Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Ranking the Collegians

Track and Field: 83rd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays

With the springtime being dominated by collegiate athletes and programs there are many college rankings out there. The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) does a weekly Top 25 ranking of collegiate programs that can be found here. I like both of their current top 5’s. For the men they they rank: 1. Florida, 2. Texas A&M, 3. Oregon, 4. Texas Tech, and 5. Florida State. For the women they rank: 1. Texas A&M, 2. Oregon, 3. LSU, 4. Florida State, and 5. Florida.

These should be the programs that we watch battle it out for the national championship this June in Eugene, Oregon. I’m going to give you my listing of those individuals  that I expect to garner national championships at this year’s championships. This is a very early prediction that I will update periodically as the season progresses. There will be those rising stars that appear, as well as injuries that take their toll on title hopes. But these athletes, I believe, have what it takes to take home the gold come June.



Event Athlete School
100 Meters Jeff Demps Florida
200 Meters Curtis Mitchell Texas A&M
400 Meters Torrin Lawrence Georgia
800 Meters Andrew Wheating Oregon
1500 Meters German Fernandez Oklahoma State
3000 Steeplechase Richard Nelson BYU
5000 Meters David McNeill Northern Arizona
10000 Meters Sam Chalenga Liberty
110 Hurdles Ronnie Ash Oklahoma
400 Hurdles Jesua Anderson Washington State
4 x 100 Relay Rankin, Hall, Wilks, Demps Florida
4 x 400 Relay Anderson McQuay, Taylor, Smith Florida
High Jump Ryan Fleck Auburn
Pole Vault Jason Colwick Rice
Long Jump Alain Bailey Arkansas
Triple Jump Christian Taylor Florida
Shot Put Ryan Whiting Arizona
Discus Ryan Whiting Arizona
Hammer Marcel Lomnicky Virginia Tech
Javelin Sam Humphreys Texas A&M
Decathlon Ashton Eaton Oregon




Event Athlete School
100 Meters Gabby Mayo Texas A&M
200 Meters Porsha Lucas Texas A&M
400 Meters Francena McCorory Hampton
800 Meters LaTavia Thomas LSU
1500 Meters Jordan Hassay Oregon
3000 Steeplechase Mel Lawrence Washington
5000 Meters Nicole Blood Oregon
10000 Meters Lisa Koll Iowa State
100 Hurdles Queen Harrison Virginia Tech
400 Hurdles Queen Harrison Virginia Tech
4 x 100 Relay Tarmoh, Lucas, Duncan, Mayo Texas A&M
4 x 400 Relay Hall, Tate, Thompson, Thomas LSU
High Jump Amber Kaufman Hawaii
Pole Vault Melissa Gergel Oregon
Long Jump Blessing Okagbare UTEP
Triple Jump Deanna Young New Mexico
Shot Put Mariam Kevkhishvilli Florida
Discus Simone du Toit SMU
Hammer Nicola Lomnicka Georgia
Javelin Anna Wessman UTEP
Heptathlon Brianne Theisen Oregon

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