Day: November 10, 2017
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.