Weekend Watch Guide: Conference Championships

It's conference championship weekend! FloTrack is your home for five NCAA conference meets on Friday and Saturday plus the BU Last Chance Invite in Boston on Sunday. Check below to see when your favorite events/athletes compete.

2019 Big 12 Indoor Championship

2019 Big Ten Indoor Championships

2019 MEAC Indoor Championships

2019 Mountain West Indoor Championships

2019 MPSF Indoor Championships

2019 BU Last Chance Invitational

Weekend Watch Guide:

DAYTIME (CT)MEETEVENTROUNDNOTABLE ENTRIES
22-Feb11:00 AMMEACW 60HPrelimsKayla White
22-Feb11:15 AMMEACM 60HPrelimsMichael Dickson, Aaron Lewis
22-Feb11:30 AMMEACW 400PrelimsTori Ray, Sun-Sara Williams
22-Feb11:45 AMBIG TENM 60HPrelimsJaylan McConico, Chris Douglas
22-Feb11:45 AMMEACM 400PrelimsTyrell Richard
22-Feb12:00 PMMEACW 60PrelimsKayla White
22-Feb12:05 PMBIG TENW 60HPrelimsJasmine Barge
22-Feb12:15 PMMEACM 60PrelimsRodney Rowe, Akeem Sirleaf
22-Feb12:25 PMBIG TENM 60PrelimsNick Gray, Devin Quinn
22-Feb12:45 PMBIG TENW 60PrelimsAnavia Battle
22-Feb1:15 PMBIG TENM MilePrelimsOliver Hoare, Kyle Mau, Jonathan Davis
22-Feb1:35 PMBIG TENW MilePrelimsDanae Rivers, Hannah Meier
22-Feb1:55 PMBIG TENM 400PrelimsMar'yea Harris, Wayne Lawrence Jr., Izaiah Brown
22-Feb2:15 PMMWCM 1KHepHunter Powell
22-Feb2:20 PMBIG TENW 400PrelimsAlexis Holmes, Briana Guillory
22-Feb2:30 PMMWCM MilePrelimsMichael Mooney, Michael Downey
22-Feb2:30 PMMWCW WTFinalKelcey Bedard
22-Feb2:45 PMBIG TENM 800PrelimsCooper Williams, Frank Hayes
22-Feb2:45 PMMWCW MilePrelimsWeini Kelati, Allie Ostrander, Alexis Fuller
22-Feb3:00 PMBIG 12W 800PentLauren Taubert
22-Feb3:00 PMMWCM 60HPrelimsJose Lopez
22-Feb3:00 PMMWCM LJFinalWilliam Nolan
22-Feb3:00 PMMWCW LJFinalJa'la Henderson
22-Feb3:05 PMBIG TENW 800PrelimsDanae Rivers, Kelsey Harris
22-Feb3:10 PMBIG 12W MilePrelimsSinclaire Johnson
22-Feb3:15 PMMWCW 60HPrelimsDestinee Rocker
22-Feb3:25 PMBIG 12M MilePrelimsSam Worley, Alex Rogers
22-Feb3:25 PMBIG TENM 600PrelimsMar'yea Harris
22-Feb3:30 PMBIG TENM WTFinalJoseph Ellis
22-Feb3:30 PMBIG TENW PVFinalAnna Watson, Sophia Franklin
22-Feb3:30 PMMWCM 400PrelimsCarlos Salcido, Sedacy Walden
22-Feb3:40 PMBIG 12W 60HPrelimsIvy Walker, Mariam Abdul-Rashid
22-Feb3:45 PMMWCW 400PrelimsJalyn Harris, Lauren Gale
22-Feb3:50 PMBIG 12M 60HPrelimsLogan Schneider, John Burt
22-Feb3:50 PMBIG TENW 600PrelimsAurora Rynda
22-Feb4:00 PMBIG 12W 60PrelimsKynnedy Flannel, Teahna Daniels
22-Feb4:00 PMBIG 12W PVFinalMaddie Gardner, Andrea Willis
