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March 16, 2022

Meet Your Heroes: Connecting Today’s High School Stars With Pros

Being part of the festivities at New Balance Nationals, that early spark that drove us all to a lifelong obsession with this sport was everywhere, and it was contagious.

March 16, 2022

Inside The World Athletics Athletes’ Commission: Interview With Aisha Praught-Leer

Learn more about the World Athletics Athletes’ Commission and the role athletes play in making changes to the sport.

March 9, 2022

After The Final Lap: New Balance Nationals Indoors Live Post-Race Show

At New Balance Indoor Nationals, we’ll be joined by Emma Coburn, Trayvon Bromell and Cory McGee + some of the brightest stars of tomorrow!

March 9, 2022

Eliud Kipchoge Is The Greatest Of All-Time: There Is No Debate

With 2 Olympic gold medals, 9 major marathon victories and perhaps the greatest PR “stunt” in our sport’s history, it is impossible to dispute Eliud Kipchoge’s status as the greatest to ever do it.

March 9, 2022

Mondo Duplantis Highlights On SportsCenter, Please!

Track and Field Twitter blew up when ESPN shared a pole vault video. The catch is that it wasn’t Mondo Duplantis’s new world record of 6.19m

March 9, 2022

Grant Fisher Interview After His 10K American Record: ‘Kind Of A Surreal Feeling’

How far things have come the past 12 years: When Grant Fisher crossed the finish line, Solinsky would have had another 195m to go.

March 2, 2022

Fast Times With Friends

After watching the women’s 1,5000m final at the U.S. Indoor Championships, Kyle Merber examines what it’s like racing your closest friends.

March 2, 2022

Catching up with Ashland’s Trevor Bassitt After His U.S. Indoors 400m Win

Ashland University’s Trevor Bassitt will race the 400m at the World Indoor Track and Field Championships after winning his first U.S. title.

February 24, 2022

Everything you need to know about Spokane: Host of the 2022 USATF Indoor Championships

Where to eat, drink, run, and admire a trash-eating goat sculpture while visiting this delightfully strange eastern Washington city.

February 23, 2022

Jakob Ingebrigtsen Just Ran 3:30 For The Indoor 1,500M World Record in February. How Is That Possible?

Isn’t this supposed to be the time of year when Jakob Ingebrigtsen is supposed to be base building? Examining his training.

February 23, 2022

Catching up with Sandi Morris: Embracing Change In 2022 And Thriving

Following an injury in Tokyo, Sandi Morris made the decision to change coaches and training groups with sights set on more medals in 2022.

February 16, 2022

Is The Sub-4-Minute Mile Still Special?

Many argue that the increasing frequency of sub-4 minute milers means that the 4-minute mile is no longer special. And yet, we still care.

February 16, 2022

Getting To Know Atlanta Track Club Elite’s Shane Streich (American Record Holder 1,000m)

Shane Streich is in his rookie season with Atlanta Track Club Elite, The Lap Count felt like it was time for fans to get to know the new kid.

February 16, 2022

How Pro Runners Can Make Record-Breaking Performances Stand Out

How can a pro runner stand out from the crowd, when even running an American Record isn’t enough to satiate the 24 hour running news cycle?!

February 16, 2022

Too Much Opportunity Is Bad If It Oversaturates The Market

It’s a waste of these record-shattering performances to not have them showcased and better broadcast to the masses. 

February 11, 2022

Records On Watch This Weekend At BU Valentine, Lilac Grand Prix, Windy City & More

This week’s slate of track and field action will be better than the Super Bowl. Here’s what and how to watch all the action.

February 9, 2022

Interview: Pete Julian on Union Athletics Club Putting On Lilac Grand Prix To Showcase Its Stars

Pete Julian explains why Union Athletics Club has decided to host a meet with a pay-per-view model and try to appeal to new + diehard fans.

February 7, 2022

12 Things We Learned This Weekend In Track and Field

The New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Staten Island didn’t disappoint with a slew of national records and world leading times.

February 4, 2022

What To Watch This Weekend: Dr. Sander Invitational, New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, Camel City Elite

We’re still riding the high from the Millrose Games but this upcoming weekend is also a jam-packed one with marquee races taking place in Berlin, Manhattan, Staten Island and Winston-Salem. CITIUS MAG will have boots on the ground at the Dr. Sander Invitational and the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.

The New Balance Indoor Grand Prix (which is usually held in Boston’s Reggie Lewis Center but has been moved to Staten Island’s Ocean Breeze facility for the second consecutive year) is part of the seven-meet World Athletics Indoor Tour. Athletes are looking to snag some points in their respective disciplines (Women: 400m, 1500m, 60m hurdles, high jump, long jump | Men: 60m, 800m, 3000m/5000m, pole vault, triple jump, shot put) for the $10,000 grand prize and a wild card entry for the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, in March.

