>I’ll let the Flotrack guys kick it off. All the weekend’s action and previews after the jump.
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The Millrose Games, an IAAF Indoor Permit meet and VISA Championship Series event, takes place on Friday in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Check out my preview from earlier this week to find out what’s going on.
Lead ESPN announcer Ato Boldon has been promising a significantly improved telecast over what we’re used to, and there will be a new face and voice in the broadcast booth.
LIVE telecast begins at 8:00 PM on ESPN2
Schedule / Start Lists / Pick N Win page
USATF video preview / IAAF preview / Spiked Up Psyched Up preview
Circus preview / Multi Challenge preview / USA versus Jamaica preview / Super 60 II preview
The U of Washington Invitational takes place on Friday and Saturday at Seattle’s Dempsey Indoor. While mostly a collegiate meet, the real headliners are pros.
Meet schedule / Heat sheets / Flotrack coverage
The Aviva International Match takes place on Saturday in Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall. It pits national teams from the UK, USA, Germany, Sweden and the Commonwealth.
Previews: Spikes Mag / USATF / Glasgow Evening Times / Kingston (UK) Guardian
A number of other minor meets take place in Europe this weekend: the Dussmann Indoor Meeting (Saturday, Luxembourg), the Gubernator Prizes (Saturday, Krasnodar RUS), the Meeting National en Salle (Saturday, Bordeaux FRA), the Belarus National Indoor Cup (Friday-Saturday, Mogilyov BLR), and the Elan Indoor Meeting 2011(Sunday, Bratislava CZE).
With no scored matchups among top teams, the emphasis of the weekend is on individual competition.
On Friday and Saturday, the Texas A&M Challenge presented by Mondo America takes place at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station TX.
*There are pair of events which are scheduled to have a matchup of the NCAA’s top two. In the men’s high jump, collegiate leader Ricky Robertson (Mississippi) will face off against Erik Kynard (Kansas State). In the women’s triple jump, collegiate leader Colleen Felix (Georgia) goes up against Jasmine Simmons (Oklahoma).
*Other events are going to come up short of big-time hoped-for matchups. The men’s 400 is missing Tony McQuay (Florida) and Torrin Lawrence (Georgia), leaving Tabarie Henry (TAMU) little real competition. Likewise, Jeff Demps (Florida) is not on the start lists, leaving the 60 meters shy of an anticipated showdown with Gerald Phiri (TAMU).
TAMU promo / LIVE results
Meet schedule / Heat sheets / Flotrack coverage
LIVE webcast Friday at 7:00 PM at Aggies All-Access
LIVE webcast Saturday at Noon at Aggies All-Access
On Friday and Saturday, the Arkansas Invitational takes place at Randall Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville AR.
*The women’s pole vault will have a matchup between the NCAA’s top two, Katerina Stephanidi (Stanford) and Tina Sutej (Arkansas).
Arkansas promo / Start lists / LIVE results
On Friday and Saturday, the Penn State National Invitational takes place at Ashenfelter III Indoor Track in State College PA.
*Both of the collegiate leaders in the women’s 3000 meters, Tennessee’s Jackie Areson and Liz Costello, are on the start lists.
PSU promo / Flotrack coverage
Meet schedule / Heat sheets
The USA Half Marathon Championships, the first race in the USA Running Circuit, will be run on Saturday in Houston. The headliner is Ryan Hall, but there are significant others: Abdi Abdirahman, Robert Cheseret, Jorge Torres. The women’s race is pretty good too.
LIVE webcast begins at 9:00 AM (Eastern) at USARunningCircuit.com
USATF preview / Houston Chronicle preview / Runners World cheat sheet / Runners World preview
The Osaka International Ladies Marathon, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, will be run on Sunday in the Japanese city.
LIVE webcast beginning at 10:00 PM Saturday (Eastern time) via Japan Running News
Live English-language updates
IAAF preview / Japan Running News preview
The Discovery Kenya Half Marathon will be run in Eldoret on Sunday.
The Kenyan Prisons Cross Country Championships (for employees, not prisoners) will be run on Saturday in Ruiru.
The Kenyan District Cross Country Championships will be run in various sites around the country on Saturday.
The Cross Internacional de San Sebastian, as the name impliesm will be run in the Spanish city of San Sebastian on Sunday.
The Cross Internacional Ciudad de Valladolid will be run in that Spanish city on Sunday.
The Hunter Track Classic takes place on Saturday (Friday here in the USA) in the Australian city of Newcastle.
Meet website / Athletics Australia preview / Runner’s Tribe coverage
LIVE audiostream beginning at 5 PM local time (1 AM Eastern time) at Athletics Australia
The Queen’s/Grace Jackson Invitational will be held on Saturday at Jamaica’s University of the West Indies Mona/Usain Bolt track, the first meet to be held at the new facility. All elite MVP club athletes will be competing (save Nesta Carter, who is at the Millrose Games).
Track on TV and the Web
Olympics: Reliving the Glory: Sydney ’00, Friday at 7:00 PM on Universal Sports
Texas A&M Conference Challenge LIVE webcast, 7:00 PM Friday at Aggies All-Access
Millrose Games LIVE, Friday at 8:00 PM on ESPN2
Hunter Track Classic LIVE audiostream, 1:00 AM Saturday at Athletics Australia
USA Half Marathon Championships LIVE webcast, Saturday at 9:00 AM at USARunningCircuit.com
Texas A&M Conference Challenge LIVE webcast, Noon Saturday at Aggies All-Access
Osaka International Ladies Marathon LIVE webcast, 10:00 PM Saturday at Japan Running News
Olympics: Reliving the Glory: Athens ’04, Saturday at 7:00 PM on Universal Sports