Meet The Freeze: Nigel Talton Wants To Make The 2018 World Indoors Team

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The Freeze may have lost his first race as the mascot for a mid-inning promotion during Atlanta Braves games, but it was a win over a prematurely celebrating fan this past Friday that spread a cold front over the internet:


Underneath the flashy costume is Nigel Talton, an aspiring track star with a message for other sub-elite sprinters. A graduate of Peach County High in Georgia and a former collegiate sprinter for Iowa Wesleyan and Shorter University, the 26-year-old Talton has been on the Braves' grounds crew since 2012.
 
FloTrack got on the phone with Talton to share his story. He was an obvious candidate for The Freeze once he demonstrated he could round the bases in under 15 seconds, and he has the track times to back it up. Talton holds impressive lifetime PRs of 6.73 in the 60m, 10.47 in the 100m, and 21.66 in the 200m. He had a successful career in the NAIA at Shorter University that included a third-place individual finish in the 100m in 2012, and he continued that success post-collegiately to make the final of the 2013 U.S. Indoor Championships in the 60m.
 
Watch Talton get third in the NAIA 100m final:


Talton came out of college as an accomplished athlete, but in the cutthroat world of track and field, his times were not good enough to secure a sponsorship. Having made a U.S. indoor final, he's aiming for 2018 world indoors, telling FloTrack: "Don't give up on your dreams... I just want to make a team before I'm done. My route to that path was detoured, and this came upon me, so right now I'm just continuing to train… just training and saving up for next year."
 
One of the detours that Talton is referring to is the fact that he had to leave his longtime coach Derrick Atkins (2007 World Championship silver medalist in the 100m for the Bahamas and Asafa Powell's cousin) to accommodate his busy work schedule. Talton works two jobs and is seeking a sponsor to give him an opportunity to train for the 2018 U.S. Indoor Championships, with a goal of making 2018 Indoor Worlds team in the 60m. Talton described his training as heavily endurance-based, choosing to focus more on 300m, 400m, and even 600m interval repeats to improve his strength when he finds a rare moment to train.
 
Like many athletes at his level before him, Talton laments the lack of post-collegiate support. The Freeze is essentially a side gig that subsidizes his dream. 

"I just want to have the opportunity to train as a professional track runner," Talton said. "I wish there was a program for us athletes. It's so hard for us athletes that don't have sponsors that have potential. It's very hard, that's why I work two jobs. I'm going to continue to keep my faith and continue working for the indoor season... It's not about me, I'm just doing it to inspire others and to entertain." 

Certainly, Talton has provided one of the most entertaining sprint moments of 2017.

Watch The Freeze run on FloTrack:

Top NCAA All-Americans Who Might Not Qualify For NCAA Indoors

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This weekend is the final weekend to qualify for the DI NCAA Indoor Championships where the top-16 individuals in each event will earn a trip to College Station to compete for an NCAA title. Below is a list of notable NCAA athletes who currently DO NOT have a top-16 mark in their respective events.

Could Christian Coleman Break Usain Bolt's 100m World Record?

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This past weekend Christian Coleman made a big splash in the track and field world with a blistering 6.34 60m run shattering Maurice Greene's official world record by .05!

Coleman Does It Again, Historic Women's Hurdles, And More Pro Highlights

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The 2018 U.S. Indoor Championships checked off all the boxes. There were American records, world records, close races for qualification spots, upsets, and unanswered questions heading into the 2018 World Indoor Championships. 

Vin Lananna Placed On Administrative Leave By USATF Board

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The following is a press release from USATF.

Who's Going To World Indoors? A Full List Of Team USA Qualifiers

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The full Team USA roster for the IAAF World Indoor Championships is 98% certain upon conclusion of the USATF Indoor Championships. There's still chance for some flip-flop in certain events, which we made note of below. Athletes in the multi-events and racewalk will be selected at the discretion of the IAAF. 

Watch Guide: Conference Championship Weekend

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Check out the full conference championship schedule for the Power-5 conferences and a few other notable races. Including the broadcast window for our innovative FloZone stream.

Baker, Dressel, And Other Highlights From The 2017 MPSF Championships

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The MPSF Indoor Championships begin on Friday as top collegians from the West Coast will meet at the Dempsey Indoor in Seattle to try and earn qualifying marks for the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships. Before we get into the previews and breakdowns, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights of last year’s meet.

Christian Coleman Breaks 60m World Record (Again), Wins U.S. Title!

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It's difficult enough to break a world record over the course of a lifetime. But Christian Coleman has done it twice in the span of a month.

Shelby Houlihan, Paul Chelimo Complete 3K/1500m Doubles At USA Indoors

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Coleman Breaks WR, Chelimo/Houlihan Double: USATF Day 3 Play-By-Play

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The final day of the 2018 second day of the 2018 USATF Indoor Championships featured a world record by Christian Coleman, an American record by Sharika Nelvis, distance doubles from Paul Chelimo and Shelby Houlihan, dramatic results in the 400m races and several close battles for qualification spots to the World Indoor Championships.