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Olympians, World Champions, American record holders to vie for national titles at USATF Outdoor Championships


DES MOINES, Iowa -- The nation’s top track and field stars and rising hopefuls will converge in Des Moines, Iowa for the 2018 USATF Outdoor Championships, June 21-24, hosted at the Drake Stadium on the campus of Drake University. The championships will feature 13 Olympians with a total of seven Olympic medals, six world champions and 13 current American record holders along a slew of young athletes looking to make their mark on the professional circuit.

Fan can follow the action throughout the weekend on NBC Sports Gold, Olympic Channel and NBC. See the broadcast schedule below for more info. Live results can be found here.  

One of the youngest athletes competing will be Sydney McLaughlin (Dunellen, New Jersey). An athletic phenom, Olympian, and recent NCAA national champion at only 18 years old, McLaughlin will begin competition in the first round of the 400m taking place on June 21 at 4:40 p.m. central time. McLaughlin, who recently turned pro, is currently seeded with the second fastest time of 50.07, just behind Kendall Ellis (Pembroke Pines, Florida/University of Southern California).

Ellis will be one of McLaughlin’s toughest competitors, as she’s entered in the 400m with a best time of 49.99. She recently finished her senior year at USC by coming from behind to win the 4x400m relay and was second in the 400m at the NCAA National Championships, helping her team secure the national title.

20-year-old Vashti Cunningham (Las Vegas, Nevada/Nike) is the top competitor in the women’s high jump to compete at the USATF Outdoor Championships. Cunningham boasts a best mark of 1.97m/6-5.5. The young Olympian has won three consecutive U.S. indoor titles along with the 2017 USATF outdoor title.

Phyllis Francis (Queens, New York/Nike) is set to race in the women’s 200m at 1:35 p.m. on June 23. It is sure to be a tight, exciting competition as Francis is currently in a three-way tie for the 7th seed with a time of 22.59.

On the men’s side, Michael Norman (Murrieta, California/University of Southern California) will be competing in the first round of the 200m on June 23 at 1:10 p.m.. The sophomore from USC recently broke the 400m collegiate record with a 43.61 run and took the NCAA national titles in the 400m and the 4x400m relay with a time of 2:59.00. Norman is currently seeded 4th in the 200m with a time of 20.06.

24-year-old Ronnie Baker (Fort Worth, Texas/Nike) is set to compete in the first round of the men’s 100m dash at 6:10 p.m. on June 21. Baker is currently tied with Noah Lyles (Gainesville, Florida/adidas) for the second seed with a time of 9.93.

Keturah Orji (Mount Olive Township, New Jersey/University of Georgia), the American triple jump record holder since 2016, is currently seeded second for the Outdoor Championships. Orji claimed the record with jump of 14.71m/48-3.25. She is currently positioned behind Tori Franklin (Westmont, Illinois) whose American record-breaking leap of 14.84m/48-6.8 is awaiting ratification.

Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz (Eugene, Oregon/NIKE Oregon Project) is the top athlete in the men’s 1,500m with a time of 3:34.43. The Oregon alum will compete in the first round at 3:55 p.m. on June 21 with the final race to take place on June 23rd. 2017 World Championships team member Robby Andrews (Manalapan Township, New Jersey/adidas) looks to defend his USATF Outdoor title.

In addition to these young standout athletes, many seasoned and successful veterans of the sport will look to continue their legacies. 13 current American record holders are set to compete, four of whom are in the men’s division at the USATF Outdoor Championships, including Tyson Gay (Clermont, Florida). Gay, who set the American record in the 100m in 2009 with a time of 9.69, will take part in the 100m on June 21 at 6:10 p.m.

Aries Merritt (Bryan, Texas/Nike), the world record holder in the 110m hurdles, will compete on June 23. Merritt set the 110m hurdles record in 2012 with a time of 12.80 and currently holds the best time in the field of 13.09.

Evan Jager (Portland, Oregon/Nike Bowerman Track Club) is set to race in the 3,000m steeplechase on June 22 at 3:15 p.m. He is the top competitor in the event with a time of 8:01.29. Jager set the American record for the 3,000m steeplechase in 2015 in 8:00.45.

The American triple jump record holder Christian Taylor (Atlanta, Georgia/Nike), the top-ranked athlete in the event, is set to compete on June 22. Taylor set the record in 2015 with a mark of 18.21m/59-9, and he is currently seeded first with a mark of 17.81m/58-4.

Adding to the impressive showing of male athletes in attendance, there will be nine women competing at the USATF Outdoor Championships who currently own American records. Ajee’ Wilson (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania/adidas) has the 800m record of 1:55.61 set in 2017. Wilson, the top seed in the event, will run the 800m on June 21. Wilson will compete in the first round of the women’s 800m run on June 21 at 2:20 p.m. CT.

Maria Michta-Coffey (Nesconset, New York/Oiselle/Walk USA), who recently clinched her 41st USATF national title, has her sights on another dominating performance in the women’s 20,000m race walk.

Keni Harrison (Clayton, North Carolina/Adidas) broke the 100m hurdle American record in 2016 with a run of 12.20. With a 2018 best of 12.28, Harrison will compete on June 22 as the top-ranked sprinter in her event.

Emma Coburn (Boulder, Colorado /New Balance) claimed the American record in the 3,000m steeplechase in 2017 by clocking 9:02.58 to win the World Championships. The second event of the meet, Coburn will run the first round of the steeplechase on June 21 at 1:50 p.m.

The last female American record holder on the track is Molly Huddle (Providence, Rhode Island/Saucony). She captured the 10,000m record in 2016 with a 30:13.17 run. Huddle is the top contender in her event with a current time of 31:19.86.

As for the women in field events, Sandi Morris (Fayetteville, Arkansas/NIKE), will compete in the pole vault. Morris has held the American record of 5.00m/16-4.75 since 2016. She is the top seeded athlete in the pole vault based off of a 4.95m/16-2.4 bar clearance.

Three of the four throwing events, shot put, hammer throw, and javelin, will include the female American record holder in competition. Michelle Carter (Dallas, Texas/NIKE/NYAC), is currently seeded fourth in the shot put with a mark of 19.34m/63-4.5. Carter is the current American record holder after a toss of 20.63m/67-8 in 2016.

Women’s hammer throw is sure to be an impressive battle, featuring the two most recent American record holders and currently ranked top of the world performances this year. Gwen Berry (St. Louis, Missouri/NIKE/NYAC) holds the top spot following her recapture of the American record (77.78m/255-2) in Chorzow, Poland. Her teammate, Deanna Price (Moscow Mills, Missouri/NYAC), will look to snatch back the record.

The top competitor in the women’s javelin is American record holder Kara Winger (Colorado Springs, CO). Winger’s current mark is 62.67m/205-6, and her record standing since 2010 is a distance of 66.67m/218-7.3.

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Broadcast Schedule

Thursday, June 21

1:00 PM | NBC Sports Gold (Live)

Friday, June 22

11:30 AM | NBC Sports Gold (Live)

6:00 - 9:00 PM | Olympic Channel (Also streaming on the Olympic Channel app and online here)

10:00 PM - 12:00 AM | NBCSN (Delayed)

Saturday, June 23

10:00 AM | NBC Sports Gold (Live)

3:00 - 5:00 PM | NBC (Live)

Sunday, June 24

11:30 AM | NBC Sports Gold (Live)

3:00 - 5:00 PM | NBC (Live)

There will be two live streams on NBC Sports Gold: a dedicated field event-only stream and an integrated stream to show events from both the track and the field. For more information on televised events, click here.

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