Month: December 2017
20. Taylor McLaughlin (Michigan)- He returns to Ann Arbor, Michigan to improve on finishing 6th place in both the 200 & 400 meter dash at the 2017 Big Ten Indoor Conference Championships. We expect to see him contend for a conference title in 2018.
19. Tim Ehrhardt (Michigan State)- He will be back in 2018 to add an third Indoor Big Ten Pole Vault title to the trophy case.
18. Janae Moffitt (Purdue)- She has won the past two Indoor Big Ten High Jump Championships, and she will be back in 2018 for the three peat.
17. Daniel Kuhn (Indiana)- This Indoor season he will be looking to make history winning three straight Big Ten Indoor 600 meter conference titles, he has dominated the event the past two seasons. He also was apart on the Distance Medley Relay team that won the conference Indoor title.
16. Karrington Winters (Ohio State)- She set a PR in the 600 meter run of 1:27.60 at the 2017 Big Ten Indoor Championships winning the event.
15. Cody Walton (Nebraska)- He will be back to defend his Big Ten Indoor Heptathlon title , and more.
14. Gina Sereno (Michigan)- When the lights are on she performs at a high level. For the past two seasons at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships she has won the both the 5K & 10K races. Last season, she squeaked out a 3000 meter victory at the Big Ten Championships. She will be back in 2018 to repeat her success at the Big Ten Championships for Indoor & Outdoor.
13. Izaiah Brown (Rutgers)- He won both Indoor & Outdoor 400 meter dash conference titles in 2017. He will be back to do the same in 2018.
12. Georgia Ellenwood(Wisconsin)- Her performance at last years Indoor Big Ten Championships was magnificent, where she won the Pentathlon title with a total of 4122 points. A repeat could be on the horizon for her.
11. Devin Quinn (Illinois)- His 10.21 placed 3rd at the 2017 Outdoor Big Ten Championships. We look for him to perform well this Indoor season.
10. Treyton Harris (Indiana)- The 2017 Big Ten Indoor long jump champion will be back to improve on his 7.76m PR he set last season .
9. Eric Bethea (Indiana)- He will look to improve on his 16.34m Triple Jump from last season. He won the Big Ten Indoor Triple Jump.
8. Xavier Smith (Penn State)- The Reigning 60 meter dash Indoor Big Ten Champion will be back in 2018 to defend his title. Smith, was also apart of the Nittany Lion 4×400 relay team that won the Big Ten Indoor Conference title.
7. Danae Rivers (Penn State)- She has the most upside of anyone on this list. Lst season, she won the 800 meter run at the Indoor & Outdoor Big Ten Championships. To show off her versatility she took home the bronze medal in the Mile at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. We are ready to see what 2018 holds.
6. Malik Moffett( Penn State)- He’s the triple threat 60m, 200m, Long Jump. In 2018, we look forward to seeing him build on his personal bests.
5. Brittany Brown(Iowa)- The 200 meter specialist won the crown at the Indoor & Outdoor Big Ten championships in 2017. We expect her to repeat as the Indoor 200 meter champion.
4. Katherine Receveur (Indiana)- She placed 6th in the 3000 meters at the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. We feel she will be on the podium in 2018. She will look to repeat as the Big Ten Indoor 5000 meter champion.
3. Morgan McDonald (Wisconsin)- He won both the 3K & 5K events at the 2017 Indoor Big Ten Championships, then won the 5K at the 2017 Out door Championships. His World Championship experience will help him in 2018.
2. Nick Gray (Ohio State)- Throughout his great career at Ohio State he has won, or been apart of 7 Big Ten Indoor/Outdoor event Conference titles. His Junior season could be his best yet.
1. Isaiah Harris (Penn State)-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.
The Bowerman Trophy was given to the Collegiate best Athlete on the Men’s & Women’s side Friday for the 2017 season. We wanted to look ahead to next season of athletes that we think could win the for the prestigious award.
The Southeastern Conference is arguably the best conference in the nation for Collegiate Track & Field. You can say they have the deepest talent pool than any other conference. Below we preview the loaded conference of returnees for the SEC.
20. Taylor Werner(Arkansas)- She will be back to defend her 5000 Meters Indoor SEC Title.
19. Devin Dixon (Texas A&M)- He was apart of the Texas A&M 4×400 relay National Championship team for the Indoor season, which jump started him to win the SEC Outdoor 800 Meter Conference Title.
