Day: January 5, 2018
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.