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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
2/15/2018
 
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.
BY LARRY EDER
 
This is Nike Talks World Indoors 2018: Week 4, Day 1. Here is our US athlete for the week! We are writing about the Nike athletes who are planning on competing in Birmingham, March 1-4, 2018. For Monday, our focus is Jasmin Stowers. For more on the World Indoors 2018, please go to www.wicbirmingham2018.com. We thank Nike for sponsoring this three month long program!
 
I have observed Jasmin Stowers for several years now. Jasmin Stowers is one of our finest hurdlers in the country. But, being one of the top 100 meter and, of course indoors, 60 meter hurdlers in the U.S. means that you are competing in perhaps the toughest event in American Track & Field.
 
Jasmin Stowers has finished second in the NCAA 100m hurdles in 2014. That year, she also finished 4th in the US Outdoor champs. She also ran 12.35 over the 100 meter hurdles.
This is the third week, first day of the Nike Talks World Indoors Series. Thanks to Nike Sports Marketing, @runblogrun will provide a Monday-Friday story on a key athlete from US, Great Britain, Europe, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. On the weekends, we will go back in World Indoor history and provide a favorite moment. This sponsorship goes from January1-March 5. We hope you enjoy. And please check out www.nikerunning.com. Remember to support our sponsors. They are supporting the heart of running.
 
BY LARRY EDER
 
Today, we are writing about World Champion Sam Kendricks, who is focused on the World indoor Championships in Birmingham!
 
Sam Kendricks was undefeated in the pole vault in 2017. He ended the season with the gold medal in the pole vault from the London World Athletics Championships with his 5.95 meters, 19' 6.25 "
 
Kendricks is a student of the vault, having vaulted 25 years under the thoughtful direction of his father. He is also one of the most liked athletes in the sport. An interview with Sam Kendricks is a very positive experience. The first LIeutenant, U.S. Army reserve is polite, answers questions and is always positive. He gets competition, and thrives on it as well.
 
Watching Sam's development has been fascinating. Kendricks won his first US title in 2014, after winning NCAA pole vault titles in 2013 and 2014 for the University of Mississipi. This was after two state titles in high school in Mississipi. The Oxford, Mississippi High School graduate lettered in cross country, track and field and soccer.
This is the second week, first day of the Nike Talks World Indoors Series. Thanks to Nike Sports Marketing, @runblogrun will provide a Monday-Friday story on a key athlete from US, Great Britain, Europe, Africa and Asia. On the weekends, we will go back in World Indoor history and provide a favorite moment. This sponsorship runs from January 1 - March 5. We hope you enjoy. And please check out www.nikerunning.com. Remember to support our sponsors. They are supporting the heart of running.
 
Today, we are writing about 2012 Olympic champion and World Record Holder, 110m hurdles, Aries Merritt!
 
I remember speaking to Aries Merritt just after he set the World record for the 110 meter hurdles in 2012 at the Van Damme Memorial. His time, 12.80 was a WR. . It was in the very last race of his season. The race before that, Aries got a bit excited and false started. Aries told me, that after the false start, he knew that he would be ready to run the WR in the next race. When I asked him what he had to do, Aries Merritt looked at me and noted, "it is all about the rhythym." Aries Merritt had also won the 60 meter hurdles in Istanbul, at the 2012 World Indoor Championships. His time, 7.44, was just ahead of China's Liu Xiang and Frances' Pascal Martinot Lagarde.
 
In 2012, Aries Merritt won gold in London and set the WR. How could one find a better season?
 
That is the connundrum of athletics. One knows when they are in fantastic shape, and one knows when they are oh so close.
Soul Focus Sports puts on more than mere races. They put on experiences. From their management of the HOKA ONE ONE Postal Nationals to their race series, Represent Running Series, this company gets it. As Meb Keflezighi, 2004 Olympic silver medalist, 2009 NYC Marathon champion, 2014 Boston Marathon champion, moves into another stage of his life, the Jack Nicklaus of running has invested into the Silicon Valley Half Marathon. If Meb Keflezighi is taking his cachet and focus to become involved, consider running this inaugural event!
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. - (February 8, 2018) - Four-time Olympian, silver medalist, New York City Marathon and Boston Marathon Champion Meb Keflezighi joins California-based event producers Represent Running as a founding investor of the Silicon Valley Half (SV Half). The inaugural event is set for April 14-15 in the Capital of Silicon Valley and supports the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF).
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