2014 marks the first year that Albuquerque has hosted the NCAA Indoor Championships. Hosted at the Albuquerque Convention Center, the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships will celebrate 50 years of men's championships and 33 years of women's championships
One of the top sprinters in the United States, Mookie Salaam is in his third season as a volunteer assistant coach for men's and women's track at the University of Alabama. Salaam begins 2014 having just completed a stellar 2013 season in which he posted a wind-aided best time of 9.86 in the 100 meters and ran a leg on the USA's silver-medal 4x100-meter relay at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow.
A seven-time All-American from the University of Oklahoma, Salaam has earned numerous accolades while building an impressive career as a sprinter on the way to earning a spot on the USA's 4x400-meter relay unit for international competition last summer.
During his three years at Oklahoma, Salaam made it to the NCAA Championships every season. In his junior year, Salam won the NCAA title in the 200 meters with a time of 20.41 after breaking the Oklahoma record with 20.39 in the event's prelims at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Also, he broke the Oklahoma record in the 100 meter-dash by finishing second at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in a time of 9.97.
Deciding to turn pro in the summer of 2011, Salaam competed at the USA Track and Field Championships. He posted a seventh-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.43. Matt Kane, assistant coach for sprints and hurdles at Alabama, coached Salaam while at Oklahoma.