Wednesday, May 13, 2009
The Road to the NCAA Championships Starts at Conference
The road to the NCAA Championship shifts into high gear this weekend as conference championships abound. The hottest meet should be the SEC Championships in Gainesville with Florida, Arkansas, LSU, and South Carolina competing, as all should play a roll in the National meet come June. The Pac10 meet won't be as deep but will feature the Oregon Ducks who should be in the thick of the National championship race. And in the mid west the Big12 will feature the Texas AM Aggies, another national contender.
Athletes to watch include:
Trindon Holliday - LSU - Trindon currently leads the collegiates in the 100 meters at 10.12. He is the most experienced sprinter on the collegiate scene and is an early favorite to win this event at the NCAA Championships.
Mathew Centrowitz - Oregon - This redshirt freshman is leading the nation in the 1500 meters at a swift 3:36.92. Distance oriented Oregon could use big points from Centrowitz come the NCAA Championships. Mathew is following in the footsteps of his father Matt who was a star in the distances for Oregon in the late 70's.
Christian Taylor - Florida - This true freshman has been a do everything star for Florida this year. An AJR indoors in the Triple Jump he could be found in any combination of Long Jump, Triple Jump, 400 meters, and 4x4 relay. Should grab big points in Fayetteville.
Jenny Barringer - Colorado - This young lady is the American and Collegiate record holder in the steeplechase, but is leading the nation at 1500 meters at 4:08.38! Has anyone ever tried a 1500/3000St double?
Sarah Bowman - Tennessee - Sarah can run everything from the 800 to 5000 meters and is expected to run those two very different events at the SEC meet. If Tennessee is to have a shot at either the SEC or National titles, Bowman will have to play a prominent role.
Porsha Lucas - Texas AM - AM figures to play a major roll at the NCAA championships. In order to do so Porsha Lucas will be a busy young lady as she will have to grab points in the 100, 200 and 4x1 relay. At 11.12/23.09 Lucas is #2 and #6 respectively in the 100/200.
Relays Relays Relays - The relays at the NCAA meet are always among the most exciting events and this year will be no exception. Watch Florida, Florida State, LSU, Texas AM and Baylor as they hone their skills in both the 4x1 and 4x4 this weekend. These schools will play a major roll in Fayetteville.