18. Darius Carbin(Georgia)- He won the 2017 SEC Indoor High Jump title as a Freshman, he will be more impressive during his sophomore campaign.
17. Kenzo Cotton(Arkansas)- With personal best of 6.56 in the 60 meter dash, and 20.65 in the 200 meter dash for Indoor, we look for the Senior to contend for an SEC & National title.
16. Nikki Hiltz(Arkansas)- She had great performances at the 2017 Indoor & Outdoor National Championships. She finished 2nd in the 1500 meter run at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and 6th in the Mile at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.
15. Audie Wyatt(Texas A&M)- Mr. Wyatt has won the last two SEC Indoor Conference Titles in the Pole Vault. He also won the 2017 Outdoor Conference Title in the Pole Vault. He returns contending to win the National Title after finishing 2nd at the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.
14. 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.
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. She will be back for her Senior season at LSU to add a 60 meter dash National Title to the mix.
12. 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.
11. Raheem Chambers(Auburn)- He is part of a loaded Auburn Tiger sprinter group that will contend for championships in 2018. Watch out for him to contend for championships.
10. Kendal Williams(Georgia)- He is our favorite to win the SEC 60 meter dash title for 2018. He could breakout to have a 60 meter dash time that ranks top 5 in the world.
9. Jazmine Fray(Texas A&M)- After wining the 800 meter run in both Indoor & Outdoor SEC Championships, she will be back to compete for the National title.
8. Mylik Kerley(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.
7. 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.
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. 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.
4. 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.
3. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn(Kentucky)- During her career at Kentucky, she has put together a legendary resume’. She won the 2016 100H SEC Conference title, the 2016 100 Hurdles National Title, the 2017 Indoor SEC 60 Meter hurdle title, and the 2017 100 Meter Hurdle SEC Title. We look for her to be in contention for National titles both indoor & Outdoor.
2. 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.
1. Keturah Orji(Georgia)- The Bowerman Trophy Finalist. Her career at Georgia has been outstanding to say the least. Check out the accolades…. 3x Indoor SEC Triple jump Titles(Consecutively), 3x Outdoor SEC Triple jump Titles(Consecutively), 2x NCAA Indoor Triple Jump National Champion(last two), and 2x NCAA Outdoor Triple Jump National Champion(last three). The Greatest of All Time in the SEC will be back to add her trophy case.
The Auburn Tiger Track and Field program was great last season, and they look to be great this upcoming season. The Auburn Tigers have put together one of deepest sprinter rosters in the NCAA. Included in this loaded sprints roster are three young Jamaican sprinters that have made a well known presence not only in the Southeastern Conference, but in Collegiate Athletics as a whole. Nathon Allen(Spanish Town, Jamaica), Akeem Bloomfield(Kingston, Jamaica), and Raheem Chambers (Kingston, Jamaica) are three talented Sophomores that put together stellar Freshman seasons at Auburn University, and will look to add to their already impressive careers. Raheem Chambers was apart of the Auburn 4×100 relay team that finished as the National Runner-up in the event. Chambers, got better as the season went along last season. He had Personal best of 6.68 in 60 meter dash, and 10.20 in the 100 meter dash. We look for Chambers to improve drastically in his second season on the plains. He could go sub 10 in the 100 meter dash.Akeem Bloomfield started his collegiate athletics career off with a bang by winning the Vanderbilt Commodore Invite 400 meter dash race with a time of 46.68. That led to a very superb Freshman campaign. His Freshman campaign consisted of finishing 2nd in the 400 meter dash at the SEC Indoor Championships, 3rd in the 400 Meter dash at the SEC Outdoor Championships , and 5th in the 400 Meter dash at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He ran a personal best of 44.74 during the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round where he won the race. Bloomfield, has the talent to win the 400 meter dash National Title, and with a year under his belt he will make a real push for it. Nathon Allen has the ability to be the best sprinter in the NCAA for the 2018 Indoor & Outdoor season. We feel if he puts together two 400 Meter Dash titles he will be a finalist Bowerman Trophy in 2018.Last season he started off his Outdoor with a 400 meter dash win, at the FSU Relays with a time of 46.63. From there everything after that was magical. 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. Allen, has sprinted his way to being the top Jamaican 400 meter runner for the present, and future. If he stays healthy World Championship & Olympic medals could be in the cards for him. With these three talented sprinters returning to the Auburn Tigers they could contend for the Indoor & Outdoor season 4×400 relay National Titles. The 2019 World Championships will have new faces for Team Jamaica.
