Month: November 2017
In our opinion, Asafa Powell is one of the best sprinters of all-time. He has recorded the most sub-10 100 meter dash times in history. He is a former 100 meter dash record holder, his personal best of 9.72 is the #4 time on the all-time list. He holds the World Record in the 100 yard dash with a time on 9.07. He is an Olympic Gold Medalist in the 4×100 relay with Jamaica, also a 5-Time World championship medalist. His five world championship medals consist of 2 Gold medals with the Jamaican 4×100 relay team in 2009 Berlin and 2015 Beijing, 3 Bronze medals with two coming in the 100 meter dash (2007 Osaka & 2009 Berlin), and the other in the 4×100 relay team at the Osaka championships in 2007. With all these accolades over his career, there is one thing missing from his resume’, a individual Olympic Gold, or World championship medal. Throughout his career he has been in the final race to collect gold but has not been able to pull through. Many fans will look back, and say “wait” he won the 100 meter dash in the 2006 commonwealth Games, which is true, but The Commonwealth Games is not considered a global event by many. Asafa Powell is a future Hall of Famer without these two medals, but this may be the year he finally breaks through.
As we look back at Powell’s World Championship/ Olympic Game finals he has been great every round leading up to the final. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens he cruised to win his heat in 10.06 seconds, then he went 9.99 in the quarter-finals where he finished second in the heat. If you watched his semi-final race you would have thought he was heading toward the gold medal. He ran a 9.95 to win the first semi-final, but in the final he finished 5th. At the 2007 World Championships, in Osaka the headlining event was Asafa Powell vs. Tyson Gay. This was a great race, where Asafa led for the first 40 meters, but in the end Tyson Gay proved to be best sprinter in the world, with Asafa Powell finishing with the Bronze Medal. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, we all knew whose show it was we just wanted to see what time he would come away with, but Asafa Powell failed to even make the podium which we know he was well capable of. His next 4 World Championship/Olympic performances were dominated by the G.O.A.T Usain Bolt.
In 2016, at the World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon everyone thought for sure this would be the season he would win an individual gold medal. He was dominant in the heats, and the semi-final of the 60 meter dash. He ran the world lead/National record/ #5 60 meter dash time ever 6.44 twice before the final. In the finals, his start wasn’t his best and he found himself trying to recover to eventual champion Trayvon Bromell. Powell, would finish with the silver medal in the event.
We are rooting for Asafa Powell to win the 60 meter dash world title in 2018 to put the narrative to rest about him in big championship races. Many may say that even with a 60 meter dash world title in 2018 they will still few him the same, but we feel different. For the past 12 season he has been one of the most consistent sprinters in history. He will go down as an all-time great, but an individual World Title will definitely add to his legacy.
The future of NCAA Athletics has arrived, these athletes will look to have All-American honors & National Titles. Below we list the top incoming Freshman that will make a impact to their team during the 2018 Track & Field season in the Horizontal Jumping events.
10. Grant Downes(Wichita State University)- Has a personal best 51-6 in the triple jump. Wichita State has loaded up on triple jump talent for the 2018 season.
9. Tyra Gittens(Texas A&M)- She will enter College Station with a personal best of 20-8 in the long jump.
8. Rayvon Allen (Wichita State)- He will look to become All-Conference as a freshman in both jumping events. His best triple jump is 51-7.25, coupled with personal best long jump of 24-0.25. He will be one to watch in 2018.
7. Sophia Falco(Vanderbilt University)- She has the versatility to contribute in the long jump & triple jump in 2018. She has a personal best long jump of 20-5, and a triple jump of 42-8.
6. Frederic Williams (UTEP)- He has a great chance to be All-conference as a freshman in Conference USA. Williams, has a personal best of 24-8.5 in the long jump.
5. William Henderson (Penn State)- The Nittany Lions will be getting a great all-around athlete. He has a personal best of 25-2.5 long jump & 46-5.5 in the triple jump. The reason for these personal bests could attribute to his 10.52 speed in the 100 meter dash.
4. Jalen Seals(Baylor University)- Great speed equals great jumps. Seals, has a personal best of 10.46 in the 100 meter dash. His speed on the runway has helped him to a personal best 24-11.5 in the long jump & 51-4 in the triple jump.
