2013 NCAA Indoor Track Champs - trackboundUSA

Homegrown talent prepares for 2013 NCAA Indoors

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Well after 9 weeks of indoor action, there will be 10 British & Irish athletes in action at the NCAA Indoor Championships to be held in Arkansas this coming weekend.

 

Athlete School Event Performance Rank
Women
Ejiroghene Okoro Iowa State 800m 2:05.54 10
Vicky Fouhy Virginia Mile 4:34.87 7
Josephine Moultrie New Mexico 3000m 9:06.35 9
Lorraine Ugen TCU LJ 6.37 10
Georgia Peel FSU DMR
Men
Chris O’Hare Tulsa Mile 3:52.98 1
Tom Farrell Oklahoma State 3000m 7:51.77 11
Luke Caldwell New Mexico 5000m 13:40.39 8
Nick Miller Oklahoma State WT 20.97 15
Anthony Leighio Arkansas 800m 1:48.56 14
Anthony Leighio Arkansas DMR
Tom Farrell Oklahoma State DMR

 

 

Each of the athletes has secured their berth in a different manner. Luke Caldwell ripped up his 5000 PB in the first few weeks with a stunning 13:40 at Washington’s Dempsey Arena, while Virginia Cavalier Vicky Fouhy left it late with her 4:34 mile at last weekend’s Last Chance Meet. It was enough to put her in a provisional All-American Ranking spot.

There was an anxious wait for Arkansas’ Anthony Lieghio who was ejected out the top 16 ranking by two team mates’ Last Chance 1:46 clockings. However, as per every championship event, there are scratches. Leighio was the beneficiary this time moving up to 14th spot, good enough to make the ‘Big Dance’.

In a somewhat perplexing move, FSU Freshman Georgia Peel has scratched from the mile, favouring the 800m leg in the DMR, where her FSU team are ranked 3rd, just 0.8 seconds off Michigan’s 10:56.66 lead time. Her mile best of 4:37.2 would have been good enough for 13th spot in the descending rankings, but FSU coach Karen Harvey obviously fancies her relay team’s chances for gold.

Matt Gillespie is another athlete who has scratched from their sole event. His 3:58.55 mile time from the Boston Terrier Meet would have placed him in 8th spot. We assume this is the result of an injury or illness.

Tom Farrell and Josephine Moultrie both unsurprisingly favour the longer 3000m distance despite being in the nation’s top 16 for the mile distance. Chris O’Hare also scratches in the 800m to concentrate on defending his mile title.

O’Hare’s collegiate record of 3:52.98 is a full 1.6 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, younger brother of Kenya’s Boaz Lalang, Lawi. Both Lalang and NC State’s Ryan Hill are attempting the mile/3000 double with the shorter distance up first and should provide O’Hare with stiff competition in what will be the highest quality mile field in NCAA history.

Farrell is not Oklahoma State’s sole British representative. He is not even Carlisle’s sole British representative as fellow Border Harrier Nick Miller will make the short trip to Fayetteville ranked in 15th spot for the Weight Throw.

Blackheath & Bromley’s Lorraine Ugen will be looking for redemption this time around. The TCU athlete failed to register at mark at last year’s Champs, and at her best (6.74m), she is capable of the win.

Our last representative is one of Iowa State’s Okoro siblings. Eji Okoro has been in fine form this indoor season and has a real shot of making her final. Once there, especially over the 800m distance, anything can happen, especially on the boards.

As usual, we will have full Twitter updates of results as they come through over the weekend. We are also still offering the chance for you to win a par of shoe/spikes from Start Fitness. Simply follow this link, and make your prediction for the men’s mile at this weekend’s Champs. Terms and conditions apply.

So, with that we sign off. Good luck to all competing. Last year we had just one winner, in the form of O’Hare. Can we do better this time around?

Elsewhere, Stephen Emery (Adams State – mile) and Ieuan Thomas (Western State – 3000m) will compete in the DII Indoor Championships being held in Birmingham, AL.

Resources

Entries – Men Entries – Women Live Results Meet Schedule
Coverage from last year  DII Entries – Men


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