U.S. Men’s Indoor Athlete Of The Year — Ryan Crouser

A near-World Record by Ryan Crouser in the shot earned him U.S. Men’s AOY honors. (KEVIN MORRIS)

A TRIO OF UNDEFEATED performers fought it out for the title of U.S. Men’s Indoor AOY, with the nod going to shot putter Ryan Crouser, whose 74-1¾ (22.60) to win the USATF title moved him to No. 2 on the all-time world list, just 2½ inches off the World Record. He also produced the Nos. 7 & =8 performances in U.S. history, reaching 72-9¾ (22.19) to win Millrose and 72-9¼ (22.18) in his Albuquerque series.

Honorable Mention to Donavan Brazier and Christian Coleman. Reigning No. 1 Brazier had two brilliant races, running 1:14.39 for the No. 2 time ever in the 600 (trailing only his own WR set last year) and 1:44.22 to become No. 5 world ever in the 800. Two-time No. 1 Coleman had only a single meet, USATF, where he cranked off an altitude-aided 6.37 in the 60 to equal the No. 2 time ever, just 0.03 off his WR from 2 years ago.