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25 Years of USATF Indoor Championships Highlights


INDIANAPOLIS -- USATF looks back at 25 years of memorable moments and record-breaking races from the USATF Indoor Championships as we head into the 2017 edition in Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 3-5. Fans are welcome to share their favorite memories by tweeting them using the #USATFindoors hashtag.

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In 2001, Maurice Greene stunned the crowd in Atlanta by matching his world record of 6.39 in the semifinals of the 60 meters. Greene went on to win the final in 6.51, his only USATF indoor title.

One year before his historic double at the 1996 Olympic Games, Michael Johnson destroyed the world indoor record in the 400 meters with a 44.63 in Atlanta. Less than a month earlier in Reno, Johnson became the first man to go under 45-seconds with his 44.97.

At Albuquerque in 2013, Will Leer (pictured) completed an unprecedented distance double at altitude, winning the 3000 meters on Saturday before coming back the next day to take the mile in 3:58.79. No man had ever previously won both events at the same USATF indoor championship meet.

Over an 11-year span from 2000-2010, Terrence Trammell won five 60m hurdles titles, but his best effort came at the 2009 edition in Boston, where he set a meet record with his then lifetime-best of 7.37.

Starting in 1998, Tim Seaman was the king of the boards among American walkers, winning a record 14 titles, including 10 straight from 1998-2007. His 10 straight matched the longest streak ever, established from 1948-57 by Hall of Famer Henry Laskau.

In the tight confines of New York City's Armory in 2002, Miguel Pate appeared to jump out of the long jump pit, spanning a meet record 28-2.25. It had been 20 years since anyone had topped 28-feet at the Championships, as legendary Carl Lewis set the previous meet best of 28-0.75 in 1982 at Madison Square Garden.

Mike Conley won his fifth and final USATF indoor triple jump crown in 1992, giving him the most wins in meet history. Conley still holds the Championships record with his 17.76m/58-3.25 leap in 1987.

Over the past 30 years, Lance Deal and A.G. Kruger have dominated the men's 35-pound weight throw. Deal won a record 12 titles from 1987-2000, and set the world best at the '95 meet in Atlanta with his monster 25.86m/84-10.25 toss. Kruger won nine times between 2003 and 2015.

Local favorite Gwen Torrence thrilled the Atlanta crowd in 1996, capturing the sprint double with a 7.05 in the 60m and a 22.33 in the 200m. 21 years later, that 200 time still stands as the American indoor record.

A remarkable streak in the women's 400m came to an end in 1992, when Diane Dixon won her 10th straight USATF indoor title, and 11th overall.

Nicole Teter surprised with an American indoor record 1:58.71 in the 800m at the 2002 meet at the Armory, and her record stood until this year, when Ajee' Wilson shattered it on the same track with her 1:58.27 at the Millrose Games.

In the heats of the women's 60m hurdles at Boston in '03, Gail Devers rocketed to an American record 7.74, making her the third-fastest in world history. Devers easily won the final in 7.85. Her AR stood until 2010, when Lolo Jones clipped .02 off at the World Indoors in Doha.

Maria Michta-Coffey (pictured) has already won a record seven straight women's walk golds, and if she takes top honors again this year she will equal Susan Brodock for the most career indoor walk titles.

A star was born at last year's Championships in Portland, with teen sensation Vashti Cunningham setting a world junior record with her 1.99m/6-6.25 clearance. Cunningham sealed her place in history with gold at the World Indoor Championships the next week.

Between them, Jenn Suhr and Stacy Dragila have won 15 of the 21 women's pole vault golds awarded in USATF indoor championships history. Suhr's most recent win in 2013 at Albuquerque produced a world indoor record of 5.02m/16-5.5.

The American indoor triple jump record of 14.23m/46-8.25 set in 1995 at Atlanta by Sheila Hudson-Strudwick lasted for almost 22 years. It was broken at this year's SEC indoor championships by Georgia's Keturah Orji, the 2016 Olympic fourth-placer.

Connie Price-Smith and Jillian Camarena-Williams dominated the women's shot put from 1991-2012, taking 16 golds between them. But it was Michelle Carter (pictured) in 2016 who had the greatest year ever by an American woman in the event. Carter's year of years started with a USATF Indoor title, won with her opening attempt, and after grabbing the World indoor gold with a dramatic last-round American Record throw, she capped it off in August with another stunning AR to win Olympic gold in Rio on her final attempt.

Coming into this year's Championships, Amber Campbell has won a record-tying six 20-pound weight throw titles. She set the meet record in Albuquerque in 2012 with a 24.78m/81-3.75 effort, and if she wins this year she can claim honors as the winningest weight woman in meet history.

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