BizBuzz: Maria Secures BA Status, Katie’s Super #14, and Jeremy’s Back on Top

Photos (from left): Maria Michta-Coffey via @oiselle / Instagram | Katie Mackey via @baybaymires / Twitter | Jeremy Taiwo by Photo Run

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USA Indoor Championships

This weekend, the action was in Albuquerque. The indoor season has been ablaze with thrilling races, PRs, and World Records, with many athletes putting their sights on this event to display their fitness in an effort to make the indoor world championships team, being the primary world competition for this year. You can be sure that it did not disappoint. We recap some highlights below, but if you want to get straight to the results, click here.

 Maria Michta-Coffey won her 9th straight USA racewalk championship. WHAT!? Dominating the field in the women’s 3000m racewalk, Maria finished with a time of 13:00.53. In context, the Boston Celtics teams of Bill Russell and Red Auerbach from the from 50’s and 60’s won 8-straight titles, the UCLA Bruins basketball teams of the 60’s and 70’s won 7-straight NCAA championships under John Wooden, and the New York Yankees hold the record for most consecutive World Series titles, with 5 from the 40’s and 50’s. Simply said, Maria is a total BA

 Katie Mackey makes her first World team in 14 attempts following a silver medal performance in the 3000m. “But if 13 was unlucky, 14 was the magic number as Mackey held off Emma Coburn by .17 of a second, 9:01.68 to 9:01.85, to nab the second spot at Worlds in the women’s 3000 behind a dominant run by Shelby Houlihan.” Read a full recap of the race, Women’s 3000: Shelby Houlihan Earns Convincing Win as Katie Mackey Makes Her First Worlds Team on LetsRun

 Alex Young and Sean Donnelly go 2-3 in the weight throw. With marks very near each other, Alex’s 3rd throw (23.50m) and Sean’s 5th (23.46m)secured their medals in the event. No doubt Sean was making good use of his knowledge bombs in getting to the podium

 Katie Nageotte jumped 3 PRs en route to the USA Championship. No only did she continue to best her previous personal marks, but she did not miss a single jump until the gold medal was secured, at which point she made three attempts at the world record. Katie will be joined by runner-up Sandi Morris at the World Championships

 Christian Coleman set the world record in the 60m. Finishing with a time of 6.34, it should be safe to say that this one will not be nullified due to a lack of electronic blocks

 Daniella Hill went wire-to-wire to secure the shot put championship. In an interview following the event, she said, “Relieved is the best expression I can come up with right now!”

 Jeremy Taiwo earns another USA Championship with a gold medal performance in the heptathlon. In a post on Instagram, he said, “I had to see this Indoor season through. Only starting to train in December had left me without a base, but I had to prove to myself that even with a shitty start and being in bad shape, YOU still can choose to make a run.”

It was awesome competing with such a great group of guys and I’m excited to see @wolfmahler @1dmillions @jackfloood @austinraybahner @deca_dev continue this multi tradition. Keep it rolling brothers! ?? ?? ?? ?? I had to see this Indoor season through. Only starting to train in December had left me without a base, but I had to prove to myself that even with a shitty start and being in bad shape, YOU still can choose to make a run. “Without commitment you’ll never start, without consistency, you’ll never finish.” - Denzel Washington Thank you @newyorkac for helping me this past 2017 season and getting me to this meet. Thank you to @nwcryotherapy @uber @lyft for being my many jobs to give me a shot at competing at this stage. Thank you to my gf @kowsinski for coaching me to a new polevault PR @pureencapsulations @pickybars @wildplanetfoods @prevail_physical_therapy @inhealth @kutting_edge_fitness @velaasa #decathlon #heptathlon #usa #usatf #championships #velaasa #newyorkathleticclub #brotherhood #multis #Repost @usatf ・・・ Congrats 2018 #USATFIndoor heptathlon champion @jeremytaiwo! #USATFindoors #godawgs #twotimechampion

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News & Notes

 Curtis Beach intends to return to the multis in the heptathlon, but unlikely to return to the decathlon. Stating that the passion for the decathlon is no longer there, he sites his fourth place finish at the 2016 Indoor World Championships as a reason to give the heptathlon, “another shot,” and beginning to focus on life after track as the impetus behind adjusting his focus to middle distance racing rather than the decathlon for outdoors. “Instead, he’s training with his sights on the 800 meters for the 2018 outdoor campaign. Without having focused on the event, he ran a 1:47.36 in the 800 meters last summer.” Read the full article, Beach changes course, plans to give heptathlon another shot once healthy on Albuquerque Journal

 Brenda Martinez chronicles her road to overcoming adversity to become one of the top middle distance runners in the world. In the video feature, she says, “When I got out of college, no team wanted me. I didn’t know what it was, but people kept closing the doors on me. The entire time I thought, ‘Well, too bad, because I am good enough.’ I hadn’t come this far to let anyone tell me what I couldn’t do.” Watch the full feature, How Bronze-Medalist Brenda Martinez Forged Her Own Path To Success on Refinery 29

 Biya Simbassa is finding success with American Distance Project. He says, “I just fit in. We have a lot of people working out at the same time. There’s no shortcut. It’s just training and good coaches. I believe in my training, coaches. It’s just clicked.” Read the full article, Mile posts: Sioux City’s Biya Simbassa taking off with American Distance Project on Des Moines Register

Reasons to Celebrate

 Jeff Henderson‘s birthday is February 19. Tell him you hope it is a great one @Jeffery_henders

 Amanda Bingson‘s birthday is February 20. Send her a virtual high-five @AmandaBingson

 Karnell Vickers‘s birthday is February 21. Give him your best wishes @kav0267

 Jordan Scott‘s birthday is February 22. Send him good vibes @jscottpolevault

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