Month: October 2017
From All-Americans, NCAA Champions, World Championship qualifiers below we list our Top 25 Returning Track & Field athletes headed into the 2018 Indoor & Outdoor season. This was a difficult list to compile, we could’ve easily stretched the list to 40 athletes. There is a lot of talent throughout collegiate athletics.
25. Trey Culver(Texas Tech)- He won the National title at the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships for the High Jump, and took home the silver medal (2nd place) at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He has progressed every season while at Texas Tech, and we feel he will do the same in 2018.
24. Anna Cockrell (USC)- She has the versatility to run the 100 hurdles & 400 hurdles. At the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships she placed 8th in the 100 hurdles, and 2nd place in the 400 hurdles. She was the only underclassmen in the 400 meter hurdle final field in 2017, and returns to USC as the favorite in the event.
23. Grant Fisher (Stanford)- He will be looking to repeat as 5000 meter NCAA champion in 2018.
22. Aleia Hobbs (LSU)- She ran the seventh fastest time in the women’s 100 meter dash for 2017, that time of 10.85 was also tied for the USA lead with Tori Bowie for 2017. The 21 year old hopes to improve on this time in 2018, and that will put her in the upper echelon of female sprinters.
21. Reubin Walters (Alabama)- The senior returns to Tuscaloosa after having a great junior season where he finished as the National runner-up in 110 hurdles. He had a personal best of 13.39 at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round. After qualifying for the World championships with Trinidad & Tobago, he will look to become NCAA champion.
20. Mario Burke (Houston)- Sub 10 for him is a real possibility during the 2018 season. He returns to the University of Houston after running a PR of 10.19 in the 100 meter dash. His 6.59 in the 60 meter dash won him the American Conference title in the event.
19. Akeem Bloomfield(Auburn)- He finished 5th in the 400 meter dash at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, but we know his best race is still ahead of him. We expect for him to be in the mix again for the title.
18. Teahna Daniels (Texas)- She sped to a personal best 11.06 in the women’s 100 meter dash final at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships where she finished 3rd. Breaking the sub 11 milestone is very possible for the upcoming junior. She will also look to defend her Big 12 100 meter dash title.
17. Allie Ostrander (Boise State)- As a Freshman she won the National Championship in the Women’s 3000 Steeplechase with a personal best of 9:41.31. Her Sophomore season will be better than her Freshman season .
16. Karissa Schweizer(Missouri)- The 2017 Women’s 5000 meter National Champion finished 4th at the USATF National championships, one spot from missing the National team. We look forward to seeing what encore she puts together in 2018, the Bowerman trophy could be possible.
15. Josh Kerr (New Mexico St.)- He returns for his junior season after winning two National titles in 2017, indoors he took home the Mile championship, then the 1500 meters for the Outdoor season. He went on to compete at the World championships for Great Britain which will help his experience as he goes further in the sport. Watching him perform is a treat for track fans, and we look forward to watching him in 2018.
14. Jaylen Bacon(Arkansas State)- After a great 2017 season where he won the 100 & 200 meter dash at the Sun Belt Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and placed 4th at the USA National Championships in the 100 meter dash just missing making the field for the race, he is back for it all in 2018. He ran a personal best of 10.00 in the 100 meter dash, and running sub 10 will definitely be in the cards for him. He will look to complete the 100/200 double in 2018..
13. Mikiah Brisco (LSU)- She sped to a impressive 10.96 to win the NCAA Division I Women’s 100 meter National title in 2017. We expect more consistent sub 11 times in 2018, which would send her into the pro ranks.
12. Tobi Amusan (UTEP)- The defending women’s 100 meter hurdle National champion will be back to win it all again. Her world championship experience this past summer may separate her from the field.
11. Isaiah Harris(Penn State)- He returns to College Station as the heavy favorite to win the 800 meter dash both indoors & outdoors. We have become a fan of Isaih Harris as he took the silver medal in the Men’s 800 meter at the USATF 2017 National championships to make the USA team. He has shown that he has what it takes to go to the next level, and 2018 he has the opportunity to be amongst the World’s best.
10. Nina Schultz (Kansas State)-Competing in the Heptathlon & Pentathlon is no easy task, and when you add competing as a freshman that makes what Nina Schultz did even more special. At the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships she placed took home the bronze medal in the event. At the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships she took home the silver medal in the event where she was the only freshman in the top 18 of scoring. We look for her to capture both titles in 2018.
