So we've had two world records in three days, and yesterday we just saw six world leaders at the Ethiopian Olympic trials in Hengelo. What a week, huh?
Wait, you're telling me NCAAs start tonight? And there's a Diamond League in Florence tomorrow?
We're in the middle of one of the best -- and busiest -- periods of the running calendar. Sifan Hassan and Letesenbet Gidey have earned a moment to catch their breath, but the beat goes on for running fans, starting with day 1 of the NCAA championships this evening (8 p.m. ET, ESPNU).
Anyone who follows the sport knows NCAAs is one of the best meets in the world -- a true championship meet where the outcome matters, while doubling as a breeding ground for future talent.
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The men's 800 is wide-open, with 24-year-old USC senior Isaiah Jewett and 19-year-old Texas A&M freshman Brandon Miller among the top contenders. Aside from Hocker & Nuguse, the men's 1500 also features Alabama sensation Eliud Kipsang and a total of 12 sub-3:38 guys.
No man has ever won the 1500 and 5000 at the same NCAA meet. Can Cole Hocker make history? Hocker, Conner Mantz, and Wesley Kiptoo have all already won NCAA titles in 2021 and will look to burnish their legacies by adding more in Eugene. One event guaranteed to have a new champ is the men's steeple, which is completely wide-open.
Miller of Baylor and Hurta of Colorado were both dominant winners at NCAA Indoors and have looked great this outdoor season, but they face plenty of competition -- 11 women in the NCAA field have broken 2:02 this year and six have broken 4:10.
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