Men's field is led by Jordan McNamara, Pat Casey and Mac Fleet while the women's has Heather Kampf, Gabe Grunewald and Ashley Higginson.
Women's 5000: Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher, Jordan Hasay. Men's 5000: Chris Derrick, Bobby Curtis, Cam Levins. Men's 1500: Galen Rupp, Will Leer, Garrett Heath, Evan Jager. Shannon Rowbury listed in 1500 and 800. Andy Bayer and Sara Hall in the steeples. Ben Blankenship, Pat Casey, Lopez Lomong in men's 800. Men's 10K has Jake Robertson, Japan NOP member Osako Suguru and Rupp is also listed (maybe pacing?).
After some recent struggles, can Nick Symmonds return to form? What about Galen Rupp, Cam Levins and the NOP? Are former NCAA stars Andrew Wheating and Robby Andrews back? The highlight is an incredibly deep 1,500 which contains former NCAA champs Wheating, Andrews, Leo Manzano, Mac Fleet, Nate Brannen and a slew of others.
Matt Centrowitz won his first indoor title impressively as Ben Blankenship was the runner-up for the second day in a row.
There are lots of fantastic mid-d races - two American record holders will clash in the men's 600; the BTC trio of Chris Derrick, Ryan Hill and Evan Jager square off with Ben Blankenship in the 2-mile. The mile features USATF outdoor champions Matthew Centrowitz, Leo Manzano and Lopez Lomong and well as rising stars Blankenship and Pat Casey.
*MB: 2015 Men's USA Indoor meet is loaded - Who you got?
Four Olympic/WC medalists (Willis, Centro, Bernard Lagat and Leo Manzano), the last two NCAA record holders (Lawi Lalang and Chris O'Hare) and defending champ Will Leer comprise a terrific field. Oh, and a guy named Edward Cheserek is also entered.
Bernard Lagat still has it at age 40, Nick Willis keeps getting better with age and Matt Centrowitz is pretty good too.
Oh baby is this one loaded. Season debuts for Bernard Lagat, Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson. A three-way slugfest for the 1000m AR between Centrowitz, Sowinski and Loxsom. A world record attempt in the women's DMR. Other stars like Mary Cain, Nick Willis and Lawi Lalang. Saturday's meet in Boston is going to be good.
Lagat will also face Nick Willis, Leo Manzano, Edward Cheserek, Lawi Lalang and more. Lagat will also have a chance to go for the masters indoor world record of 3:58.15 by Ireland's Eamonn Coghlan. *Discuss
Centrowitz (2:49.47), Berry (46.40), Sowinski (1:47.60) and Casey (3:56.48) all did their jobs perfectly as they crushed the old WR of 9:25.97 set by the 2008 Texas squad that included Leo Manzano. Ireland also dipped under the old WR in 9:25.37, while Kenya was a nonfactor despite a 3:52.33 anchor leg from Lawi Lalang.
Ajee Wilson, Laura Roesler, Mary Cain and Natoya Goule are all entered in the women's 800. Rupp & Levins will attempt the mile/2 mile double with less than 30 minutes rest and new pros Abbey D'Agostino and Marielle Hall will face Jordan Hasay in the women's 2 mile. The meet concludes with a WR attempt in the DMR (Team USA features Matthew Centrowitz, Mike Berry, Erik Sowinski and Pat Casey).
Team USA DMR has Erik Sowinski, Matt Centrowitz, Pat Casey and Mike Berry. Galen Rupp and Cam Levins are listed in the mile and 2-mile. 800 has Ajee Wilson, Mary Cain and Laura Roesler. Abbey D'Agostino, Jordan Hasay, Treniere Moser and NCAA 5000 champ Marielle Hall in the two mile.
It was an amazing year in the 1500 - so amazing that Seb Coe's 1979 WR of 3:32.03 would have put him as the 17th fastest man in 2014. No one was faster than Silas Kiplagat but in our minds no one was better than Ayanleh Souleiman. Thanks to HOKA One One and John Hayes, a resurgent Leo Manzano claims US #1.
Robby Andrews kicked down Elijah Greer to get NJ-NY Track Club the 4 x 800 win over OTC (7:16.22 to 7:16.41). Laura Roesler led the women’s team that won in 8:07.65. Christian Taylor won the TJ while Aleec Harris ran 13.14 to beat Aries Merrit in the 110H. *Full Results
Zane Robertson was 4th (3:53.72) and Kyle Merber 5th (3:54.76). Molly Huddle won the women's mile in 4:26.8 as Phoebe Wright won the 800 in 2:01.91. Mark English took the 800 with 1:45.79 as US's Ryan Martin ran 1:45.79 for 2nd. Juan Luis Barrios won the 3K in 7:44.21 over Trevor Dunbar (7:45.09).
Manzano was just fourth in a low-key mile in Concord, Mass., earlier this month, but proved once again that he's a different animal in championship races and used a strong last 100 to pull away from second-place Pat Casey for the win. Nine USA meets for Leo, nine top 3 finishes.
David Torrence's first USAs under new coach Jama Aden turned into a nightmare, but it was a great night for a number of under-dogs like Ford Palmer who find themselves in the USA final.