Records Shattered: Holloway and Jones Highlight Day 1 of the 2024 USATF Indoor Championships

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On the opening day of the 2024 USA Track and Field Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico, history was made as Grant Holloway and Tia Jones set the track ablaze with world-record performances in the 60m hurdles, marking a spectacular start to the event.

Grant Holloway, the preeminent force in hurdling, shattered his own 60m hurdles world record with a blistering time of 7.27 seconds during the heats. Opting out of the final due to his assured place on the US team for the upcoming World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow, Holloway left the competition field open. Reflecting on his performance, Holloway acknowledged the excellence of his race and the promising signs it showed for future competitions.

The men's 60m hurdles final saw Trey Cunningham seizing the opportunity, clinching his first national indoor title with a personal best of 7.39 seconds, a testament to his remarkable comeback season.

In the women's 60m hurdles, Tia Jones delivered an electrifying performance, equalling the world record with a time of 7.67 seconds in the heats, a record recently set by Devynne Charlton. Jones' achievement was momentous, as she realized her feat with a mix of surprise and elation upon seeing the clock. She narrowly missed matching her record-breaking performance in the final but secured victory with a time of 7.68 seconds, edging out Jasmine Jones.

The distance events were no less thrilling, with Elle St. Pierre and Yared Nuguse dominating the 3000 meters. St. Pierre (8:54.40) continued her impressive form, cruising to victory in the women's event with a commanding performance. Nuguse (7:55.76), on the men's side, showcased his strategic prowess and racing acumen, capturing his first US indoor title in a compelling race.

Field events also witnessed standout performances, with world leads being set in the shot put and long jump. Chase Jackson dominated the shot put with world leading 20.02m, while Tara Davis-Woodhall leaped into the history books with a personal best of 7.18m in the long jump, ascending to the sixth position on the all-time indoor list.

Vashti Cunningham (1.92m) extended her dominance in the high jump, securing her eighth consecutive indoor national title, a remarkable streak of excellence. The men's high jump saw Shelby McEwen (2.28m) retaining his title with a solid performance. In the pole vault, Chris Nilsen broke the US Championships record with 6:00m, highlighting the depth of talent across the board.

The USA Track and Field Indoor Championships will resume on Saturday, February 17, with the remaining event finals in track and field commencing at 3:00 PM Eastern.

Albuquerque, New Mexico, is situated at an elevation of approximately 5,312 feet, which is about 1,619 meters above sea level.

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