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Friday, 16 February 2018 15:01

2018 USATF Indoor Championships Rundown

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I enjoyed my trips to Albuquerque, New Mexico in past years. The Convention Center, while small, hosts the US Championships with an intimate feeling. The finest athletes of the indoor season will be there, and watch for @runblogrun's coverage this weekend! Great job by USATF Communications on the rundown, and we thought it would be good for you as you plan when you will watch or if you will be there!  —Larry Eder
2018 USATF Indoor Championships Rundown
ALBUQUERQUE -- The 2018 USATF Indoor Championships have arrived and whether you're planning to watch in person or at home, there are countless ways to follow the best track & field athletes in the country in their quest to qualify for Team USATF at the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, U.K.
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What to Watch
The 2018 USATF Indoor Championships, February 16-18, is where Team USATF will be determined for the 2018 World Indoor Championships and the final stop on the USATF Championship Series Indoor Schedule. With previous stops at the Dr. Norb Sander Invitational, NYRR Millrose Games and New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, USATF.TV+ and NBCSN have been covering the best indoor track & field action every step of the way. Fans can follow along with #USATFindoors on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Where to Watch
For those following along at home, the 2018 USATF Indoor Championships feature live commercial free-coverage on NBC Sports Gold, as well as an additional three and a half hours of broadcast coverage on NBCSN. Immediately following Sunday's broadcast, The Cool Down will air on Facebook Live featuring exclusive interviews and highlights.
Broadcast and Webcast Coverage (all times ET)
Saturday, Feb. 17
2:45pm - 7:00pm on NBC Sports Gold
5:30pm - 7:00pm on NBCSN
Sunday, Feb. 18
2:00pm - 7:00pm on NBC Sports Gold
5:00pm - 7:00pm on NBCSN
For those in the Albuquerque area, there are a limited number of tickets still available onsite at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Who to Watch
The best track & field athletes will descend on Albuquerque this weekend vying for a spot on Team USATF for the Indoor World Championships in Birmingham, U.K. With nearly 350 athletes set to compete, here are some events to keep an eye on.
Men's 60m
In one of the most anticipated events of the Championships, two-time World Championships silver medalist Christian Coleman (Atlanta, Georgia) will take on defending 60m national champion Ronnie Baker (Louisville, Kentucky) and the 300m indoor world record holder Noah Lyles (Gainesville, Florida). Coleman kicked off the 2018 indoor season with an American record and world leading time of 6.37 at the end of January to earn USATF Athlete of the Week honors.
Women's 400m
This stacked field will feature London Olympian Georganne Moline (Phoenix, Arizona) who clocked a 51.39 quarter-mile for the fastest time in the world this year. She will face indoor 400m American record holder and Rio Olympian Phyllis Francis (New York City, New York), Olympian and five-time World Indoor Championships medalist Natasha Hastings (Brooklyn, New York) and World Championships silver medalist Shamier Little (Chicago, Illinois).
Men's and Women's 800m
Donavan Brazier (Grand Rapids, Michigan) enters USATF Indoors having posted personal bests and narrowly missed an American record in two consecutive weeks. Most recently he defeated the field at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix crossing the line in 1:45.11, the third-fastest time ever by an American. Brazier will go head-to-head with Drew Windle (New Albany, Ohio) who owns the fifth fastest time in the world this year, Olympic bronze medalist Clayton Murphy (New Paris, Ohio) and London Olympics 1500m silver medalist Leo Manzano (Marble Falls, Texas).
The women's 800m will feature all four members of the 4x800m world record setting relay team: World Championships bronze medalist Ajee' Wilson (Neptune, New Jersey), four-time NCAA champion Raevyn Rogers (Houston, Texas), indoor 800m American record holder Charlene Lipsey (Hempstead, New York) and NCAA 4x400m champion Chrishuna Williams (Dallas, Texas).
Women's 3000m
World Champion Emma Coburn (Crested Butte, Colorado) leads the field in the Women's 3000m, going head-to-head with Shelby Houlihan (Sioux City, Iowa) and Marielle Hall (Haddonfield, New Jersey). At the Boston University Bruce Lehane Scarlet and White Invitational, Houlihan clocked the second fastest 3000m time in the world this year in 8:36.01, while Hall clocked 8:40.20, good for the sixth fastest time in the world this year.
Men's and Women's 60m Hurdles
In a star studded 60m Hurdles field, four Americans have clocked times that rank them in the top-eleven in the world this year. London Olympics gold medalist and world record holder Aries Merritt (Marietta, Georgia) will battle Rio Olympian and 2016 World Champion Devon Allen (Phoenix, Arizona). 2016 US 60m hurdles champion Jarret Eaton (Abington, Pennsylvania) enters with the third-fastest time in the world this year.
The women's field features the top-three hurdlers in the world this year. 2017 NCAA 100m hurdles Champion Kendra Harrison (Clayton, North Carolina) clocked the fastest time in the world this year in 7.72 with Christina Manning (Waldorf, Maryland) and Sharika Nelvis (Memphis, Tennessee) holding the second and third fastest times, 7.77 and 7.80, respectively.
Pole Vault
2012 Olympic Champion and 2016 Indoor World Champion Jenn Suhr (Fredonia, New York) and 2016 Olympic silver medalist and 2017 World Championships silver medalist Sandi Morris (Greenville, South Carolina) go head-to-head Sunday afternoon. Also a threat, 2015 NACAC Championships bronze medalist Katie Nageotte (Olmstead Falls, Ohio). So far this year, Morris holds the best vault in the world at 4.90m/16-0.75 with Suhr and Nageotte owning the fourth and fifth best jumps at 4.81m/15-9.25 and 4.76m/15-7.25, respectively.
On the men's side, Rio Olympics bronze medalist and 2017 World Champion Sam Kendricks (Oxford, Mississippi) enters with the eighth highest vault in the world this year.
High Jump
Defending world and national indoor champion Vashti Cunningham (Las Vegas, Nevada) will lead the women's high jump field, facing 2013 and 2014 indoor national champion Inika McPherson (Port Arthur, Texas) and pentathlete Erica Bougard (Byhalia, Mississippi).
Weight Throw
Gwen Berry (St. Louis, Missouri) returns to the site of last year's world best throw at USATF Indoor Championships, looking to defend her national title.
Follow along with #USATFindoors on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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