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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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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