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March 4, 2017

Sammy Watson sets new U.S. High School record in the 1,000m

A brilliant indoor season continues for Sammy Watson of Rush-Henrietta High School as the senior ran 2:43.18 to set a new U.S. high school record and advance to the 1,000 meter finals.

The previous record was held by Sarah Bowman 2:43.40 in February 2005.

Back in 2014, a 17-year-old Mary Cain clocked a 2:35.80 but was a professional with Nike at the time so it is not listed as a U.S. high school record.

Watson’s time was the fifth fastest of the day.

If you’re keeping up with Watson’s indoor campaign, she’s set high school indoor records in the 600m (1:27.13), 800m (2:01.78) and now 1,000m.

March 4, 2017

How to watch the 2017 USATF Indoor Championships online: Live stream, TV schedule, start lists, live results

The 2017 USATF Indoor Championships are underway in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Citius Mag is on the ground to provide you with live coverage on Saturday and Sunday so follow along on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Here is our preview of the distance races from earlier in the week.

Here is how to watch the meet:

The championship will be broadcast live March 4-5 on USATF.TV and NBCSN. If you miss the meet live, you can catch everything on-demand on USATF.TV. The online stream requires a RunnerSpace +PLUS subscription.

Here are all the start lists and live results should be available just moments after the race.

Broadcast and Webcast Coverage (all times ET):

Date: Saturday, March 4

Live stream: USATF.TV +Plus

Time: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Time: 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Date: Sunday, March 5

Time: 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Live stream: USATF.TV +Plus


Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


March 3, 2017

In defense of takin’ er easy: Why slow races rock

Slow races make for relatable and great comedy. At the 2017 U.S. Indoor Championships, we explore why it might be better to not watch the clock.

March 2, 2017

2017 USATF Indoor Championships: Distance previews

The 2017 USATF Indoor Championships are upon us. We preview all of the major distance races and share our predictions. We will be live from Albuquerque.

March 2, 2017

Malcolm’s Choice: Episode 1 – Predicting USA Indoor Championships

Malcolm the Cat makes his fearless feline forecasts for the U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships.

March 2, 2017

Wake up to Jeremy Wariner winning the 400m at 2013 USA Indoors

For many years both at Baylor and in the professional ranks, Jeremy Wariner was the 400 meter god. Check back to 2013, as he claims gold at USAs.

March 1, 2017

What we learned from the anti-doping Congressional hearing

Taking a look at some of the key points as well as the pros and cons of yesterday’s congressional hearing on doping in sport.

March 1, 2017

Wake up to young Nick Symmonds winning at 2007 USA Indoors

Watch a young Nick Symmonds start to emerge as one of the United States’ rising middle distance stars as he wins the 2007 U.S. Indoor Championships 800 meter final.

March 1, 2017

Why the indoor 1,000-meter race is weird as hell

No one truly knows how to race the 1,000 meters. It’s strange. We also examine 600 meter and two-mile races are run and whether positioning matters.

February 28, 2017

Zen and the art of self-care

What does self-care mean and how do we go about achieving it to get the best out of ourselves?

February 28, 2017

Altitude Works in Mysterious (and Well-Documented) Ways

How does altitude effect a distance runner, sprinter or thrower’s performance? Examining a study Michael John Hamlin, we are able to chart the answer.

February 28, 2017

Wake Up To Mary Cain Winning The Mile At USA Indoors 2013

Watch Mary Cain win the mile at the 2013 U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships at just 16 years old. Cain closed in 58 seconds.

February 27, 2017

Ford Palmer reflects on 3:54 mile at BU: Spike Untied? Don’t care.

Ford Palmer reflects on his big personal best at the BU Last Chance Meet, where he ran 3:54 for the mile with one of his spikes untied. In the same race, Edward Cheserek set the collegiate record of 3:52.02.

February 27, 2017

Wake up to Nick Symmonds vs Khadevis Robinson at 2008 USA Indoors

Nick Symmonds and Khadevis Robinson provided many epic races throughout their careers. This showdown at the 2008 U.S. Indoor Championships is a classic.

February 27, 2017

Welcome to USA Indoors Week!

This week, Citius Mag will be bringing you all the coverage that you need regarding the 2017 U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships in New Mexico.

February 25, 2017

2017 Tokyo Marathon: Wilson Kipsang misses world record (splits, results, notes)

Wilson Kipsang missed the world record in his 2:03:58 win in Sunday’s Tokyo Marathon.

February 25, 2017

What we learned about Alberto Salazar, alleged drug infusions and an email to Lance Armstrong

What we learned from the Sunday Times report that says Alberto Salazar used prescription drugs to boost athlete performance. Mo Farah mentioned in the report.

February 23, 2017

On the long run: How to physically and emotionally recover from injury

Dear Nicole, Throughout your running career what were some of the things you did that helped you recover from an injury, physically and emotionally?