22-Feb4:00 PMBIG 12W WTFinalHelene Ingvaldsen
22-Feb4:00 PMMWCM 60PrelimsTerrell Bradford, Bryce Kirby
22-Feb4:00 PMMWCW PVFinalBonnie Draxler
22-Feb4:10 PMBIG 12M 60PrelimsDivine Oduduru, Andrew Hudson
22-Feb4:15 PMBIG TENW 800PentTria Simmons, Madeline Holmberg
22-Feb4:15 PMMWCW 60PrelimsMaryBeth Sant, Destiny Smith-Barnett
22-Feb4:20 PMBIG 12W 600yPrelimsNicole Montgomery
22-Feb4:25 PMBIG TENM 200PrelimsDevin Quinn, Karayme Bartley
22-Feb4:30 PMBIG TENM HJFinalMayson Conner, Jyles Etienne
22-Feb4:30 PMMWCM 800PrelimsMichael Wilson, Kristian Hansen
22-Feb4:35 PMBIG 12M 600yPrelimsVincent Crisp
22-Feb4:45 PMBIG TENM LJFinalWilliam Henderson
22-Feb4:45 PMBIG TENW LJFinalMadeline Holmberg
22-Feb4:45 PMMWCW 800PrelimsKristie Schoffield, Avi'Tal Wilson-Perteete
22-Feb4:50 PMBIG 12W 400PrelimsSara Limp, Kiana Horton
22-Feb4:50 PMBIG TENW 200PrelimsAnavia Battle
22-Feb5:00 PMMWCM 200PrelimsJay Griffin, Ronald Sayles
22-Feb5:05 PMBIG 12M 400PrelimsJonathan Jones, Wil London, Derrick Mokaleng
22-Feb5:15 PMBIG TENM 3KFinalOliver Hoare, Jonathan Davis, Kyle Mau
22-Feb5:15 PMMWCW 200PrelimsMaryBeth Sant
22-Feb5:20 PMBIG 12W 1KPrelimsMolly Sughroue
22-Feb5:30 PMBIG TENW WTFinalSade Olatoye
22-Feb5:30 PMMWCM 5KFinalMiler Haller, Paul Roberts
22-Feb5:30 PMMWCM WTFinalHap Frketich, Bailey King
22-Feb5:35 PMBIG 12M 1KPrelimsDan Curts
22-Feb5:35 PMBIG TENW 3KFinalAlicia Monson
22-Feb5:50 PMBIG 12W 800PrelimsAaliyah Miller, Gabby Crank
22-Feb5:55 PMBIG TENM DMRFinalWisconsin, Indiana, Illinois
22-Feb5:55 PMMWCW 5KFinalEmily Martin
22-Feb6:05 PMBIG 12M 800PrelimsVincent Crisp, Jonah Koech, Bryce Hoppel
22-Feb6:05 PMBIG TENW DMRFinalMichigan, Indiana, Wisconsin
22-Feb6:20 PMBIG 12W 200PrelimsKynnedy Flannel, Serenity Douglas
22-Feb6:30 PMMPSFW 60HPrelimsChanel Brissett, Anna Cockrell, Dior Hall
22-Feb6:30 PMMWCM HJFinalLeaugen Fray-Benoit
22-Feb6:35 PMBIG 12M 200PrelimsDivine Oduduru, Andrew Hudson
22-Feb6:45 PMMPSFM 60HPrelimsBraxton Canady
22-Feb6:50 PMBIG 12W 5KFinalSharon Lokedi
22-Feb7:00 PMMPSFW 60PrelimsTwanisha Terry
22-Feb7:15 PMBIG 12M 5KFinalEdwin Kurgat
22-Feb7:20 PMMPSFM 60PrelimsEmmanuel Wells
22-Feb7:40 PMBIG 12W DMRFinalOklahoma State, Kansas, Texas
22-Feb7:45 PMMPSFW 5KFinalWeronkia Pyzik, Philippa Bowden
22-Feb8:00 PMBIG 12M DMRFinalTexas, Iowa State, Oklahoma State
22-Feb8:05 PMMPSFM 5KFinalRobert Brandt, Steven Fahy
22-Feb8:25 PMMPSFW 200FinalLauren Rain Willaims
22-Feb9:05 PMMPSFM 200FinalDuane McClurkin Jr., Emmanuel Wells
22-Feb9:30 PMMPSFW DMRFinalBYU, Washington, Stanford
