Conference Preview - USA Athletics Scholarships

Conference Preview

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A total of 58 collegiate track and field events are scheduled to take place this weekend, with the majority of these being conference championships. Whilst a few conference meets have already occurred in recent weeks, this weekend is typically when most will take place.

For many athletes, this will be the final weekend of the seasons.  Whereas in a typical European summer, the season is as long as you decide to take it, in the NCAA from this point onwards failure to perform means the season is over. Any athlete wishing to compete beyond conference weekend at the regional and national meets must have qualified by virtue of previous performances.

Going back to one of our original articles on scholarships, the conference meet is one of the major times when athletes are expected to deliver for the team. Total points scored by an athlete at a conference meet is one of the biggest measures of success used by coaches, and this is likely to result in some very busy athletes competing numerous times this weekend.

Once conference weekend is over, declarations for the NCAA preliminary round will be made and the road to Des Moines commences.

As usual, there will be plenty of British and Irish representation across numerous different conferences.  Those we expect to compete are listed below:

  • Big 12 Outdoor Championships,  Manhattan, Kan.
    • Iowa State: India Lee, Ese Okoro,
    • Kansas State: Mairead Murphy
    • Oklahoma State: Tommy Casey, Nick Miller
  • Southland Outdoor Championships, San Marcos, Texas
    • Lamar: Becky  Gough, Carmen Gedling, Tom Wade, Joe Wade, Chris Smith, Ryan Creech, Chris Jones, Sam Stabler, Mark Woodley,
    • McNeese State: David Rooney, Alex Bruce-Littlewood, Fionnoula Ross, Amy Talbot
  • Mountain West Outdoor Championships,Colorado Springs, Colo.
    • New Mexico: Ruth Senior, Natalie Grey, Sarah Waldron, Kirsty Milner, Josephine Moultrie, Emma Reed, Imogen Ainsworth, Nicola Hood, Sam Evans, James Senior
  • Conference USA Outdoor Championships, New Orleans, La.
    • Tulsa: Natasha Cockram, Chris O’Hare, Andy Heyes, Tom Marshall, Geraint Davies
    • UAB: Sarah Hudak, Kristie Leybourne
    • Memphis: Louisa Lingley
  • SEC Championships, Baton Rouge, La.
    • Alabama: Gary Bradbury, Oliver Blake
    • Arkansas: Anthony Leighio, David Flynn

We will provide regular updates over the weekend and as soon as regional qualifiers are listed, will preview each British and Irish qualifier.

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