    

Tirunesh Dibaba, previously announced to compete in Boston, has withdrawn from the event citing a slow recovery from an injury. 

Since the Reebok Boston Indoor Games began in 1996, more than 100 Olympic and World Championship medalists have competed in the event, which has also played host to 6 World Records and 29 National Records. The event has sold out for the last 5 years and is expected to do so in 2009.  

The 14th-annual Reebok Boston Indoor Games, the second stop in USA Track & Field’s Visa Championship Series, begins at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College, 1350 Tremont St. Information is now available on-line at www.BostonIndoorGames.com, and tickets are available on-line or by calling 1-877-TIX-TRAC.