NCAA Championships Preview

NCAA Championships Preview – Grand Finale

NCAA outdoor British track results

NCAA Outdoor 2012 Preview

And so the final NCAA Championship of the year arrives. We’ve had the NCAA Cross Country Championships in November in Terre Haute, IN, the indoor champs in Boise, ID, and now the roadshow will roll into Des Moines, IA.  This represents the last collegiate race of the year, or career, for many athletes and provides no better stage from which to bow out from.

We have listed below the 16 British and Irish athletes that have booked their place in the meet, all qualifying through in the top 12 from their respective region, East or West.  We also have included their ranking as well.

Chris O’Hare is the reigning indoor mile champion and will be looking to be equally as competitive over the metric equivalent distance. Indoor runner up Rich Peters has also qualified and will be renewing his rivalry with O’Hare in an England v Scotland battle of the Brits.

James Alaka has also been in superb form this season, having already achieved the IAAF ‘A’ standard in the 200m. He is scheduled to compete over both sprint distances this weekend and will look to improve on his performances in 2010 and 2011 where he failed to make the finals.

TCU Freshman Lorraine Ugen holds the only top ranking from the 16 athletes, courtesy of her 6.80m leap in the long jump.

After two ninth place finishes in the 3000mSC (2010) and 10,000m (2011) Ruth Senior will look to finally make the top 8 All-American podium places in women’s steeplechase. The race will also be Senior’s final outing for Joe Franklin’s New Mexico Lobos.

We can’t underplay the achievement of even making it this far. There are currently 124 British and Irish athletes plying their trade in the NCAA, and only 13% of them have made it the whole way, which in itself is a staggering statistic and one that would be make interesting reading alongside the figures of other countries outside of the US. We doubt there are many higher.

So, to Des Moines. The sky blue Drake Stadium surface plays host to the Drake Relays every year and has recently started to become a frequent host of both the NCAAs and USA TF Championships.  While it maybe doesn’t hold the lure and legacy of Oregon’s Hayward field, it is a quick track and weather permitting, times and performances will be of the highest standard. You need only look back to this time last year for proof of this.

We’re often asked what standard the NCAAs, at the top, can be compared to? BUCS, Commonwealth, Europeans? We always answer with the latter. The cream of the crop will post world class marks and there is no such thing as a ‘cheap’ NCAA medal. You need only look at the winning performances from last year, to get a taste of just how high the standard can be. Numerous athletes competing this weekend will also go on to represent their respective nations in London this year at the Olympics. Results from 2011 NCAAs are here.

So, moving back to our British and Irish representatives, here they are complete with previous performances at an NCAA Outdoor Championship.

Heat sheets can be found here.

Event Ranking Name Year School Mark
1500 16 Hannah Brooks SR Florida State 4:15.59
2011 (6th – 1500m)
5000 37 Charlotte Ffrench O’Carroll JR Providence 16:11.23
10000 10 Holly Knight SR Louisville 33:08.99
2008 (8th – 5000), 2011 (8th – 10000)
100 27 Lorraine Ugen FR TCU 11.42@
10000 3 Sarah Waldron SR New Mexico 32:36.07
3000SC 50 Ruth Senior SR New Mexico 10:22.55
2010 (9th h – 3000SC), 2011 (9th – 10000m)
400MH 21 Eseroghene Okoro JR Iowa State 57.61
LJ 1 Lorraine Ugen FR TCU 6.83
1500 41 Rich Peters SO Boston U. 3:43.28
5000 7 Mitch Goose SR Iona 13:34.41
5000 43 David Rooney JR McNeese State 13:53.04
100 20 James Alaka JR Washington 10.22
200 8 James Alaka JR Washington 20.45
2010 (4h3 – 200), 2011 (6h2 – 200)
1500 2 Chris O’Hare JR Tulsa 3:37.95
2011 (11th – 1500)
3000SC 12 Tom Wade SR Lamar 8:43.26
2011 (10h1 – 3000SC)
3000SC 28 Tomas Cotter JR Wichita state 8:51.88
3000SC 39 Joe Wade SR Lamar 8:54.70
HT 7 Nick Miller FR Oklahoma State 67.06

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