February 23, 2017

BU Last Chance Meet Preview: Races worth putting up with Pats fans

Previewing the action of the BU Last Chance meet. Edward Cheserek could attempt to break the collegiate mile record. The Bowerman Track Club heads East.

February 23, 2017

Wake up to Rosie Ruiz winning the Boston Marathon and not breaking a sweat

Everyone’s talking about marathon cheater so let’s look back at Rosie Ruiz and the Boston Marathon.

February 23, 2017

Watch: Happy Hour with Jack Daniels

Spend some time with famous running coach Jack Daniels in his Flagstaff home. He is world-famous for writing Daniels’ Running Formula.

February 22, 2017

Mailbag: Tokyo Marathon, a little on conference championships, relationship advice

The reception to this website’s first few weeks has been fantastic so thanks a lot for coming along for the ride. It’s been great to feel the excitement about a new tone and voice within the sport. This week’s mailbag was a little light but that’s OK since I’m answering most of these at 3 a.m. with a little Anthony Bourdain in the background. We’ll touch on the Tokyo Marathon and then a little bit on conference championship weekend, which I wish I followed more closely.

Send in your questions to [email protected] for next week’s mailbag. I’ll answer any thoughtful or funny questions on track and field or in the occasional email from the U.K…. athletics.

Email from Rubis: What are the big storylines to watch on the men’s and women’s side for the marathon? (Sent from my iPad)

This question comes to us from The Hub of Distance Running and a former teammate of The Bachelor. (Vanessa totally has this locked up.) Well, Rubis,  you’re in luck if you want to see one of the greatest marathoners in history. Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang is coming off a great run in last September’s Berlin Marathon, where he was second to Kenenisa Bekele in 2:03:13. Kipsang’s career best average for his top 10 marathons is 2:05:02, which would be a great sign to try and see him challenge that 2:05:18 course record on re-designed course. Brett Larner of Japan Running News recently wrote a post observing some of the changes to the course, which included some hills at bad times in the late stages of the race. A few adjustments were made and the verdict appears to be that it’s an improvement but wind could now be the issue in the closing stages.

On the women’s side, we have a familiar name making her debut. Betsy Saina, who trains with the Bowerman Track Club and was a standout for years at Iowa State, will be making her 26.2 debut. She’ll have to face 2015 Tokyo Marathon champion Berhane Dibaba, who is not related to the other Dibaba sisters…I think.

Email from Eric: Why don’t we see more Americans contest the Tokyo Marathon or the London Marathon?

I’ve always wondered that myself. It could be the timing of some of these races. Boston is only a week before or after London and it’s easier to stick around on home soil. Tokyo also comes in February which can be a tricky time in training. One thing that Andrew Bumbalough, who will be making his own marathon debut in Tokyo, noted in a recent blog post from the Bowerman Track Club is the flurry of runners that will be in the 2:11-2:12 range. That guarantees that Bumbalough will likely have someone to run with the entire way. If I recall when Matt Tegenkamp made his marathon debut in Chicago, they enlisted Chris Solinsky to pace him most of the way. I haven’t read anything about Bumbalough having a teammate or friend pace him along the way but with the popularity of road racing in Japan, there will be a lot of runners in his range. Sara Hall, who holds a personal best of 2:30:06, will run in the women’s race.

This year, we have two example of a U.S. elite going to Japan for the marathon. Later this spring, we’ll see Laura Thweatt go to London to chase a fast time there.

Email from Jacques: What’s up with Wilson Kipsang and the sub-two hour project?

First off, I think the name Jacques is very cool and reminds me of former outfielder Jacque Jones who was good with the Twins but not so much with the Cubs. You know who is really good though. Wilson Kipsang. (Terrible transition) Kipsang is an adidas athlete so definitely has no part in Nike’s Breaking-Two team or in Paul Snyder’s Debajo Dos venture. The independent Sub 2 Hours project headed by physiologist Yannis Pitsiladis has recruited Kipsang. Unfortunately, the results for their work with Kenenisa Bekele took a little step back as he dropped out of last month’s Dubai Marathon with an injury.

Back in 2014, Kipsang told Competitor that we maybe should hold off on the sub-two hour talk until we get to 2:01. There’s still some time that has to be shaved off. The Sub 2 Hours project also does not appear to be in a rush any time soon.

We’ll see how much Kipsang’s work with this new group will benefit him in his first major marathon since Berlin. It appears he’s been working with them since January.

Email from Sam: If I have to watch just one conference championship meet this weekend, which should it be?

Sam, sorry to disappoint because I’ve personally fallen off on watching collegiate track but I’ll tune in on occasion. There’s just so much to follow and I don’t have a whole lot of time. If you want to strike a good balance go to the SEC for the incredible relays like the 4×400 and then the distance-focused races you can’t go wrong with MPSF. Keep in mind that Oregon’s women’s sprints program is looking fantastic and on their way to their seventh NCAA indoor title in the last eight years. I’m a Big East guy for everything (as you may have followed along in recent weeks for basketball) and Spencer Brown of The Athlete Special is in the men’s DMR and the men’s 3,000 there. So find a way to tune into that.

