Kamryn McIntosh (Clemson)
One of the top names who I have rarely seen mentioned when discussing collegiate greats is Clemson's Kamryn McIntosh. As a freshman, this young woman went on a tear by taking down some of the top names in the ACC. Throughout 2018, she threw down personal bests of 54 seconds in the 400 and 2:03 in the 800.
As great as her times are, what really impresses me is her consistency. She ran 2:03 four different times and all of them were run when they mattered the most. Whether it was the ACC final, East Regional Preliminaries, or the Outdoor National Championships, McIntosh found a way to have her best performances when she needed to the most.
She was unable to get past the prelims at Nationals last year, but when you consider her youth, I don't think anyone is disappointed. With a year of experience under her belt, watch out for this Tiger sophomore to make some serious noise in 2019.
Katrina Robinson (Arkansas)
Robinson is a complete wildcard heading into indoors after a solid cross country season. The true freshman from Australia was one of the top runners in the country for much of the fall, but struggled at NCAA's, missing out on All-American honors. Overall, she had a very successful season despite the rough finish and her ability to compete could go a long way in a championship setting. While she may not be a traditional "sleeper" pick, I think she is undervalued and someone who is at least capable of winning a national title (if not now, then maybe in the future).
Back in Australia, Robinson won a total of seven national championships and 35 state championships. While she will obviously face much stronger competition during the indoor season, her experience racing in championship races could give her an edge come March, especially with how unpredictable racing indoors can be.
The big question with Robinson is what event she will focus on. She comes in with personal bests of 4:14 for 1500 meters, 9:03 for 3000 meters, and 16:06 for 5000 meters, all of which could put her in contention for an NCAA title. The 5k might be a stretch given how fast the times at BU were, but either the mile or 3k look to be right in her wheelhouse. Keep in mind that Dani Jones won the 3k national title with a personal best of 9:02. Based solely on times, the 3k would likely be Robinson’s best event given her personal best and ability to close fast unlike some of the other true long distance talents.