2018 Des Moines Diary: Schedule and Athlete Declarations for 2018 USATF Outdoors

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Baker-Coleman-PrescodFHL-Pre18.JPGRonnie Baker wins Pre Classic, photo by PhotoRun.net

The USATF Outdoor Championships will be held at Drake University from June 21 to June 24. A fun stadium from which to observe the action, we will probably deal with rain on Thursday and Friday and sun and humidity on Saturday and Sunday. Such is summer in the Mid West. A quick perusal of the declations will show that many of the top stars are not competing in the nationals in Des Moines, especially in the sprints and jumps, there are a strong combination of new stars and established stars in many of the events. From Ronnie Baker to Robby Andrews to Ryan Crouser on the men's side. One the women's side, from Courtney Okolo to Deejah Stevens to Emma Coburn and Jenny Springer, to Jenn Suhr and Sandi Morris.

Some athletes have been competing non stop since 2011. The last break year for elite Americans was 2014. What should be said is that, at the USATF Oudoors, there are alway some big surprises. Who will it be? That's the fun for track geeks.

2018 USATF Outdoor Schedule: USA Track & Field - Schedule.pdf

Status of Entries: http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calendar/2018/USATF-Outdoor-Championships/Status-of-Entries.aspx

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