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

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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. 

Shelby Houlihan, Paul Chelimo Retain USA Indoor 3K Titles

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Chelimo, Houlihan Take 3K Wins: USATF Day 2 Play-By-Play

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The second day of the 2018 USATF Indoor Championships is the books! Finals in the men's and women's 3000m capped off the action as four athletes qualified for the World Indoor Championships. 

Andre De Grasse's Highlights From The 2018 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

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Canadian sprinter and 2016 Olympic medalist Andre De Grasse showed off more than his speed on the court last night at the 2018 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game in Los Angeles. 

Craig Leon, Allison Macsas To Take On The Hills At The Austin Marathon

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Earlier this year, the city of Austin, Texas, announced its intention to bid for the 2020 Olympic Trials marathon. While the running world waits until April to learn if the Austin will land its first-ever USATF Championship, runners with a wealth of Trials experience will race Sunday in the state capitol in the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. 

Erin Finn Is Injured, Will Sit Out Remainder Of Indoor Season

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University of Michigan All-American Erin Finn announced on social media this week that she is injured again and will bypass the remainder of the indoor track season. 

Windle Running For Respect, National Team Spot At 2018 USATF Indoors

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Coleman, Baker! Allen, Merritt! Men's 60m Dash & Hurdles Preview

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In the men's 60m field at the 2018 USATF Indoor Championships, there's Christian Coleman, and then there's everyone else.

These College Kids Could've Made The U.S. World Team

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The USATF Indoor Championships are in the heart of the NCAA season. As a result, many qualified U.S. athletes still in college will miss out on the opportunity to represent Team USA in Birmingham this year.

Race For Second Place: U.S. Women's 60m & 60m Hurdles Preview

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When it comes to the races with the smallest average margins of victory, the 60m dash and hurdles, upsets often abound and dominance is difficult to maintain.

FloTrack's Team USA Picks | 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships

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We're just one day away from the start of the 2018 USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the top two finishers in each event will qualify for the U.S. team headed to next month's IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, U.K.