9. Wil London (Baylor)-His 44.47 personal best opened eyes for many fans in the world of athletics. With that personal best performance he made the USA team for the 2017 World championships in London, England where he teamed with his teammates to home the silver medal in the 4×400 relay. He returns to Baylor University as our favorite by some to win the outdoor National title in the event, but the field is stacked.
8. Kate Hall(Georgia)-In 2017 she won the National Championship in the women’s long jump as a freshman. Her jump of 22’1 captured the title in Eugene, Oregon last season. She will be returning as a favorite to win the title again in 2018, and build upon her personal best.
7. Cameron Burrell (Houston)-Mechanically there is no one better than Cameron Burrell in the 100 meter dash. In 2017 Burrell ran a personal best 9.93 in the 100 meter dash, a time that was good enough to be ranked #8 in the world. Another year at the University of Houston will sharpen his tools to be ready to run more sub 10 times in 2018. He could put up a top #5 time in 2018.
6. Nathon Allen(Auburn)- He is considered by many to be the heavy favorite in the loaded NCAA 400 meter field. We are really looking forward to seeing the 21 year old compete in 2018. He ran a personal best 44.19 in the semi-finals of the World championships to qualify him for the finals. That time was the 15th fastest 400 meter time in 2017. He went on to finish 5th in the 400 meter dash at the World championships.
5. Hannah Cunliffe (Oregon)- She returns to Eugene, Oregon for her senior season to defend her 60 meter dash National title. In 2017, she ran a personal best 7.07 in the 60 meter dash, which was ranked as the third fastest time in the World for 2017. Her indoor 200 meter time of 22.53 was second fastest time in the world for 2017.
4. Michael Norman Jr. (USC)- During the 2017 season Norman put together times of 44.60, 44.80, and 44.88. He continued to get better as the season went on, during a one month span he set 3 separate personal bests for himself in the 400 meter dash. His fastest time came during the semi-finals of the USATF National Championships where he ran 44.60. The NCAA will have a deep field in the 400 meter dash in 2018, Michael Norman Jr. will be at the top of the list. We look for him to perform the 200 meter dash as well in 2018, let’s not forget how close he was to qualifying for the Olympics in 2016. The 400 meter field is loaded, if he becomes victorious out of the field….The next level will be calling.
3. KeAndre Bates (Florida)- During the 2017 season he won three individual National Championships. Outdoor he completed the Long Jump/Triple Jump Double, Indoors he won the long jump title. He will be back in 2018 to make history to complete the LJ/TJ double again. We are rooting for him.
2. Ariana Washington (Oregon)- She made history as a freshman, becoming the first athlete to win both the 100 & 200 meter dash NCAA titles as a freshman. She followed that up with winning the 200 meter dash Indoor National title as a sophomore. After making team USA for the World championships she will come back to Oregon to add more to her trophy case, and she has the experience to do so. We feel she will amongst the top sprinters in the World when it comes to times in 2018.
1. Grant Holloway(Florida)- He was highly recruited coming out of High School, and he more than delivered in his Freshman season at the University of Florida. Grant Holloway in a coaches dream, he’s a point stacker in big meets, and so fun to watch compete. Last season he won National titles in the 60 meter hurdles & 110 Hurdles, and took home the silver medal in the Long Jump outdoors. What makes him fun to watch is that he can do it all, whether its competing in hurdles, long jump, the 4×100 relay, or running the 4×400 relay. Whatever the price, I would pay to watch him compete, because he gives his all. The 2018 season will be the same.
The field is not set yet, but we can hardly wait to see what the 2018 60 meter dash has in store for the U.S.A. There are legitimate 7 Sprinters that could make the team for the World Indoor Championships in 2018, and those athletes pose a real chance to make the podium. Below we showcase the athletes we believe could be World championship medalist in Birmingham, Great Britain March 2018.
There is no time like now for our great sport of Athletics. We are at a crossroads for the sport and looking for our athletes to take it to the next level. Our sport is a entertainment business, and we have lots of talented, young, energetic, and marketable individuals to take the sport to the next level. With the sports greatest athlete of all time, and arguably greatest marketer & showman retiring we look to the new generation to take the baton to new heights. We made a list of the top 25 sprinters at age 25 and under. Most experts feel that the prime age for a sprinter are the ages to 27-30, so these sprinters have a lot more to accomplish. There are many more talented athletes under the age 25 in the sport, that this list could have stretched to 40.
