Bayer lead Morton Mile entry

The field for the 2019 Morton mile has now been finalised bringing to Santry some of the finest middle distance athletes on the circuit. Doha bound US steeplechaser Andy Bayer, who has a mile best of 3.52.90 makes his Santry debut. Bayer courtesy of his 3rd place finish in the US Championships has made his first major championship team for the United States will use the Morton mile as part of his preparations.

Previously confirmed are the two most recent winners of the Morton mile Sam Prackel last year's winner and Robert Domanic the 2017 winner. Also confirmed from the US are Izaic Yorks, Eric Avila and Mikey Brannigan, Rio Paralympic 1500 gold and World Paralympic gold 800 & 1500 2017. Nanami Arai will become the first Japanese Morton miler, likewise the first Danish athlete to compete in the Morton mile is Mikkel Dahl-Nessen, who on Wednesday will attempt to become the first Dane to run a sub- four-minute mile this millennium. Archie Davis (GBR) was tantalisingly close to running sub for in Cork, 4.00.79, and will have another opportunity to attempt his first sub- four. Rorey Hunter (AUS) who has a mile PB of 3.57.45 is the Australian challenger.

The Irish challenge is spearheaded by John Travers (Donore), it has been all of 15 years since James Nolan was the last Irish winner of the Morton mile, will Travers put that to rights? Chasing their first sub- four are Clonliffe athletes Cathal Doyle and Eoin Pierce, and the fastest Irish 1500 man this year Andrew Coscoran (Star of the Sea)

The 2019 Morton mile field is: Sam Prackel (USA), PB 3.50.94, Robert Domanic (USA), PB 3.54.73, Andy Bayer (USA), PB 3.52.90, Eric Avila (USA) PB 3.55.43, Mikey Brannigan (USA) PB 3.57.58, Izaic Yorks (USA) PB 3.58.04, Justyn Knight (CAN), PB 3.59.08, Rorey Hunter (AUS), PB 3.57.45, Nanami Arai (JPN), PB 3.56.80, Mikkel Dahl-Nessen (DEN), 1500 PB 3.41.55, Archie Davis (GBR), PB 4.00.79, John Travers (IRL), PB 3.55.44, Andrew Coscoran (IRL), PB 4.01.45, Cathal Doyle (IRL), PB 4.02.16, Eoin Pierce (IRL), 1500 PB 3.42.87.