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  • PREDICTIONS: 2024 NCAA D3 Outdoor Championships (All-American Picks)

    Men's 800 Meters Gavin Struve 1. Bennett Booth-Genthe (Pomona-Pitzer) 2. Cael Schoemann (UW-La Crosse) 3. Joe Franke (Loras) 4. Braedon Gilles (UW-Stevens Point) 5. Michael Olson (Plymouth State) 6. Dawit Dean (Emory) 7. Sean Hendricks (Rochester) 8. Trevor Richwine (Dickinson) Kevin Fischer 1. Bennett Booth-Genthe (Pomona-Pitzer) 2. Cael Schoemann (UW-La Crosse) 3. Braedon Gilles (UW-Stevens Point) 4. Michael Olson (Plymouth State) 5. Will Houser (Washington U.) 6. Andrew Hutchinson (Dubuque) 7. Julian Aske (NYU) 8. Noah Jorgenson (Central College) Conor Daly 1. Bennett Booth-Genthe (Pomona-Pitzer) 2. Cael Schoemann (UW-La Crosse) 3. Joe Franke (Loras) 4. Dawit Dean (Emory) 5. Trevor Richwine (Dickinson) 6. Michael Olson (Plymouth State) 7. Braedon Gilles (UW-Stevens Point) 8. Andrew Hutchinson (Dubuque) Women's 800 Meters Gavin Struve 1. Emma Kelley (Washington U.) 2. Hope Murphy (Baldwin Wallace) 3. Julia Howarth (MIT) 4. Alessia Sarussi (Washington U.) 5. Maddie Hannan (UW-La Crosse) 6. Cyna Madigan (UW-Oshkosh) 7. Megan Bell (Rochester) 8. Tanise Thornton-Fillyaw (Goucher) Kevin Fischer 1. Emma Kelley (Washington U.) 2. Julia Howarth (MIT) 3. Maddie Hannan (UW-La Crosse) 4. Cyna Madigan (UW-Oshkosh) 5. Danielle Schultz (Washington U.) 6. Tanise Thornton-Fillyaw (Goucher) 7. Hope Murphy (Baldwin Wallace) 8. Alessia Sarussi (Washington U.) Conor Daly 1. Emma Kelley (Washington U.) 2. Julia Howarth (MIT) 3. Hope Murphy (Baldwin Wallace) 4. Maddie Hannan (UW-La Crosse) 5. Tanise Thorton-Fillyaw (Goucher) 6. Danielle Schultz (Washington U.) 7. Megan Bell (Rochester) 8. Alessia Sarussi (Washington U.) Men's 1500 Meters Gavin Struve 1. Sam Llaneza (Lynchburg) 2. Noah Jorgenson (Central College) 3. Jonathan Zavala (Brockport State) 4. Eric Anderson (UC-Santa Cruz) 5. Nate Lentz (Williams) 6. Ryan Harvey (Loras) 7. Steven Potter (UW-Oshkosh) 8. Ned Farrington (Bates) Kevin Fischer 1. Sam Llaneza (Lynchburg) 2. Noah Jorgenson (Central College) 3. Jonathan Zavala (Brockport St.) 4. Ryan Harvey (Loras) 5. Steven Potter (UW-Oshkosh) 6. Eric Anderson (UC-Santa Cruz) 7. Nate Lentz (Williams) 8. Ned Farrington (Bates) Conor Daly 1. Sam Llaneza (Lynchburg) 2. Ryan Harvey (Loras) 3. Steven Potter (UW-Oshkosh) 4. Jonathan Zavala (Brockport St.) 5. Eric Anderson (UC Santa Cruz) 6. Michael Madoch (UW-La Crosse) 7. Ned Farrington (Bates) 8. Colin Kirkpatrick (Pomona-Pitzer) Women's 1500 Meters Gavin Struve 1. Grace Hadley (WPI) 2. Dale Leonard (Ramapo) 3. Hope Murphy (Baldwin Wallace) 4. Amelia Lehman (UW-Oshkosh) 5. Lexi Brown (Wartburg) 6. Haley Schoenegge (Vassar) 7. Maddie Kelly (U. of Chicago) 8. Deyanneira Colon Maldonado (Aurora) Kevin Fischer 1. Grace Hadley (WPI) 2. Maddie Kelly (U of Chicago) 3. Hope Murphy (Baldwin Wallace) 4. Laura Zimmer (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) 5. Ellie Rising (George Fox) 6. Haley Schoenegge (Vassar) 7. Alessia Sarussi (Washington U.) 8. Lexi Fernandez (MIT) Conor Daly 1. Grace Hadley (WPI) 2. Haley Schoenegge (Vassar) 3. Deyanneira Colon Maldonado (Aurora) 4. Laura Zimmer (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) 5. Riley Capuano (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) 6. Maddie Kelly (U. of Chicago) 7. Amelia Lehman (UW-Oshkosh) 8. Lexi Brown (Wartburg) Men's 5000 Meters Gavin Struve 1. Chasen Hunt (Lynchburg) 2. Christian Patzka (UW-Whitewater) 3. Cory Kennedy (RPI) 4. Max Svienty (North Central) 5. Spencer Moon (Simpson (IA)) 6. John Lucey (Williams) 7. Gunner Schlender (UW-Whitewater) 8. Braden Nicholson (North