25. Mikiah Briscoe (USA)- She sped to a impressive 10.96 to win the NCAA Division I Women’s 100 meter National title in 2017. We expect more consistent sub 11 times in 2018, which would send her into the pro ranks.
24. Aleia Hobbs(USA) – She ran the seventh fastest time in the women’s 100 meter dash for 2017, that time 10.85 was also tied for the USA lead with Tori Bowie for 2017. The 21 year old hopes to improve on this time in 2018, and that will put her in the upper echelon of female sprinters.
23. Nathon Allen(Jamaica)- We are really looking forward to seeing the 21 year old compete in 2018. He ran a personal best 44.19 in the semi-finals of the World championships to qualify him for the finals. That time was the 15th fastest 400 meter time in 2017. He went on to finish 5th in the 400 meter dash at the World championships. He is a heavy favorite to win the 400 meter NCAA title in 2018.
22. Thebe Babolaki (Botswana)- The 20 year old sprinter ran a personal best of 44.02 this past season in Lausanne. In 2016 he took home the African 400 meter championship & teamed with Botswana teammates to win gold in the 4×400 relay. He also has a personal best in the 200 meter dash of 20.21, with this versatility a 200/400 double is possible. This young man will be a threat in years to come, and we look forward to watching him grow.
21. Salwa Eid Naser(Bahrain)- At only 19 years old, Naser ran a National Record of 50.06 in the women’s 400 meter dash final to take home the silver medal in the event. She would came back in September to break her own National record, running at time of 49.88 in Bruxelles that ranked as the 7th fastest time in the world for 2017.
20. Jereem Richards (Trinidad & Tobago)- After a long collegiate 2017 season with the Alabama Crimson Tide, the 23 year Trinidadian caped off a tremendous season with a bronze medal in the 200 meter dash. He helped his teammates win the gold medal in the 4×400 relay at the 2017 World championships. He ran his personal best in the 200 meter dash this season of 19.97. Richards, signed professionally with Adidas after the season. More medals are coming his way.
19. Michelle Lee-Ahye (Trinidad & Tobago)- She ran the third fastest time in the women’s 100 meter dash for 2017, her 10.82 was a personal best . In 2015 she was apart of the 4×100 Trinidad & Tobago relay team that captured the bronze medal at the World championships.
18. Chijindu Ujah (Great Britain)- The 23 year old Britian is arguably the face of British sprinting. The 2017 season was his best. He led off the Great Britain 4×100 relay team that won the World championship, and he also won the 2017 Diamond league 100 meter dash title.
17. English Gardner (USA)- Lets not forget that in 2016 that Gardner ran a personal best 10.74, and that time was the fourth fastest time in the world that season behind all of Elaine Thompson’s times. That 10.74 is tied for the 7th fastest time in history. She still has her prime ahead of her, and the 2018 season lots of fans will lose their “sprinters amnesia”.
16. Steven Gardiner(Bahamas)- The 22 year old Bahamian star ran a personal best/Bahamian record 43.89 in the semi-finals of the World championships. That time of 43.89 was the fifth fastest time in the world for 2017. In his young career, Gardiner, has accomplished an bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in the 4×400 relay with his Bahamian teammates, and he took home the silver medal in the 400 meter dash at the 2017 World championships.
15. Akani Simbine(South Africa)- The 24 year old South African holds personal bests of 9.89 in the 100 meter dash, and 19.95 in the 200 meter dash . His 9.89 is a South African Record. We look forward to more battles between he and fellow countryman Wayde Van Niekerk.
14. Morolake Akinosun(USA)- She has won a gold medal in the Olympics, World championships, and Pan American games being apart of the USA women’s 4×100 relay team. In 2017 her season’s best 100 meter dash time was 10.98 which was ranked 7th among U.S Women in 2017. We look for the 23 year old to break out in 2018 in the women’s 100 meter dash.
13. Trayvon Bromell(USA)- The 22 year old from St. Petersburg, Florida burst onto the scene in 2015 running 9.84, and taking the bronze medal in the 100 meter dash at the 2015 World championships. Then in 2016 winning 60 meter dash gold at the 2016 World Indoor championships, he was hampered by injury in 2017 , but we expect him to be back in full strength when the 2018 season rolls around.
