Top 25 Returning Collegiate Track & Field Athletes for the 2019 Season
25. Sharikka Barnett (Florida)- She will return to Gainesville for her Senior season to claim the NCAA 400 meter crown. Barnett, won the 2018 SEC women’s 400 meter dash outdoor title with a time of 50.69 personal best. During the outdoor NCAA Championships she placed 4th in the event.
24. Ka’Tia Seymour (Florida State)- As a true freshman she took home the ACC MVP for the ACC Outdoor Championship meet where she won the 100 meter dash. She also qualified for Nationals in three events. She will continue to get better in 2019.
23. Tejaswin Shankar (Kansas State)-He won the NCAA title in the High Jump during the Outdoor season with a jump of 7’4.25 as a true freshman.
22. Devin Dixon (Texas A&M)- His running form is effortless, and it doesn’t look like he’s working hard. The Sophomore had a freshman campaign where he won individual SEC conference titles in the 800 meter run both indoors & outdoors. He also displayed his speed, as he was NCAA runner-up on the 4×400 relay teams at both Indoor NCAA Championships & Outdoor NCAA Championships.
21. Yanis David (Florida)- The talented long & triple jumper will be back in Gainesville, Florida to finish out a great career for the Florida Gator program. The All-American finished as the NCAA runner-up in the triple jump at the Indoor & Outdoor NCAA Championships.
20. Mario Burke (Houston)-He completed the sprint double at the Outdoor American Conference Championships winning the 100 & 200 meter dash titles, He was also apart of the 4×100 relay National Championship team Houston Cougars. We think he will be among the top sprinters at the Indoor & Outdoor National Championships during the 2019 season.
19. Raheem Chambers (Auburn)-He will be looking to take home the Men’s NCAA indoor 60 meter dash title in 2019 after finishing 2nd in 2018 with a time on 6.53. Chambers, also ran a personal best 10.10 in the 100 meter dash last season during the SEC Outdoor Championships to finish 2nd. He’s a favorite by many to win the 60 meter dash.
18. Kortnei Johnson (LSU)- She was apart of the 2018 NCAA Champion 4×100 relay team, and will look to add a individual title in 2019. Johnson, has the ability to make the podium in the 60m, 100m, and 200m during the 2019 season. We think that she will be an SEC Champion during the Indoor & Outdoor seasons.
17. Mustaqeem Williams (Tennessee)- We are excited to see what 2019 holds for the Senior to be in Rocky Top,TN. We love watching him perform, and think he will have a breakout season in 2019. Williams, qualified for the Outdoor National Championships in the 100m, 200m, and 4×400 meter relay. He finished 6th in the 200 meter dash with a time of 20.62. His 400 meter dash strength will continue to help him in the 200 meter dash. SEC titles will be in his future next season.
16. Wil London (Baylor)- He will be looking to get back to his 2017 form where he qualified for the Outdoor World Championships. We feel that he will leave it all on the track during his senior season in Waco, Texas to possibly be among the top 3 400 meter dash sprinters in the nation during the 2019 season.
15. Sharon Lokedi (Kansas)- She will be back to defend her NCAA 10,000 meter run title she won last season with a time of 32:09.20. Lokedi, also won the 5,000 meter & 10,000 meter run at the Outdoor Big 12 Championships.
14. Sammy Watson (Texas A&M)- She had an sensational freshman season that included 800 meter run SEC titles during the Indoor & Outdoor seasons, and the National Championship in the 800 meters outdoors. Watson, ran a PR of 2:02.20 during the outdoor season, and she’s primed to do more in 2019. She will be the favorite in the women’s 800 meter run for the Indoor & Outdoor season.
13. Twanisha Terry (USC)- Last season, she gave a big contribution in the points for the Lady Trojans to take home the NCAA team title, and she individually shined as a true freshman. Terry, ran a personal best of 10.99 last season in the 100 meter dash. She placed 3rd in the 100 meter dash at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships, and 11th in the 200 meter dash. Her season wasn’t done yet, she represented the United States at the IAAF World under 20 Championships in Tampere, Finland where she took home the silver medal in the women’s 100 meter dash.
12. Anglene Annelus (USC)-The 2018 NCAA Champion in the women’s 200 meter dash(Outdoor) will look to improve on her 22.64 personal best she set last season the event, and also lower her 11.25 personal best in the 100 meter dash.
11. Ashley Henderson (San Diego State)- The Mountain West Conference 100 & 200 meter champion was one of six U.S. women to run sub 11 in the 100 meter dash in 2018. She is a favorite to win the NCAA title in 2019.
10. Anna Cockrell (USC)- The National Champion will be our favorite to win the NCAA individual title in the 400 meter hurdles where she finished 2nd last season. She will also be among the favorites to win the 100 meter hurdles.
9. Damion Thomas (LSU)- We love his upside as he continues year to year. The Jamaican won the 2018 IAAF U20 World title in the 110 meter hurdles with a winning time of 13.16.
8. Jessica Hull (Oregon)-Last season, she was apart of 2 National Championship titles for the Oregon Duck track & field program. Hull, was apart of the DMR team that won the NCAA title at the indoor National Championships. During the outdoor season she won the women’s 1500 meter run National Championship with a time of 4:08.75. A repeat could be on the horizon for her.
7. Allie Ostrander (Boise State)- She won the 2018 NCAA title in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:39.20, and was the NCAA runner-up in the 3000 meter run Indoors. She will be the favorite in both events for 2019.
6. Anderson Peters (Mississippi State)- All he did as a true freshman in the javelin was win the SEC Outdoor title, win the National title, win the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games, and win the gold medal at the NACAC Championships in Toronto……What will he do to follow up?? A Bowerman Trophy maybe….
5. Kahmari Montgomery (Houston)-No one saw it coming, but he did!! Montgomery, shocked many fans winning the Men’s USATF National title in the 400 meter dash last season. He ran a sizzling new personal record of 44.58 to take the title. He will be returning to HTown Speed City to capture a National title for the Cougars.
4. Divine Oduduru (Texas Tech)- The defending 200 meter dash outdoor National Champion will be back to defend his crown and more. Oduduru, won the NCAA outdoor title with an winning time of 20.28. He finished 2nd during the Indoor NCAA Championships with a time of 20.21. The 200 meter dash is defintely his strongest event, but his 60m &100m are great as well. During the Outdoor BIG 12 Championships he won both the 100(10.11) & 200(20.13) meter dash titles.
3. Lynna Irby (Georgia)-Her winning time of 49.80 in the 400 meter dash at the NCAA Championships was the 11th fastest time in the world for 2018, and 2nd fastest time among United States female sprinters. She has the strength & speed to win the 200m/400m double at the NCAA Championships. She is a sleeper to make the USA team for the 2019 World Championships.
2. Andre Ewers (Florida State)- The Jamaican was very impressive during his junior campaign in Tallahassee, FL. He won ACC Conference Championships 100 meter dash & 200 meter dash during the season. He placed 3rd in the 100 meter dash & 2nd in the 200 meter das at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. His 9.98 in the 100 meter dash was the 3rd fastest time in Jamaica for 2018.
1. Grant Holloway (Florida)- He has been the King of the short hurdles in the NCAA since he arrived on the scene as an freshman. Holloway, has won the NCAA title in the 60 meter hurdles & 110 meter hurdles the past two seasons, and we don’t see it stopping in 2019. A three-peat in each event is very likely.