Central) Kevin Fischer 1. Cory Kennedy (RPI) 2. Chasen Hunt (Lynchburg) 3. Christian Patzka (UW-Whitewater) 4. Enrique Salazar (Manchester) 5. Lucas Florsheim (Pomona-Pitzer) 6. John Lucey (Williams) 7. Vince Simonetti (RPI) 8. Spencer Moon (Simpson [IA]) Conor Daly 1. Chasen Hunt (Lynchburg) 2. Cory Kennedy (RPI) 3. Lucas Florsheim (Pomona-Pitzer) 4. Max Svienty (North Central) 5. Spencer Moon (Simpson (Iowa)) 6. James Settles (Colorado College) 7. Gunner Schlender (UW-Whitewater) 8. Enrique Salazar (Manchester) Women's 5000 Meters Gavin Struve 1. Grace Hadley (WPI) 2. Fiona Smith (St. Benedict) 3. Grace Richardson (NYU) 4. Natalie Bitetti (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) 5. Evelyn Battleson-Gunkel (U. of Chicago) 6. Faith Duncan (Wilmington (OH)) 7. Megan Johnson (Central College) 8. Kayla Werner (Lynchburg) Kevin Fischer 1. Fiona Smith (St. Benedict) 2. Grace Hadley (WPI) 3. Natalie Bitetti (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) 4. Kayla Werner (Lynchburg) 5. Evelyn Battleson-Gunkel (U. of Chicago) 6. Grace Richardson (NYU) 7. Faith Duncan (Wilmington [OH]) 8. Caroline McMartin (Central College) Conor Daly 1. Grace Hadley (WPI) 2. Natalie Bitetti (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) 3. Fiona Smith (St. Benedict) 4. Evelyn Battleson-Gunkel (U. of Chicago) 5. Kayla Werner (Lynchburg) 6. Grace Richardson (NYU) 7. Shaelyn Hostager (Wartburg) 8. Caroline McMartin (Central College) Men's 10,000 Meters Gavin Struve 1. Gunner Schlender (UW-Whitewater) 2. Max Svienty (North Central) 3. Simon Heys (Wilmington (OH)) 4. Spencer Moon (Simpson (IA)) 5. Enrique Salazar (Manchester) 6. Vince Simonetti (RPI) 7. Charles Namiot (Williams) 8. Peter Weiss (George Fox) Kevin Fischer 1. Simon Heys (Wilmington [OH]) 2. Max Svienty (North Central) 3. Vince Simonetti (RPI) 4. Spencer Moon (Simpson (IA)) 5. Enrique Salazar (Manchester) 6. Gunner Schlender (UW-Whitewater) 7. Tyler Schermerhorn (Wartburg) 8. Charles Namiot (Williams) Conor Daly 1. Spencer Moon (Simpson (IA)) 2. Vince Simonetti (RPI) 3. Enrique Salazar (Manchester) 4. Max Svienty (North Central) 5. Gunner Schlender (UW-Whitewater) 6. Tyler Schermerhorn (Wartburg) 7. Isaac Wegner (UW-La Crosse) 8. Simon Heys (Wilmington (OH)) Women's 10,000 Meters Gavin Struve 1. Fiona Smith (St. Benedict) 2. Shaelyn Hostager (Wartburg) 3. Grace Richardson (NYU) 4. Evelyn Battleson-Gunkel (U. of Chicago) 5. Genna Girard (Williams) 6. Riley Buese (Lewis & Clark) 7. Penelope Greene (SUNY Geneseo) 8. Alison Bode (St. Olaf) Kevin Fischer 1. Fiona Smith (St. Benedict) 2. Evelyn Battleson-Gunkel (U. of Chicago) 3. Grace Richardson (NYU) 4. Shaelyn Hostager (Wartburg) 5. Penelope Greene (SUNY Geneseo) 6. Genna Girard (Williams) 7. Riley Buese (Lewis & Clark) 8. Rebecca Markham (Hope) Conor Daly 1. Fiona Smith (St. Benedict) 2. Grace Richardson (NYU) 3. Evelyn Battleson-Gunkel (U. of Chicago) 4. Shaelyn Hostager (Wartburg) 5. Genna Girard (Williams) 6. Penelope Greene (SUNY Geneseo) 7. Riley Buese (Lewis & Clark) 8. Kate Sanderson (MIT) Men's 3000-Meter Steeplechase Gavin Struve 1. Christian Patzka (UW-Whitewater) 2. Christopher Collet (Wartburg) 3. Adam Loenser (UW-La Crosse) 4. Ethan Domitrovich (John Carroll) 5. Lance Sobaski (Wartburg) 6. Will Kelly (St. Olaf) 7. Mason Shea (UW-Eau Claire) 8. Cameron Hatler (Pomona-Pitzer) Kevin Fischer 1. Christian Patzka (UW-Whitewater) 2. Christopher Collet (Wartburg) 3. Adam Loenser (UW-La Crosse) 4. Ethan Domitrovich (John Carroll) 5. Will Kelly (St. Olaf) 6. Joey Sullivan (UW-La Crosse) 7. Lance Sobaski (Wartburg) 8. Mason Shea (UW-Eau Claire) Conor Daly 1. Christian Patzka (UW-Whitewater) 2. Christopher