12.Julian Forte (Jamaica)- Forte, ran the third fastest 100 meter dash time in the World in 2017. His 9.91 was a personal best for him. He finished the season with two victories he has shown that he is ready to take a big step in 2018 for Jamaican sprinting.
11. Phyllis Francis (USA)- Her 2017 season may have been the best of her professional career. The 25 year old took home three gold medals in World competiton. She took home two gold medals as apart of the women’s 4×400 relay in the World Relay championships & the World championships. She also ran a personal best 49.92 to win the 400 meter dash World championship. This could be the start of something!
10. Fred Kerley (USA)- We are so excited to see the 22 year old American continue his professional career in 2018. He will be the face of the 400 meter dash in the USA, and we feel that he won’t disappoint. In 2017, He won the NCAA 400 meter dash title during the Indoor & Outdoor seasons. Although these feats were great in itself the times he put up is what made him the face of the event in the United States. Kerley’s top 5 performances consisted of 43.70,44.03, 44.09, 44.10, and 44.11. His 43.70 was #2 behind World champion Wayde Van Niekerk. With him not having to run the rigorous collegiate schedule in 2018, we feel this will only help him put together even better performances next season.
9. Noah Lyles(USA)- The 20 year old American has a bright future ahead of him in U.S. sprinting. He took home his first career Diamond league championship winning the 200 meter men’s division of the award. He has the versatility to run the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, and 400 meter dash which makes him the triple threat for team USA going forward.
8. Yoshihide Kiryu (Japan)- In September 2017, Kiryu became the first Japanese sprinter to break the 10 second barrier in the 100 meter dash, he sprinted to a new Japanese record 9.98. The 21 year old is also apart of the Asian & Japanese record for the 4×100 relay where he and teammates ran 37.60 at the 2016 Olympics to take home the silver medal. He was also apart of the 2017 World championship bronze medal team of the 4×100 relay. If healthy reaching the podium in major championships is not out of the question.
7. Dafne Schippers(Netherlands)- At the young age of 25 she is already a legend in the sport of Athletics. She has a long list of accolades that we can’t go through here, In September she defended her women’s 200 meter dash world championship in London. She holds five Netherlands National records in the 60 meter dash, 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, outdoor long jump, and part of the 4×100 relay. Her 200 meter dash time of 21.63 is the third fastest on the all-time list and a European record. Schippers, has at least 4-5 years of top level sprinting remaining, and could end her career among the all-time greats.
6. Dina Asher-Smith(Great Britain)- The future belongs to her. At 21 years of age she already holds the British records in the 100 meter dash & 200 meter dash. In 2016, she won gold in the European championships for the 200 meter dash, the silver medal in the women’s 4×100 relay, and also earned the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics games in the 4×100 relay with Great Britain teammates. At the 2017 World championships her and teammates earned the silver medal in the 4×100 relay, with running 10.99 & 22.07 at age 21 we look for those times to drop as she gains more experience and that’s the reason she is high on this list.
5. Christian Coleman(USA)- He is our pick to become the King of American sprints for the next 5-10 years if healthy. He has proven has the strength to complete the 100/200 double by winning the 60 meter dash & 200 meter dash National titles Indoor, then 100 meters & 200 meters National titles Outdoor. Most impressively, after a long collegiate season he took home two silver medals at the World championships.
4. Andre DeGrasse (Canada)- In his young career the 22 year old has accomplished so much we can’t help but think how great can this young man become. The Canadian is a 3-time Olympic medalist earning silver in the 200 meter dash, bronze in the 100 meter dash, and bronze in the 4×100 relay. He is a 2-time World championship medalist earning bronze in both the 100 meter dash & 4×100 relay at the 2015 World championships in Beijing, also in 2015 he doubled in gold at the Pan American games in Toronto to win the 100 meter dash & 200 meter dash. He may have not even started his reign at sprinting supremacy, he will threaten world records in his disciplines,and it will be great for sport.
3. Shaunae Uibo-Miller(Bahamas)- You can make the case that the 23 year old Bahamian is the best sprinter in the world. She won the 400 meter Olympic gold medal in 2016, in 2017 she became the second female athlete( Allyson Felix) to win Diamond league titles in the 200 meter dash & 400 meter dash. If she were to complete the 200/400 double on the championship/Olympic level her legacy would be cemented.