3. Jaimie Robinson(University of Alabama)- She is a star in the making for the Crimson Tide. With a personal best of 44-4 in the triple jump, Jaimie Robinson will look to become an All-American in 2018. She looks to be ahead of the curve as she enters the SEC, with the proper fundamentals in the event.
2. Jalen Reagor(TCU)- The highly recruited football standout has a Personal best of 26 feet in the long jump. He has been a consistent 24 -25 feet jumper the past two seasons. We look forward to seeing him at TCU.
1. Tara Davis (Georgia)- The Georgia Bulldogs add another great athlete to the already loaded field side to their women’s team. Tara Davis enters the program with a personal best of 22-3.75 in the long jump, and 43-4 in the triple jump. As a Freshman she will look to compete individual championships in the SEC & NCAA.
The 2018 Track & Field season is right around the corner, and we can hardly wait for it to begin. There will be lots of great Indoor & Outdoor meets this upcoming season, but there are a few that we always mark our calendars for every season. The Championship meets are a given to be much anticipated every season, but it’s during the regular season where we find the hidden stars/diamond in the rough athletes in the sport. Below list our top 10 meets we look forward to during the 2018 Indoor & Outdoor Track Season.
10. Nike Prefontaine Classic When: May 26th, 2018 Where: Euguene, Oregon This meet was historic before the Diamond League, but now it adds just a little bit more. You can always expect a world leading time to be set at this event.
9. ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships- When: March 20th, 2018- March 24th, 2018 Where: Jamaica National Stadium The future of Jamaican Athletics will be at this meet, along with 50-100 American College coaches, and a few agents looking for the best talent in Jamaica.
8. IAAF Doha Diamond League- When: May 4th, 2018 Where: Doha, Qatar The first Diamond League meet of the season is always exciting. It’s fun to see who takes the early lead on points, which is never a great indication of who will win the titles.
7. IAAF World Indoor Tour- When: February 3rd, 2018 Where: Karlsruhe (Messehalle) Germany This will be the first installment of the Indoor World Tour for 2018, and that’s the reason we have it listed. We can hardly wait to see the world’s best compete indoors.
6. Michael Johnson Invitational- When: April 21st, 2018 Where: Waco, Texas When the Greatest American Sprinter of All Time has a meet, you now that it will be good. This is always a great event. The Staff at Baylor University deserve a lot of credit.
5. National Relay Championships- When: April 27th-April 28th 2018 Where: Fayetteville, AR We are very excited to see how this meet will be received by the fans. We think this is a great idea. It will be interesting to see the ranking after a weekend of Penn Relays, and this meet.
4. New Balance Indoor Grand Prix- When: February 10th, 2018 Where: Reggie Lewis Center Roxbury Crossing, MA This is one of the premier events in the sport of Athletics. Every season the top sprinters & distance runners have great performances.
3. Texas Relays- When: March 28th- March 31st 2018 Where: Austin, Texas Mike A. Myers Stadium and Soccer Field Texas Relays is always diverse with professionals, high level high school, and great collegiate athletes.
2. Pepsi Florida Relays- When: March 29-March 31st 2018 Where: Gainesville, FL
James G. Pressly Stadium, Percy Beard Track This is a great meet every season from the standpoint that many professionals use this meet as a starting point for the outdoor season, last season’s meet was a great indication of that. With that the competition is always great there.
1. Penn Relays- When: April 26th-April 28th 2018 Where: Philadelphia, Pa. Franklin Field If you love Track & Field you have to experience this meet at least once in your lifetime. The Jamaican crowd is the best, and the professional races are always entertaining.
The future of NCAA Athletics has arrived, these athletes will look to have All-American honors & National Titles. Below we list the top incoming Freshman that will make a impact to their team during the 2018 Track & Field season.
20. Terrance Laird (Penn State)- He is a great addition to the Nittany Lion program. He has a personal best of 10.45 in the 100 meter dash, and 20.83 in the 200 meter dash. We feel he will be All-Big Ten as a Freshman.
19. Karimah Davis (Florida State)- She joins a very talented group in Tallahassee. She will look to become a All-ACC sprinter as a freshman.
18. Shae Anderson (Oregon)- With The Oregon Ducks losing NCAA Champion Raveyn Rogers, the women’s 4×400 relay received great addition in Shae Anderson. She has a personal best of 51.99 in the 400 meter dash, she also has a career best 40.31 in the 300 hurdles respectively.
17. Joseph Sheffield (University of Oklahoma)- He has a personal best of 10.07 in the 100 meter dash, and we look forward to seeing if he goes sub 10 in 2018. If so shoe companies may start lining up.
16. Jeffrey Hulon Jr. (Ohio State)- He ran a personal best 10.16 in the 100 meter dash in 2017, if he builds on that a Big Ten Title is realistic.
15. Katia Seymour (Florida State)- The Florida State Seminoles are getting the best 200 Meter dash sprinter freshman in the nation for the 2018 season. She has a personal best of 22.89 in the event, and has the potential to be a All-American this season.
14. Caleb Jolivette (Sam Houston State)- The Conference long jump title may be his as a freshman. His long jump PB is 24 ft 3.5 to go with a 10.31 best in the 100 meter dash.
13. Sean Hooper (Texas Tech)- He’s a triple threat, 10.55-100 meter dash, 20.94-200 meter dash, 45.86-400 meter dash. It will be fun to see the event selection for the talented sprinter.
12. Khance Myers (Hinds CC)- We’re willing to go out on a limb to say the Khance Myers will be a NJCAA National Champion next season in either the 100 or 200 meter dash. He enters the powerhouse Hinds Community College with career best of 10.39 , and 20.84 in the 100 & 200 meter dash races respectively.
11. Kaylor Harris (Texas Tech)- She is a outstanding sprinter & hurdler. She has a personal best of 13.38 in the 100 hurdles, and 11.34 in the 100 meter dash. She will have the opportunity to compete for a Big 12 title as a freshman. It wil also be interesting to see if she competes in the long jump, she has a PB of 20 ft 5.75 respectively.
10. Chauncey Smart (Miami)- We were excited to see that he will focus on Track & Field full time, and that he transferred to The University of Miami. He will definitely be All-ACC as a freshman in the 100 Meter dash.
9. Demi Washington(Alabama)- Her 11.21 personal best in the 100 meter dash will be a great addition to the Crimson Tide.
8. Twanisha Terry (USC)- From Miami, FL to Southern California, the Trojans got a steal. The 100/200 meter sprinter will have a impact on the PAC-12 sprints as a freshman.
7. Zach Shinnick (USC)- He won the USATF Junior Championships with a personal best 45.20 in the final. He also has a personal best of 21.09 in the 200 meter dash that will definitely get better in 2018. We look forward to seeing him and teammate Michael Norman Jr. in 2018.
6. Leander Forbes (Florida A&M)- He will be a Conference Champion as a Freshman.. Book it. He enters Florida A&M with personal best 45.95 in the 400 meter dash.
5. Isaiah Cunningham(Baylor)- It’s all about the fit between the athlete and the coaching staff. Cunningham, is going to a great situation at Baylor University with Associate Head Coach Michael Ford. He has a personal best of 10.32 in the 100 meter dash and 20.84 in the 200 meter dash.
4. Lynna Irby(Georgia)- Her personal best 51.89 got her the silver medal at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships. We believe she will return to form this 2018 Indoor & Outdoor season to give the Georgia Bulldogs points on the sprints side.
3. Symone Mason(Miami)- She will be a great addition The “U”. Her 11.24 personal best in the 100 meter dash will surely get better with Amy Deem. Mason, has a personal best of 52.42 in the 400 meter dash, and with the departure of Shakira Wimbley “The U” will be looking to retool.
2. Champion Allison (Alabama)- He is a triple threat. Look at his Personal bests: 100M-10.44, 200M-20.71, 400M-45.87. The 400 meter dash is his best event, but he has the versatility to be ALL-SEC in all three areas. He will make a impact in 2018 Indoor & Outdoor.
1. Sydney McLaughlin (Kentucky)- She can do it all. Whether it be 100H, 400H, 200M, 400M or the Long jump the Olympian performs at a high level no matter the event. Her and the Kentucky coaching staff is a match made in Heaven, and the 2018 season will prove that.
The 2018 World Indoor Championships are 4 months away, and we are trying to come up with the top 3 athletes for the USA Team’s long jump. When it comes down to it, we will be looking at 7 legit contenders for 3 Spots. Below we list the to 8 competitors for the 2018 USATF Indoor Championships. *2016 World Champion
1. Jeff Henderson- The 2016 Rio Olympic Champion will be back in 2018 to add to his trophy case. He holds the T-22nd best jump in long jump history 8.52m. At the 2016 World Indoor championships he finished 4th just short of making the podium. We feel that he will back to his elite form in 2018, and if so the World better take notice.
