Team USA Announced For World Indoor Championships

Bernard Lagat will be aiming to win another world indoor title in Turkey. Photo: PhotoRun.net

2010 world indoor champion Bernard Lagat leads men’s squad. 

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USA Track & Field released their squad yesterday for the IAAF World Indoor Championships, scheduled for March 9-11 in Istanbul, Turkey. The team will be led by 2010 world indoor champions Bernard Lagat and Brittney Reese, and five-time world champion Sanya Richards-Ross.

In the middle distances on the men’s side, national 800-meter champion Duane Solomon was not named to the team because he failed to record a qualifying mark (sub-1:48.00 indoors or 1:45.00 outdoors). So, second and fourth place finishers Michael Rutt and Tevan Everett were named to the team, both coached by Frank Gagliano of the New Jersey/New York Track Club. Leo Manzano, who won the 1500m title last Sunday in Albuquerque, waived his berth on the team, opening the door for third place Galen Rupp to get a spot. Rupp will be joined by national 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz who, like Rupp, represents Nike’s Oregon Distance Project group under coach Alberto Salazar.

The USA middle distance women’s team has 1-2 finishers from the national meet in the 800m, Erica Moore and Phoebe Wright, and the second and third place finishers in the 1500m, Brenda Martinez and Sara Vaughn. USA 1500m (and 3000m) women’s champion Jenny Simpson had announced before the national meet that she would not compete in Istanbul, preferring to stay home and begin her preparations for the outdoor season.

Lagat, twice the world indoor 3000m champion, will be joined by 2008 Olympian Lopez Lomong in that discipline. Lomong finished second in the national meet. With Simpson abdicating her spot in the 3K, second and third place national championships finishers Jackie Areson and Sara Hall will compete in Istanbul.

 

The full team is as follows:

MEN 

60m: Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin

400m: Gil Roberts, Calvin Smith

800m: Michael Rutt, Tevan Everett

1,500m: Matthew Centrowitz, Galen Rupp

3,000m: Bernard Lagat, Lopez Lomong

60mH: Aries Merritt, Kevin Craddock

LJ: William Claye

TJ: Claye, Christian Taylor

HJ: Jesse Williams

PV: Brad Walker, Scott Roth

SP: Reese Hoffa, Ryan Whiting

Hept.: Ashton Eaton

4x400m: Roberts, Smith, Frankie Wright, Manteo Mitchell, Quentin Iglehart-Summers, Jamaal Torrence

WOMEN 

60m: Tianna Madison, Barbara Pierre

400m: Sanya Richards-Ross, Natasha Hastings

800m: Erica Moore, Phoebe Wright

1,500m: Brenda Martinez, Sara Vaughn

3,000m: Jackie Areson, Sara Hall

60mH: Kristi Castlin, Vanneisha Ivy

LJ: Janay DeLoach, Brittney Reese

TJ: Amanda Smock

HJ: Chaunte Lowe, Inika Mcpherson

PV: Jenn Suhr, Mary Saxer

SP: Jillian Camarena-Williams, Michelle Carter

4x400m: Richards-Ross, Hastings, Leslie Cole, Jernail Hayes, Shelise Williams, Jessica Cousins

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