The last time the NCAA Indoor Championships were at the Birmingham CrossPlex, fans were treated to a down-to-the-wire DMR duel between Grant Fisher's Stanford and Yared Nuguse's Notre Dame (see the photo above if you forgot how that one finished). Alicia Monson, Geordie Beamish,and Bryce Hoppel were among the athletes who won individual titles. And a guy by the name of Grant Holloway swept the 60 meters and 60-meter hurdles.
I wonder what those athletes have been up to since then.
That set of names is why the NCAA championships are must-watch theater every year. I could have picked any year from the past decade and been able to find future stars. Remember Athing Mu and Cole Hocker last year? Or Sydney McLaughlin and Rai Benjamin in 2018? Christian Coleman and Josh Kerr in 2017? Chances are, a bunch of the winners this weekend are going to end up at the 2024 Olympics -- maybe even on the podium. That's how good the talent level is, year-in and year-out.
LetsRun will have boots-on-the-ground coverage from Alabama this weekend for what should be another terrific weekend of racing. So cancel your Friday and Saturday night plans. You've got a track meet to watch.
The fields are SUPER deep - so much so that four 3:56 milers aren't in the mile and four sub-13:30 guys aren't in the 5000. Unbelievable. Can one of the NAU duo of Abdihamid Nur and Nico Young breakthrough for their first NCAA title?
BYU's Wayment won the DMR/3k double in '21 and is entered in the 5k & 3k this weekend. 2020 NCAA XC champ Mercy Chelangat could threaten her but there will be new champs in the 800 and mile. *MB:Official 2022 NCAA Indoors Discussion Thread
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What a weekend. Grant Fisher has run 26:33 for 10,000m, Elise Cranny 30:14, Eliud Kipchoge is still the king, Brigid Kosgei may be the queen, Emily Sisson is still crushing the roads, Nico Montanez gets his first national title while Galen Rupp is only 7th. We break it all down, plus the usual banter.
Gatlin won global 100m titles 13 years apart and retired last month as the fifth-fastest man in history. He also served a four-year ban for doping and his reluctance to discuss it has made discussing his legacy a complicated issue.
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