Day: November 17, 2017
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.