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PORTLAND, Oregon -- With just two days until the start of the IAAF World Indoor Championships - Portland 2016, let’s take a look at Team USA “By the Numbers” heading into this weekend.
PORTLAND, Oregon – Eight World Indoor Championships medalists, including two-time defending heptathlon champion Ashton Eaton (Bend, Oregon), highlight Team USA’s roster for the IAAF World Indoor Championships – Portland 2016. In total, 58 athletes will represent the red, white and blue at the Oregon Convention Center, March 17-20.
The view from the media box, 12 March 2016, photo by Larry Eder - To say that this was one of the finest US Indoor Champs is not exaggerating. To say that, even with the rumors of many of our stop stars not competing, I had some concerns, would also be an honest statement. But the amazing women's field events, the gutty 1,500 meters, and the fast 3000 meters, as well as the men's pole vault, made me forget about my misgivings.
Boris Berian and Shannon Rowbury were two of the many athletes who call the Golden State their home. In light of our publication, California Track & Running News, we asked Mark Winitz, our long time contributor to many of our media, to write a daily update on the USA Indoor Champs.
The IAAF London 2017 entry standards for road events, combined events and the 10,000m are also confirmed
STAMFORD, Conn. – March 10, 2016 – NBCSN presents coverage of the 2016 USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend from Portland, Ore., beginning tomorrow, Friday, Mar. 11, at 11:30 p.m. ET and continuing live this Saturday, Mar. 12, at 8 p.m. ET.
One week from now, the focus of the athletics world will be on the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016, which takes place from 17-20 March.
It’s nearly midnight in California on Sunday night, Feb. 21 and I’ve just returned from New York and the Millrose Games. A quick trip out Friday, then returning on Sunday for a full week of work, but the trip was worth it.
It was a fantastic meet with a receptive crowd in the New Balance Armory. The meet ended as all meets should, with a fantastic race. This year, it was the Wanamaker mile and it was epic! Nick Willis and Matt Centrowitz dueled for all to see, with Matt getting just ahead of Nick with a lap to go, and sealing the deal with a 26.5 final 200 meters!
To me though, what’s most important is that this meet was nearly dead five years ago. I wasn’t a fan of moving it to the Armory. I felt it was sacrilege to move the then-104-year-old meet to another venue. But Norb Sanders, Ray Flynn, and their supporters have proved me wrong.
In past years, there was a polite mention of the meet in the New York Times. Today, there are FOUR stories. But most of all, it was so good to see the support that the New York Road Runners has put into the meet. Seeing Peter Ciaccia and Mike Capiraso there, I felt that the late Fred Lebow and, of course, Alan Steinfeld, would approve.
And that is good.
Nick Willis wins NBIGP mile! photo by PhotoRun.net
Nick Willis is a middle distance veteran. He’s also the 2008 Olympic silver medalist at the 1500 meters. Watching Willis race is a real treat for any distance runner: Nick makes few mistakes in his racing. He positions himself well, he prepares for his final move, and that move is done with the precision of a surgeon. His race at the 2015 Millrose Games was near-perfect. In the end, he and Matt Centrowitz took it to the line, with Centrowitz taking the win. But that’s the issue with a guy like Nick Willis. The Kiwi Michigander just doesn’t like to lose. And he doesn’t lose often. In watching Willis go to the line on Sat., Feb. 20 in NYC, we should be prepared for an exciting race.
Molly Huddle is a runner of amazing complexity. Her focus this weekend is on a very fast 5000m indoors at the Millrose Games. I’ve watched Molly run most of her major races, and some not-so-major races. When Huddle races, she’s fully committed. In her 5000m AR race, (actually, both of them) she put everything into them— there was never any time to relax. I expect that the 5000m she’ll run tonight will be another one for the ages and for the books. Whatever happens, just know you are watching one of the finest American distance runners in any era when you watch Huddle race.