Collet (Wartburg) 3. Will Kelly (St. Olaf) 4. Hayden Beauchemin (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) 5. Joey Sullivan (UW-La Crosse) 6. Walter Moak (Oberlin) 7. Adam Loenser (UW-La Crosse) 8. Mason Shea (UW-Eau Claire) Women's 3000-Meter Steeplechase Gavin Struve 1. Aubrie Fisher (Wartburg) 2. Megan Johnson (Central College) 3. Caroline McMartin (Central College) 4. Ellie Meyer (Wartburg) 5. Rachel Hirschkind (SUNY Geneseo) 6. Audrey Maclean (Middlebury) 7. Ella Whinney (Wellesley) 8. Sara Stephenson (Johns Hopkins) Kevin Fischer 1. Aubrie Fisher (Wartburg) 2. Megan Johnson (Central College) 3. Rachel Hirschkind (SUNY Geneseo) 4. Caroline McMartin (Central College) 5. Ellie Meyer (Wartburg) 6. Audrey Maclean (Middlebury) 7. Molly Fitzgibbons (Williams) 8. Sara Stephenson (Johns Hopkins) Conor Daly 1. Megan Johnson (Central College) 2. Caroline McMartin (Central College) 3. Rachel Hirschkind (SUNY Geneseo) 4. Aubrie Fisher (Wartburg) 5. Audrey Maclean (Middlebury) 6. Addy Parrott (Central College) 7. Molly Fitzgibbons (Williams) 8. Ellie Meyer (Wartburg)

  • PREDICTIONS: 2024 California (CIF) Track & Field State Championships

    Predictions & analysis by Donny Speas, additional edits & commentary via Garrett Zatlin It's no secret that California is one of the best states in the country when it comes to the sport of track and field (at the high school level). In fact, there's a strong argument for California to be considered the best state in the country! That's why we wanted to throw together some predictions for the always-entertaining California state meet and give some brief thoughts on which star athletes we have coming out on top this weekend... Girl's 800 Meters Tessa Buswell (Poway) - 2:07 Keaton Robar (Newport Harbor) - 2:07 Makenna Herbst (Carlsbad) - 2:07 Kaitlyn Arciaga (Westview) - 2:08 L'Mio Edwards (Claremont) - 2:09 This girl's 800-meter field has five athletes seeded at 2:07 and they also happen to be the only five athletes seeded with sub-2:10 times in this field. Naturally, you can probably guess who I'm picking to fill out the top-five spots of this race on Friday. The fastest of the bunch is Keaton Robar (Newport Harbor) who comes into this race with a 2:07.01 (800) personal best and is riding a massive hot streak. She has also notched six-straight victories over 800 meters. The only knock against Robar is that she doesn't have a whole bunch of established consistency, only running under 2:09 on one occasion this season. That, of course, isn't to say that she won't match her PR (or even set a new PR) later this week. My personal pick for the win is BYU commit Tessa Buswell (Poway). Buswell brings loads of experience to the table, having made the finals of this meet over the last three years. Buswell hasn't quite made the leap to bring home the state title yet, but I don't see why she can't change that this weekend. Boy's 800 Meters Wyland Obando (Wilson Long Beach) - 1:51 Ambodai Ligons (Cathedral) - 1:52 Jack Paradise (Great Oak) - 1:52 JT Kraemer (Wilson Long Beach) - 1:52 Angel Cordero (Olympian) - 1:53 Wyland Obando has had an amazing season over 800 meters, dropping his personal best from a "just okay" 1:59.99 (800) mark to a phenomenal 1:51.53 result in a little under five months. That kind of momentum isn't something you see every day and for that reason (and the fact that he has a teammate in this race), I'm picking Obando to take home the win. Another athlete with a very serious chance at victory is University of Washington commit, Ambodai Ligons. The soon-to-be Husky hasn't lost an 800-meter race in his last six attempts at the distance. Two of those races have been won