Deepest Bowerman Mile Field Ever Assembled For 2024 Prefontaine Classic

By Chris Chavez

May 10, 2024

One of the deepest men’s mile fields in history has been assembled for the 2024 Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon on May 25th. The full field was announced by meet organizers on Friday.

Here’s what you need to know:

– The field is made up of: Geordie Beamish (NZL); Matthew Centrowitz (USA); Reynold Kipkorir Cheruiyot (KEN); Mario García (ESP); Lamecha Girma (ETH); Neil Gourley (GBR); Oliver Hoare (AUS); Cole Hocker (USA); Jakob Ingebrigtsen (NOR); Josh Kerr (GBR); Hobbs Kessler (USA); Abel Kipsang (KEN); Cameron Myers (AUS); Yared Nuguse (USA) and Jake Wightman (GBR).

– The field features two Olympic champions in Centrowitz (2016) and Ingebrigtsen (2021).

– The field features three 1500m world champions in George Beamish (indoors 2024), Kerr (2023) and Wightman (2022).

Race organizers previously announced Ingebrigtsen, Nuguse and Kerr and the headliners for the field. This will also be Ingebrigtsen’s first meeting with Wightman since the Brit upset him at the 2022 World Championships in Eugene. Wightman missed last summer’s World Championships due to injury.

– The average personal best of the field is 3:48.57.

– Ingebrigtsen has a 17–0 record against all the competitors in the field in mile races.

– This will be Ingebrigtsen's season opener after missing the 2024 indoor season due to an Achilles injury.

– The current world-leading mile time is 3:51.06 by Nuguse at the Penn Relays.

– The mile also provides a good opportunity for Centrowitz and Hoare to get under the 3:50.40 Olympic standard in the mile to help their chances of qualifying for the Paris Olympics. Hoare finished second at the Australian National Championships and is awaiting official selection by Athletics Australia. Centrowitz just ran 3:35.39 for his fastest 1500m performance since the Tokyo Olympics. He would need to secure the Olympic standard and finish in the top three at next month’s U.S. Olympic Trials to qualify for his fourth Games.

Meet us at Pre Classic

– CITIUS MAG will be on-site for the 2024 Prefontaine Classic. The Marshfield District festival will feature family-friendly activations, food and beverage tents, and fans’ first chance to purchase exclusive Pre Classic merchandise. Gates to the Marshfield District open to the public at 5:00 p.m. PT on Friday, May 24 and it is free to attend.

Fans are encouraged to make their way to the southwest corner of the Marshfield District from 6–7 p.m. Pacific time for this year’s CITIUS MAG Live Show. The show will serve as an entertaining preview of Saturday’s events and feature athletes competing in the meet, ticket giveaways, merchandise giveaways, and more. If you’re at home, you can watch it on The CITIUS MAG YouTube channel.

Chris Chavez

Chris Chavez launched CITIUS MAG in 2016 as a passion project while working full-time for Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and grew his humble blog into a multi-pronged media company. He completed all six World Marathon Majors and is an aspiring sub-five-minute miler.