The New Balance Indoor Grand Prix kicks off the USATF Championship Series on Saturday (2) in Boston, the first and only IAAF Indoor Permit meeting in the United States this year.
This will be the 18th edition of the yet-again sold out meeting at the Reggie Lewis Track Facility where fans cheer so loudly that attending the meet has been dubbed “Rockin’ the Reggie”.
“Track and field fans should see some great action on Saturday night,” said meeting director Mark Wetmore of Global Athletics in Boston. “As has become tradition for the meet, they will see some great middle distance action on the oval as well as Jenn Suhr returning to the place where she has already set three American records.”
Suhr, the reigning Olympic Pole Vault champion who also won the silver medal in Beijing in 2008, is undefeated at the meet, recording five victories since 2007. She jumped 4.82m in 2009, then improved on that American record performance to 4.88m at last year’s meeting. That mark was the second highest in the world last year behind only Yelena Isinbayeva’s 5.01m World indoor record in Stockholm.
“My first big performance of 2012 was in Boston and the year turned out to be my best ever,” said Suhr earlier this month. “So I can’t wait to come back to Boston and start off this World Championships year with one of my favourite crowds.”
Americans Becky Holliday, Mary Saxer, April Steiner-Bennett and Janice Keppler will also be in action on the runway in Boston.