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Michael Saruni to light up USATF Distance Classic

Former world record holder for the indoor 600m race, Michael Saruni will light up USATF Distance Classic that will be held today (Thursday) at the Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, California.

Saruni who holds the African indoor record with a time of 1:43.98, which places him as the fastest indoor 800m ever achieved in the US. This time also made him the second-fastest indoor performer at that time.

The 26 year-old will have an uphill task as he will face Canadian National Record holder in 800m Brandon McBride and United States Isaiah Jewett.

Mcbride comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 1:43.20 that he got at the 2018 Monaco Herculis Diamond League Meeting where he finished in second place while Jewett holds the second fastest time of 1:43.85 that he got last year during the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Other title contenders include Australian Charlie Hunter of 1:44.35, Isaiah Harris and Craig Engels both from USA of 1:44.42 and 1:44.68 respectively.

Centrowitz delights crowd with solid double at USATF Distance Classic

On a beautiful spring evening on the campus of Occidental College distance runners took to the track at the USATF Distance Classic looking to hit a new gear as the USATF Outdoor Championships quickly approach.

Craig Engels, the 2018 World Indoor 800m finalist, came from behind to defeat a stacked men’s 800m field in 1:47.40. Carter Lily took second crossing the line in 1:47.54 and Harun Abda was third in 1:47.87. Olympic 1500m gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz finished fifth with a season best 1:48.36. In his outdoor season debut, 2017 World Indoor Champion Boris Berian returned to the track from an achilles injury to finish in 1:50.70.

The four fastest men’s 1500m times came out of heat one with John Gregorek winning in 3:36.95, Jordan Gusman finished second with a time of 3:37.52, Hassan Mead crossed the line in 3:38.32 and Edward Crawford clocked 3:38.67. Centrowitz returned an hour after the 800m to win section two of the 1500m, holding off Kyle Merber for a time of 3.38.99. Merber clocked 3:39.15 and Colby Alexander finished in third in section two in 3:39.74.

In the women’s 800m, Ce’Aira Brown out kicked Hanna Green and Brenda Martinez in the final 100m, missing a new personal best by less than a second with a time of 2:00.38. Green clocked 2:01.40 for second place while Martinez, the meet and stadium record holder finished third with a time of 2:02.03.

Shalaya Kipp won the women’s 3000m Steeplechase in 9:44.34 and M.J. Erb won on the men’s side in 8:32.78.

In a tight battle in the 5000m, Lauren Paquette edged out Rachel Cliff in 15:19.17. Cliff crossed the line in 15:20.66. To close out the night, Reid Buchanan clocked 13:33.38 to defeat George Parsons.