The Indoor season is around the corner. Over the next few weeks we will list the top returning athletes from different conferences. This edition we will take a look at the ACC.
20. Shauna Helps (Florida State)- The defending 100 meter dash Conference Champion will be back to win the 60 meter dash Indoors.
19. Jogaile Petrokaite(Florida State)- She broke through to win the Long Jump Title at the ACC Indoor Championships last season, and will be back to do it again in 2018.
18. Cordell Lamb(Clemson)- Last season, he set personal bests of 21.15 in the 200 meter dash, and 46.68 in the 400 meter dash at the ACC Indoor Championships. We look for him to set more personal best in 2018.
17. Eleonora Omoregie (Florida State)- In 2017, she won the Indoor & Outdoor Conference Titles in the High Jump as a Freshman which is an very impressive feat. We look for her to become an First Team All-American in 2018.
16. Vincent Ciattei(Virginia Tech)- He set a Personal Best at the Indoor Championships in the Mile with a time on 4:01.04 to win the event. The Senior will look to repeat in 2018.
15. Patrick Joseph(Virginia Tech)- The Senior has a had a great collegiate career for the Virginia Teck Hokies program. During his career he has won three individual Conference titles. He will look to add another 800 meter title to the collection.
14. Madison Heath (Duke)- She won the Indoor & Outdoor Conference Title in the Pole Vault during the 2017 season. She will be back to improve on her 4.35m personal best she set in 2017.
13. Jordan Scott(Virginia)- He will be back to repeat his Indoor Triple Jump crown that he won as a Freshman.
12. Michelle Atherley(Miami)- The Junior will be back to build upon a season that saw her win the Pentahlon ACC Indoor Conference Title in 2017.
11. Rebekah Smith(Clemson)- Her Freshman season was great. She won the 60 meter dash at the ACC Indoor Championships to start then placed 2nd at the ACC Outdoor Championships in the 100 meter dash. We look for her to repeat in the 60 meter dash in 2018.
10. Chris McBride (Clemson)- The reigning ACC Indoor Long Jump Champion will be back to defend his title in 2018, and to also start his quest for a NCAA Title.
9. Jeffrey Green(Clemson)- His has won the past two 400 meter dash ACC Indoor titles. We feel he will 3-Pat in 2018.
8. Cravont Charleston(North Carolina State)- He had a great Freshman season, where he won the ACC Outdoor 100 Meter Dash title. He finished 2nd in the 60 meter dash at the ACC Indoor title.
7. Jack Lint(Virginia)- The defending Conference Heptathlon champion will look to repeat again. He took home 2nd place in the Decathlon for Outdoors in the ACC for 2017. His Junior season may be his best yet.
6. Darryl Haraway(Florida State)- He won the 60 meter dash , and 200 meter dash at the ACC Indoor Championships last season. He will look to complete the Double-Double in 2018.
5. Michael Davenport(Virginia Tech)- He will be back to build on a very impressive Freshman season where he ran 20.97 in the 200 meter dash, and 10.43 in the 100 meter dash.
4. Armani Wallace(Florida State)- The 2017 ACC Outdoor Championships was his coming out party, he won both the Long Jump & Triple Jump titles. Duplicating this during the 2018 Indoor season would be great to start the season.
3. Robert Heppenstall(Wake Forest)- He placed 4th in the 800 Meters at the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships to earn First All-American honors, and ran his PB 1:46.68. He will be back to regain the ACC Indoor 800 meter title that he won as a Freshman.
2. Anna Rohrer(Notre Dame)- She had a very impressive Sophomore campaign at South Bend. Rohrer, won the Indoor Conference title in the 5000 meters, she finished 3rd in the 5K at the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, then she won the 5K & 10K Titles at the ACC Outdoor Championships. We are excited to see what her Junior season will bring.