Consider this your guide on what to watch for this weekend…

 ISATF  Indoor Berlin (Feb. 4)

– 100m Olympic champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs will race for the first time since winning gold in Tokyo. He will be running the men’s 60m dash. While he’ll likely use this as a rust-buster, he told the AFP that his “objective for the indoor season” is Dwain Chambers‘ 60m European record of 6.42. Jacobs’ personal best is 6.47 from his 2021 European Indoor Championship victory.

– Olympic pole vault champion Mondo Duplantis opened his season with a 6.02m win at the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe in Germany. He has not been beaten indoors since January 2019. 

– Olympic long jump champion Malaika Mihambo will pick up right where she ended her 2021 campaign after a runner-up finish at the ISATF Berlin outdoor meet. She has spent the past few weeks tuning up her speed with a few 60m races but will open her jumps season just a day after turning 28.

Dr. Sander Invitational (Feb. 4-5)

– Newbury Park High School (Cali.) is bringing its star boys core of Lex Young and Aaron Sahlman to run the men’s 3000m. Their high school record is also the national record — Lex’s older brother Nico Young ran 7:56.97 at the Millrose Games in 2020 to take down Drew Hunter’s previous 7:59.33 record. At December’s RunningLane XC Championships, Colin Sahlman and Lex Young got under Dathan Ritzenhein’s 14:10.40 cross country 5K best. Ritzenhein’s 8:13.1 is currently No. 8 on the all-time high school boys top 10 indoor list.

– Empire Elite’s Dani Aragon headlines the women’s mile to open her outdoor campaign.  Juliette Whittaker is also in the field and is coming off a 4:47.14 victory in the high school girls mile at the Millrose Games.

Camel City Invitational (Feb. 4-5)

Rachel Schneider walked away from this meet in 2018 $12,000 richer, thanks to her victories in the women’s 3000m and mile (40 minutes apart) and then pulled off the Winston-Salem heist again in 2021. She’s entered in both events again this weekend after missing the Millrose Games due to a COVID-19 setback. She will be challenged in both events by her training partner, Elly Henes.

We got a flash of Ajee’ Wilson’s 800m brilliance at the Armory last weekend. She’s back at it this weekend on the same track where she ran 1:59.26 in 2019. That time still stands as the fastest 800m mark on a flat 200m track.

Clayton Murphy looks to rebound in the men’s mile after finishing last in the Wanamaker Mile in 4:05.27. He won the 800m at this meet in 2019 and 2020.

New Balance Indoor Grand Prix (Feb. 6)

Women’s 1500m (12:27 p.m. ET)

We get a slight rematch between Heather MacLean, Cory McGee and Nikki Hiltz from last week’s Wanamaker Mile. MacLean had the best performance last week with her 4:28.05 for seventh place. She won this race at last year’s meet with McGee and fellow New Balance Boston teammate Síofra Clerigh-Buttner behind her. 

We got the chance to watch Hiltz and Josette Norris tune up for this weekend’s race at The Armory on Wednesday. Check out our short workout highlights:

Marta Pérez, Spain’s Olympic 1500m finalist, has the fastest personal best of the field with her 4:00.12 from Tokyo and just ran 4:07.52 at the World Indoor Tour meet in Karlsruhe.

Men’s 3000m (12:50 p.m. ET)

Luis Grijalva’s 7:41.21 personal best was lost behind the crazy finish between Cooper Teare, Cole Hocker, and Geordie Beamish in the Millrose Games men’s 3,000m. He’s running it back against a heavily international contingent that includes Spain’s Adel Mechaal (7:36.57 PB) and British duo Andrew Butchart (7:40.85 PB) and Jake Wightman (7:50.96 PB). Maybe Grijalva gets the slight edge since he doesn’t have to travel as far for the race.

Men’s mile (1:32 p.m. ET)

Before Hocker and Teare rip a mile in Chicago next weekend at the Windy City Invitational, Beamish gets to set the bar. His personal best of 3:54.86 is from his win in the International Mile at last year’s Prefontaine Classic. We’ll see if Johnny Gregorek, Hobbs Kessler, Sam Prakel and the rest of the field let him sit in the back again before a kick in the final 200m. Colby Alexander, who is coming off a 3:52.84 personal best for third in the Wanamaker Mile, could be Beamish’s biggest challenger. How he’s still unsponsored is mind-boggling.