22-Feb9:55 PMMPSFM DMRFinalWashington, Stanford, BYU
23-Feb11:00 AMBIG TENM TJFinalEric Bethea
23-Feb11:10 AMBIG TENM SPFinalAndrew Liskowitz
23-Feb12:00 PMMWCW HJFinalAda'ora Chigbo, Nicola Ader
23-Feb12:00 PMMWCW SPFinalBrenn Flint
23-Feb12:10 PMMEACW 60HFinalKayla White
23-Feb12:15 PMBIG TENM 60HFinalJaylan McConico, Chris Douglas
23-Feb12:20 PMMEACM 60HFinalMichael Dickson, Aaron Lewis
23-Feb12:25 PMBIG TENW 60HFinalJasmine Barge
23-Feb12:30 PMMEACW 400FinalTori Ray, Sun-Sara Williams
23-Feb12:35 PMBIG TENM 60FinalNick Gray, Devin Quinn
23-Feb12:40 PMMEACM 400FinalTyrell Richard
23-Feb12:40 PMMWCM MileFinalMichael Mooney, Michael Downey
23-Feb12:45 PMBIG TENW 60FinalAnavia Battle
23-Feb12:50 PMMEACW 60FinalKayla White
23-Feb12:50 PMMWCW MileFinalWeini Kelati, Allie Ostrander, Alexis Fuller
23-Feb1:00 PMMEACM 60FinalRodney Rowe, Akeem Sirleaf
23-Feb1:00 PMMPSFW 60HFinalChanel Brissett, Anna Cockrell, Dior Hall
23-Feb1:00 PMMWCM 60HFinalJose Lopez
23-Feb1:05 PMMPSFM 60HFinalBraxton Canady
23-Feb1:10 PMMEACW 800FinalMartha Bissah
23-Feb1:10 PMMPSFW MileFinalJessica Hull, Tabor Scholl
23-Feb1:10 PMMWCW 60HFinalDestinee Rocker
23-Feb1:15 PMBIG TENM MileFinalOliver Hoare, Kyle Mau, Jonathan Davis
23-Feb1:20 PMMWCM 400FinalCarlos Salcido, Sedacy Walden
23-Feb1:25 PMBIG TENW MileFinalDanae Rivers, Hannah Meier
23-Feb1:30 PMMWCW 400FinalJalyn Harris, Lauren Gale
23-Feb1:35 PMBIG TENM 400FinalMar'yea Harris, Wayne Lawrence Jr.
23-Feb1:40 PMMEACW 200FinalKayla White
23-Feb1:40 PMMPSFM MileFinalWilliam Paulson, Talem Franco, Paul Ryan
23-Feb1:40 PMMWCM 60FinalTerrell Bradford, Bryce Kirby
23-Feb1:45 PMBIG TENW 400FinalAlexis Holmes, Brianna Guillory
23-Feb1:45 PMBIG TENW SPFinalSade Olatoye
23-Feb1:50 PMMEACM 200FinalRodney Rowe, Akeem Sirleaf
23-Feb1:50 PMMWCW 60FinalMaryBeth Sant, Destiny Smith-Barnett
23-Feb1:55 PMBIG TENM 800FinalCooper Williams, Frank Hayes
23-Feb1:55 PMMPSFW 400FinalKyra Constantine
23-Feb2:00 PMBIG 12W 60HFinalIvy Walker, Mariam Abdul-Rashid
23-Feb2:00 PMBIG 12W SPFinalElena Bruckner
23-Feb2:00 PMBIG 12W TJFinalShardia Lawrence
23-Feb2:00 PMBIG TENW HJFinalLara Omerzu
23-Feb2:00 PMBIG TENW TJFinalAngela Mercurio
23-Feb2:00 PMMWCM 800FinalMichael Wilson, Kristian Hansen
23-Feb2:05 PMBIG TENW 800FinalDanae Rivers, Kelsey Harris
23-Feb2:10 PMBIG 12M 60HFinalLogan Schneider, John Burt
23-Feb2:10 PMMWCW 800FinalKristie Schoffield
23-Feb2:20 PMBIG 12W 60FinalKynnedy Flannel, Teahna Daniels
23-Feb2:20 PMMWCM 200FinalJay Griffin
23-Feb2:25 PMBIG TENW 600FinalMar'yea Harris
