National-class talent has always showed up at the USATF Indoor Hoover Alumni Invitational.
And this year is no exception. An exceptional talent returns to the early-season primer in Birmingham, Alabama, on December 29 ready to bust the rust.
For the third straight year, recent Oak Hall (FL) High School transfer Tamari Davis will compete at this critical opening season meet. She's the returning national champion in both the 60m and 200m at New Balance Nationals Indoor.
But Davis may only concentrate on just one event. Last year, she chose the 200m, where she ran 24.08 seconds -- and pulled two others to sub-25 efforts.
So don't be surprised if Davis has switched focus to the 60m this year -- or, really, if she returns to the 200m.
Herron, our No. 1 recruit of the 2019 Class, signed with the University of California in November and will be looking for an impact-laden indoor season after competing in just one race over the outdoor season.
Herron was the first athlete to drop a sub-21 second 200m effort last year, and he could be aiming for the same kind of impact on Saturday. But the Flight400 athlete will likely be joined by his teammate and fellow USC signee Nicholas Ramey, who was a part of the United States' silver medal junior team at the IAAF U20 Championships in July in Finland. Ramey opened the season at No. 19 on the MileSplit50 and is our No. 12 senior recruit in the Class of 2019.
The indoor meet also brings an array of boys talent. That could include Southwestern (KY) High School senior sprinter JP Vaught, or Shiloh (GA) High School mid-distance athlete Elijah Berry, who will be looking to hit on a fast 800m time.