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-Three freshmen own the top three times in the West Region for this event. Since 2010, there has never been a year where the top three entries in the West Region 800 have been as young as this trio. Although our research only goes back to 2010, it is probably safe to say that no other year has had the top three entries be freshmen .
-As mentioned in an earlier article, Oregon has five men entered in this event. In the past seven years (since 2010) Oregon has sent three individuals to NCAA’s four times in this event. With Cheserek no longer there to score points, the Ducks will look to pack this event with as many of their five guys as possible.
-Oklahoma State also has five men entered in this event, but three of their seeds are entered at 40th, 44th, and 45th (out of 48).
-Since 2010, no one from Southern Utah, Portland, UTEP, UCLA, Bradley, San Francisco, or South Dakota St. have made it NCAA’s in this event. Of the top 20 seeds this year, eight of them run for those programs.
-Keep in mind that Alex Rogers decided to forgo the 1500 this year (an event he qualified for last year as a freshman) for the steeplechase. While I do believe that he has a better chance of placing higher in the steeplechase than he does the 1500, his decision still holds a substantial amount of risk when you consider that he didn’t even score in this event at BIG 12’s.
-BYU has five different athletes entered in this event. Four of them are seeded in the top 20.
-This will be the first time since 2014 that we will have an NCAA 5k champion not named Edward Cheserek.
-Arkansas and Wisconsin both have four individuals entered in this event.
-Colorado has sent at least one individual to NCAA’s in this event every year since 2010.
-This will be the first time since 2013 that we will have an NCAA 5k champion not named Edward Cheserek.
-Oregon has sent at least one individual to NCAA’s in this event every year since 2010.
-In 2011, Stanford sent four individuals to Nationals in this event. Portland has five men entered in the 10k this weekend.