23-Feb2:30 PMBIG 12M 60FinalDivine Oduduru, Andrew Hudson
23-Feb2:30 PMBIG TENM PVFinalAdam Coulon, Cole Gorski
23-Feb2:30 PMMPSFM 400FinalZach Shinnick
23-Feb2:30 PMMWCW 200FinalMaryBeth Sant
23-Feb2:35 PMBIG TENM 200FinalDevin Quinn, Karayme Bartley
23-Feb2:40 PMBIG 12W MileFinalSinclaire Johnson
23-Feb2:40 PMMEACW 4x4FinalNorth Carolina A&T
23-Feb2:40 PMMWCM 3KFinalAddison DeHaven, Christopher Henry
23-Feb2:45 PMBIG TENW 200FinalAnavia Battle
23-Feb2:50 PMBIG 12M MileFinalSam Worley, Alex Rogers
23-Feb2:55 PMBIG TENM 5KFinalMorgan McDonald
23-Feb2:55 PMMPSFW 60FinalTwanisha Terry
23-Feb3:00 PMBIG 12M 1KHepAaron Booth
23-Feb3:00 PMMEACM 4x4FinalNorth Carolina A&T
23-Feb3:00 PMMPSFM 60FinalEmmanuel Wells
23-Feb3:00 PMMWCM SPFinalKyle Morris, Josh Barclay
23-Feb3:05 PMMPSFW 800FinalJemima Russell, Alyssa Brewer
23-Feb3:05 PMMWCW 3KFinalWeini Kelati, Allie Ostrander, Ednah Kurgat
23-Feb3:10 PMBIG 12W 600yFinalNicole Montgomery
23-Feb3:15 PMBIG TENW 5KFinalAlicia Monson, Amy Davis
23-Feb3:20 PMBIG 12M 600yFinalVincent Crisp
23-Feb3:30 PMBIG 12W 400FinalSara Limp, Kiana Horton
23-Feb3:30 PMMPSFM 800FinalIsaiah Jewett
23-Feb3:30 PMMWCM 4x4FinalAir Force, New Mexico
23-Feb3:40 PMBIG 12M 400FinalJonathan Jones, Wil London, Derrick Mokaleng
23-Feb3:40 PMBIG TENM 4x4FinalIowa, Ohio State, Purdue
23-Feb3:45 PMMWCW 4x4FinalUNLV, Colorado St.
23-Feb3:50 PMBIG 12W 1KFinalLarkin Chapman
23-Feb3:55 PMBIG TENW 4x4FinalOhio State, Penn State
23-Feb4:00 PMBIG 12M 1KFinalDan Curts
23-Feb4:00 PMMPSFW 3KFinalJessica Hull, Lilli Burdon, Katie Rainsberger, Fiona O'Keeffe
23-Feb4:10 PMBIG 12W 800FinalAaliyah Miller, Gabby Crank
23-Feb4:20 PMBIG 12M 800FinalVincent Crisp, Jonah Koech, Bryce Hoppel
23-Feb4:30 PMBIG 12W 200FinalKynnedy Flannel
23-Feb4:35 PMMPSFM 3KFinalJoe Klecker, Cooper Teare, Alex Ostberg
23-Feb4:40 PMBIG 12M 200FinalDivine Oduduru, Andrew Hudson
23-Feb4:50 PMBIG 12W 3KFinalSharon Lokedi, Cailie Logue, Sinclaire Johnson
23-Feb5:00 PMBIG 12M HJFinalTejaswin Shankar
23-Feb5:00 PMBIG 12M SPFinalTripp Piperi
23-Feb5:00 PMBIG 12W HJFinalZarriea Willis, Falyn Reaugh
23-Feb5:00 PMMPSFW 4x4FinalUSC
23-Feb5:15 PMBIG 12M 3KFinalAlex Rogers, Andrew Jordan, Edwin Kurgat
23-Feb5:20 PMMPSFM 4x4FinalUSC
23-Feb5:40 PMBIG 12W 4x4FinalTexas, Baylor
23-Feb5:55 PMBIG 12M 4x4FinalBaylor, Texas Tech, TCU
24-Feb2:18 PMBU LASTM MILEFinalNick Willis, Julian Oakley, Peter Callahan
24-Feb5:15 PMBU LASTW 5KFinalKarissa Schweizer, Courtney Frerichs, Kim Conley, Vanessa Fraser
24-Feb6:30 PMBU LASTM 5KFinalEdward Cheserek, Hillary Bor, Emmanuel Bor

