BIG 10 Breakdown

The performance list has yet to be released for the BIG 10 Championships, but we do have an idea of what some of these guys might be running. Check back to this article for the performance list...


If I had to guess, the Nittany Lions are going to pursue a fast DMR this weekend. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that all of the pieces of their relay are going to be fresh.


Domenic Perretta has yet to qualify for NCAA's in an individual event and with the 800 field looking a little slower than usual, it's very possible that he might see BIG 10's as an opportunity to qualify.


As for Isaiah Harris, he may also run the 800 in an effort to earn points for the team title. He was in the same situation last year and it resulted in the Nittany Lions winning the BIG 10 crown...


The anchor leg of this hypothetical DMR would be Colin Abert, although he too is likely to be doubling. After running 3:59 earlier this year, Abert and the PSU coaching staff may feel that he still has a shot to qualify for Nationals. It wouldn't hurt if he earned a few team points as well...


Penn State will most likely run a DMR, but don't expect them to fresh. They will definitely be going for the win, but with all of their legs expected to double, don't expect them to run a national qualifying time.


If they wanted to, Wisconsin could run their stacked DMR, but there may not be much of a point after they already comfortably qualified for Nationals.


After splitting 3:54 last weekend, Oliver Hoare could very easily choose to run a fast mile and potentially qualify for Nationals. Qualifying in the mile would be a nice luxury to have, but it probably still makes more sense if Hoare attempted the DMR/3k double at NCAA's. If he attempted the mile/DMR double, he would have to go through the mile trials, the DMR three hours later, and then the mile finals on Day 2. Yes, he could still end up as an All-American in both events, but there's more upside if he sticks with the 3k.


Eric Brown is another interesting name for Wisconsin. He isn't qualified for NCAA's, but after splitting 1:47.7 last weekend, he may take one last crack at it. He's talented enough to qualify, but if he does, he has to be ready to double at Nationals.


Unlike the other teams throughout the BIG 10, the Michigan men are pretty easy to figure out. If I had to guess, Flanagan will run the 5000 (that's the only event he's run this season), Mora and Barnett will run the mile, and Aaron Baumgarten will run the 3000. Mora and Barnett will most likely double back for a DMR. All four of these individuals have shown plenty of promise this season, but this is their last chance to get themselves into a top 16 spot.


Much like Michigan, Indiana seems pretty easy to figure out. The underclassmen duo of Bryce Millar and Ben Veatch will most likely pursue the 3k/5k double while Daniel Kuhn will look to earn a few points in what should be a loaded 800 field. Guys like Teddy Browning, Joseph Murphy, and Jordan Huntoon, will most likely be sprinkled throughout the 800 and mile fields, although it is also very probable that they team up for a "B" team DMR...


The only guy I am unsure about is Kyle Mau. It's tough to say exactly what he would run, but it's very possible that he tries the mile/3k double. It certainly wouldn't be an easy double, but it would be Indiana's best chance of maximizing their team points.


Fianlly, I think we need to talk about Illinois. Well, more specifically, Jon Davis. What is his plan? Could we potentially see Davis put aside his individual aspirations and attempt to anchor a DMR? Illinois would need some big-time performances from their 1200 and 800 legs, but if they can get Davis close enough to the front, you never know what kind of time they could throw down...


Here are few other notable individuals that we think are near-guarantees for the following events...


- Jaret Carpenter (Purdue): 3000 / 5000

- Carter Lilly (Iowa): 800 / DMR

- Jordan Makins (Penn State): 800

- Clark Ruiz (Michigan State): 3000 / 5000

- Alex Lomong (Ohio State): 800 / DMR


Once the performance list comes out, we'll have it linked on this article! Check back for more previews and projections soon...