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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
Feeling on cloud 9 after winning my 9th straight title at USA Indoors! Loved being back in ABQ where the belief in my abilities really came to life. Tomorrow is not guaranteed so I’m going to enjoy this moment and soak it in one more night! Thanks to all who helped make it happen Jess Barnard #flystyle #usaindoors #headupwingsout #DreamBelieveBECOME #hautevolée #thankful
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
-She has been a Team USA alternate 3 times— Danny Mackey (@dtmack) February 18, 2018
-4 women in top 10 all-time, all in the US 3,000 Final
-Injured last year
-Never made a team at 30 yrs old@KatiefMackey is a true warrior, see you in #birmingham2018 @beaststc @usatf pic.twitter.com/AZY5tcE2F4
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
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
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
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