Olympians, NCAA Champions Convene At The New Mexico Collegiate Classic

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The Albuquerque Convention Center plays host to the New Mexico Collegiate Classic on Friday and Saturday. The action kicks off at 4 PM MT on Friday, and you can watch the meet live on FloTrack. Set to compete are current and former NCAA champions, Olympic medalists, and highly-touted college freshmen. 

Here are five events to keep an eye on this weekend in Albuquerque.

Men’s 200m

When: Friday, 7:10 PM MT

Names To Watch: Jaylen Bacon, Jereem Richards, Champion Allison

Friday will be Jereem Richards’ first race since his breakout 2017 that saw him go from third in the NCAA meet in June to third at the IAAF World Championships two months later. London was a dream meet for Richards. After the 200m surprise he ran the fastest split of the entire field in the 4x400m and propelled Trinidad and Tobago to a gold medal.  

In Albuquerque, he will square off with Bacon, who is still a collegian but is experienced in top-level competition. The senior from Arkansas State is currently ranked first in the 60m and second in the 200 on the FloTrack NCAA indoor rankings. This race also provides the first chance to see Alabama’s super freshman, Champion Allison. Allison ran 10.44, 20.71, and 45.87 in high school. 

Men’s 60m

When: Semifinals, Saturday 12:15 PM MT, Finals Saturday 2:10 PM MT 

Names To Watch: Jaylen Bacon, Kyree King, Keitavious Walter

Bacon has already run 6.65 in 2018 and owns a personal best of 6.56 from his third-place performance at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships. King is fresh off an outdoor season that saw him race all the way from the NCAA season to the IAAF world championships. He’s appeared in one meet this year, where he clocked a 6.75 in the 60m at the UW Indoor Open. Walter is making his debut for Alabama. The JUCO transfer won four national championships in his time at Hinds Community College and has a 60m best of 6.59.

Women’s 60m 

When: Semifinals, Saturday 12:25 PM MT, Finals Saturday 2:15 PM MT 

Names To Watch: Aleia Hobbs, Mikiah Brisco, Kortnei Johnson

The LSU trio of Hobbs, Brisco, and Johnson tops the entry list. Hobbs, a senior, is coming off a lifetime best performance of 7.14 in the 60m two weeks ago, the fastest time in the nation. How fast can she go in the thin air of Albuquerque? 

Her teammate, Brisco, won the national title last year in 100m and currently sits second on the NCAA 60m list with a 7.17 clocking in Lubbock. Johnson will try to ensure the Tigers go 1-2-3. She finished sixth in the 60m at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships and carries a personal best of 7.18.

Men’s Mile

When: Saturday, 12:40 PM MT

Names To Watch: Anthony Rotich, Sam Worley, Jonah Koech, Alex Rogers 

Rotich won four NCAA titles at UTEP — three in the steeplechase and one in the mile. His best competition will come from three collegians. Koech of UTEP has run 1:46 for the 800, while Rogers, a steeplechaser from Texas, has a personal best of 1:48. Texas freshman Worley is running his second collegiate 800m. He was a prep star in Texas with personal bests of 1:48.25 and 4:00.61 in high school. 

Men’s 800m

When: Saturday, 2:25 PM MT

Names To Watch: Harun Abda, Brannon Kidder, Sam Worley, Edward Kemboi

This race is top-heavy with pros Abda, Kidder, and Kemboi. Abda hasn’t raced this year, but has an indoor personal best of 1:46.97. Kidder competed well indoors last year and ran 4:01.74 at the Dr. Sander Invitational last weekend in New York. 

The 24-year-old Kemboi has run 1:45.98 indoors and has competed a ton this indoor season. He’s run two 800s, a 1000m, a mile, and two 3000s since December 1. We will find out on Saturday if all that racing has made him worn out or just race sharp. 

Ben True Victorious In Half Marathon Debut

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Ben True’s first foray into the half marathon went about as well as possible. The 32-year-old, best known for his abilities in the 5000 and 10,000m, used his track speed to outkick Dathan Ritzenhein to win the New York City Half Marathon in 1:02:39, becoming the first American man to win the race. Prior to Sunday, True had never raced longer than 10 miles. But he did have years of experience in shorter distances -- something that was especially useful after the conservative early pace turned the race tactical and put a premium on a fast finish. 

Briana Williams Passes Marion Jones' World Age Group Record in 100


Briana Williams just made history. 

On Saturday at the Bob Hayes Invitational in Jacksonville, Florida, the Oakland Park Northeast (FL) High sophomore broke a 27-year-old record held by Marion Jones in the 100m run, setting a new 15-year-old world age group record with a wind-legal time of 11.13 seconds (+1.7).

After Eight-Month Layoff, Costello Returns To Racing At NYC Half

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NEW YORK (16-Mar) -- When Liz Costello toes the line in Sunday's United Airlines NYC Half it will be her first race in eight months. The Princeton grad had to scrap most of her summer and fall racing plans after her debut marathon left her in a physical and emotional crater.

MSU T&F Grad Assistant Resigns In Protest Of Nassar Case Handling

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Michigan State track and field graduate assistant Kassie Powell resigned from her position on Thursday in protest of the university's handling of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

Ritz Gears Up For Boston, Sisson Takes On Tough Field: NYC Half Preview

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With the 2018 World Half Marathon Championships scheduled for next weekend and major marathons in Boston and London on tap for April, the spring road racing season is in full swing. 

House Of Run: When A World Record Isn’t A World Record

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On this week’s episode of the House of Run, Jason and Kevin discuss the abundance of records at the NCAA Indoor Championships including Michael Norman’s world record in the 400m, Kendall Ellis and Sydney McLaughlin both running under the 400m American record, Eli Hall’s 60/200m double and the nonsensical tale of why USC’s men’s team won’t hold the 4 x 400m world record.

WATCH: Clarence Munyai Runs 19.69, Smashes South African 200m Record

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Clarence Munyai stunned the track and field world on Friday with a 19.69 clocking in the 200m. The 20-year-old from South African entered with a personal best of 20.10. The mark lopped 0.15 seconds off Wayde Van Niekerk’s South African national record and makes Munyai just the 10th man ever to run under 19.70. 

The Houston Men Might Break 31-Year Power Five Win Streak At NCAA Outdoors

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The Houston men finished seventh overall in the team standings at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships with 26 total points, 20 of which came from Eli Hall's impressive 60/200 sweep. But don't expect the Cougars to be anywhere near the bottom of the top 10 this outdoor season. In fact, the Houston men are legitimate outdoor team title contenders for three reasons.

The New Mexico XC Team Might Score 50 Points At The 2018 NCAA Outdoors

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The New Mexico women have an opportunity to pull off an incredible feat at this year's 2018 Division I NCAA Outdoor Championships. 

Kyron McMaster In The Hurdles, Sang/Goule In The 1500: 49er Classic Preview

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The indoor season hasn’t been over for an entire week and attention has already turned outdoors. This weekend UNC-Charlotte hosts the 49er Classic, a meet that features collegians and professionals all itching to get an early start on their outdoor season.