in 1:51, giving me some confidence with Ligons' consistency in running top-tier times. Throw in some impressive 400-meter speed (his personal best of 47.69 which would have qualified him for this state meet) and you've got a legitimate title contender. Girl's 1600 Meters Sadie Engelhardt (Ventura) - 4:33 Chiara Dailey (La Jolla) - 4:43 Braelyn Combe (Santiago Corona) - 4:45 Sofia Lieberman (Murrieta Valley) - 4:45 Annie Ivarsson (Dana Hills) - 4:46 I don't think it's a bold statement to say that Sadie Engelhardt is the very, very heavy favorite in this event. It would be a huge upset if someone other than Sadie Engelhardt won the girl's 1600-meter title, but hey, they run the races on the track and not on paper for a reason. There are plenty of solid athletes in this race with La Jolla's Chiara Dailey looking like the strongest of the bunch by virtue of her outstanding seasonal bests of 4:42 (1600) and 10:09 (3200). Another athlete to look out for is Santiago Corona's Braelyn Combe who has run 4:45 (1600) and won the APU Meet of Champions earlier in the season. Both Combe and Dailey would typically be contenders for the win during most years, but with a titan like Engelhardt in the field, it's hard to imagine anyone else winning. Boy's 1600 meters Anthony Fast Horse (Ventura) - 4:07 Benjamin Bouie (Crystal Springs) - 4:07 Jason Parra (Millikan) - 4:08 Miles Cook (Sacred Heart Cathedral) - 4:08 Micah Grossman (Ventura) - 4:08 If the girl's 1600 meters is a race with a clear favorite, then this is a race with no favorite. The biggest name in this race is Oregon signee, Anthony Fast Horse, who flexes personal bests of 4:05 (1600) and 8:45 (3200). However, Fast Horse isn't the only athlete with a sub-4:10 clocking to his name as there are a whopping six different athletes who have broken the 4:10 barrier this outdoor track season. One athlete who might be off the radar for a lot of people is Crystal Spring's Benjamin Bouie who just recently ran a 4:06.97 (1600) to break the CIF Central Coast record last weekend. Who knows what he'll be capable of when he gets a chance to mix it up against the rest of the state! There are so many good athletes who are entered in this race that I couldn't properly write about all of them even in two different articles! In my opinion, this is most intriguing race of the state meet and simply making it to Saturday's final will be a huge accomplishment for any of these athletes. Girls 3200 Meters Rylee Blade (Santiago Corona) - 10:12 Hanne Thomsen (Montgomery) - 10:13 Jaelyn Williams (East Lake) - 10:15 Sydney Rubio (Huntington Beach) - 10:17 Olivia Foody (Aliso Niguel) - 10:19 Rylee Blade (Santiago Corona) has only lost one 3200-meter race this year and that came in the form of a 10:07 personal best effort which was "only" good enough for 7th place at the Arcadia Invitational back in April. But outside of that race, she has remained unbeaten in her seven attempts at the distance this outdoor track season. For that reason, I'm picking Blade to defend her state title over 3200 meters. However, this race will by no means be a walk in the park as there are quite a few other athletes in this field who can certainly pull off the upset. One such athlete is Montgomery's Hanne Thomsen. She holds the fastest 3200-meter personal best of any athlete in this race (9:55) which she ran at last year's edition of the Arcadia Invitational. She also most recently won the CIF Northern Coast Meet of Champions in a seasonal best of 10:15. If Thomsen crosses the line with the victory on Saturday, it shouldn't come as surprise to anyone. Boy's 3200 Meters Evan Noonan (Dana Hills) - 8:50 Joshua Bell (Templeton) - 8:52 