Top 5 Events To Watch At UW Indoor Preview

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The University of Washington will kick off the 2017 indoor season with the UW Indoor Preview on Saturday. Headlined by Olympic gold medalists and world champions, the UW Indoor Preview is poised to stun audiences in Seattle and watching live on FloTrack. Study up on the top five races set to go down this weekend.

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Women's 60m

Who: Hannah Cunliffe, Deajah Stevens, Ariana Washington
When: Prelims 10:45 AM PT, Final round 12:30 PM PT
Why: The Oregon Ducks are returning some of the team's most talented female sprinters in Olympic finalist Deajah Stevens, NCAA champion and Olympian Ariana Washington and Pac-12 champion Hannah Cunliffe. Stevens peaked at the perfect time last season when she finished second in the 200m at the U.S. Olympic Trials. After earning a spot on her first Olympic team, Stevens went on to finish seventh overall in the final at the Olympic Games. Washington executed a breakout year last spring when she won the 100m and 200m at the NCAA championships. She was also an alternate on the Team USA 4x100m relay squad that won gold at the Olympic Games. Last year, Cunliffe broke out in her first season for the Ducks with a runner-up finish in the 60m and a third-place finish in the 200m at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Although she suffered a hamstring injury while running the 100m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Cunliffe is back and poised to be one of the top sprinters in the NCAA this year.

Watch Washington win her first NCAA 100m crown:


Women's 600m

Who: Olivia Baker, Brooke Feldmeier, Raevyn Rogers, Lauren Wallace, Olicia Williams
When: 2:00 PM PT
Why: Raevyn Rogers, the three-time NCAA 800m champion, will make her 2017 debut with a shorter sprint in Seattle. Last year, the Oregon Duck opened her dominant season with a 600m at the same meet and ran the fastest collegiate time ever in 1:26.34. Will she break her mark this year?

Watch Rogers' 600m collegiate best:


Women's 3000m

Who: Kim Conley, Brie Felnagle, Sasha Gollish, Kate Grace, Sifan Hassan, Leah O'Connor, Lauren Paquette, Grace Ping
When: 4:20 PM PT
Why: The NorCal Distance Project women--Kim Conley (rabbit), Brie Felnagle, Kate Grace, and Leah O'Connor--will be working together to test their fitness in the new year. In 2013 in the Dempsey, Felnagle and Grace set their respective 3K personal bests and are looking to improve upon those marks on Saturday.

Related: Grace, O'Connor, Felnagle Ready For First Test Of 2017 At UW Preview

Sifan Hassan will be competing in her first race as a member of the Nike Oregon Project. The world indoor champion joined Alberto Salazar's group in December and will be running her first 3K since 2014, according to Tilastopaja. Her personal best of 8:29.38 from 2014 earned her the Netherlands' national record.

Thirteen-year-old phenom Grace Ping is scheduled to race against professionals over twice her age. But Ping is no stranger to stiff competition as her most recent performance included a 16th-place finish in a professional women's field at the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot. Ping notched a personal best of 16:36, a world record for 13 year olds.

Watch Ping's 5K record:


Men's 3000m

Who: Matt Centrowitz, Dan Huling, Craig Lutz, Suguru Osako
When: 5:00 PM PT
Why: Reigning Olympic champion Matt Centrowitz will test his endurance in the 3K after a historic 2016 season. The Nike Oregon Project star earned the United States' first Olympic gold medal in the 1500m since 1908. Earlier that year, Centrowitz captured his first gold medal in the 1500m at the World Indoor Championships. The UW Preview will mark Centrowitz's first race in 2017 and his first 3K since running his personal best of 7:40 at the Tracktown High Performance Meet last year.

Watch Centrowitz's Tracktown race:


Men's Mile

Who: Eric Jenkins, Colby Gilbert, Ciaran O'Lionaird
When: 12:05 PM PT
Why: Nike Oregon Project's Eric Jenkins is scheduled to double in Seattle with the 1000m and the mile. The NCAA champion had an excellent first year as a pro in 2016, highlighted by a third-place finish in the 3K at the USATF Indoor Championships and a close fourth-place finish in the 5K at the United States Olympic Trials. Jenkins will be accompanied by competition from sub-four-minute miler Colby Gilbert and Oregon Track Club's European indoor bronze medalist Ciaran O'Lionaird.

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Brian Herron Plans To Skip HS Outdoor Season And Run Unattached

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Brian Herron is quickly becoming one of the nation's top sprint talents, but he may soon join a very rare list of athletes with great potential who never won a state championship. 

Christian Coleman, Natoya Goule Highlight Professional Weekend

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Last Friday, Christian Coleman jump-started the professional indoor season with his 6.37 performance in the 60m. While there’s still uncertainty about whether or not the time will be ratified as an American and world record — there are different requirements for each — it signals that Coleman’s 2017 wasn’t an aberration. 

Norway's Sondre Nordstad Moen To Race Napoli Half Marathon

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Sondre Nordstad Moen will begin his 2018 racing season in the Napoli City Half Marathon (February 4th) after a sensational final few months in 2017.  In September he began with a personal best 27:55 for 10K in the Birell Prague Grand Prix and concluded with a December victory in the prestigious Fukuoka Marathon in a European Record 2:05:48.  In the interim he improved to number three on the European half marathon list with 59:48, in Valencia.

Matthew Centrowitz Moving To D.C., Still With Nike Oregon Project

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Matthew Centrowitz announced on Instagram that he is still with the Nike Oregon Project, but has relocated back to the Washington, D.C. area. The 2016 Olympic champion in the 1500m attended Broadneck High School in Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Oregon and remained in Oregon for his professional career. 

All The Best Things That Happened In The NCAA This Weekend

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Three collegiate records highlighted NCAA action this weekend, as UTEP sophomore Michael Saruni, Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp, and Georgia senior Keturah Orji set standards in their respective events.

Keturah Orji Breaks American, Collegiate Indoor Record For Triple Jump

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Georgia's Keturah Orji broke her own American and NCAA indoor records in the triple jump on Saturday with a leap of 14.53m/47-8 at the Clemson Invitational.

Katelyn Tuohy Shatters Mary Cain's National High School Record For 5K

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North Rockland High School, New York, sophomore Katelyn Tuohy ran the fastest 5K ever for a high school girl — indoors or outdoors — today with her winning time of 15:37.12 at the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Christian Coleman Crushes 60m World Record In His Season Opener

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Today, in his first meet of the year, Christian Coleman set the bar for his season incredibly high and put the world on notice. 

Vincent Crisp Runs Fastest Collegiate Time Ever For 600 Yards

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Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp posted the fastest indoor collegiate mark of all time over 600 yards on Friday. Competing at the Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, Crisp ran 1:08.16 and held off TCU’s Derrick Mokaleng, who ran 1:08.18.

Michael Saruni Runs World-Best In Indoor 600m

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On Friday night, Michael Saruni continued his hot start to 2018. The UTEP sophomore ran a world-best time of 1:14.79 in the 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque.