Top 25 Returning Collegiate Track & Field Athletes
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.