Cole Hocker and Cooper Teare (© Kevin Morris)
Cole Hocker is among the five Olympians and eight individual NCAA winners who will race over 3000m at the Millrose Games – a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting – on 29 January.
Previously announced for the WHOOP Wanamaker Mile, Hocker has instead opted for the longer distance at the event in New York. The 20-year-old, who claimed the US 1500m title after NCAA mile and 1500m wins this year, placed sixth in the 1500m final at the Tokyo Olympics.
He will be joined in the Millrose 3000m by his fellow Olympians John Gay, Joe Klecker, Luis Grijalva and Yared Nuguse, as well as Edward Cheserek, who placed second in the 2019 Wanamaker Mile, plus 2017 Wanamaker Mile winner Eric Jenkins, US 5km champion Drew Hunter, US half marathon champion Conner Mantz, NCAA indoor 5000m champion Wesley Kiptoo, NCAA outdoor 5000m champion Cooper Teare and 2019 NCAA mile champion Geordie Beamish.
“I couldn't be more excited to check off a race that I've dreamed of competing in since I first heard about it,” said Hocker.
“Most of the time the best part of racing has to do with the atmosphere and Millrose delivers one of the best atmospheres in all of track. I can't wait to toe the line with some of the best runners globally right now including my college teammate Cooper Teare.”
Ray Flynn, Millrose Games meeting director, added: “This may be one of the great races of the meet. All the great young talents on the line together.”
The men's 3000m is the latest field announced for the Millrose Games, following the recent confirmations of Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser, world shot put champion Joe Kovacs, Olympic 800m champion Athing Mu, two-time world indoor 800m silver medallist Ajee Wilson, Olympic pole vault champion Katie Nageotte, world indoor pole vault gold medallist Sandi Morris, Olympic 800m finalist Natoya Goule-Toppin and US 1500m champion Elle Purrier St Pierre.
Organisers for World Athletics