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NCAA Indoor Championship Qualifiers

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NCAA Indoor Championship Qualifiers

The wait is now over. For those who made the final cut, it is all aboard the next flight to Boise.  For those who missed out, that boarding pass is more likely to say Cancun or South Padre Island.

As we said at the start of the season, the number of qualifiers per event could be quite variable, and this has proven to be the case. Whilst it is hard to know exactly how the NCAA decided the final qualifiers, certain variables will have had a direct influence:

  • Number of automatic qualifiers per event
  • Number of scratches per event
  • Number of athletes entered in multiple events
  • Tied performances (specifically in the sprints and field events)

As the table shows below, as many as 20 have qualified for the men’s 60m, though many events only have 15 qualifiers. The fact that more women are entered for most of the events would suggest that there are a lot of multiple entries, as there needs to be equal numbers of total male and female participants. To give an idea of the standard, the table also shows the performance of the last qualifier to make the cut.

  Men Qualifiers Women Qualifiers
60m 6.67 20 7.34 18
200m 21.08 15 23.68 18
400m 46.33 15 53.36 16
800m 1.48.56 15 2.05.32 16
1 mile 3.59.08 15 4.38.87 16
3000m 7.52.92 17 9.11.49 18
5000m 13.50.03 16 16.03.66 16
60m hurdles 7.76 15 8.20 16
High Jump 2.22 17 1.82 20
Pole Vault 5.38 17 4.23 19
Long Jump 7.66 15 6.25 16
Triple Jump 15.78 17 12.98 16
Shot Put 18.92 16 16.65 16
Weight 21.07 16 20.76 17
Pent / Hept 5677 16 3996 16
4*400m 3.07.84 12 3.34.89 12
DMR 9.31.71 11 11.04.31 13

British and Irish Qualifiers

As we said last week, it would be a nervous weekend for those on the bubble, and the British and Irish athletes suffered mixed fortunes. Despite not racing last weekend, Tom Farrell has narrowly made it in to the 3000m for the second year in a row. Heartbreak for David Forrester as his 3.59.13 was just six hundredths of a second short of what was needed. Anthony Lieghio narrowly missed out in the 800m, though will be in the meet competing as part of Arkansas DMR team. New Mexico pair Josephine Moultire and Sarah Waldron both produced PB’s at the 11th hour last weekend to qualify in the mile and 5000m respectively.

The long standing tradition of  British and Irish success in the men’s mile has a chance of continuing this year, with three athletes qualified. Chris O’Hare will be looking to go one better than his runner up finish from a year ago. Dave McCarthy also has championship experience at this meet, finishing fourth way back in 2009. Whilst only racing three times this season, Rich Peters is unbeaten  in 2012 over three races and the slowest he has won those three races is 4.00.13. However, all three athletes will face serious opposition from defending champion and collegiate record holder Miles Batty of BYU.

The British trio of Ross Millington, Mitch Goose, and Tom Farrell have all produced PB’s to qualify. One factor they could have in their favour is that unlike many of the athletes in the 3000m, the Brits are not entered in any other events. With the mile, 5000m and DMR all taking place earlier in the meet, many athletes will be racing the 3000m as their second or even third race of the weekend. Regardless of the number of races he has ran Lawi Lalang will start as red hot favourite in the 3000m and 5000m

There are 10 qualified athletes flying the British and Irish flags this weekend and they include:

Name School Event Performance Rank Previous NCAA Indoors
Dave McCarthy Providence mile 3.55.75 2 2009: mile 4th
Chris O’Hare Tulsa mile 3.56.63 4 2011: mile 2nd
Rich Peters Boston mile 3.57.83 6 Debut
Ross Millington New Mexico 3000m 7.49.11 5 Debut
Mitch Goose Iona 3000m 7.51.75 13 Debut
Tom Farrell Oklahom State 3000m 7.52.38 16 2011: 3000m 16th
Anthony Lieghio Arkansas DMR 9.31.48 8 Debut
Hannah Brooks Florida State mile 4.37.87 12 Debut
Josephine Moultrie New Mexico mile 4.38.87 16 Debut
Sarah Waldron New Mexico 5000m 15.59.93 14 Debut

We will be closely following the weekends proceedings, so be sure to check our twitter for updates, as well as the website for a full review after the event.

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