TEMPE – Arizona State track and field will be represented in three events this week at the 2023 NCAA Indoor Championships. Four-time national champion Turner Washington (shot put), USATF Indoor Champion Justin Robinson (400m), and the group of Robinson, Jalen Drayden, Gamali Felix and Jeremiah Curry will all compete for NCAA gold March 10 and 11 at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
ESPN+ will stream the championships live starting at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time Friday, March 10 and starting at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time Saturday, March 11. There will be two re-airs of the meet. The first re-air will take place starting at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, March 12 on ESPNU. The second re-air of the championship will take place starting at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, March 13 on ESPNU.
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The Sun Devils could lift three gold medals this week. Washington is a four-time national champion, with two of those gold medals coming via the indoor shot put championship in 2021 and 2022. Washington currently has the eighth-best mark in the country (20.08m), but he’s also only thrown at two meets thus far and had the national lead after his first competition back on January 13. His lifetime best of 21.85m/71′ 8.25″ is ahead of this season’s leader (Jordan Geist, 21.48m, Arizona).
Robinson enters the meet with the fourth-fastest 400m time in the country with an altitude-adjusted 45.51, a time he ran two weeks ago in the final of the USATF Indoor Championships. Georgia’s Elija Godwin (44.75) is the man to beat. This will be Robinson’s first collegiate final as he topped out at the outdoor prelims in 2022.
In the 4×400, ASU’s best time all year was 3:03.09 which ranks fifth in the country but was a program record when the Sun Devils put it together in early February at Arkansas’s Tyson Invitational. ASU came second at that meet, with Florida edging them out (3:02.18).
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