It’s officially championship season. After the NCAA Championships two weeks back, anticipation has risen for the USATF Outdoor Championships, where the best athletes in the U.S. compete for spots on the world championship team. This year, the world championships take place on U.S. soil in Eugene, Oregon, so the stakes are even higher.
The USATF Outdoor Championships span from June 23 to June 26, also in Eugene, Oregon. But if you aren’t able to make the trek to Hayward Field, we have you covered with broadcast and streaming information, schedule, and important events you can’t miss.
📺 What to Watch: Thursday, June 23
7:00 p.m. EDT — Men’s 800 meter prelim
7:25 p.m. EDT — Women’s 800 meter prelim
9:05 p.m. EDT — Men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase prelim
9:35 p.m. EDT — Men’s 1500 prelim
9:53 p.m. EDT — Women’s 1500 prelim
The events on Thursday, June 23 will not be broadcast, but will stream on Peacock.
Survive and advance is the name of the game on day one. Watch reigning Olympic gold medalist Athing Mu compete in her first race since the Rome Diamond League 800 meters on June 9, where she won in 1:57.01. Young guns Cole Hocker, Cooper Teare, and Yared Nuguse flex their chops against seasoned veterans in the men’s 1500-meter prelims. Other well-known faces—such as Donavan Brazier and Elle Purrier St. Pierre—run their first races of the weekend as well.
Everything You Need to Know About the USATF Outdoor Championships
What: The 2022 USATF Outdoor Championships
When: Races and field events begin on June 23 and finish on June 26.
Where: Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Schedule and Results: Here.
How to Watch (Full Streaming and Broadcast Schedule)
- June 23 — No television broadcast.
- June 24 — CNBC, 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. EDT.
- June 25 — NBC, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT.
- June 26 — NBC, 4:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT; USA, 5:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. EDT.
Can’t-Miss Events at the USATF Outdoor Championships
Make No Mistake—the Women’s 800 Meters Is the Marquee Event
There’s no shortage of 800-meter talent in the U.S. 11 women broke the elusive 2:00 barrier this year, with another four within a half second of doing so. Among that group are the reigning Olympic gold medalist Athing Mu, world indoor champion Ajeé Wilson, Olympic bronze medalist Raevyn Rogers, and recent NCAA champion Kristie Schoffield.
As such, there’s a lot of hype around the event right now. While the trio of Mu, Wilson, and Rogers might seem like a lock, don’t be surprised if a new face sneaks onto the world team.
Changing of the Guard in the Men’s 1500 Meters
This year marks the first time since 2011 that Matthew Centrowitz will not be on a global championship team. The 2016 Olympic gold medalist underwent ACL surgery in May and won’t compete at the U.S. outdoor championships. Other veterans haven’t been running well. Olympian Ben Blankenship, who is 33 years old, has only managed a 3:40.32 this season. Craig Engels, who was the 2019 U.S. champion in this event, isn’t on the start list.
As such, the men’s 1500 meter world team will likely have an average age under 25. Cole Hocker and Yared Nuguse—who both made last year’s Olympic team—look poised to qualify again for this year’s world championships. But the third spot is up for grabs. Will it be Hocker’s training partner Cooper Teare, 19-year-old phenom Hobbs Kessler, or one of the 12 collegians in the field who steps up?
With the 10,000-Meter Races Out of the Way, the 5,000 Looks More Interesting
USATF scheduled the 10,000-meter world championship qualifier during the Prefontaine Classic earlier this season, removing the 10,000 meters from this weekend’s schedule. As a result, coaches and athletes have made unique decisions for this week’s races.
On the women’s side, Alicia Monson—who qualified for the 10,000-meter team—has decided not to run the 5,000 meters to focus on training. Elise Cranny didn’t run the 10,000-meter qualifier, but will race the 5,000 meters this weekend. Karissa Schweizer, who won the 10,000-meter championship, will race both the 1500 and 5,000—a choice that would be impossible if the 10,000 were still on the schedule.
There are similar stories on the men’s side. Monson’s OAC teammate Joe Klecker is following the same plan after he won the 10,000-meter championship. Woody Kincaid dropped out of the 10,000, despite being the defending U.S. champ, and will attempt to make the team in the 5,000 meters. Evan Jager, the steeplechase specialist who hasn’t raced for a few years due to injury, is also entered.
As the races play out over the weekend, scratches or injuries could change things. Regardless, moving the 10,000-meter championships to an earlier date has certainly shaken things up.
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