Five Races to Watch during USATF Indoor Championships

February 28, 2015 - running watch

The USATF Indoor Championships, to be hold Saturday and Sunday in Boston, underline notable match-ups in all a middle-distance and stretch races. Among those we’ll be examination are standout milers Matthew Centrowitz and Shannon Rowbury, and Alysia Montano, final seen racing in Jun when she was 8 months pregnant.

Women’s Mile
Shannon Rowbury has 3 of a tip 4 women’s indoor mile times in a universe this winter, and won a Millrose Games’ Wanamaker Mile by some-more than 3 seconds notwithstanding wobbling and swooning before a finish. On Saturday, she’ll substantially be calm with another USATF pretension instead of a quick time, generally if she skeleton to come behind in a two-mile on Sunday. Expect a extreme conflict for second among Nicole Tully, Stephanie Charnigo, and Rowbury’s Oregon Project co-worker Jordan Hasay, with a expected runner-up mark going to Tully, who gamely battled Brenda Martinez on a anchor leg of a stretch miscellany send on a same Boston lane 3 weeks ago.

Men’s Mile
Matthew Centrowitz had 3 shining indoor races in a row, including a Wanamaker Mile win in 3:51.35, before he went to England final weekend and, after several nights of too small sleep, attempted for an American indoor 1500-meter record and crashed badly, finishing 10th. Centrowitz should rebound behind from that anomaly. Centrowitz and others in a margin possess a ability to mangle Bernard Lagat’s American indoor record of 3:49.89, yet there will expected be usually adequate discreet honour displayed to keep that record safe.

Centrowitz will be heedful of Lopez Lomong, a 2015 Millrose Games 5000-meter leader who took this USATF competition in 2014 when it was a metric 1500. The competition could be between those two, notwithstanding a participation of a usually improving Ben Blankenship and Olympic 1500-meter china medalist Leo Manzano, who hasn’t had an superb indoor competition this winter.

Women’s 600 Meters
Alysia Montano done a biggest headlines of her using career by display adult to run an 800-meter feverishness of final summer’s outside USATF Championships while 8 months pregnant. She set a American indoor 600-meter record of 1:23.59 in 2013, and yet many are drumming Ajee’ Wilson, Montano’s inheritor as a tip U.S. womanlike 800-meter runner, as a favorite in this race, Wilson has scanty certification in a 600. Montano isn’t expected to be behind during rise fitness, yet design her to specially run tough from a front. A 600 is over a lot earlier than an 800, so Wilson and a others can’t watch and wait. 

Men’s Two-Mile
This is a many opposite competition than final year’s USATF men’s 3000, in that Bernard Lagat outbattled Galen Rupp. Ryan Hill, a third finisher in that race, rates as a slight favorite mostly on a basement of his second-place finish behind Lopez Lomong during a Millrose Games 5000. Ben Blankenship is a threat; his 8:16.53 is a best American two-mile time of a year. American 3000-meter steeplechase record hilt Evan Jager could serve a finishing speed indispensable to take a parsimonious race. The participation of USA Cross Country champion Chris Derrick adds a probable variable, yet a form of training he’s doing for a Mar 28 World Cross Country Championships competence make it formidable for him to keep adult during this shorter distance.

Men’s 1000 Meters
This is not a strongest men’s eventuality of a meet, since some of a tip outside 800-meter runners have opted for a 600, yet it is maybe a many competitive. Harun Aba of a Oregon Track Club has a fastest 1000 of a year in a field, yet he’ll have to hasten to stay in front of Robby Andrews, who waited too prolonged to make a pierce and usually hardly missed winning a Millrose 800. We’ll call Andrews a favorite, yet dual New Jersey/New York Track Club runners bear watching: a unchanging and rival Mike Rutt and Liam Boylan-Pett, a 3:57 miler and a usually contestant competing this weekend who is a Runner’s World/Running Times staff member.

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