Day: December 15, 2017
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.