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10 of the Best

Rosie Clarke & Kate Avery

NCAA Division 1 Indoor Championships
Fayetteville, AR
March 13th – 14th, 2015

Here’s who made the cut. Top 16 in each event from a descending order list. Take away scratches, this is what you get. For the first time since we have started covering the NCAA, field event and sprint qualifiers match their distance counterparts in number. 5 to 5.

Individual Qualifiers

Nick Miller – Weight Throw

Ranking: 7th

Oklahoma State are perhaps better known for their endurance program, but just as one Border Harrier leaves Stillwater, another continues the Cumbrian influence on the Cowboys. Nick Miller has consistently made national finals. and picked up a medal in the Hammer at outdoor nationals in 2014.

Jax Thoirs – Pole Vault

Ranking: 9th

The Scottish PV record holder hasn’t quite equalled his PB this indoor season, but the experience gained from his Commonwealth experience shoud stand him in good stead in what looks set to be an excellent field.

Babatunde Amosu – Triple Jump

Ranking: 11th

The Texas A&M transfer from Croydon has excelled at Iowa and is currently sitting proudly in a TJ qualifying berth. A personal best was required though to make it through.

Calli Thackery – 3000m

Ranking: 13th

The only female athlete to make the cut off from Joe Franklin’s stable. In 14th place, she looks set to qualify by a fairly comfortable 1.4 seconds by NCAA standards. She goes in the UNM DMR too.

Rosie Clarke – Mile (pictured above)

Ranking: 3rd

The second Iona Gael to make the Nationals cut and also be awarded with GB & NI selection for the Euro Indoors. In a stellar start to her NCAA career the Junior  transfer from Bath sits 3rd in the descending order list with a incredible 4:31 mile, a time that betters both Hannah England and Charlotte Browning’s best NCAA miles, and ranks her as the quicket Brit ever in the NCAA. Will she bounce back from this weekend’s Euros?

Rhianwedd Price – Mile

Ranking: 6th

Very easy to overlook the Miss State athlete with Rosie Clark’s slightly quicker mile, but a 4:32 mile to her name, the Welsh athlete is to be taken very seriously. She remains our ‘dark horse’ amongst the 8 listed here. Ranked 4th on the UK All-Time NCAA List, or our list.

Adam Bitchell – 3000m

Ranking: 16th

The New Mexico endurance man has proved not only his consistency but class over the past few weeks with a conference double. He sneaked in through the last slot available and required an altitude time to do it, but given his fresh legs in the 3000m, he may just be knocking on all that All-American door as some of the athletes with 5000m/3000m double start to feel it.

Marc Scott – 5000m

Ranking: 15th

The Tulsa athlete has set both 3000m and 5000m indoor school records this year, but still had to rely on scratches to make it in the 5000m. The distance events are particularly strong this but an outside shot of All-American due to his racing pedigree.

Allan Hamilton – Long Jump

Ranking: 16th

Just goes to show that there is more to New Mexico than Joe Franklin’s British endurance armies. The Sale Harrier has made an immediate impact in Albuquerque and has done excellently to qualify for an NCAA event at his first attempt.

Ben Williams – Triple Jump 

Ranking: 5th

The current top ranked Brit also features very highly in the NCAA list. Marquis Dendy of Florida is the only man over 17 metres this season but behind that only 15cm separates the next 5 men. Along with Allan Hamilton, Williams is the second Sale Harrier jumper to qualify.

Relay Qualifiers

Matthew Fayers, OSU – DMR

Robbie Farnham-Rose, Alabama – DMR

Neil Gourley, Virginia Tech – DMR

Chelsea Jarvis, FSU – DMR

Calli Thackery, New Mexico – DMR

Sophie Connor, New Mexico – DMR

Sam Watts, TCU – 4×400

Elliot Slade, Villanova – DMR

Scratches (Or withdrawals)

Kate Avery – 3000m

The 2014 NCAA XC Champ posted a sub 9 clocking at the Millrose Games. But she has opted to contest only the Europeans.


The below shows the time required to make the top 16 in each event, prior to scratches. Marc Scott’s 13:47.9 was only 0.7 off an automatic qualifier, but he has been pushed in after athletes have withdrawn.

Men   Women
6.61 60m 7.30
20.89 200m 23.41
46.46 400m 52.72
01:48.2 800m 02:04.9
03:58.2 Mile 04:38.0
07:53.3 3000m 09:07.9
13:47.2 5000m 16:01.51
7.78 60H 8.21
2.20m HJ 1.83m
5.50m PV 4.27m
7.69 LJ 6.30m
16.07m TJ 12.93m
19.35m Shot 16.71m
21.39m Weight 20.86m
5561 Hept
Pent 4152

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