Men’s 60m Hurdles (1:41 p.m.)

Grant Holloway is set to open his season. His last time racing the 60m hurdles was his 7.29 world record in Madrid. This will be the first time Holloway, Devon Allen and Daniel Roberts are in the same race since they went 1-2-3 in the 110m hurdle final at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Allen won the 60m hurdles at the Millrose Games.

Women’s 3000m (1:47 p.m. ET)

The meet closes out its pro action with a possible stab at Karissa Schweizer’s 8:25.70 American record. ̶E̶l̶l̶e̶ ̶P̶u̶r̶r̶i̶e̶r̶ ̶S̶t̶.̶ ̶P̶i̶e̶r̶r̶e̶’̶s̶ ̶p̶e̶r̶s̶o̶n̶a̶l̶ ̶b̶e̶s̶t̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶a̶n̶ ̶8̶:̶3̶6̶.̶4̶1̶ ̶3̶,̶0̶0̶0̶m̶ ̶s̶p̶l̶i̶t̶ ̶f̶r̶o̶m̶ ̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶9̶:̶1̶0̶.̶2̶8̶ ̶t̶w̶o̶-̶m̶i̶l̶e̶ ̶A̶m̶e̶r̶i̶c̶a̶n̶ ̶r̶e̶c̶o̶r̶d̶.̶ ̶S̶h̶e̶ ̶h̶a̶s̶ ̶n̶o̶t̶ ̶l̶o̶s̶t̶ ̶a̶ ̶r̶a̶c̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶a̶t̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶1̶5̶0̶0̶m̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶l̶o̶n̶g̶e̶r̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶U̶.̶S̶.̶ ̶s̶o̶i̶l̶ ̶s̶i̶n̶c̶e̶ ̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶f̶o̶u̶r̶t̶h̶ ̶p̶l̶a̶c̶e̶ ̶f̶i̶n̶i̶s̶h̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶3̶0̶0̶0̶m̶ ̶a̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶2̶0̶2̶0̶ ̶U̶.̶S̶.̶ ̶I̶n̶d̶o̶o̶r̶ ̶T̶r̶a̶c̶k̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶F̶i̶e̶l̶d̶ ̶C̶h̶a̶m̶p̶i̶o̶n̶s̶h̶i̶p̶s̶.̶

(UPDATE: On Saturday afternoon, organizers announced Purrier-St. Pierre has pulled out of the meet due to illness.)

After running 4:20.81 for second place in the Wanamaker Mile and moving into No. 3 on the U.S. all-time indoor mile list, Josette Norris has solidified her status as a real contender to make the team for the upcoming World Indoor Championships. Last week’s race at the Armory provided a little bit of clarity on where people’s fitness is at, and she’s in a better spot than a few Olympians.

Bowerman Track Club’s Gabriela DeBues-Stafford, who beat Purrier St. Pierre in the Tokyo Olympics 1,500m final and took fifth, has a 8:38.51 outdoor 3,000m personal best from a year ago. We’ll get our first sign of how the Bowerman Track Club training camp has been treating its athletes in Flagstaff.

Ethiopia’s Mekides Abebe, a fourth place finisher in the steeplechase at the Tokyo Olympics, looks to be making her indoor track debut. Her World Athletics profile shows that she has only ever raced the 3000m steeplechase on the track in her young career. Maybe consider her a dark horse contender due to the unknowns but it’s going to be hard to beat Debues-Stafford.


HOW TO WATCH THE DR. SANDER INVITATIONAL

Date: Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022

Time: The meet goes from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with elite races from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Live Result, Schedule and Entries: You can find live results, start times and entries here.

TV: This meet is not being televised.

Live stream: You can watch the entire webcast on USATF.TV+, which requires a subscription. The noon to 1:30 p.m. portion will also air on Peacock.

HOW TO WATCH THE CAMEL CITY ELITE INVITATIONAL 

Date: Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022

Time: The meet goes from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with elite events starting at 2:00 p.m.

Live Result, Schedule and Entries: You can find live results, start times and entries here.

TV: This meet is not being televised.

Live stream: You can watch online at JDLFastTrack.com, which requires a RunnerSpace +PLUS subscription.

HOW TO WATCH THE NEW BALANCE INDOOR GRAND PRIX

Date: Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022

Tickets: If you’re in the New York City area and want to head to Staten Island, tickets are available here

Time: The meet runs from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Elite events will begin at noon.

Live Result, Schedule and Entries: You can find live results, start times and entries here.

TV: NBC

Live stream: You can also watch on the NBC Sports App from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET.


