Who has made it? NCAA Preview - USA Athletics Scholarships

Who has made it? NCAA Preview

Hayward-Field

By our reckoning, there are around 140 British and Irish athletes currently competing for NCAA D1 track and field programs. After a long and competitive season we are down to the final few. Just 10 men and 10 women have survived the cut throat elimination process and will fly the British and Irish flags at the NCAA D1 Outdoor Championships.

As if the incentive of competing at an NCAA event wasn’t great enough, the fact that this years championship takes place at the historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon (aka Track Town USA) only helps spice up the occasion further.

Looking at the qualifiers, the vast majority of those are NCAA outdoor debutants. This is certainly not unusual given how hard it is to make the event just once, let alone on multiple occasions.  One man with previous championship experience is Washington sprinter James Alaka. The three time NCAA veteran will be looking to end his collegiate career by shaking off the unfortunate tag of having never made it past the heats in the 200m.

Big things are expected from Oklahoma State hammer thrower Nick Miller. The Cumbrian was 14th last year in Des Moines as a freshman, but heads into this years championship fresh off of winning the regional meet and is also ranked second nationally.

As always, the majority of qualifiers are in the middle and long distance events. Every event is covered from the 800m-10,000m for both men and women. Katie Clark of Butler will certainly get her money’s worth for the trip as she is scheduled to run in both the 5000m and 10,000m. Despite narrowly qualifying, Rich Peters is one of the highest ranked in the men’s 1500m, and he will be looking to improve on a 6th place finish in 2012.

We will be bringing day by day results of all British and Irish qualifiers. For full entry lists see: (Men) (Women) and for a timetable of events see here

Event Name School SB Previous Record
200m James Alaka Washington 20.96 2012: 8h 200, 7h 100. 2011: 6h 200, 2010: 4h 200, 6h 100.
200m Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake LSU 20.76 N/A
800m Anthony Lieghio Arkansas 1:48.74 N/A
1500m Rich Peters Boston 3:40.05 2012: 6th 1500m
3000m s/c Tomas Cotter Wichita State 8:41.02 2012: 8th h 3000m s/c
3000m s/c Zak Seddon Florida State 8:34.42 N/A
5000m Mitch Goose Iona 13:50.11 2012: 12th 5000m
5000m Luke Caldwell New Mexico 13:29.94 N/A
10000m Breandan O’Neil Florida State 28:57.44 N/A
HT Nick Miller Oklahoma State 71.60 2012: 14th HT
400m h Eseroghene Okoro Iowa State 57.43 2012: 4th h 400h
800m Ejirogene Okoro Iowa State 2:05.20 N/A
1500m Jo Moultrie New Mexico 4:14.44 N/A
1500m Charlotte Arter New Mexico 4:16.94 N/A
1500m Jo Adams North Texas 4:15.33 N/A
1500m Chloe Anderson New Mexico 4:20.64 N/A
5000m Elinor Kirk UAB 15:59.57 N/A
5000m Katie Clark Butler 15:43.51 N/A
10000m Katie Clark Butler 33:36.36 N/A
LJ Lorraine Ugen TCU 6.34 2012: LJ NM
JT Freya Jones Georgia 52.95 N/A
4×400 Claire Mooney St John’s

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