2. Laderrick Ward- He won the 2017 Indoor USA National title in the long jump, we look forward to watching him compete in 2018 for a spot on the National team.
3. Jarrion Lawson- He has the potential to be the face of the event for Team USA. Lawson, won the USA National title in the 2017 long jump, and has a personal best of 8.58m (28 ft 1 3⁄4 in) that is ranked as the 16th best all-time. At the 2017 World championships he took home the silver medal in the long jump, just missing winning gold by 0.04m. In 2018, we look for him to climb the list on the all time list.
4. Will Claye- Will Claye will go down as one of the best jumpers of all-time. Not just for triple jump, but for long jump as well. What this Future Hall of Famer has accomplished is nothing short of legendary. He has the versatility to perform both events at a high level. At the 2012 London Olympics he won the bronze medal in the long jump, and a silver in the triple jump. In 2018, we feel he has the ability to make the team in both events for the World Indoor championships. We are rooting for this to happen.
5. Marquis Dendy*- He is the reigning Indoor World Champion in the long jump. At the 2016 World Indoor Championships he won the event with a jump of 8.26m. He is a 2-time USATF Indoor champion, and will look to add another to his resume in 2018.
6. Michael Hartfield- His personal best in the long jump is 8.34m (27 ft 4 1⁄4 in) that he set in 2016. He will be amongst the top 5 in the event for the USA in 2018.
7. Keandre Bates- We know that he has one more season of eligibility at The University of Florida, but shoe companies may start calling if he has a great indoor season. 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.
The 2018 400 Meter Dash field has the potential to be the best we have seen in the last decade from lane 1 through lane 8, and possibly those who don’t make it to the final. If healthy you can easily say that there is no clear cut favorite to win. Last month, we posted early predictions for 2018, and we picked Wil London III to win. We will hold true to that, but anything could happen. Below we list the who we feel the field will be.
Lane 8. Mar’yea Harris(Missouri)- Last season he ran a personal best 45.45 in the event. He finished 2nd in the 400 meter dash at the Big Ten Indoor & Outdoor championships with a time of 45.71. He has consistently ran mid 45’s and will look to break 45 in 2018.
Lane 7. Randall Ceneus (Auburn)- Never mind the NCAA 400 meter dash field, we might take a trip to Auburn University to view practice. Ceneus, is one of three maybe four 400 meter sprinters the Auburn Tigers could have in the final. In 2017, he ran a personal best 45.82, and with teammates pushing him he will be an All- American.
Lane 6. Wil London III(Baylor)- He is our pick to win the title, and he will have to run a PR to do it possibly. We feel his best times are ahead of him. 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.
Lane 5. 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.
Lane 4. Nathon Allen (Auburn)- At his young age he was the fastest Jamaican in the 400 meter dash in 2017(44.19). 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 Jamaican 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.
Lane 3. My’Lik Henry (Texas A&M)- He ran a personal best 44.85 at the USATF Championships last summer after having a remarkable season at Texas A&M. He Was 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. It would be a great storyline to have him win the National title a year after his older brother did.
Lane 2. Akeem Bloomfield(Auburn)- His personal best 44.74 was the 6th fastest 400 meter dash in Jamaica for 2017. 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.
Lane 1. Nathan Strother (Tennessee)- For the past two out door seasons he has recorded a personal best 45.07 in the 400 meter dash. He will enter his senior season looking to go sub 45, and win some hardware.
15. Isaiah Harris (USA)- He has entered himself into the conversation after running the 20th fastest time in the world for 2017 in the 800 meters. His 1:44.53 was the third fastest American performance in 2017. We look for the 20 year old to put together more top 15 world marks in 2018.
14. Donovan Brazier(USA)- Last season at 20 years old, he won his first USATF National title in the 800 meter run to show fans that he is worth the hype. He is still learning to be a professional and when it clicks, it may be trouble for everyone.
13. Brandon McBride (Canada)- The 23 year old Canadian has a personal best of 1:43.95 in the 800 meters. While competing at Mississippi State University he won two National championships, and looks to build on his 8th place 800 meter finish at the 2017 World Championships.
