The conferences are done. Only two meets left for the collegiate season – the Regional meets and the NCAA Championships. So it’s time to look at who will be this year’s NCAA Champions.
Last year’s meet was perhaps the best meet of the year in terms of overall excitement. I expect this year’s meet to follow suit. Following are my thoughts on team champions, events to keep an eye on and individual champions.
Men’s Team Champion – Florida
Florida has been runner up outdoors the last two years in a row. By 1 point last year, 2 points in ‘09. Both times to Texas A&M. I think that Florida turns the corner this year – but not without a fight! The sprints and relays will be crucial with LSU and Florida State having a lot to say about point distribution. At the end of the day I think it is Florida’s ability to garner field points that should make the difference – especially in the jumps.
Women’s Team Champion – Texas A&M
The Aggies are the two time defending champion – and I see them making it a three peat. Oregon will be tough in the distances, and LSU in the sprints and relays. But like Florida on the men’s side, the Lady Aggies are deep and should score points throughout the meet. Keep an eye on the heads to heads with LSU.
Events to Keep an Eye On
Men’s 400 - While Kirani James is a strong favorite on the men’s side, several individuals have emerged this year that are capable of running under 45.00. When that happens there are usually fireworks in this event.
Men’s 4x1 – Four teams (all top contenders) are under the 39 second barrier. This race will be crucial in terms of the points that are scored. Look for Florida, Florida St, LSU and Texas A&M to lead what could be one of the fastest finishes ever.
Men’s triple jump – The core of the US triple jump squad for Daegu, and going forward, could be competing in this meet.
Women’s 1500 & 5000 – Look for Oregon’s Jordan Hasay to try to pull off the double. She was successful indoors and is one tough competitor. If Oregon has any hope to unseat A&M for the team title it will have to start with Jordan.
Women’s 100 – This race should come down to the photo. Several young ladies had suddenly dropped into the 11.0x range. And I suspect that we could see one of them make the team for Daegu. This race could be the debut of the core of our women’s sprint troops for the upcoming trifecta.
|100 Meters||Jeff Demps||Florida|
|200 Meters||Maurice Mitchell||Florida St|
|400 Meters||Kirani James||Alabama|
|800 Meters||Fred Samoie||Alabama|
|1500 Meters||Miles Batty||BYU|
|3000 Steeplechase||Steve Finley||Oregon|
|5000 Meters||Stephen Sambu||Arizona|
|10000 Meters||Stephen Sambu||Arizona|
|110 Hurdles||Omo Osaghae||Texas Tech|
|400 Hurdles||Jeshua Andersen||Washington St|
|4 x 100 Relay||Lovett, Taylor, Wilks, Demps||Florida|
|4 x 400 Relay||Miller, Henry, Preble, Pinder||Texas A&M|
|High Jump||Erik Kynard||Kansas St|
|Pole Vault||Scott Roth||Washington|
|Long Jump||Will Claye||Florida|
|Triple Jump||Christian Taylor||Florida|
|Shot Put||Mason Finley||Kansas|
|Discus||Julian Wruck||Texas Tech|
|Hammer||Marcel Lomnicky||Virginia Tech|
|Javelin||Sam Humphreys||Texas A&M|
|Decathlon||Romain Martin||Texas Arlington|
|100 Meters||Semoy Hacket||LSU|
|200 Meters||Semoy Hacket||LSU|
|400 Meters||Jessica Beard||Texas A&M|
|800 Meters||Anne Kessellring||Oregon|
|1500 Meters||Jordan Hasay||Oregon|
|3000 Steeplechase||Emma Coburn||Colorado|
|5000 Meters||Jordan Hasay||Oregon|
|10000 Meters||Liz Costello||Tennessee|
|110 Hurdles||Christina Manning||Ohio St|
|400 Hurdles||Turquoise Thompson||UCLA|
|4 x 100 Relay||Mayo, Tarmoh, Duncan, Collier||Texas A&M|
|4 x 400 Relay||Tarmoh, Mayungbe, Sutherland, Beard||Texas A&M|
|High Jump||Brigetta Barrett||Arizona|
|Pole Vault||Tina Sutej||Arkansas|
|Long Jump||Whitney Gipson||TCU|
|Triple Jump||Kim Williams||Florida St|
|Shot Put||Julie Labonte||Arizona|
|Discus||Anna Jelmini||Arizona St|
|Javelin||Marissa Tschida||Washington St|
|Heptathlon||Chelsea Carrier||West Virginia|