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NCAA Indoor Championship Review

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While Americans won medals in the colours of Great Britain, Britain’s athletes were instead winning medals stateside.

At the start of the 2012 indoor season we featured an article on the mile, and particularly the American love for the event. Specifically talking about the NCAA Championship mile, we can be quoted as saying ‘this party has been crashed, on an incredible frequency, by athletes from Britain and Ireland.’

Last night in Boise, that is exactly what happened. Tulsa’s Chris O’Hare and Boston’s Rich Peters led Britain to a historic one two in the event and in the process upset defending champion and collegiate record holder Miles Batty.

Whilst Batty entered the race as hot favourite, 2011 runner up O’Hare certainly could not be discounted. Since his 3:56 breakthrough last year, the Tulsa athlete has consolidated his position as one of the best milers in the NCAA. He has run sub 4 on numerous other occasions, was a finalist outdoors in the 1500m, and has also dominated Conference USA Championships. As far as the race went O’Hare had the confidence to try to win the race the hard way; by leading from gun to tape. This was executed perfectly and he crossed the line in 4:01.66. Unlike last year Batty had no response around the final bend. See below for the Day Two Recap from Flotrack including the men’s mile.

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After a relatively low key but unbeaten season, Rich Peters was perhaps entering his as somewhat of an unknown quantity. However, after executing the race strategy of a seasoned pro he was rewarded with a second place finish. The Bristol athlete was never outside of the first four athletes, and was able to move up to second after a running a rapid 26.70 for the final lap. He is surely destined to do huge damage to his 1500m PB of 3.45.53.

2009 4th placer Dave McCarthy was well placed throughout the race but faded on the last lap to 9th, narrowly missing out on the final All-American place. The Irishman will however be returning for his final season of outdoor eligibility.

There was also British success in the women’s mile for Florida State’s Hannah Brooks. Whilst she couldn’t quite match her male counterparts, a solid sixth place performance ensured her place on the podium as an All-American.

The British trio of Farrell, Millington, and Goose seemingly found the pace of Lawi Lalang & co too much to live with in the men’s 3000m. Farrell’s finish of 9th meant that he just missed out on adding an indoor All-American honour to the two he has from cross country. The 3000m has been one of the most competitive events in the NCAA this year, and the fact that most athletes ran the 5000m less than 24 hours before makes the leading times even more impressive. No doubt that these British athletes will be looking to bounce back outdoors in the spring.

After qualifying at the 11th hour, New Mexico’s Sarah Waldron maintained her form in the 5000m to finish 8th in 16.07.04. After finishing 148th in the NCAA XC, this was a huge improvement for the Shaftsbury Barnet Harrier and she becomes the latest in a long list of Joe Franklin coached British All-Americans. Full results here.

In Division II, Drew Graham took the Mile title, as well as 2nd in the 800m in a busy weekend for the North East athlete. Matt Bond finished 5th in his 5000m, despite being ranked in 2nd, and James Mee ran the anchor leg for his AIC team in the DMR. Adam’s State lost the meet by one point as the result of a 4x400m DQ. Full results here.

British Performances are listed below:

Name School Event Position Performance
Chris O’Hare Tulsa mile 1 4.01.66
Rich Peters Boston mile 2 4.01.78
Dave McCarthy Providence mile 9 4.04.05
Tom Farrell Oklahoma State 3000m 9 7.55.09
Ross Millington New Mexico 3000m 13 8.08.73
Mitch Goose Iona 3000m 16 8.22.70
Anthony Lieghio Arkansas DMR 5 9.36.41
Drew Graham Adams State (DII) Mile 1 4:10.25
Drew Graham Adams State (DII) 800 2 1:52.55
Matt Bond Adams State (DII) 5000 5 14:22.28
James Mee AIC (DII) DMR 9 10:20.24
Hannah Brooks Florida State mile 8 4.40.96
Josephine Moultrie New Mexico mile 8(h) 4.49.56
Sarah Waldron New Mexico 5000m 8 16.07.04

In terms of the team standings, Oregon women were comfortably able to three-peat, finishing 19 points clear of the Kansas Jayhawks. The men’s team race was somewhat closer, though wins from Jeff Demps, Tony Mcquay, and Omar Craddock just managed to edge Florida past Arkansas. Anthony Lieghio was part of the Razorback DMR team that finished 5th, running a 1200 split of 2.59.43.

Women Men
1 Oregon 49 1 Florida 52
2 Kansas 30 2 Arkansas 47
3 LSU 27 3 Arizona 41
4 Texas 25 4 Arizona State 31
5 Arkansas 24 5 LSU 27
5 Texas A&M 24 6 Indiana 25
5 Clemson 24 7 Texas 22.5
8 UCF 23 8 Texas A&M 22
9 Florida 22 8 Virginia Tech 22
10 Iowa State 21 8 Florida State 22

With the conclusion of the NCAA Championship, this also wraps up our coverage of the indoor season. We hope you have enjoyed our analysis and we will of course be continuing on into outdoors. Until then, train hard and enjoy the start of spring.

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