With the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas, just two days away, Illinois senior Stephanie Richartz is trying to accomplish something that has never been done at Illinois — win a pole vault national championship. Richartz, Illinois only representative at Nationals, will go up against 15 of the country’s best vaulters.
On Friday and Saturday, the NCAA’s best runners will face off in Fayetteville, Arkansas, for the NCAA indoor championships.
The full slate of men’s races should be exhilarating. Here are a few things to keep an eye on:
• Will Oregon’s super sophomore Edward Cheserek claim another pair of individual indoor titles? Will Cheserek lead the Ducks to the DMR win?
• With five entrants in the field, just how many points will Oregon pick up in the 3,000m?
• Will the Arkansas duo of Kemoy Campbell and Stanley Kebeni pick up significant points for the home team in the 3,000m?
• Can Florida dethrone the defending champion Oregon Ducks? Or will Oregon’s distance runners carry the day?
photo courtesy, Thomas Boyd, the Oregonian
EUGENE - Jasmine Todd's body is in one piece again, which is a good thing for the Oregon Ducks as they head into the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
The Ducks are working on a streak of five consecutive women's NCAA Indoor titles. Todd, entered in the 60 meters and the long jump, will be a big part of Oregon's bid for No. 6.
6th March 2015 – Nelson Mandela once said that “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” I think that’s an important quote to remember as an athlete, as sometimes it takes time for goals to come to fruition. I often get emails on my webpage, asking how to get through a period of non-improvement when it seems as though it is impossible to reach one’s goals.
Mary Cain stood near the starting line with 31 other high-school girls at a track in Greensboro, N.C., in June 2011, waiting to run in the national championships of the 4 x 800 meter relay. With their long ponytails and soft bodies, racing numbers pinned to their hips, none of the girls looked like much — but Cain, a freshman, looked like less. She wore hot pink shorts and a black sports bra, and her shoulders slumped with the impatient awkwardness of being 15.
On the day that tickets for the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix have gone on general sale, Olympic 800m champion and world record-holder David Rudisha has confirmed that he will compete at the IAAF Diamond League meeting on 7 June. Rudisha created one of the defining moments of the London 2012 Olympics as he won the 800m in incredible fashion, leading from the front and setting a world record of 1:40.91, and the Kenyan is relishing the chance to rediscover similar form when he returns to British soil in June.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Olympian Shannon Rowbury has been awarded USATF Athlete of the Week after her rare double at the USATF Indoor Championships in Boston.
Rowbury (Portland, Oregon) won the mile Saturday and the two mile Sunday with her times of 4:34.40 and 9:43.95, respectively. Her mile victory was her first USATF title since winning the 1,500m at 2009 USATF Outdoors, and it was her first USATF Indoors title since 2008. Even battling a cold, Rowbury’s indoor season ended on a successful note.
photo courtesy USATF
Olympic silver medalist and three-time USATF Champion Erik Kynard has already made a name for himself on the world stage. After taking home silver in London at just 21 years old as a college junior, the high jumper has made three U.S. teams in his young but illustrious career. For an athlete who is just in his second full year as a professional, the Ohio native is rarely satisfied.
BOSTON -- Sharon Day-Monroe made history by winning her fourth consecutive national indoor title to kick off the 2015 USATF Indoor Championships Friday.
Day-Monroe (Los Angeles) became the most decorated American since the addition of the outdoor heptathlon in 1981, winning her fourth consecutive indoor title to accompany her three outdoor titles. Day-Monroe is the first athlete in USATF history to win four consecutive indoor pentathlon crowns.
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