2020 World Indoors Called Off Amid Coronavirus Fears

March’s World Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China have been postponed to 2021, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in the host nation.

Craig Engels Is Off And Running In 2020 As Only He Can

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By itself, Craig Engels’ weekend in Boston was routine enough— the 2019 U.S. 1500m champion was tasked with pacing the men’s 5,000m on Friday night before racing the mile the next day. His training partners Paul Tanui and Eric Jenkins ultimately missed the 13:13.50 standard as Engels strained to get through 2600m— “I definitely underestimated what 4:12 pace felt like”, he said— and yet he came back on Saturday to win the mile in 3:56.85 on tired legs.

Nico Young To Chase American Junior 3k Record At Millrose Games

Nico Young will begin his final track and field season with quite the record attempt. 

Five Takeaways From The Weekend: Jessica Hull On The Rise

The 2020 track season got started in earnest over the weekend as droves of top professionals debuted and many impressive collegiate performances took place. Here were the takeaways from Boston, Albuquerque and New York:

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The 2020 track season got started in earnest over the weekend as droves of top professionals debuted and many impressive collegiate performances took place. Here were the takeaways from Boston, Albuquerque and New York:

Donavan Brazier Is Still In Monster Shape

At the risk of overanalyzing a season opener in an off distance, Donavan Brazier’s 1:14.39 600m in Boston on Saturday was further proof that the 2019 world champion remains in a league of his own among 800m runners. Although his competition at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix was overmatched as expected, Brazier hammered away alone to the second-fastest indoor 600m ever, behind only his 1:13.77 world best from 2019. And it was easy. So easy that the 22-year-old managed a shrug across the line as if to say sorry, not my best but it will have to do.

Just look at this gear change as he assumes control of the lead:

Word is that Brazier isn’t planning to run World Indoors this year, but his brief indoor campaign could still bring more fireworks as he next targets the Millrose Games 800m on Feb. 8. A lowering of his 1:44.41 indoor American record will be the expectation given his dazzling season opener.

A New Name Emerges In The NCAA Women’s 60m

Texas sophomore Julien Alfred wasn’t expected to be a contender in the women’s 60m dash this season after posting just a 7.36 best as freshman. But after running 7.10 (#6 NCAA all-time) over the weekend in Albuquerque, the St. Lucia native is in the thick of the title hunt. Just 18 years old, Alfred had a modest freshman season highlighted by a second place finish in the Big 12 100m. That’s why her defeat of reigning NCAA 60m champion Twanisha Terry is such a surprise.


Tyler Day Puts Edwin Kurgat On Notice With 13:16 5k In Boston

The race featuring Olympic silver medalist Paul Tanui and 13:05 man Eric Jenkins disappointed in that no one hit the 13:13.50 Olympic standard (Tanui won in 13:15), but the silver lining was the performance of Northern Arizona senior Tyler Day, who ran 13:16.95 to surpass Galen Rupp as the third-fastest collegiate all-time indoors. It’s not like the time was a total shock— Day ran 13:25 in May— but eclipsing arguably the greatest distance runner in U.S. history carries significantly more weight than simply a nine-second PB.

Naturally, the question now becomes whether Day can translate his stellar performance into an NCAA title in March. Although he’s a standout cross country and 10k runner, Day was just 13th in the 5,000m at NCAA indoors last year and then failed to qualify for nationals outdoors despite his 13:25 being the fastest mark of the season. A great time-trialer, but it remains to be seen if he can thrive in a championship 5k setting.


That, and the presence of 2019 NCAA XC champion Edwin Kurgat, will make winning in Albuquerque a tough task come March, but this just might be a different version of Day than we’ve seen before. He did push a 12:58 man to the line, after all. Add in NCAAs being held at 5300 ft. above sea level (he trains at 6900 ft.), and it would seem that Day has a real chance to avenge past shortcomings in the 5,000m this March.

BYU’s Whittni Orton Remains On A Tear

It will be interesting to see which events BYU star distance runner Whittni Orton competes in at NCAAs, as Orton secured another outstanding mark on Saturday (4:29.76 mile at Dr. Sander Invite) to go along with her 15:22.98 5k from December. Orton, who placed seventh at NCAA XC in November, continued her ascent over the weekend from solid collegiate runner to stud collegiate runner by finishing just a step behind 2019 World Championship finalist Nikki Hiltz and breaking the Cougar school record.