Jason Parra (Millikan) - 8:52 Carter Spradling (Clovis East) - 8:55 Grant Morgenfeld (Palo Alto) - 8:55 Evan Noonan (Dana Hills) looks like he should be favored to win this race as he qualified for this meet in both the 1600 meters and the 3200 meters, but ultimately decided only to focus on the 3200 meters. And I'll admit, I found that move pretty surprising considering that he holds the top 1600-meter time in the state (4:04.2). Regardless, the combination of Noonan's top-end speed and fresh legs (many of his competitors will be doubling back from the 1600 meters) is enough for me to give the Noonan the edge here. Of course, Noonan is far from the only runner in this race worth mentioning. I'd go as far to say that this is the deepest race that this meet has to offer with three seniors ranked in our Top-50 Recruit Rankings, plenty of underclassmen who will almost certainly be ranked in the future and loads of athletes who I've mentioned in some form or another while writing previous articles. The most compelling of this group of athletes is Stanford commit Joshua Bell who has run the fastest 3200-meter time (8:42) of anyone in this field. The only reason I don't have Bell picked for the win is that I'm a little concerned about how his closing speed stacks up when compared to some of the other athletes in this field as I don't quite think Bell is strong enough to completely drop his competition (or more specifically, this field). Girl's 4x800-Meter Relay Ventura Cougars - 8:58 Granada Matadors - 9:07 Campolindo Cougars - 9:09 Cathedral Catholic Dons - 9:10 Del Norte Nighthawks - 9:12 The biggest question surrounding this race is whether or not we see Sadie Engelhardt appear in Ventura's lineup. Considering that there are roughly three hours between the girl's 1600-meter finals and the girl's 4x800-meter relay, I'd say that it's more likely than not that we see Engelhardt in this race. That, in turn, makes the Ventura Cougars massive favorites to bring home a state title in this event. If we assume that Engelhardt races and Ventura win this event, then that will make the battle for 2nd place very intriguing. Three different squads (Granada, Campolindo and Cathedral Catholic) have all run within a quarter of a second of each other and with such small margins between the teams, all it takes is one athlete's breakout performance to secure a medal for their team. I'm leaning towards Granada to triumph out of this second pack due to the sheer number of relay combinations they have with eight athletes listed as potential alternates on the entries. Boy's 4x800-Meter Relay San Clemente Tritons - 7:40 Cathedral Phantoms - 7:42 Great Oak Wolfpack - 7:44 Jesuit Marauders - 7:46 Santa Barbara Dons - 7:46 At last year's CIF State Championships, we saw the San Clemente Tritons break the meet record in the 4x800 meter relay, running a phenomenal time of 7:38.59. And the scariest part? The Tritons are returning all four members of that relay team, looking to capture another state title in this event. However, the Tritons have "only" run 7:43 this season and are the second seed behind the Cathedral Phantoms who lead all entrants with a seed time of 7:42. Looking past the top-two squads, there is a wicked amount of depth, with an astonishing nine teams seeded at 7:50 or faster. One team to keep an eye on is the Great Oak Wolfpack who have a mind-boggling amount of talent in their lineup. To give their depth some perspective, they currently have 4:08 miler Westin Brown listed as an alternate. I'm not sure who will come out on top in this race, but with the amount of talent competing, I'm confident that it will be a battle worth watching.

