Thursday, June 7, 2007

NCAA National Track and Field Championships

For you track fans, this week June 6-9, is the NCAA National Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, CA. Mary, our new intern and resident elite Cross Country runner, has made her personal favorite picks of athletes/teams to watch out for this week:

Women:
Teams to watch (Winners from each region):
Virginia Tech, LSU, Arizona State, Texas A&M

Individual Events and Mary's Personal Favorites:
5K: Michelle Sikes (Cleveland, OH native who runs for Wake Forest)—Won East Region 5K in 15:52.55
400m: Natasha Hastings: Fastest qualifying time in this race (50.23)—runs for South Carolina
1500m: Brie Felnagle, Fastest qualifying time in this race (4.11.86)
4 X 100m: LSU has top qualifying time

Men:
Teams to watch (Winners from each region):
Oklahoma, Southern California, LSU, Florida State

Individual Events and Mary's Personal favorites:
10K: Galen Rupp (Oregon)—Fastest qualifying time in this race 27.33.48
800m: Andrew Ellerton (Michigan)—Fastest qualifying time in this race 1:46.84

All results listed in this post were taken from regional results and meet heat sheets/start lists for women's and men's events.

So, for those of you following this event, who are your top picks, teams, and individuals? Who are the favorites?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sikes' race was awesome. 15:14, and the 2nd-fastest women's collegiate 5k time ever.

Jayhawk Fever said...

Anyone catch the coverage on CBS? Much better than ABC's coverage of the Pre Classic the next day. Norm Ogilvie, Duke's head distance coach and the announcer, did a nice job. It's refreshing to have commentary on distance events that's actually more informative than Carol Lewis' standard "it's really hard to run fast by yourself."

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