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10 things we learnt from NCAA Indoors

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10 things we learnt from NCAA Indoors

– Being the red-hot favourite and collegiate record holder counts for little. Indoors is notoriously tough and unpredictable. Chris O’Hare fell to the same fate as previous mile record holder, Miles Batty.

– British field eventers are leading the charge. Nick Miller (4th) and Lorraine Ugen (5th) led home the British and Irish distance athletes to the higher finishes.

– Oregon’s men’s distance program is struggling. They had only one athlete in the mile, 3000 and 5000 finals, and he finished 12th in the 5000.

– Jason Vigilante proved his coaching credentials again. After leaving Virginia, he moved on to the Ivy League’s Princeton where he has created a great MD squad, who lifted the DMR at this year’s meet.

– Making a Dempsey Arena meet is almost a pre-requisite for distance qualification. 8 out of 16 top times in men’s 3000, 12 out of 16 in the men’s 5000, 10 out of top 16 in women’s 3000, but only 7 out of 16 in women’s 5000, came from a UW meet. That’s 37 out of 64 available spots came from one track!

– To win in the distance events, you don’t need to be from a traditional powerhouse. Winners hailed from Arizona, Texas Tech, and Dartmouth.

– Outdoor track has already started for some, no more than 6 days after the Indoor season concluded.

– Despite the top 16 only advancing to the national champs, you can finish as low as 23rd (men’s mile) and 26th  (women’s mile) on descending order list but still make it in through scratches and withdrawals. The mile allows for the lowest ranked athlete to qualify, while the women’s 3000 and 5000, men’s 200m and 60m hurdles represent the toughest with no athletes scratching.

– Be careful at Conference. OU’s Pat Casey was ranked 4th going into the men’s mile , but after running 6 races at the Big 12 meet, and the last chance weekend, he scratched from Nationals. 7 races in the two weeks leading up to  a national champs is not ideal.

– Did we mention it’s Outdoor Track already?!

 

 

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