2018 Winner: Jett Charvet, Brentwood, California, 1:50.91
Armory Record: Robby Andrews, Manalapan, New Jersey, 1:49.21
National Record: Josh Hoey, Donington, Pennsylvania, 1:47.67
Analysis: This should be a great battle between some of the nation's best mid-distance athletes. There are four or five heavy hitters who all have a shot at this title and five or six who could really surprise the crowd. Chawonza has the fastest time in the nation right now after running a 1:50.57 to place sixth in the college and pro field at the Boston University Last Chance meet. Also in that meet was Connecticut's Malcolm Going and Miller Anderson, who put down US No. 2 and 3 performances of 1:50.85 and 1:51.54, respectively.
Don't forget about New Jersey's Luis Peralta and Washington's Daniel Maton, though. These two runners, outside of Chawonza, could be legitimate threats to win. Maton ran a 1:51.88 in a college and pro field at the UW Indoor Preview back in January. Peralta also put up a fast time of 1:52.21 in a pro/college field at the Fastrack Last Chance Invitational on Feb. 15--plus, he owns the fastest returning outdoor time from last year.
A darkhorses are Rhode Island's Darius Kipygo and Conor Murphy, and New York's Matthew Rizzo. Kipygo and Murphy have run times close to the top five spots, while Rizzo threw down a solo US No. 6 all-time 1K at the New York Indoor State Championships.