  • Blue Oval Podcast: Parker Valby to Attempt 10k/5k Double & Ky Robinson Opts Out of 10k

    Podcast production via Wyatt Barnsley The guys are back with an episode full of reactions and analysis! This week, Ben and Garrett dive into their thoughts on some of the scratches (and entries) for the D1 regional races! Highlights include Parker Valby attempting the 10k/5k double, Ky Robinson & Nico Young deciding to only run the 5k and a whole lot more. Be sure to listen, subscribe and review! (2:17) Parker Valley to Attempt 10k/5k Double (6:24) Ky Robinson Scratches 10k in Favor of 5k (12:13) Elmore & Ayyildiz Scratch From 1500m to Run 5k (18:24) Nico Young Scratches From 1500m & 800m to Run 5k (19:33) Juliet Cherubet to Attempt 1500m/5k Double (24:29) Margot Appleton Decides to Run 5k Over 1500m (27:59) Lindsey Butler Scratches From 800m in Favor of 1500m (29:29) Rapid Fire Scratches ➤ Running Gear We Found GREAT Deals On (Amazon Affiliate) 👟 ⁠https://linktr.ee/thestridereport/store⁠ ➤ SUBSCRIBE! 👇 https://www.youtube.com/@thestridereport You can listen to that episode (and others) on our PODCASTS page! You can also find the podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. If you like it, be sure to leave us a rating and a review! Note: If you're having issues loading the episode on the site via mobile, try refreshing the episode page. We will look into this issue for future episodes.

  • Three Sentences Or Less: 2024 D2 NCAA Outdoor Championship Men's 5k Preview

    Click here to see start lists Editor's Note: Our TSR writers were asked to produce three sentences or less of analysis on every entrant in every distance event for every division. The below athletes are ordered alphabetically to match the start list Predictions coming later this week! 1. William Amponsah (West Texas A&M) If we're to believe that a 6th place finish in his first time racing this event on the national stage (at the 2024 indoor national meet) is William Amponsah's baseline, then what is his ceiling? Including as soon as this spring? This Buffalo ace is probably the biggest title favorite in the 10k and figures to have a hard effort under his legs from that event two days prior to this race, but he can't be counted out among the favorites in this event as well. 2. Jan Lukas Becker (Mississippi College) Jan Lukas Becker is in a similar position to William Amponsah as one of the primary favorites in the 10k (he's the defending champion after all) who's doubling back for the 5k. He's admittedly tougher to place in this field than Amponsah given that he didn't double last spring and underwhelmed in this event at the indoor national meet. Even so, we can't rule out someone with Becker's pedigree to be in the mix late, especially considering he earned bronze over 5000 meters at the 2023 indoor national meet. 3. Logan Bocovich (Colorado Mines) I'll be honest, I think Logan Bocovich's best chance at a top-half finish is in the 10k, an event in which he is more proven and one that seems to better suit his strength-based acumen. Racing a total of nearly 10 miles on the national stage over three days is a lot to ask in his first year at the D2 level. However, after the past couple of showings that he's had in the 5k -- a 13:49 PR and an RMAC title -- it's hard to fault Bocovich for competing in both events in which he's earned a spot. 4. Soheil Boufrizi (Wingate) While he's more of a contender in the steeplechase, Soheil Boufrizi shouldn't be counted out in the 5k. His breakout 10th place finish at the 2023 NCAA XC Championships indicated that his aerobic reserves are greater than most anyone thought, and he just produced complementary PRs of 3:47 (1500) and 13:53 (5k) to go with his gaudy 8:37 (steeple) PR. 5. Hamza Chahid (Wingate) With last spring's 5k national champion having now graduated, is Hamza Chahid (the 2024 indoor 5k national champion) now the favorite in this event? Romain Legendre may have something to say about that, but Chahid out-dueled him at the indoor national meet and has quickly amassed a few seasons of high-leverage postseason success at a level that even some of his greatest rivals can't match. 6. Duncan Fuehne (Colorado Mines) After producing 5k finishes of 9th, 8th and 7th (in that order) at the past three national meets on the track, it's certainly conceivable that Duncan Fuehne continues that trend and places 6th this spring. After all, he has enjoyed a more extended ramp-up this season than he did a year ago. And even though Fuehne hasn't produced a PR this season, there's still time to do so when the stakes are highest. 