What could be more exciting than watching hours worth of curlers sweep the ice at the Pyeongchang Olympics? Seeing BTC sweep the USATF Indoor Track Championships this weekend! Our athletes agreed (somewhat reluctantly) to exchange their curling brooms for track spikes as they seek National titles and spots on the World Team travelling to the UK in March.
This Saturday and Sunday, BTC athletes will be chasing US titles and for the opportunity to represent team USA at the World Indoor Track Championships in Birmingham, UK (March 1-4). Although not all six athletes can be named US Champions, as they will be racing against each other, there is a possibility all six will be seen dawning the USA team kit in two weeks.
In the Women’s 3,000m, Shelby--fresh off running a 15 second PR and the second fastest 3k time in US history--looks to defend her 2017 title. Marielle, who also set a 14 second PR in the same meet as Shelby, looks to continue her hot start as one of the newest members of BTC. Both women enter with the two fastest seed times, but will have to face reigning World Champion Steeplechaser, Emma Coburn.
The Men’s 3,000m, Ryan and Woody square off against reigning US Champion, Paul Chelimo, and his training partner Shadrack Kipchirchir. Ryan is considered a 3,000m specialist, and looks to return to Worlds after winning the silver medal in 2016. Woody is seeking a strong encore performance after finishing second to Chelimo in 2017.
To close out the weekend, Colleen, Kate, and Shelby will race the 1500m. Colleen and Kate will be fresh and looking to replicate their 1-2 finish from the Millrose Games two weeks ago. Shelby, the reigning US Champion, will be doubling back after racing in the 3k the day before. This race is a sure can’t miss event.
Below is a list of race days and times. All events will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network and can be streamed online with an NBC Sports Gold subscription.
Women’s 3,000m -- 6:28pm ET
Men’s 3,000m -- 6:45pm ET
Women’s 1500 -- 5:42pm ET