NCAA Preview - Women - USA Athletics Scholarships

NCAA Preview – Women


Last year, Kate Avery (above) strode to victory in imperious fashion. We have previewed each of the female qualifiers and predicted their finishing position.

Have we got it right? Are the New Mexico women going to live up to their season long favourite tag?

For our men’s preview, read here.


Charlotte Taylor (San Francisco – Team)

Perhaps a new name to many but the former Warwick Uni athlete made it through to Nationals as part of the unfancied and unseeded San Francisco team.  With 23rd place finish at the West Regional, she will be looking to help her team out to a credible placing at the Big Dance.

Previous NCAA Experience – N/A

trackboundUSA Prediction – 205th


Sarah Astin (Virginia – Team)

Another new addition to the NCAA after her switch from St Marys, the AFD athlete is part of a team with big goals. She has been getting better with every race this season, culminating in her 11th place finish at Regionals. Can she go one further and perform at NCAAs?

Previous NCAA Experience – N/A

trackboundUSA Prediction – 100th


Iona Lake (Virginia – Team)

She started off the season with a win at the Panorama Farms meet and has continued that solid form through to Regionals. With previous experience of finishing just outside the top 100, her goal will surely be to go under that benchmark in Louisville on Saturday.

Previous NCAA Experience – 102nd (2014)

trackboundUSA Prediction – 120th


Rhianwedd Price (Miss State – Team)

Last year’s 1500m outdoor champion has been getting better over the cross as the seasons has progressed and has propelled her team to a first NCAA experience. With a 1500m PB of 4:09, no athlete on the NCAA start line will have the speed, but will she have the strength to go better than her All-American last year?

Previous NCAA Experience – 24th (2014)

trackboundUSA Prediction – 40th


Verity Ockenden (Lamar – Individual)

The sole representation from the Lamar team this year, Ockenden has improved on her first season by qualifying this year. Improving from 23rd to 6th in her region this year, the Poole athlete will be hoping for a solid outing at her first Big Dance.            

Previous NCAA Experience – N/A

trackboundUSA Prediction – 142nd


Calli Thackery (New Mexico – Team)

Just one of the 3 athletes that ran for the crack New Mexico squad at Regionals. Breaking down the New Mexico athlete into individuals is somewhat pointless. New Mexico coach Joe Franklin is unlikely to cut any of his athlete loose at Nationals unless the win is guaranteed. Once that is achieved, we may see the athletes as individuals.

Thackery has experience at this level and should come away as part of a winning team and All-American.

Previous NCAA Experience – 2013 (67th), 2014 (43rd)

trackboundUSA Prediction – 22nd


Molly Renfer (New Mexico – Team)

A new addition to an already stacked squad, Renfer transferred from Harvard to see out her remaining eligibility. This will be her first taste of NCAAs at XC level however.

Previous NCAA Experience – N/A

trackboundUSA Prediction – 49th


Rhona Auckland (New Mexico – Team)

The Euro U23 Champion has the ability to win this event and repeat Avery’s heroics from last year. But as before, will she be given the nod or will team orders be maintained?

Previous NCAA Experience – N/A

trackboundUSA Prediction – 7th


Stacey Taylor  (Tulsa – Team)

Tulsa’s womens’ teams over the past few years have had to play second fiddle to the men, but this year the unranked team has made it to Nationals, where Stacey Taylor will make her first foray into a National level event.

Previous NCAA Experience – N/A

trackboundUSA Prediction – 195th


Elizabeth Bird (Princeton – Team)

The Ivy League Steeplchaser has improve since her 2013 outing at the NCAAs. Since then she has made NCAAs over the barriers, and also the European U23s.

Previous NCAA Experience – 213th (2013)

trackboundUSA Prediction – 95th


Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Villanova – Team)

The Irish athlete made it with her team through at At-Large bid. Improvements have been made in her second season with the Nova team, and could produce a good run at her first NCAA championships.

Previous NCAA Experience – N/A

trackboundUSA Prediction – 130th


Sarah Collins (Providence – Team)

She will lead her Providence team into the event with podium aspirations but Collins herself is capable of repeating her 2012 performance of a 10th place finish. The Big East Champion from this year will harbour similar goals this year.

Previous NCAA Experience – 10th (2012), 39th (2013)

trackboundUSA Prediction – 13th


That ends the preview of athletes who have competed and qualified through Regionals, however does not consider the following New Mexico athletes who may feature in a full strength New Mexico team, but did not run Regionals.


Alice Wright

Almost certain to slot into the Lobos team and support Auckland in their title bid. Likely to be in or around the top 10 with Auckland.

Previous NCAA Experience – 20th (2014)

trackboundUSA Prediction – 11th


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