USATF Championships Viewing Guide

The USATF Track and Field Championships are in Des Moines, IA from Thursday June 21st to Sunday June 24th. We will have 10 athletes competing over the 4 days of competitions. This year we are hoping to step up our social media game and provide you with more updates, photos, and video from Des Moines. Follow us at @BowermanTC on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with all the action. Below you can find event by event viewing information so you don’t miss a single race! All times are in the central time zone.

 

You can find a complete schedule and list of entries here.

Women’s 10,000m: Marielle Hall, Gwen Jorgensen, Carrie Dimoff

Date/Time/Where To Watch: Thursday, June 21st, 7:00pm CDT (NBC Sports Gold)

 Carrie and Gwen at the 2017 Payton Jordan Invite. Photo: Talbot Cox

Carrie and Gwen at the 2017 Payton Jordan Invite. Photo: Talbot Cox

The Women’s 10k field is deep this year, with 9 women who have broken 32 minutes, including defending champion and American Record holder, Molly Huddle. 3 of those women are BTC athletes. Marielle was an Olympian at this distance in 2016, but opted for the 5,000m last year. Her 31:37 personal best is the third fastest in the field. Gwen and Carrie each had big personal bests at the Payton Jordan Invitational in May, running 31:55 and 31:57 respectively. The two #RunnersWhoMom have both taken unorthodox paths to the starting line in Des Moines. Gwen is the reigning Olympic Champion in the Triathlon who now trains with our professional group and will be appearing at her first USATF Track Championships. Carrie, a shoe designer at Nike, finished top 10 at the Olympic Trials in 2008 and 2012 in the Steeplechase, but has blossomed at the longer distances over the past year. In addition to her 49 second 10,000m personal best this year, she ran a 2:30 marathon and was second at the USATF Championships at that distance in 2017.

Mercifully it seems like only the pace will be hot in this race, as the current weather forecast is for cooler temps and rain.

Men’s 10,000m: Lopez Lomong

Date/Time/Where to Watch: Thursday, June 21st, 7:40pm CDT (NBC Sports Gold)

Lopez has made Olympic and World teams at 1,500m and 5,000m and will now finally try his hand at the 10,000m. He debuted at the distance earlier this year in 28:21. There are a lot of new names in the field this year, but the most experienced is Shadrack Kipchirchir who ran 27:07 at the World Championships last year.

Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase: Courtney Frerichs

Date/Time/Where To Watch:

Prelim: Thursday, June 21st, 1:50pm CDT (NBC Sports Gold)

Final: Saturday, June 23rd, 3:20pm CDT (NBC)

  Courtney and Emma Coburn at the 2017 World Championships where they went 1-2.

Courtney and Emma Coburn at the 2017 World Championships where they went 1-2.

An unfortunate foot injury will keep Olympian Colleen Quigley from competing in this event, but BTC will be well represented by 2017 World Championships Silver Medalist, Courtney Frerichs. Courtney has kept a relatively low profile this year, running just two track races in preparation for a long outdoor season. She ran a personal best of 4:14 in the 1500m in April and finished 4th in Oslo Diamond League Steeplechase in 9:20. Reigning World Champion Emma Coburn has dominated this event, winning six national titles in the past seven years. Can Courtney challenge her for supremacy? We hope.

Women’s 1500m: Shelby Houlihan and Kate Grace

Date/Time/Where to Watch:

Prelim: Thursday, June 21st, 3:35pm CDT (NBC Sports Gold)

Final: Saturday, June 23rd, 3:46pm CDT (NBC)

  Shelby celebrating her victory at the 2018 Prefontaine Classic.

Shelby celebrating her victory at the 2018 Prefontaine Classic.

Kate was second at this distance last year, in the best 1500m season of her career. This will be her first outdoor championships with BTC. Shelby, perhaps better known as 5,000m runner before this year, has been on fire over 1500m in 2018. This indoor season, she won the US title and took 4th at the World Championships. At the Prefontaine Classic she stunned a world class field over the final 150 meters to win in her first sub-4 performance. The star BTC pair will face off against an always deep field headed by Jenny Simpson, whose 4 World/Olympic Medals make her one of the most accomplished US middle distance runners of all time. Expect a lot of buzz around this race!

Women’s 5,000m: Shelby Houlihan and Marielle Hall

Date/Time/Where to Watch: Sunday, June 24th, 3:20pm CDT (NBC)

  Marielle at the 2018 Portland Track Festival. Picture: Jordan Beckett

Marielle at the 2018 Portland Track Festival. Picture: Jordan Beckett

Both BTC athletes will be doubling back in this event, which could prove extra grueling by virtue of being in the middle of the afternoon (temperatures are currently forecast at around 80 degrees for Sunday). Shelby will be attempting to defend her title as US Champion, while Marielle will be looking to improve on her 5th place finish from a year ago. Shelby has not competed at this distance in 2018. Marielle recently won the Portland Track Festival in 15:16 as a final tune up for USA’s. The field is missing usual stars Molly Huddle and Shannon Rowbury, but still features 7 women who have run 15:20 or better.

 

Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase: Evan Jager and Josh Thompson

Date/Time/Where To Watch:

Prelim: Friday, June 22nd, 3:15pm CDT (NBC Sports Gold)

Final: Sunday, June 24th, 3:55pm CDT (NBC)

  Evan on the way to winning his   6th consecutive US title in 2017.

Evan on the way to winning his 6th consecutive US title in 2017.

The Master and the young Padawan: Evan has won more steeplechases national titles than Josh has run steeplechases in his life. Twice as many, to be precise. Evan goes for his seventh consecutive title against four other athletes who have gone under 8:15 in their careers. Coming off a narrow third place finish in 8:11 at the Prefontaine Classic, he is well positioned to defend his title, but winning at this level is never easy or guaranteed. Josh struggled with injury in his first year as a pro but opened up his season 10 days ago at the Portland Track Festival by winning the Steeplechase in 8:35. The prelim will be just the 4th Steeple of his career and these championships will be an excellent chance to build his experience in the event.

Men’s 5,000m: Ryan Hill

Date/Time/Where To Watch: Sunday, June 24th, 4:30pm CDT (NBC)

This race figures to come down to the 4 men who have run under 13:10 in their careers. Ryan is one of them. The favorite is defending champ and Olympic Silver medalist Paul Chelimo who ran very aggressively at the front last year. Will he adopt similar tactics this year or will it be a slow race like the last time the championships were held in Des Moines in 2013? That race favored Ryan’s 3,000m prowess, as he closed in under 4 minutes for his final mile and surprisingly made the World Championship team while still representing North Carolina State University. In either scenario, expect Ryan to be hanging out near the front, waiting to use his big finishing kick.