Tuesday, June 9, 2009
NCAA Championships Start Tomorrow
The quest for NCAA Championships starts tomorrow in Fayetteville Arkansas. And as usual there are stories aplenty when trying to figure out who will win titles.
On the Men's side the teams to watch should be Florida, Oregon, Texas A&M, Arkansas and LSU. On the Women's side the teams to watch should be Oregon, LSU, Texas A&M, Arizona State and Tennessee. The US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association maintains an ongoing ranking of schools. The current rankings can be found below.
There are several hot athletes heading into the meet. Galen Rupp (OR) is perhaps the hottest distance runner on the men's side and will be key to Oregon's championship bid. Rupp will be doubling in the 5000 and 10000 meters. On the women's side no one is hotter than Jenny Barringer (CO) who is coming off her collegiate record setting performance at the Prefontaine meet in the 1500 meters - becoming only the third American woman to break the 4:00 barrier (3:59.90)! She was already the collegiate record holder in the steeplechase and will be contesting that event in Arkansas where she starts as a heavy favorite.
The hottest races could well be the relays. Especially on the Men's side as Florida, Texas A&M and LSU are within .12 of each other in the 4x1 and Florida, Florida Sate, Baylor and Texas Tech are within a second of each other in the 4x4!
But the individual race of the meet should be the Men's 400 meters with Gil Roberts (Tx Tech) 44.86, Calvin Smith (FL) 44.96, and Dwight Mullings (MsSt) 44.98 among the top 10 in the world in the event and East Regional champion Michael Bingham (Wake Forest) 45.05 on a roll lately.
Following are links to all the information you should need to follow the meet including live internet streaming.
Men's Yearly List
Women's Yearly List
Men's Heat Sheets
Women's Heat Sheets
NCAA Live Stream