Orton has previously been a miler, so her running the mile-DMR double at NCAAs seems most likely. The 5k is also stacked with Katie Izzo (15:13 PB), Weini Kelati (15:14 PB) and defending champion Alicia Monson representing significant roadblocks. All three beat Orton at nationals in cross country. The mile could ultimately feature four-time NCAA champion Dani Jones, so it’s not like any path to the top will be easy. But Orton’s continued rise should make her a threat in any event that she chooses, and whichever route she takes will have a significant impact on the distance races at nationals.

Jessica Hull Might Be On The Cusp Of A Breakout

No performance at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday was more expertly crafted than Jessica Hull’s 4:04.14 1500m win, as the former NCAA champion let training partner Konstanze Klosterhalfen do all the work before cutting her down in the final 10 meters.

It is just one race, of course, but beating someone of the caliber of Klosterhalfen-- the 2019 World Championship 5k bronze medalist and 4:19 miler-- proves that Hull’s finishing speed is elite. The 23-year-old missed the 1500m World Championship final last October, but only after she ran a 4:01.80 PB. The type of form she showed in Boston indicates she could be a medal threat at March’s World Indoor Championships. 

Beyond that, it’s going to be tough to make serious noise in an event as deep as the women’s 1500m outdoors in just year two as a pro, but Saturday suggests that the best of Hull is yet to come.

Brazier Solos #2 All-Time 600m, Hull Kicks Down Klosterhalfen At NBIGP

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Three Events To Watch At BU: Jenkins/Tanui/NAU 5k, Engels In The Mile

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The 2020 BU John Thomas Terrier Classic is this Friday and Saturday (Jan 24-25) in Boston and will be Live on FloTrack. A fast men's 5k and the season debut of Craig Engels in the mile are among the top events to watch this weekend:

Weekend Watch Guide: Fast Boston 5k, Elite Sprints In New Mexico

Several of the top distance runners and sprinters in the country will be on display this weekend on FloTrack as we stream two days of action at the BU John Thomas Terrier Classic in Boston and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Collegiate Invitational in Albuquerque this Friday and Saturday. U.S. Olympic hopeful Eric Jenkins and training partner Paul Tanui will chase the 13:13.50 Olympic 5k standard along with several NAU stars on Friday at BU, while reigning 60m hurdles world champion Keni Harrison will face 2019 NCAA champion Chanel Brissett in the hurdles at New Mexico on Saturday. That, and so much more, can be seen on our live slate Jan. 24 - 25:

As Trials Approach, Three Contenders Speak On State Of Shoes

As the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials rapidly draw near, tensions surrounding the fate of Nike’s controversial Vaporfly shoes are at an all-time high. Reports in recent weeks that World Athletics is set to ban the shoe have led to speculation of when a potential rule change would be made and what specifically the governing body seeks to outlaw. With less than 40 days until Atlanta, both action or inaction by World Athletics will be a major storyline in the race for Tokyo. 

Eight Sub-2:21 Women Set To Contest 2020 Boston Marathon

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Houston Organizers Award 'Top U.S. Male' Prize Money To Two Runners

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The Houston Half Marathon organizers decided to award their "top U.S. male finisher" prize money ($2,000) to two athletes this year.

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The Houston Half Marathon organizers decided to award their "top U.S. male finisher" prize money ($2,000) to two athletes this year.

At first glance, the top American at the 2020 Houston Half Marathon appeared to be Jared Ward, who crossed the finish line first in 1:01:36. Finishing less than two seconds behind him was former BYU runner Nico Montanez, who currently trains with the Mammoth Track Club under Andrew Kastor.

Heading into this race, Montanez's resume (1:04:29 PB) wasn't enough for the elite field; therefore, he was relegated to the American Development Program field. As a result, Montanez had to start in the second corral behind the elites.

The initial results recorded Montanez's chip time as four seconds faster than his gun time. Nico confirmed in his post-race interview that he took about five seconds to get to the starting chip mat. 

Here's a screenshot of Montanez's splits after the race—his start time is set to 7:01 a.m. and 3 seconds (the time of day when he crossed the starting mat).

Because Montanez's chip time of 1:01:34 was faster than Ward's chip time of 1:01:36, the Houston organizers took a page out of the Boston Marathon's book and decided to award the 'top U.S. male' prize money to both Ward and Montanez.