The entries for this years’ NCAA Indoor Championships were released yesterday and can be found here – men, women. The Florida men, and Oregon women look well set to defend their titles from last year.
Some events to keep an eye on:
Men’s 60 – Oklahoma’s Rakieem Salaam leads on the clock (6.54), but is up against last year’s indoor and outdoor sprint champion in Florida’s Jeff Demps (6.55). Throw in another Florida sprinter and two from Texas A&M and you have some team drama to go with the individual title fight. And the field is tightly matched with the slowest entry at 6.62 – making the spread between the field a scant .08!
Men’s 400 – Alabama’s Kirani James set a WJR (44.80) at the SEC Championships. He and runner up Tony McQuay (45.21) did not run in the same heat in the finals. They should go head to head here – with last year’s 400 star, Torrin Lawrence, sitting with the #3 time at 45.82. Another record is definitely possible here. Did I mention that Texas A&M has three entries here in their quest to unseat Florida for the team title?
Men’s Long Jump – One of the best competitions of the meet could be held in this event as NINE men enter with marks between 26’ .75” and 26’ 9”! Expect lots of excitement here with 27 feet definitely possible somewhere along the way.
Men’s Triple Jump – Florida went 1, 2, 3 in the event at the SEC Championships and enters the meet with the top three in the event. That kind of placing here could put the nail in the coffin on a repeat championship for the Gators.
Men’s Heptathlon – Clemson’s Miller Moss appears to be the class of the field with a season’s best nearly 100 points ahead of the field. A field in which the next three contestants all have bests of exactly 5816 points! Another event that should be exciting from start to finish with a fierce battle for points!
Women’s 200 – Five women enter this race with times between 22.78 and 23.01 – lane draw is going to be crucial! LSU enters with 3 of the top five performers in this event. If they hope to unseat the Oregon juggernaut they will have to come through here. If there is a chink in the Duck armor here is where it could show.
Women’s 800 – List leader Lea Wallace (Sac St) come in at 2:03.07. Behind her is a log jam with EIGHTH women between 2:03.79 and 2:04.95! Look for a vicious final 100 as they head for the medals.
Following are my predictions for the individual champions. And I expect repeat team wins by both Florida and Oregon.
|800||Casimir Loxsom||Penn State|
|4 x 4 Relay||Texas A&M|
|HJ||Erik Kynard||Kansas St|
|PV||Scott Roth||Washington St|
|200||Jeneba Tarmoh||Texas A&M|
|400||Jessica Beard||Texas A&M|
|800||Christina Rogers||Arizona St|
|60H||Gabby Mayo||Texas A&M|
|4 x 4 Relay||Texas A&M|
|TJ||Kimberly Williams||Florida St|
|WT||Felisha Johnson||Indiana St|