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The NCAA Last Chance Saloon

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With just ‘Last Chance’ weekend left to determine the final qualifiers for the NCAA Indoor Championships, we have taken a look at what it’ll likely take to qualify, and how the top ranked British and Irish athletes currently stand.

The table below shows the performance of the 16th ranked athlete in each event. The number of athletes who have achieved the automatic qualifying standard is also given.

  Men Autos Women Autos
60m 6.67 6 7.34 5
200m 21.04 2 23.51 3
400m 46.51 0 53.37 3
800m 1.48.58 4 2.05.66 6
1 mile 3.58.94 10 4.38.95 9
3000m 7.52.38 15 9.11.49 14
5000m 13.48.64 10 16.04.88 11
60m hurdles 7.77 5 8.23 5
High Jump 2.22 7 1.82 5
Pole Vault 5.37 6 4.23 6
Long Jump 7.67 3 6.24 4
Triple Jump 15.78 3 12.91 2
Shot Put 18.86 8 16.50 6
Weight 20.78 10 20.76 9
Pent / Hept 5677 10 3996 3

How do the British and Irish athletes stand?

It has again been a successful indoor season for the British and Irish athletes, especially so in the middle distance events with a huge number of PBs, many conference titles, and several automatic qualifying marks. Let’s hope that this weekend one or two more athletes can book their tickets to Boise for next week’s NCAA Indoor Championships.

Below are the British and Irish athletes currently ranked in the top 25 in their respective events. Automatic qualifiers are highlighted. Those ranked below 16th will almost certainly have to improve their current best performance if they wish to have any chance in joining McCarthy, O’Hare, Peters, Goose and Millington. Antony Leighio, Tom Farrell and Hannah Brooks are all sitting tentatively right on the bubble, and will all have a nervous weekend ahead clicking refresh from the various different meets around the country. Mitch Goose (if planning on doubling), Sarah Waldron and Mairead Murphy will all have to improve on current performances to make the final cut. Of course there may be athletes not currently ranked in the top 25 who ‘save their best until last’ and produce something special at the 11th hour to qualify.

Athlete School Event Performance Ranking
Antony Leighio Arkansas 800m 1.48.58 16
Dave McCarthy Providence Mile 3.55.75 4
Chris O’Hare Tulsa Mile 3.56.63 6
Rich Peters Boston Mile 3.57.83 9
Mitch Goose Iona Mile 3.59.26 22
Ross Millington New Mexico 3000m 7.49.11 5
Mitch Goose Iona 3000m 7.51.75 13
Tom Farrell Oklahoma State 3000m 7.52.38 16
Hannah Brooks Florida State Mile 4.37.87 13
Sarah Waldron New Mexico 5000m 16.14.25 25
Mairead Murphy Kansas State Pentathlon 3934 23

Last chance weekend is also renowned for producing the majority of distance medley relay qualifiers. Whilst the DMR may not be everyone’s favourite event, it certainly cannot be criticised for its lack of entertainment. From personal experiences, there is no event quite like the DMR in terms of getting the atmosphere going at a big meet. There will inevitably be several British athletes who qualify as part of a relay squad, and we will give these due mentions when the final list of qualifiers is released.

The process of ‘scratching’ may also see several athletes through. Many athletes may qualify automatically for several events, but will only choose one at Nationals. This free up places in the descending order lists, but the exact start lists will not be known until next week when coaches must nominate athletes for their events.

In terms of who is competing where, typically strong last chance meets include:

Arkansas Last Chance

Columbia Last Chance

Alex Wilson Invitational

Washington Final Qualifier

Wisconsin NCAA Qualifier

We are aware of at least three separate sub-4 attempts by British Milers this weekend. This could bring the Indoor 2012 tally up to SEVEN if successful.

The final qualifiers for the NCAA should be released early next week. When this happens we will give a full preview of all the British and Irish qualifiers.

‘til then.

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