Here’s how the Citius Mag staff was divided: Paul and Jeanne (Heps, no surprise there); Nicole (Big Ten), Scott (Big Ten and then switched to say SEC)

If you’re looking for a schedule on how to watch all of the weekend’s meets: USTFCCCA has you hooked up and I’d probably recommend them for your comprehensive previews.

Email from Ari: Read your post on the men that have broken four minutes for the mile at every 100th marker. Who has the coolest name on the list so far?

Roosevelt Jackson. It reminds me of the subway station that I take every morning.

Tweet from DumbFlotrack: Is it possible to date one of the girls on the team and still be “one of the guys”

Hate to break it to you but I went to an all-guys high school and then I was not fast enough to run in college so I can’t drop any first-hand experience with you. Having come across some threads on this and having friends on different track teams, I think it’s fairly common to date someone on the team. I think it’s totally possible to still be “one of the guys” in the crew. Just earlier in the week, Scott Olberding discussed how Emily Pritt and Ryan Hill are great for each other in their relationship. There’s some famous runner couples out there like the Halls and the Gouchers. DumbFlo, do what your heart tells you. Phoebe Wright also had some advice not too long ago.

That does it for this week’s Citius Mag Mailbag. Send more questions next time to [email protected] or tweet us @CitiusMag.

February 21, 2017

Shalane Flanagan out of 2017 Boston Marathon due to back fracture: Some quick thoughts

Shalane Flanagan will miss the 2017 Boston Marathon due to a back injury. The four-time Olympian remains the fastest American woman to run Boston.

February 21, 2017

Rachel Schneider opens up about her rise in the professional ranks, breakout indoor season

Rachel Schneider, the former Georgetown Hoya discusses her rise as a professional middle distance runner based in Flagstaff and her breakout indoor season.

February 21, 2017

Imagining an attempt to train with 2012 Olympic champion Taoufik Makhloufi

Imagine trying to keep up with Taoufik Makhloufi during a workout. Imagine no more. Here’s a sample workout and how a human being like Stephen Kersh would fare.

February 20, 2017

Never too early to get excited about the U.S. shot put in 2017

The future looks bright for the state of the United States shot put scene with the likes of Ryan Crouser, Joe Kovacs & Darrel Hill throwing over 22 meters.

February 20, 2017

Get to know unsponsored World Cross Country qualifier Emily Pritt of the Bowerman Track Club

Catching up with Emily Pritt, one of the biggest surprises of the U.S. Cross Country National Championships.

February 20, 2017

Photos: Ocean Breeze Grand Prix, Staten Island

Photos from the 2017 Ocean Breeze Grand Prix in Staten Island New York. All images shot by Jason Suarez for Citius Mag.

February 20, 2017

All around the world: Your weekend track wrap-up from Birmingham, New York, Kenya and more

Another action-packed week of running. Here’s what you may have missed.

February 20, 2017

Wake Up To Laura Muir’s British 1,000m Record

Watch Laura Muir set another European record as her indoor campaign continues to roll.

February 19, 2017

Track and Field lineup for an All-Star Game that will never happen

A little homage to the NBA All-Star game with some silly track comparisons.

February 17, 2017

New Jersey-New York Track Club sets new 4xMile World Record

The New Jersey-New York Track Club squad of Donn Cabral, Ford Palmer, Kyle Merber and Graham Crawford set a new world record in the 4xMile.

February 16, 2017

Who were sub-four U.S. Milers No. 100, 200, 300 and 400?

As we approach 500 U.S. sub-four minute milers all-time, who were No. 100, 200, 300 and 400?

February 16, 2017

Birmingham’s big meet: Five things to watch at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix

The last stop of the IAAF World Indoor Tour takes place on Saturday in Birmingham, U.K.

February 15, 2017

Wake up to Marty Liquori’s mile at the 1973 AAU Championships at MSG

Never beaten at the Garden, Marty Liquori was challenged in one of his sub-four mile attempts.

February 14, 2017

Just give NJ-NY Track Club the 4xMile world record already

NJ-NY Track Club will attempt to time trial their way to a new indoor 4 x mile world record

February 14, 2017

Wake up to Steve Prefontaine winning the 1973 LA Times Mile

Steve Prefontaine races the mile at The Forum in 1973.

February 13, 2017

Real talk: Kristi Castlin on gun violence in America, history in Rio and more

Kristi Castlin speaks out on gun violence in America and using her voice for more since Rio.

February 12, 2017

PHOTOS: 2017 Millrose Games by Jason Suarez

Check out our shots from this year’s Millrose Games.

February 12, 2017

Rundown: Five takeaways from the fast times at Millrose Games

Digest our appraisals and analysis of yesterday’s Millrose Games.

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