Can Christian Coleman Break The WR Again? New Balance Indoor Preview

With the 2018 U.S. Championships a week away and the qualifying window for the IAAF Indoor Championships quickly approaching, Saturday’s New Balance Indoor Grand Prix is one of the final chances for professional athletes to round into form before the postseason begins. 

Christian Coleman, Edward Cheserek, Jenny Simpson, Emma Coburn, and Raevyn Rogers are all scheduled to compete in Boston, which is available live on FloTrack for U.K. and Ireland viewers.  

Here are five storylines that we are following.

Christian Coleman Could Set A World Record That Counts

Coleman’s scintillating 6.37 60m dash at the beginning of the year most likely won’t count as a world record because the facility was not using electronic blocks and the meet did not have on-site drug testing. Assuming both of those pieces are in place in Boston on Saturday (and Coleman once again runs under 6.39) the world record will be his without any asterisk or debate. 

If he runs that fast he won’t have any competition from the rest of the field. If he falters, Noah Lyles could apply some pressure. The 200m specialist popped a 6.59 last weekend to finish runner-up at the Millrose Games. 

What Does Edward Cheserek Do In The Second Half Of His Weekend Double?

On Friday night, Cheserek will attempt to become the fourth person ever to break 3:50 in the mile indoors (and he’s doing it live on FloTrack). Less than 24 hours later, he’s scheduled to race in a different indoor track in Boston at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. Cheserek is entered in to the 3000m and will get tough competition from Ethiopian's Dejen Gebremeskel and Hagos Gebrhiwet. 

While it’s difficult to say how Cheserek will respond to two races in back-to-back days, he does have experience from his college days of racing multiple times in a short time frame. Given that experience, plus his incredible hot streak this winter, it would be foolish to count him out in this race, even against more seasoned international stars. Gebrhiwet is the world leader with a 7:37.91 from Dusseldorf last weekend and Gebremeskel is an Olympic silver medalist in the 5000m.

U.S. Championships Preview In Women’s 800m

They teamed up to take down the world record in the 4x800m at the Millrose Games last weekend, but on Saturday Raevyn Rogers and Charlene Lipsey will be back in their usual role as competitors. If you assume that Ajee Wilson is a safe bet to grab one of the spots on the world championship team, then that leaves only one space on the American women’s 800m team. 

Rogers and Lipsey look like the top two candidates and both will be looking for some positive momentum heading the 2018 U.S. Championships. On the season thus far, the two are quite close. Rogers had a faster split in the 4x800m, but Lipsey wasn’t far behind. We are only one year removed from a season in which Lipsey ran 1:58 indoors and ran under 1:58 on two occasions outdoors. Saturday’s race should indicate just how tight that race for a top-two finish at the U.S. championships will be. 

The Return Of Boris Berian 

Saturday will mark the return of Boris Berian in the men’s 800m. This will be his first appearance since 2016. Berian was out all of 2017 with injuries and the last race he finished was the 800m final at the 2016 Olympics. Before his year away from competition, Berian had one of the most rapid ascensions in the sport — rising from obscurity to run 1:43, win an world indoor title, and qualify for the Olympics. Saturday will be an interesting glimpse at whether he is poised to rejoin the ranks of the best middle-distance runners in the world. 

Donavan Brazier, who won the 2017 U.S. Championships in Berian’s absence, looks like the man to beat in Saturday’s field. Brazier finished second last weekend at Millrose in 1:45.35. The time was an indoor personal best and third best American time ever indoors. With USAs just one week away, he can cement his place as favorite with another strong performance in Boston. 

The Debut Of Jenny Simpson

The 3000m will be the first chance of the season to see last year’s silver medalist, Jenny Simpson. Throughout her career, Simpson has often debuted at this meet and performed well. Her personal best of 8:42.03 from the 2009 NCAA Championships could be topped with some solid pacing in the early laps. 

Her best competition should come from steeplechase gold medalist, Emma Coburn. Coburn ran 8:41.16 at the Millrose Games to finish just behind the winner of the race Aisha Praught-Leer. If she takes another step forward this week, we could see a time in the 8:30s. Also entered is Fotyen Tesfay of Ethiopian. She was fourth at the 2016 World Junior Championships. 

Yulimar Rojas Sets Indoor Triple Jump World Record In Madrid

Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas set the women’s indoor triple jump world record on Friday in Madrid with a 15.43m leap. With it, the 24-year-old eclipsed Tatyana Lebedeva’s 15.36m mark that had stood since 2004.

Ababel Yeshaneh, Not Brigid Kosgei, Sets Half Marathon World Record

What was expected to be a coronation of marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei as the half marathon queen instead turned into an introduction of a worthy counterpart as Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh stunned the Kenyan on Friday morning (Thursday night in the U.S.) at the Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Half Marathon by setting a 64:31 world record.

The 10 Best Performances From The Weekend

Between more Mondo Duplantis' theatrics in Glasgow, a ridiculous road 5k world record in Monaco and plenty of excitement stateside, there was a lot to get excited about this past weekend in track and field.

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Don't Look Now... The NAU Lumberjacks Could Win NCAA Indoors

With just two weeks left to qualify for NCAAs a majority of the top-16 fields are coming into form on the distance side. The NAU men are currently slated to qualify ten entries across three distance events.

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Joshua Cheptegei Smashes Road 5k World Record In 12:51

A little over a month after Rhonex Kipruto took down Joshua Cheptegei’s road 10k world record, the Ugandan has answered back in a big way by running 12:51 on Sunday in Monaco to smash Kipruto’s 5k world record. Cheptegei cut a whopping 27 seconds off the 13:18 that the Kenyan ran on Jan. 12, a run that came en route to Kipruto’s 26:24 10k record.

Mondo Does It Again, Breaks Pole Vault World Record

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Mondo Duplantis is ushering in a new era of the pole vault, one centimeter at a time. Just a week removed from his world record clearance of 6.17m, the 20-year-old vaulted 6.18m at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow.

U.S. Indoor Women's Preview: Can Purrier Chase Down Houlihan?

The most interesting match-up of the indoor season materialized quickly. Last Saturday evening at the Millrose Games, Elinor Purrier dropped a stunning 4:16.85 mile to break the American record and dispatch a stacked field in a race that turned into a festival of personal bests and national records. It was a career-defining race for Purrier. A run fast enough to legitimately raise the question if she could beat America’s best mid-distance runner, Shelby Houlihan. This weekend at the US Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, Purrier will have two chances (the 3000m on Friday and the 1500m on Saturday) to pull it off. 

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2020 High School Track & Field State Championships Central

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Weekend Watch Guide: Simpson, Jones Chase Fast 5k At BU

One of the busiest weekends of the 2020 indoor track season is upon us, and FloTrack has you covered with several live events across the country. Boston will once again host some of the top professional and collegiate distance runners in the U.S., including Jenny Simpson, Dani Jones and Tyler Day.

U.S. Indoor Men's Preview: Coleman Debuts, Engels Battles Thompson, Murphy

The stakes for the 2020 USATF Indoor Championships were dramatically reduced in the wake of World Indoors being postponed due to the coronavirus. But prize money and bragging rights are incentive enough for the world’s fastest man and several top domestic distance runners this weekend in Albuquerque.

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