2024 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships

Here's Five Things We Learned From The U.S. Indoor Championships

Here's Five Things We Learned From The U.S. Indoor Championships

The U.S. Indoor Championships gave us answers as to where athletes stand with the World Indoor Championships approaching

Feb 19, 2024 by Olivia Ekpone

Over the weekend, the U.S. Indoor Championships were the main attraction inside the Albuquerque Convention Center. 

Three World records fell, personal bests were set and many of the top athletes put together eye-catching performances. 

Did we get answers as to where our athletes stand as the World Indoor Championships approach in March? Why yes, yes we did. 

Noah Lyles Has Serious Momentum

In the final event of the weekend, we saw the matchup we had been waiting for. Lyles vs. Coleman. 

That came on Saturday night. Entering the final, Coleman hadn’t lost to Lyles indoors. In fact, he had only lost twice at the 60 meter distance since 2016. Lyles entered undefeated. Something had to give. 

Could Coleman’s rocket start hold off Lyles’ top-end speed. 

Luckily, the race lived up to the hype.

Lyles caught Coleman at the line as he won his first indoor 60m title with a world lead of 6.43. Coleman finished second in 6.44. 

If there was any doubt on Lyles being the heavy favorite in the 60m, this weekend confirmed that he was. 

Ryan Crouser Remains Heavy Favorite To Win His First Indoor World Title

It’s crazy to think that after multiple years of domination in the throws, Ryan Crouser hasn’t won an indoor world title before. 

The two-time Olympic champion threw a world lead and improved his meet record to 22.80 meters. The previous world leader was Italy’s Leonardo Fabbri with a 22.37-meter toss. 

Crouser plans on breaking the shot put World record in March.

Last year at this time, Crouser through 23.38 meters, which was the farther throw in history. But it wasn’t ratified for record purposes by World Athletics due to the indoor shot put ring in Pocatello, Idaho, being too large and the landing area was too downhill from the ring. 

In Scotland, though, Crouser can throw his way into the history books by bringing home his first indoor gold and a ratified World Record. 

The U.S. Is Straight Dominating The 60mH

After watching the 60mH rounds, it’s a strong possibility that the U.S. can sweep the hurdles at the World Indoor Championships.

Two World records in the same event in one day is unheard of, but Grant Holloway and Tia Jones made it happen at the indoor championships. 

It’s not a surprise that Holloway lowered his world best from a 7.29 to a 7.27. The 26-year-old hasn’t lost a 60mH race since 2015 and he already clocked his 21st sub-7.40 in his career. There aren’t any other hurdlers in history who have come close to that mark. 

On the other hand, Jones was on a mission to take down the 7.70 American record in the 60mH, too. 

Just two weeks ago, she ran a best of 7.72 and this weekend she not only broke the American record but tied the World record during the prelims with a 7.67. The 23-year-old came back later and cruised with a time of 7.68. Her consistency under pressure proves that she can be a gold medalist in just a few weeks. 

On the women’s side, Jones’ closest competitor would be Devynne Charlton, who broke the World record at the Millrose Games in New York City. 

Can Alexis Holmes Earn A Podium Finish At Worlds?

Holmes became one of the fastest quarter-milers this indoor season as she clocked a 50.34 this weekend. 

The American set a new personal best and took down Sanya Richards-Ross’ meet record of 50.71 to claim the title. Holmes also took full control of the race from the start and separated herself from the rest of the field by a second. 

Has she leveled up?

Holmes is now one of four women in the world this year to dip under 51 seconds in this 400m this indoor season. Only two women stand ahead of her in the rankings. 

Femke Bol broke the World record with a 49.24 to win the Dutch Indoor Championships. This was her third 49 second 400m performance of the season. The next-fastest competitor is the Netherland’s Lieke Klaver, who clocked a 50.10. 


Tara Davis-Woodhall Is On Her Own Level

Davis-Woodhall put together the jump of her life to claim the gold at the U.S. Indoor Championships.  

After a couple 6.80 meter jumps and a scratch, Davis-Woodhall executed an all-time leap on her fifth jump. 

Her mark of 7.18 meters surpasses her 6.86 best this season. This puts her at U.S. No. 2 and No. 6 on the all-time World list. 

This was the World silver-medalist’s third competition all season. Imagine what she’ll put together at Worlds.