The 2014 USA Indoor Championships (aka World Championship Trials) are scheduled for the weekend and our focus is on who will be going through to Poland, the shot putters. The current Indoor World Champion and world leader Ryan Whiting is on top of the men’s start list, followed by Joe Kovacs and Cory Martin. It seems that Michelle Carter will not have a problem winning the USA Championships with her best mark being clear of the rest of her compatriots by over a meter. Tia Brooks and Jevena McCall are the ones who also managed to toss the 4kg ball over the qualification standard of 17,80m (58′ 4″).
There are some surprises for the European throwers since not everyone who already underlined their good performance this year will compete at the trials for the 2014 Indoor World Championships. For Example the rising shot put star Ryan Crouser is not going to compete at the 2014 USA Indoor Championships.
This morning Ryan Crouser told Throwholics:
“Yeah, for me it just doesn’t work very well into the schedule for conference and then NCAAs. Also, being in school it would be very difficult to miss over a week of classes. My training is focused more towards outdoors and peaking for an indoor championship would compromise some of my outdoor performance. I am also trying to bring my discus up more proportional to my shot so this year I am putting more emphasis on outdoors.”
Most of the college throwers are at their conference championships and cannot throw at the national championships, hence will not be able to qualify for the 2014 Indoor World Championships in Sopot, Poland. Even if a NCAA athlete qualified she/he may not be able to go to Poland because of the NCAA Championship preparation.
Another big name missing on the start list is Reese Hoffa.
Yesterday Coach Don Babbitt let Throwholics know.
“[Reese Hoffa] has a nagging injury in his left knee which has slowed his training. He just decided not to rush things and just get ready for the outdoor season.”
For the women’s shot put competition it seems that with Jill Camarena-Williams on the shelf Michelle Carter, Tia Brooks and Jeneva McCall will be in the mix for the team. All three have thrown further than the qualification standard of 17,80m (58′ 4″) and it does not seem like another contender might try to “grab” one of the two spots.
As with the women, the men’s shot put competition it is not that 100% clear who will make the team. Ryan Whiting, current Indoor World Champion shouldn’t be worried, since he underlined his good shape in previous competitions already. After him there are couple of throwers who tossed the ball above the qualification standard of 20,30m (66′ 7″). Behind Whiting‘s world lead of 21,37m (70’ 1″) the young star Joseph Kovacs managed to throw 21,35m (70′). Kovacs is also 2nd on the current world’s top list and might even be a real contender for a medal at the Indoor World Championships if he manages to toss the ball as far as he did this season already. Two more throwers, Cory Martin and Kurtis Roberts threw above the qualification standard as well. Probably they are going to have a big fight over the 2nd spot on the team.
Neverthelesss, every country is allowed to entitle up to threee athletes in each event, only two out of the three are allowed to compete. Have a look at the official entry standards for the 2014 Indoor World Championships:
Each Member is entitled to enter up to three athletes in each event of the Championships, provided all have achieved the corresponding entry standard, but only two will be permitted to compete (except the Pole Vault, the Combined Events and the Relays – see below).
You can find the official entry standards here: Entry standards 2014 Indoor World Championships
The current start list for Sunday’s events:
|Men Shot Put|
|Errol Jeffrey Jr||Monmouth||18.62m||qualified||declared|
|Nate Hunter||Greater Boston Track Club||18.32m||qualified||declared|
|Women Shot Put|
|Michelle Carter||Nike / New York Athletic Club (NYAC)||19.88m||qualified||declared|
|Jeneva McCall||New York Athletic Club (NYAC)||18.11m||qualified||declared|
|Christina Hillman||Iowa St.||17.51m||qualified||declared|
|Anastasia Jelmini||Arizona St.||16.86m||qualified||declared|
|Monique Riddick||Garden State Track Club||16.64m||qualified||declared|
|Brittany Cox||15.71m||not qualified||scratched|