INDIANAPOLIS -- The 2014 USATF Championships series kicks off this weekend as the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix brings youth, masters and elite athletes to the Reggie Lewis Center on the campus of Roxbury Community Collegein Boston, Saturday, Feb. 8.
Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp
headlines a solid list of competitors. Rupp has set two American records in the last month. He overtook the men’s 5,000m indoor record in 13:01.26 at the Boston University Multi-Team Meet, Thursday, Jan. 16., and he reset the two-mile indoor record Jan. 25 at the Boston University Terrier Invitational. He’ll face off against 2012 Olympian Lopez Lomong
, Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano
and New Zealand’s Nick Willis
The women’s competition is equally as strong as Mary Cain
and Ajee´ Wilson
are fresh faces in the women’s 1000 meters competing against veterans Treniere Moser
, Sarah Brown
and Molly Beckwith
. Cain turned in the fastest mile in the world in 2014 with a time of 4:24.11, joining teammate Rupp in record-breaking performances at Boston University’s Terrier Invitational. She also set the world junior record in the 1,000m in 2:39.25.
Wilson is poised to have an impressive 2014 season after a breakout year in 2013. Wilson was a member of Team USA at the IAAF World Outdoor Championships, making the final of the women’s 800m and finishing sixth in 1:58.21.
Indoor world record holder Jenn Suhr
opens 2014 in Boston. Suhr set the indoor pole vault WR at the 2013 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, clearing 5.01m/16-5.50. Suhr took home the silver medal in the pole vault at last year’s IAAF World Outdoor Championships.
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Bonus broadcast coverage
will provide live, bonus coverage during the 3:45-4:30 p.m. ET timeslot with an exclusive webcast featuring the men’s and women’s 60 meter semifinals, the one-mile prep races, and men’s 3,000m run - headlined by two American comeback athletes.
NBC Sports Network will have the official meet broadcast from 4:30-6 p.m. ET before USATF.tv’s “The Cool Down” show immediately follows with post-event highlights, athlete interviews and behind the scenes extras.
Tim Hutchings, Bryan Clay
and Dan O’Brien
will provide commentary for all the broadcasts Saturday.
to watch the USATF.tv webcast.
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