1. Justyn Knight (Syracuse)- He has a clear path to the Bowerman Trophy with a strong Indoor Season.
The Indoor season is around the corner. Over the next few weeks we will list the top returning athletes from different conferences. This edition we will take a look at the Sun Belt Conference.
20. Franz Beyer(UL-Lafayette)- He will be back in 2018 to defend his Sun Belt Heptathlon title.
19. Asrid Rosvall (UT-Arlington)- She was great as a Freshman, where she won the 800 meter Indoor Sun Belt Title,then placed 2nd in the Mile with a PR of 4:53.28. We think she will win both in 2018.
18. Devina Schneider(Texas State)- She will be back to improve on her personal bests of 4:53.47 in the Mile, and 9:54.91 in the 3000 meters. She set both at the Sun Belt Indoor championships where she won the Mile, and finished 2nd in the 3000 meters.
17. Helen Falda(UT-Arlington)- She won the Indoor Sun Belt Pole Vault title in 2017 with ease. We look for her to improve on her personal best.
16. Lincoln Warren (Texas State)- He won the 400 meter indoor crown last season with Teammate Demarcus Porter , and He will be back in 2018 to take sole position of the throne.
15. Tian SteenKamp (Arkansas State)- He set Personal Bests in the High Jump both Indoor & Outdoor. He will look to defend his Indoor Conference title.
14. Joeseph Meade(Texas State)- He ran a personal best 14:30.47 to win the Sun Belt 5000 meter Indoor title in 2017. The Junior will be back to improve on this in 2018.
13. Jemal Parham(UL-Monroe)- He will be back to defend his Indoor Long Jump title in 2018.
12. Joel Duren(UT-Arlington)- At last seasons Indoor Conference Championships he double dipped by winning the 3000 meter title, and the Mile. He will look to continue his dominance in 2018.
11. Rafeal Scott (South Alabama)- He will look to repeat as the 60 meter dash champion during the 2018 season where he ran 6.67 to win.
10. Jamil Peeples(Arkansas State)- He is a great athlete, and has had a brilliant career at Arkansas State. He has won the last two 60 meter hurdle Indoor Sun Belt Titles, and placed 2nd in the Long Jump at the 2017 Indoor Championships. He will look for the 3-Peat in 2018.
9. Michael Guerrero(UT-Arlington)- Her took home the bronze medal in the 3000 & 5000 meter events at the 2017 Sun Belt Indoor Conference Championships. He is primed to make the podium in 2018.
8. Erik Martinsson(UT-Arlington)- He has the speed to run the 400 Meters and the strength to run the 800 meters. Last season, he won the 800 meter Indoor Sun Belt with a time of 1:51.41.
7. Sean Collins (South Alabama)- His Indoor Sun Belt career has started off great the past two seasons. The Junior will be back in 2018 aiming to win his 3rd Straight Indoor Pole Vault Sun Belt Conference title.
6. Anna Bothma(Coastal Carolina)- As a Freshman she won the 5000 Meter Sun belt Indoor Championship with a PR 16:25.25.
5. Jaylen Bacon(Arkansas State)- If he doubles to win the 60 meter dash & 200 meter dash during the indoor season it will not be a surprise for us. He has personal best of 6.56 on the 60 meters, and 21.16 in the 200 meters for Indoors.
4. Demarcus Porter (Texas State)- He has been apart of wining the 400 meter Sun Belt Indoor title the past two seasons. He will be back for the 3Peat to end a great Indoor career at Texas State.
3. Emile Berge(South Alabama)- The Pentathlon is a very tough event, to win the event takes more than skill. It requires good health, and a lot of things to fall into place. To win the Sun Belt title event as a Freshman is a great accomplishment, and that is what Emile Berge did. She will be better in 2018.
2. Chelsie Decoud (Texas State)- We are witnessing greatness!! She is the greatest High Jumper in Sun Belt history. She has won THREE straight Indoor Sun Belt High Jump titles, and will be looking to get her fourth in 2018.
1. Tramesha Hardy(Texas State)- As a Freshman she won 2 Sun Belt Indoor titles. She ran 23.61 to win the 200 meter dash, and then teamed up to win the 4×400 relay. She came back as a Sophomore to win 4 Sun Belt Indoor Titles(60m,200m,400m, 4×400) and we think will see more dominance in 2018.