2024 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships

The Top Storylines Heading Into The USATF Indoor Championships

The Top Storylines Heading Into The USATF Indoor Championships

From Lyles vs. Coleman to Kessler-Mania to the top high schooler at U.S. Indoors, we have five compelling storylines to take note of this weekend

Feb 15, 2024 by Cory Mull
The Top Storylines Heading Into The USATF Indoor Championships

The U.S. Indoor Championships is lining up to be a special meet on Friday and Saturday in Albuquerque. 

The country's top track and field talent will compete for spots on the line for the U.S. team which heads to the World Indoor Championships in Glasgow, Scotland in March. 

What are the meet's top storylines? We break them out below.

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What Can We Expect From Noah Lyles vs. Christian Coleman In The 60m? 

The men's 60 meter championship is worth the price of admission at the USATF Indoor Championships this weekend in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

There's no other way to put it. 

Noah Lyles, 26, the reigning World champion in the 100m and 200m, is on the top of his game as he heads into the indoor championships, having crafted his way into a personal best time of 6.44 from the New Balance Grand Prix in February. His performances continue to climb, which is a good thing because Christian Coleman, 27, will offer a willing adversary. 

A reminder: Coleman is world record-holder at the distance, with his time of 6.34 from 2018 still standing. That performance, it also should be noted, also went down in Albuquerque. 

Coleman is feeling like his old self lately, having won the 60m final at the Millrose Games in 6.51. 

He ran 6.47 a year ago at the same event. In 2022, he ran 6.45 at the U.S. Indoor Championships. 

The question Coleman will have to answer this weekend, though, is whether he's ready to take one from Lyles, who beat him at the U.S. Outdoor Championships in the 100m last July and then at Worlds again. 

The 60m has always been Coleman's baby. Will Lyles go down?


60m 1st Round: 2:20 p.m. MST on Saturday

60m Final: 3:56 p.m. MST on Saturday

Can The Top High Schooler At U.S. Indoor's Make The Team? 

There are only a few high schoolers entered among the 300-plus competitors on Friday and Saturday at the Indoor Championships in New Mexico. 

But the most accomplished of the bunch? 

That's Jaicieonna Gero-Holt, 17, of Emerald Ridge. 

What will help Gero-Holt this weekend, however, will be her experience, which is crazy to think about since she's still a teenager. 

But it was only two years ago, over her freshman season of high school, that Gero-Holt qualified for the World U20 Championships in the heptathlon. She followed up that performance last year by winning the U.S. Outdoor Championships and qualifying for her second international team. 

She's entered in the women's high jump on Friday and is the third-ranked woman in the field with her clearance of 6 feet, 1.5 inches last July. She'll go up against the U.S. favorite Vashti Cunningham, who won a U.S. Indoor championship in 2016 and then went on to claim the World title that very year, too ...as a high schooler. 

The parallels are clear. While Gero-Holt has not elevated to Cunningham-type levels in the high jump just yet, her talent is clearly on full display and she could give us another reason to keep betting on her to become one of the stars of tomorrow for Team USA. She would have to hit the World standard of 1.93 meters, however, to likely earn a qualification to the World Indoor Championships.


Women's HJ: 3:00 p.m. MST on Friday

What Surprises Will We See? 

Predictions are never quite a science, but it seems like there are solid odds on Addy Wiley, 20, to make her first U.S. senior team. She's entered in both the 800m and 1,500m. 

A year ago, Wiley won the 1,500m at the NACAC U23 Championships in Costa Rica, but she followed that result just a few months later with incredible PRs of 1:57.64 in the 800m in Switzerland and 3:59.17 in the 1,500m in Belgium. 

Wiley opened her indoor season in January in Louisville, clocking a time of 2:00.84 for 800m and then followed the next week at the New Balance Grand Prix, finishing the 1,500m in fourth in 4:07.32. 

If Wiley keeps both races, she'll face Nikki Hiltz, Josette Andrews, Emily Mackay, Sage Hurta-Klecker and Elinor St. Pierre in the 1,500m and Nia Akins, Olivia Baker and Sammy Watson in the 800m. 


Women's 800m First Round: 5:15 p.m. MST on Friday

Women's 3K Final: 6:10 p.m. MST on Friday

Women's 800m Final: 2:55 p.m. MST on Saturday

There Are Only Two Spots Available For The U.S. Team In The 60mH. Who gets them? 

Grant Holloway is the undefeated man who refuses to lose. Can he break a world record this weekend at U.S. Indoors? That's the real question. His world-record 7.29 has stood since 2021. 

If there's any man who's on the path toward taking it down, it's Holloway. He enters with a season-best of 7.32 from the World Continental Tour's meet in Lievin on Feb. 10. And by virtue of his World Indoor Tour champion belt last year, he also gets a bye into the World Indoor Championships. 

That leaves two spots open for the taking. 

Two men -- Trey Cunningham and Dylan Beard -- enter with top times of 7.44. 

Then there's Daniel Roberts at 7.49. Three more -- Dylan Beard, Cordell Tinch and Cameron Murray -- follow with seed times of 7.52. And that doesn't even include Jamal Britt, who should also be in the conversation. 

The field is crowded. There are only two spots available for the U.S. team at the distance. 


Men's 60mH 1st Round: 6:46 p.m. MST on Friday

Men's 60mH Final: 8:25 p.m. MST on Friday

Can Kessler-Mania Continue? 

Hobbs Kessler has hit his stride it seems. The 20-year-old scooped up a win in the men's 1,500m at the New Balance Grand Prix on Feb. 4 against Jake Wightman in 3:33.66, then followed with a mile time of 3:48.66 the next week, becoming one of only four American men in history to go under 3:50 indoors -- joining Yared Nuguse, Bernard Lagat and Johnny Gregorek.

If we're talking about momentum here, our guy Kessler has it. But what's the saying? Don't put the cart before the horse. Kessler finished sixth in the 1,500m at USA Outdoors in July. So he understands taht momentum will mean little if he doesn't qualify for the team. 

The men's 1,500m, as usual, is stacked with the likes of Cole Hocker, Cooper Teare, Sam Prakel (3:35.84), Craig Engels and Abdihamid Nur. 


Men's 1,500m Final: 3:35 p.m. on Saturday