12. Clayton Murphy (USA)- We need more rivalries in the sport, and the rivalry between Clayton Murphy & Donovan Brazier will be fun to watch for the next 5-7 years. Murphy, took home the bronze medal in the 800 meters at the 2016 Rio Olympics. What to watch for is if he can pull of the 800/1500 double which would be very impressive. We look for Murphy to become the face of middle distance for team USA in the next coming years.
11. Laura Muir (Great Britain)- Yes, she does compete in the 1500/3000 meter events, but you would be hard pressed not to put her in the top echelon of 1500 meter runners in the World. The 24 year old holds the National record in the 1500 meter run. Her time of 3:55.22 is the 13th fastest time ever in the event. In 2017, she took home gold medals in the 1500 & 3000 meters at the European Indoor Championships. Her best race is still ahead of her.
10. Sifan Hassan(Netherlands)- The 24 year old is very talented, she can run the 1500 meters & 5000 meters at a elite championship level. In the 1500 meters, she has exceled in her young career. In 2016, she won the World Indoor championship for the 1500 meters. She has a PR of 3:56.05 thanks ranks 17th all time.
9. Francine Niyonsaba(Burundi)- She has a personal best of 1:56.47 in the 800 meters which is a National record. In 2016, she won the 800 meters gold medal at the World Indoor championships, she also took home the silver medal at the Rio Olympics in the 800 meters. The 2017 world championship silver medalist will look to defend her Indoor World title in 2018.
8. Pierre-Ambroise Bosse (France)- He was trending toward winning a major championship medal, and this past summer her broke through at the World championships. Ambroise-Bosse, won the World title in the 800 meter run in 2017, and he may not be done yet.
7. Ajee Wilson (USA)- At 23 year old, she has won 5 straight USA indoor 800 meter titles, 800 meter bronze medal at the 2017 World championships, and a silver medal at the World Indoor championships for the 800 meters. She’s still young and only getting better every season she competes. We expect her times to drop and to make more World championship podiums, with a gold medal in the cards
6. Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir (Kenya)- He turned pro by signing with NIKE in August 2017, after some very impressive times in the 800 meters. He was named the Conference USA Athlete of the Year. In 2017, he ran the world fastest time in the 800 meters of 1:43.10.
5. Konstanze Klosterhalfen (Germany)- At the young age of 20 she took home the silver medal in the 1500 meters at he 2017 World Championships in London. She has personal bests of 1:59.65 in the 800 meters & 3:58.92 in the 1500 meters. We are excited to see how great she will become.
4. Kipyegon Bett (Kenya)- It’s scary to think that Kipyegon Bett is 19 years old. Yes, he’s 19!!! At the 2017 World Championships he took home the bronze medal in the 800 meters. He won the gold medal in the 800 meters at the 2016 World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The future is bright!!!
3. Nijel Amos (Botswana)- At age 23 he holds the World Junior Record in the 800 meters, his time of 1:41.73 ranks as the third fastest 800 meter time of all time. He won the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth games in the 800 meters, and took home the silver medal at the Rio Olympics. By the end of his career he may be challenge the World Record, but we know a Olympic gold is in the cards.
2. Margaret Nyairera Wambui (Kenya)- The 22 year old Kenyan had a pair of bronze medals in the 800 meters for the 2016 season (Rio Olympics, World Indoors). She finished one spot shy of making the podium again in London this past summer. She has been at the top of the leaderboard for times the past 3 seasons, and we don’t plan for it to end.
1. Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon (Kenya)- She won the gold medal at the Rio Olympics & 2017 World championships in the 1500 meters. In the 2015 Beijing World championships she took home the silver medal in the 1500 meters. At 23, she has still yet to hit he prime in the event. Her personal best in the event is 3:56.41 which is a National record, but will definitely be lowered.
What we love about the sport of Athletics is that you don’t have to be recruited to a Power 5 conference to get the attention of fans, shoe companies, and most media outlets. In years past we have seen that many JUCO athletes have come in to college programs and made a significant contribution as soon as they step on campus. A few of those athletes not only contributed to the team, but went on to win Conference titles, National tiles, and signed Professional contracts. That what makes our sport so awesome, the only thing that matters are the times you put together & how consistently you do it. Below we have a list of JUCO stars who we believe will be stars in the 2018 season.