2. Elaine Thompson(Jamaica)- The 25 year old Jamaican is arguably the best female sprinter in the sport. Last summer, she took home 3 medals at the Rio Olympics winning gold in the 100 meter dash,the 200 meter dash, and silver in the 4×100 relay with Jamaican teammates. She has personal bests of 10.70 in the 100 meter dash (which is a Jamaican record), and 21.66 in the 200 meter dash. She is a favorite to win the 2018 World championship in the 60 meter dash Indoors, and this will be another great accolade to build toward her legacy.
1. Wayde Van Niekerk(South Africa)- At the age 25 he is the first sprinter ever to go sub10, sub20, sub 31, and sub 44 in the 100m, 200m, 300m, and 400 meter races. He has won two 400 meter dash World championship gold medals, and he took home the silver medal in the 200 meter dash for the 2017 World championships. Van Niekerk, could be the first athlete to go sub 43 in the 400 meter dash, and that would put him in the top 5 sprinter category in my opinion(currently ranked top in our top 10 all time).
Team USA is back in the hurt business. The 400 meter dash is arguably the toughest event in athletics. Every athlete will tell you that running this event has a different type of pain to train for and to compete in. There is no question that the world has caught up talent and development wise in this event. South Africa has the face of the event & sport in Wayde Van Niekerk, Botswana has two Sub 44 sprinters on any given day in Thebe Baboloki and Isaac Makwala, and the reigning world champions Trinidad & Tobago has a team of young talent. Below we list the new wave of talent in the U.S. that will headline the 400 meter dash for years to come.
7. Marcus Chambers(USA)- Marcus Chambers ran the his personal best of 44.92 during the prelims of the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Chambers, finished his collegiate career at the University of Oregon this past spring, and we look forward to see how he can progress in 2018.
6. Vernon Norwood (New Balance)- In his young career he has 2 gold world championships medals to his credit. Norwood, teamed with his USA teammates to win gold in the 4×400 relay races at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing ,China and 2016 World Indoor Championships in Portland, USA. He also won the USATF 400 meter title in 2016. He has a personal best of 44.44, and has the upside to break 44 seconds in the future.
5. Michael Norman Jr. (USC)- At 19 years old, he has the most upside of anyone on this list. During the 2017 season Norman put together times of 44.60, 44.80, and 44.88. He continued to get better as the season went on, during a one month span he set 3 separate personal bests for himself in the 400 meter dash. His fastest time came during the semi-finals of the USATF National Championships where he ran 44.60. The NCAA will have a deep field in the 400 meter dash in 2018, Michael Norman Jr. will be at the top of the list. The 2018 season could be the season where everyone knows his name.
4. My’lik Kerley (Texas A&M)- He had a personal best of 44.85 last season at the 2017 USATF Outdoor National Championships. He has been apart of 2 National Championship 4×400 relay teams at Texas A&M University (One indoor, One outdoor), and the 2018 season could be just as impressive as the 2017 season was. The transfer from Stephen F. Austin will be the leader in the clubhouse for the Aggies in 2018, and big performances are on the horizon.
3. Wil London III (Baylor)- His 44.47 personal best opened eyes for many fans in the world of athletics. With that personal best performance he made the USA team for the 2017 World championships in London, England where he teamed with his teammates to take home the silver medal in the 4×400 relay. He returns to Baylor University as a favorite by some to win the outdoor National title in the event.
2. Michael Cherry (Nike)- Michael Cherry’s consistency was great in 2017, and that will set him apart for years to come in the sport. He ran his personal best 44.66 at the 2017 USATF National Championships in Sacramento, California. He had a stat line of 44.66,44.73, 44.77 (twice), and 44.92 in the 400 meter dash for 2017. We know that the sub 44 time is coming, and Cherry could be the next superstar in this event for the USA.
1. Fred Kerley (Nike)- The journey that Fred Kerley has taken to stardom has been great for young athletes to follow, and the journey may have just begun. The Juco transfer from South Plains College in Levelland, Texas became a superstar at Texas A&M University. In 2017, He won the NCAA 400 meter dash title during the Indoor & Outdoor seasons. Although these feats were great in itself the times he put up is what made him the face of the event in the United States. Kerley’s top 5 performances consisted of 43.70,44.03, 44.09, 44.10, and 44.11. His 43.70 was #2 behind World champion Wayde Van Niekerk. With him not having to run the rigorous collegiate schedule in 2018, we feel this will only help him put together even better performances next season. Be on the lookout for the new face of the USA 400 meters.