Do you want Meyo with that? - Week 4 Preview - trackboundUSA

Do you want Meyo with that? – Week 4 Preview

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January is typically supposed to be a fairly quiet month of racing. Where athletes settle back into things after the Christmas break, and for the many that didn’t race cross country it is usually a time to blow off the cobwebs after having not competed since outdoors the previous year. Despite all of this January in the NCAA still saw some incredible performances, including; Twelve males under 4 for the mile, a solo 7.42 3000m, and two sub 9 3000m females:

If that were January, it is safe to expect the bar to be raised another couple of notches over the next few weeks as we get into the heart of the regular NCAA indoor season. Perhaps the main reason for this is the nature of the qualification process for indoor nationals. The qualifying procedures for the NCAA Outdoor and Indoor Championships could not be further apart from each other. Outdoors, athletes can take a fairly relaxed early season approach knowing that all that is required to advance to the NCAA preliminary is a top 48 ranking in their respective region (roughly equates to top 100 nationally). Indoors is vastly different.  With only the top 16 advancing to nationals in each event, athletes have no choice but to be on top of their games right from the outset. As well as the qualifying procedure, add in the fearless approach to competing, the near perfect set up of many of the meets, and the laboratory like tracks; These factors combined invariably make indoors the hardest of the three championships to qualify for.

Of the 85 meets taking place this weekend, the three that stand out include:

Armory Collegiate Invitational

New Balance Indoor Grand Prix (largely a professional meet)

Meyo Invitational

As usual we will have a full round up and results after the conclusion of the weekends action

A full list of rankings in each event can be found here. Top 16 qualify to Nats.

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