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Toyota USATF Indoors Returns To The Big Apple

2/22/2019
 

NEW YORK -- The nation’s premier indoor track and field meet returns to New York City for the first time since 2002 as the Toyota USATF Indoor Championships will be contested Feb. 22-24 at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island.


Newly crowned American indoor 800m record holders Ajee’ Wilson (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and Donavan Brazier (Cadillac, Michigan) highlight strong fields in the middle and long distances, with Wilson moving up a distance to the 1,000m and Brazier stepping down to the 600m. Wilson clocked 1:58.60 at the Millrose Games to knock .11 off the previous AIR, and Brazier zipped to a 1:44.41 to break Johnny Gray’s 27-year-old mark of 1:45.00.


Wilson won the 800m at last year’s championships in Albuquerque and went on to take silver at the World Indoors. Brazier also captured the U.S. indoor 800m gold in 2018, his first national indoor title.


Two-time double gold medalist Shelby Houlihan (Portland, Oregon) will look for a three-peat in the mile and two mile after winning the 1,500m and 3,000m last year and the mile/two mile in 2017. Houlihan won the USATF Cross Country title earlier this month, but will be challenged in the mile by Colleen Quigley (Portland, Oregon), who became the fourth-fastest American ever with her


2016 Olympic shot put gold medalist Ryan Crouser (Redmond, Oregon) will face off against 2015 world champion Joe Kovacs (Dublin, Ohio) for the second time this month. Crouser won at Millrose with a 22.33m/73-3.25 that was the fourth-farthest throw in history.


American hammer record holder DeAnna Price (DeSoto, Illinois) defends her 20-pound weight throw title from 2018, going up against Janeah Stewart (Oxford, Mississippi), who moved to No. 3 on the all-time world list with a 24.82m/81-5.25 at Vanderbilt two weeks ago. Reigning USATF outdoor shot put champion Maggie Ewen (Tempe, Arizona) enters with a 19.28m/63-3.25, making her No. 6 on the all-time American indoor list.


Always one of the strongest events top to bottom, the women’s 60m hurdles features defending champion Sharika Nelvis (Georgetown, Texas), the equal second-fastest woman in U.S. history with her 7.70 at Albuquerque, and Evonne Britton (El Paso, Texas), who won the last IAAF World Indoor Tour event at Birmingham, England, with a 7.91 PR.


Fresh off claiming the indoor American record to go with the outdoor AR she already holds, Tori Franklin (Oak Park, Illinois) will go up against Olympian Keturah Orji (Athens, Georgia) in the women’s triple jump. Franklin bounded 14.57m/47-9.75 at Madrid two weeks ago, breaking Orji’s national indoor record by four centimeters.


One of the most decorated athletes in U.S. indoor history, Maria Michta-Coffey (Farmingville, New York), will be in pursuit of her 10th straight race walk gold, this time while five months pregnant with her first child. Nick Christie (El Cajon, California) returns to defend his men’s title as he seeks a third U.S. indoor walk crown.


Olympic 800m bronze medalist Clayton Murphy (Beaverton, Oregon) won the USATF 1,000m in 2017 with a meet record 2:18.60, and he will defend that title having already run 1:45.92 for 800m this year. Brannon Kidder (Seattle, Washington) ranks eighth on the all-time U.S. indoor list and has a best of 2:19.18 this season.


Two-time defending pentathlon champion Erica Bougard (Chula Vista, California), who was fifth at the World Indoor Championships in 2018, will face last year’s national runner-up Kendell Williams (Kennesaw, Georgia), who was ninth at worlds behind Bougard.


The women’s 600m will be an intriguing matchup between last year’s indoor and outdoor USATF 800m silver medalist Raevyn Rogers (Houston, Texas), Olivia Baker (South Orange, new Jersey), and New Jersey high school star Athing Mu (Trenton, New Jersey). Mu took silver in the 800m at the Youth Olympics in Argentina last fall and has run 1:27.36 for 600, while Baker has the top entry mark at 1:26.75.


Other 2019 world list leaders slated to compete are Sean McGorty (Beaverton, Oregon) and Brittany Brown (Ontario, California). McGorty tops the 5,000m list at 13:21.50 and will run the two mile, and Brown brings a 36.30 PR to the women’s 300m.


2018 USATF 100m and NCAA 60m champion Aleia Hobbs (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) will be in the women’s 60m, while the top four men from last year’s 35-pound weight throw return, led by reigning champion Conor McCullough (Canoga Park, California).


World indoor record holder Jenn Suhr (Churchville, New York) and 2018 champion Katie Nageotte (Moscow, Idaho) lead women’s pole vault entries, and Andrew Irwin (Mount Ida, Arkansas) comes in with the top men’s mark at 5.88m/19-3.5. Looking for a fourth straight women’s high jump title, 2016 World Indoor champion Vashti Cunningham (Las Vegas, Nevada) is a heavy favorite, and 2018 USATF outdoor champion Jeron Robinson (Houston, Texas) is the top men’s leaper.


Broadcast

Friday

On USATF.TV+ from 12:00pm ET - 6:25pm ET the pentathlon and heptathlon will be live on USATF.tv+ with an additional dedicated camera on the weight throw.

 

Saturday

2:00pm ET on NBC Sports Gold

6:30pm - 8:00pm ET on NBCSN

 

Sunday

1:45pm ET on NBC Sports Gold

4:00pm - 6:00pm ET on NBCSN



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