NCAA & Millrose Preview - USA Athletics Scholarships

NCAA & Millrose Preview

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This weekend’s action promises to be the best yet. With not one, but two professional meets, as well as the automatic qualifying machine that is the Husky Classic, you can be sure the descending lists will have a vastly different complexion at the close of play this weekend.

Deciding where to begin this preview is difficult in itself. We shall choose The Armory for the Millrose Games, or TMFKATMG as per Letsrun.com’s moniker for the meet (The Meet Formerly Known As The Millrose Games, in reference to the meet moving from Madison Square Gardens to the rather compact Armory).

One of the highlights will once again be the Wanamaker Mile. Bernard Lagat and Eamonn Coghlan have made this event what it is with 15 consecutive wins between them, but this year’s meet has an extra dynamic with no fewer than seven collegiates taking to the line in a race billed to be an attempt on German Fernandez’s 3:55.02 collegiate record. He will be watching on both with a vested interest in his record as well as a bemusement as to why he now finds himself so far off the pace.

With Batty and McCarthy both 3:55 men, and O’Hare 3:56, the Division 1 record must seriously be under threat. If anything, this race is actually too stacked full of quality and it may develop into an overly physical affair.

Andy Baddeley goes in the men’s 5000m.

Start list for the mile is below and live streaming of the event will be here on Saturday from 4pm Eastern Time (21:00 GMT)

1  Batty, Miles                                 BYU (U.S.)

2  O’Hare, Chris                              Tulsa (Great Britain)

3  Van Ingen, Erik                          Binghamton (U.S.)

4  Heath, Garrett                            Saucony (U.S.)

5  Merber, Kyle                               Columbia (U.S.)

6  Boylan-Pett, Liam                      NJ-NY TC (U.S.)

7  Kisorio, Silas                                 Oklahoma Christian (Kenya)

8  Centrowitz, Matthew              Nike (U.S.)

9  Milne, Taylor                              New Balance (Canada)

10  Olmedo, Manuel                    Nike (Spain)

11  McCarthy, David                      Providence (Ireland)

12  Levins, Cam                              Southern Utah (Canada)

13  Wieczorek, Mark                    U.S.

The Irish affinity with the Millrose Games will once be again be on show as DCU send a DMR team to the event. Having competed in the DMR against many good collegiate outfits we can assure you this DCU team will not look out of place. They have Joe Warne on the 1200m leg (1:50 800m PB), Brian Gregan on the 400m (45.96), Mark English on the 800m (1:47.0 and NJR holder) and son of Eamonn, John Coghlan, on the mile anchor who himself is a sub-4 miler.

In a different world from New York, in Arkansas, Ciaran O’Lionaird will be looking to back up his win in the New Balance Grand Prix at the Reggie last weekend. The World 1500m finalist looks to be flourishing under Alberto’s tutelage and will be looking to go significantly quicker than his 3:56.0 clocking of the weekend past.

The Flotrack Husky Classic in Washington is renowned for its ability to produce automatic marks for Indoor Nationals. At 320m the track is considerably oversize, and it is nestled perfectly in the regular season for athletes after the initial few rust-busters. Start lists are here. Iona, Butler, Utah, New Mexico, and OTC’s Chris Thompson are all listed as entries.

The Tyson Invitational also takes place at Arkansas over the weekend. Here are the entries, with Tulsa, OSU and Arkansas all feature. In Ames, IO, Iowa State host their home meet on their 300m track. Interest comes from Iowa State and DePaul.

And breathe….

Actually no. There’s the Boston Valentine’s meet too. Providence and Boston feature. Full entries can be found here including Peters, Carey, Ross, Connor, Quinn. Adam Cotton is expected to make his collegiate debut over 3000m at the Harvard-Yale-Princeton three-way meet.

As usual, a full breakdown of all Brit-Irish performances from the weekend will be available early next week.

‘Til then.

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