FAYETTEVILLE — Running the second-fastest indoor time in U.S. history, Bryce Hoppel ran away from a star-studded men’s 800m field to win in 1:44.37. Moving to No. 6 on the world all-time performer list as well, Hoppel took the field through 600m in 1:18.57 and tacked on a swift 25.80 over the final circuit to win by more than a second over Britain’s Charlie Da’Vall Grice, who was second in 1:45.62, also a big personal best. Erik Sowinski garnered a lifetime best of 1:45.69 in third to become the =6th best performer in U.S. history, while Craig Engels was fourth in a PR 1:46.10.
If it wasn’t for his own amazing feat last week, Ryan Crouser would have tied the world indoor record in the men’s shot put with a 22.66m/74-4.25 in round two. The reigning Olympic champion had to settle for the win, though, as he couldn’t quite match the 22.82m/74-10.5 he uncorked seven days ago. His series featured all six throws past 70-feet, with the last five attempts landing past the 22m mark, and he notched the =3rd and fourth-best throws in history. Payton Otterdahl had a season-best 21.27m/69-9.5 to take second.
In the absence of 2019 World Championships 800m silver medalist Raevyn Rogers, Sammy Watson bided her time before taking the lead as the women’s 600m field went past the 400m mark in 57.40. Watson charged to the front, but over the final 30m Gabby Scott challenged her and almost pulled off the upset. Watson held on to win in 1:28.29, .01 ahead of Scott.
Familiar with the Fayetteville track due to his years as an Arkansas Razorback, Nick Hilson zipped to the lead at the 250m mark and kept that lead, if just barely, through the finish to win the men’s 600m by .01 over fast-closing James Gilreath in 1:19.14.
Full results can be found here.