That’s it from me today. As always, thank you for reading! If you enjoyed this, learned something new, or have any questions or commentary on anything featured in this issue, feel free to hit my inbox by replying or writing to [email protected]

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February 2, 2022

Interview: Elle Purrier After Winning Back-To-Back Wanamaker Mile Titles

Elle Purrier discusses how her training for 2022 has leveled up and led her to capture a second Wanamaker Mile title at the Millrose Games.

February 2, 2022

OAC Turns It On At Millrose Games

The On Athletics Club walked away with four personal bests and three wins by their four athletes competing at the Millrose Games.

February 2, 2022

You Need To Know About The Cinque Mulin Cross Country Race

American fans need to know more about the Cinque Mulin cross country race. This race belongs on ESPN: The Ocho.

January 27, 2022

Millrose Games 2022: Men’s Preview, Storylines And How To Watch

The 114th Millrose Games will be held on Jan. 29, 2022 and will be broadcast on television and streamed by NBC from 2:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m. ET.

January 26, 2022

Hellen Obiri To Join The On Athletics Club

World champion and Olympic silver medalist Hellen Obiri is moving to Boulder to join the On Athletics Club and train under Dathan Ritzenhein.

January 26, 2022

8 Burning Questions for The Millrose Games

The Millrose Games return after a one-year hiatus and there’s not shortage of hype with star-studded fields for every race.

January 26, 2022

In Defense of Altitude Conversions

Every few years a race will be run on a mountain somewhere and the altitude conversion will irk the newest group of sea level-trained college kids.

January 25, 2022

Millrose Games 2022: Women’s Preview, Storylines And How To Watch

The 114th Millrose Games will be held on Jan. 29, 2022 and will be broadcast on television and streamed by NBC from 2:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m. ET.

January 21, 2022

Team D’Amato – Celebrating Keira D’Amato’s U.S. Women’s American Record

Celebrate Keira D’Amato’s U.S. women’s marathon record of 2:19:12 & her Buzzsaw nickname with Team D’Amato’s new logo.

January 20, 2022

Dark Sky Distance Adds World Championship Finalist Neil Gourley

Neil Gourley is signing a professional contract with Under Armour and joining the Dark Sky Distance group in Flagstaff, Arizona. 

January 20, 2022

More Hype Around A Star-Studded Men’s 60m At The Millrose Games

Noah Lyles, Josephus Lyles and Jalen Bacon break down the stacked men’s 60m field at the Millrose Games and how it’s won.

January 19, 2022

Making Sense of Keira D’Amato’s American Women’s Marathon Record

Why did Deena Kastor’s 2:19:26 American record from 2006 last for so long? Why did Keira D’Amato succeed when so many greats fell short?

January 19, 2022

Patrick Tiernan Opens Up The ‘Bittersweet’ Departure From OTC, Joining Puma Elite

Pat Tiernan ran a half marathon personal best of 1:00:55 to finish 6th at the Houston Half. This race was his last as a Mark Rowland-trained athlete.

January 19, 2022

Ben Flanagan Returns To Ann Arbor To Join The Very Nice Track Club

Ben Flanagan is returning to Michigan to train alongside Mason Ferlic again while under the direction of Ron Warhurst.

January 18, 2022

Kirubel Erassa Ran 60:44 For The Half Marathon, Two Weeks After Having COVID

Kirubel Erassa, currently unsponsored, ran the seventh-fastest U.S. half marathon performance just two weeks after having COVID.

January 17, 2022

What Keira D’Amato’s Story Tells Us About Elite Running

Keira D’Amato’s story and accomplishments are remarkable, but runners like her don’t have to be as rare as they are currently.

January 13, 2022

Blessing Okagbare Investigation Leads to First Person Charged Under U.S. Anti-Doping Law

A man in Texas was charged with providing performance enhancing drugs to two athletes ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

January 12, 2022

Parker Stinson Joins Roots Running: Why He Made The Decision

Parker Stinson joins Roots Running’s group that includes Noah Droddy, Frank Lara, Luke Caldwell, Sid Vaughn and Sidney Gidabuday.

January 12, 2022

Do a Victory Lap!

Our goal with The Victory Lap has been to support athletes and premium newsletter has become a good luck omen.

January 12, 2022

A Proposal For Improving USATF Cross Country

There’s the USATF Club Cross Country Championship and the USATF Cross Country Championships.

January 11, 2022

How Shadrack Kipchirchir Returned To Victory After a Torn Calf Ended Olympic Hopes

Shadrack Kipchirchir missed all of the 2021 outdoor season due to a torn calf but returned with a win at USATF cross country championships.

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