Month: January 2018
1. Pole Vault Mania- The Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada was the best event of the weekend. There was talent from all over the world at the event to give fans great entertainment. 15 Pits of great event action, along with lots of personal bests. Top names like Sandi Morris, Mondo Duplantis, Sondre Guttormsen , and more gave great performances to open the season and give Pole Vault fans a lot to look forward to in 2018. We look for to #PVS2019
2. Hurdling Factory in Kentucky- Olympic Champion Omar McLeod & World Record Holder Kendra Harrison are the top names in men’s & women’s hurdling, and they continued their success this past weekend with great season opening performances. Omar McLeod ran a World leading time of 7.53 in the men’s 60 meter hurdles against good competition. Kendra Harrison also ran a World leading time, her 7.82 jump starts her to claim the World Indoor Title.
3. Fred Kerley is right on track- He opened the season running the 2nd fastest time in the world for the 200 meter dash 20.68, and looked impressive doing so. The star has a long season ahead of him ,and this was a great start.
4. Houston University is loaded- They may have the deepest sprint roster in the nation this season. Elijah Hall, Mario Burke, Joe Williams, and not to mention Cameron Burrell will be running Outdoors. Elijah Hall has the #1 time in the 60 Meter dash in the NCAA this season & #2 time in the World.
5. Bralon Taplin next in line- Last Indoor season he ran the 4th & 6th fastest times for the 2017 Indoor season, his fastest was 45.19 in Madrid. This past weekend he opened the season with a World leading 45.48. A sub 45 could be on the horizon.
6. Razorback Ascending- Obi Igbokwe opened the season with a NCAA leading 20.78 in the men’s 200 meter dash, also setting a Indoor Personal record for himself as well. With this start he has began his quest to championships this season. His 400 meter dash will be a sight to see this season with his speed being better in the 200 meter dash.
This past weekend was filled with great performances. So great that it was difficult for us to dwindle it down to just the top 5 star performances. At the end of the day we came to together to get the best performances for the weekend.
* Sandi Morris (USA/NIKE)- There was lots of talent on display at the Pole Vault Summit. The Olympic Silver Medalist opened the season with a very impressive 4.90M that is a World leading mark. We can hardly wait to see what more she has in store for 2018.
** Omar McLeod(Jamaica/NIKE)- The King of Men’s hurdling opened the season sending a message to the rest of the world this past weekend. The message was the same showing the he can’t be beaten in the event. He opened with a world leading time of 7.53 at the Kentucky Invitational.
*** Bralon Taplin (Grenada)- The Grenadian opened the season with a astonishing 45.48 in the 400 meters at the Ted Nelson Invitational. He has definitely set the bar of what other competitors will need to follow with that World leading time.
***** Mondo Duplantis (Sweden/High School)- The High School Phenom did not disappoint at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada. He broke his own World Junior Indoor U20 record with a mark of 5.83m. We are looking forward to seeing where the rising star will rank throughout the season amongst the pros.
***** Trey Culver (Texas Tech)- We have been buying stock into Trey Culver all off season, and the dividends are just getting started. The talented Senior put on a show in the New Indoor facility at Texas Tech University. His mark of 2.33M/7-7.75 was a School Record, NCAA Leading mark, World leading mark, and ranks #4 on the NCAA All Time list. The great part is that he is just getting started.
Every week we will list 5 things that we saw from the weekend Track Meets.
This past weekend was a great opening weekend for our sport of Track & Field. Below we highlight three athletes that had great performances to start their 2018 season.
* Jaylan Mitchell (North Carolina A&T)- He sped to a World Leading 6.60 in the 60 meter dash at the Clemson Orange & Purple Invitational. To run this time this early in the season has put the nation on alert that Mr. Mitchell is to be reckoned with.
** Nathon Strother (University of Tennessee)- The Senior made his 400 meter dash debut at the 2018 Indiana v Tennessee Duals in Bloomington, Indiana. He won the race with a winning time of 46.45. We look for him to improve on this performance.
*** Kyle Garland- Mr. Garland came to handle business at The 24th US Army Hispanic Games at The Armory this past weekend. He won the 55 Meter Hurdle race with a US Army Hispanic Game record breaking performance of 7.28. He also won the High Jump with a height of 6’8”. The Georgia Bulldogs are getting a special talent.
Every season we have athletes that rise to stardom. Those athletes put the work in during the off-season to get the credit they deserve during Championship season. Below we list 15 athletes that will be household names at the end of the season.
15. Madison Boreman (Colorado)- The Pac-12 Steeplechase Champion will be back in 2018 to win the National title that she was so close to winning last season.
14. Katie Rainsberger (Oregon)- As a true Freshman she placed 4th in the 1500 meters at the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She also placed 10th at the 2017 USATF Championships. The future is now for her.
13. Brooke Feldmeier (Oregon)- She finished 3rd last season in the 800 meter run at the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. A chance at the Outdoor title is very likely.
12. Rai Benjamin (UCLA)- He won the Pac-12 Outdoor 400 Hurdle Outdoor Title, and finished as the Outdoor National Runner-up in the event.
11. 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.
10. 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.
9. Trey Culver( Texas Tech)- He’s already a National Champion we look for him to be among the World leaders in the event.
8. Rushelle Burton (Texas)- In 2017 she won the 100H Big 12 Indoor & Outdoor Championships ,and finished 12th at the IAAF World Championships. She will look to improve in 2018.
7. 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.
6. Anna Cockrell(USC)- She has the versatility to run the 100 hurdles & 400 hurdles. At the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships she placed 8th in the 100 hurdles, and 2nd place in the 400 hurdles. She was the only underclassmen in the 400 meter hurdle final field in 2017, and returns to USC as the favorite in the event.
5. Gabrielle Thomas (Harvard)- She dominated the Ivy League Indoor & Outdoor Championships in 2017 & finished 3rd overall in the women’s 200 meter dash at the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
4. Nina Schultz (Kansas State)- Competing in the Heptathlon & Pentathlon is no easy task, and when you add competing as a freshman that makes what Nina Schultz did even more special. At the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships she placed took home the bronze medal in the event. At the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships she took home the silver medal in the event where she was the only freshman in the top 18 of scoring. We look for her to capture both titles in 2018.
3. Maxwell Willis (Baylor)- Last season he won the USATF Junior 100 meter dash title with a time of 10.26. He set a Personal best of 10.16 for the 100 meter dash in 2017. He is a sleeper to win the National Title in 2018.
2. 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.
1. Mario Burke (Houston)- Sub 10 for him is a real possibility during the 2018 season. He returns to the University of Houston after running a PR of 10.19 in the 100 meter dash. His 6.59 in the 60 meter dash won him the American Conference title in the event.