Chelimo, Hill, Kipchirchir Set To Face Off In 3K At USAs

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The U.S. Indoor Championships has a history of great head-to-head matchups in the men’s 3000m. Between 2010 and 2014, the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, played host to four iterations of the Galen Rupp/Bernard Lagat rivalry. 

This year, the anticipated battle between Paul Chelimo and Shadrack Kipchirchir seeks to play a similar role. While the goal will be a top two finish to qualify for the World Indoor Championships, the two teammates will be looking for the victory on Saturday.

3000m Final: Saturday, 4:45 PM MT

Kipchirchir has had a dream 2018 so far — undefeated in three races. His improvement this winter has elevated him into the highest tier of the global distance running. Already strong at the longer distance races, Kipchirchir has added sharp finishing speed to his repertoire this season. He opened his season with a two-day 3000/mile double in which he ran 7:42 and 3:55, both lifetime bests. The next weekend, he took the Millrose Games 3000.

Chelimo has kept a lower profile this indoor season. He’s only raced in one meet where he posted a 7:52/3:58 double at the Camel City Invitational. But Chelimo’s abilities in championship races are well documented by this point. He’s shown himself capable of kicking off a hard pace or, as he did in last year’s U.S. indoor and outdoor championships, run away with the race from the start. 

It’s worth remembering that Chelimo won last year’s 2-mile indoor title in Albuquerque by 10 seconds — 10 seconds! In the summer, he won the U.S. 5000m title by seven seconds. Chelimo hasn’t shown any sign that he’s cautious with altitude or that he is willing to play it safe and just run for a qualifying position.

The man in the best position to stop a Chelimo-Kipchirchir (or Kipchirchir-Chelimo) sweep is Ryan Hill. This is an ideal distance for Hill and he’s show that he’s equally adept in slow races in which he can use his powerful kick, or in races that start quick from the outset. Hill took silver at the 2016 World Indoor Championships in the 3000m and finished third, two spots behind Kipchirchir, at this year’s Millrose Games. 

If one of those favorites slip up, Woody Kincaid and Garrett Heath are best positioned to take advantage. Kincaid finished just behind his Bowerman Track Club teammate Hill at the Millrose Games in his only appearance of the year. In 2017, Kincaid finished runner-up during Chelimo’s runaway victory at U.S. Indoors so he’s no stranger to Chelimo’s aggressive approach. 

Heath was only seventh in the Millrose Games 3000m but had a strong showing in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, where he finished third in the 1500m. 

USATF Indoor Men’s 3K Preview

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.