ATHLETICS Preview: USATF Indoor Champs start Friday on Staten Island

There was a time when the U.S. National Indoor Championships and New York – especially Madison Square Garden – were synonymous. But that was a long time ago and the long run at the Garden ended in 1993 after 24 straight years there (and dozens of years before).

But the USATF Indoors is back in New York – at least on Staten Island – in the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex. It’s the first time since 2002 that the meet is in New York, when it was held at the Armory, now the site of the Millrose Games.

The meet runs from Friday through Sunday, with the first day devoted to the men’s Heptathlon, women’s Pentathlon and the weight throws.

As this is not a World Indoor Championships year, the events list is an odd one on the track: 60 m, 300 m, 600 m, 1,000 m, mile, two-mile, two-mile walk and the 60 m Hurdles. The field events are standard: high jump, vault, long jump, triple jump, shot and weight.

The top qualifiers by event (full list here):

Men’s 60 m:
6.55 Demek Kemp
6.55 John Teeters
6.59 Javelin Guidry

Men’s 300 m:
33.28 Marcus Chambers
33.42 Donatvius Wright
33.49 Jayon Woodard

Men’s 600 m:
1:15.93 Charles Jones
1:16.49 Quamel Prince
1:16.65 Byron Robinson

Men’s 1,000 m:
2:19.18 Brannon Kidder
2:19.35 Abraham Alvarado
2:20.05 Quamel Prince
(1:45.92 for 800 m: Clayton Murphy) ~ 2017 National Champion

Men’s Mile:
3:54.18 Craig Engels
3:55.52 John Gregorek
3:56.60 Samuel Prakel

Men’s Two Mile:
7:48.03 Eric Avila
7:48.72 Travis Mahoney
7:49.95 Brian Barraza

Men’s 60 m Hurdles:
7.56 Aaron Mallett
7.61 Devon Allen
7.64 Joshua Thompson

Men’s Two Mile Walk:
11:38.48 Nick Christie ~ 2015 & 2018 National Champion
11:45.76 John Cody Risch
12:04.22 Emmanuel Corvera

Men’s High Jump:
2.27 m Jeron Robinson (7-5 1/4)
2.24 m Bradley Atkins (7-4 1/2)
2.24 m Hiawatha CulverIII (7-4 1/2)
2.24 m JaCorian Duffield (7-4 1/2)

Men’s Pole Vault:
5.88 m Andrew Irwin (19-3 1/2)
5.71 m Scott Houston (18-8 3/4)
5.67 m Cole Walsh (18-7 1/4)

Men’s Long Jump:
7.92 m Malik Moffett (26-0)
7.84 m Jordan Downs (25-8 3/4)
7.62 m Kenneth Wei (25-0)

Men’s Triple Jump:
17.18 m Chris Carter (56-4 1/2) ~ 2014 & 2016 National Champion
16.76 m Donald Scott (55-0)
15.98 m Troy Carodine Jr. (52-5 1/4)

Men’s Shot Put:
22.33 m Ryan Crouser (73-3 1/4) ~ World Indoor Leader
20.86 m Joe Kovacs (68-5 1/4)
20.22 m Olayinka Awotunde (66-4 1/4)

Men’s Weight:
24.06 m Daniel Haugh (78-11 1/4) ~ Co-World Indoor Leader
23.65 m Grant Cartwright (77-7 1/4)
23.63 m Alex Young (77-6 1/2)

Women’s 60 m:
7.13 Aleia Hobbs
7.25 Shania Collins
7.32 Kate Hall

Women’s 300 m:
36.30 Brittany Brown ~ World Indoor Leader
36.75 Jordan Lavender
37.03 Gabby Thomas

Women’s 600 m:
1:26.75 Olivia Baker
1:27.31 Raevyn Rogers
1:27.36 Athing Mu

Women’s 1,000 m:
2:02.65 Alexandra Wilson
2:02.92 Emily Richards
2:03.08 Hanna Green
(1:58.60 for 800 m for Ajee Wilson) ~ World Indoor Leader & 4x National Champion
(1:59.75 for 800 m for Ce’Aira Brown)

Women’s Mile:
4:22.86 Colleen Quigley
4:24.97 Kate Grace
4:24.88 Elinor Purrier
(no time, but declared; Shelby Houlihan) ~ 2017 & 2018 National Champion

Women’s Two Mile:
8:52.27 Emma Coburn
8:56.68 Amanda Eccleston
8:56.87 Heather Kampf
(no time, but declared: Shelby Houlihan) ~ 2017 & 2018 National Champion
(no time, but declared: Colleen Quigley)

Women’s 60 m Hurdles:
7.91 Evonne Britton
8.01 Sharika Nelvis ~ 2018 National Champion
8.06 Amber Hughes

Women’s 3,000 m Walk:
7:16.95 Kayla Shapiro
7:18.87 Maria Michta-Coffey ~ 9-time defending champion
7:20.33 Chelsea Conway

Women’s High Jump:
1.95 m Vashti Cunningham (6-4 3/4) ~ three-time defending champion
1.87 m Tynita Butts (6-1 1/2)
1.85 m Inika McPherson (6-0 3/4)

Women’s Pole Vault:
4.86 m Katie Nageotte (15-11 1/4) ~ 2018 National Champion
4.63 m Kortney Ross (15-2 1/4)
4.61 m Annie Rhodes (15-1 1/2)

Women’s Long Jump:
6.52 m Kate Hall (21-4 3/4)
6.49 m Quanesha Burks (21-3 1/2)
6.46 m Kendall Williams (21-2 1/2)

Women’s Triple Jump:
14.57 m Tori Franklin (47-9 3/4) ~ Two-time defending champion
14.39 m Keturah Orji (47-2 1/2)
13.63 m Lynnika Pitts (44-8 3/4)

Women’s Shot Put:
19.28 m Maggie Ewen (63-3 1/4)
18.84 m Chase Ealey (61-9 3/4)
18.73 m Jessica Ramsey (61-5 1/2)

Women’s Weight:
24.82 m Janeah Stewart (81-5 1/4) ~ World Indoor Leader
24.57 m Deanna Price (80-7 1/2) ~ 2018 National Champion
24.11 m Kaitlyn Long (79-1 1/4)

As shown above, several women have winning streaks on the line: Mitcha-Coffey has won nine walks in a row; Cunningham has three straight high jump wins and Franklin has won the last two triple jumps.

Prize money is $6,000-4,000-2,500-1,500-1,000 for the top five places. NBCSN has coverage of the meet on Saturday from 6:30-8 p.m. Eastern time and on Sunday from 4-6 p.m. Eastern. Look for the link to results here.

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