7. Ryan Hartman (Augustana (SD)) Ryan Hartman has been operating at a high level for such an extended time that it's hard to believe that he was not a part of the pre-Covid era of NCAA distance running. The four-time All-American may have finished last in this event at the 2024 NCAA Indoor Championships, but he's also coming off a top-10 finish at the 2023 NCAA XC Championships and recently produced commendable PRs in the 1500 meters (3:44) and 5k (13:49) which suggest that he'll succeed in this field. 8. Simon Kelati (Western Colorado) An upset 3k national title this past winter stamped Simon Kelati as a contender in both this race and the 1500 meters as he pursues both events for the second consecutive outdoor national meet. That will be a daunting same-day double, but Kelati has already proven capable of succeeding in this type of situation when he also earned bronze in the 5k at the 2024 indoor national meet (and when he finished as a double All-American last spring). Of course, a 13:34 (5k) PR late last month doesn't hurt his candidacy here, either. 9. Peter Kipkemboi (East Central) Sure, Peter Kipkemboi won a conference 5k title early this month, but what was more intriguing were PRs of 1:52 (800) and 3:48 (1500) while tripling at the same meet. Those marks suggest underrated speed for this cross country All-American. Still, I can't help but wonder if Kipkemboi, who has mostly raced in smaller settings, would be helped by the presence of his teammates (who are racing together in the steeplechase) given his best result to date was achieved while helping his team reach the podium last November. 10. Lars Laros (Wingate) Lars Laros will hardly have the fastest mark in this field despite running 13:55 (5k) for the first time just last month (for better or worse, breaking 14:00 just doesn't get you as far anymore). However, he has a few elements working in his favor: First, a recent 3:45 (1500) effort implies that even some of these men shouldn't be able to simply run away from Laros late, and secondly, the presence of several teammates in this field raises his chances of being a factor in one way or another. 11. Titouan Le Grix (Wingate) Like his aforementioned teammate, Soheil Boufrizi, Titouan Le Grix probably has stronger odds at a top-end finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase one day prior to this race. But his dynamism and success in the 1500 meters, the 5k and cross country -- and the fact that he ran his 13:49 (5k) PR in a deep Raleigh Relays field -- mean that he should have little problem staying afloat in this race. 12. Romain Legendre (Adams State) Is Romain Legendre ready to win his first NCAA title? Forcing that question upon him feels like trying to replicate the shtick of an NBA media pundit, but this Frenchman has had such an outsized impact in his first year as a collegian that it feels like a gold medal at a national meet is the final thing he has to achieve. His NCAA D2 record (13:16) in this event tells us that Legendre's best is far better than anyone else's, but the true question is whether he's able to dictate the style of this race in a way that best plays to his strengths. 13. Josphat Meli (Harding) This is one of the double decisions that seems most prudent as Josphat Meli and his coaches try to figure out this freshman's optimal distances, his racing style and his ceiling. He was one spot away from a top-eight finish in this event at the 2024 indoor national meet and just produced a new sub-14:00 PR. Does all of that point to Meli's first All-American honors in either this event or the 10k? 14. Cole Nash (Alaska Anchorage) This has been a confusing academic year for Cole Nash who has at times looked like his old star self, but has mostly been fighting to rediscover that form. A 13:55 (5k) seasonal best at the Stanford Invite in March was enough to get him here and a GNAC 5k title was a nice refresher two weeks before these NCAA Outdoor Championships. Still, it's hard to think that all of that is enough for this 49th-state star to claim his first 5k All-American finish since 2022. 15. Tyler Nord (Western Colorado) Tyler Nord has previously found more success in the shorter distance events on the national stage, although his skillset (impressive cross country strength and metric mile speed) suggests that he can thrive over this distance. We didn't see that play out when he recently lost to Logan Bocovich at the RMAC Championships, but this underclassman (who's doubling from the 1500 meters) has never failed to produce at least one All-American finish in his four national meet appearances thus far. 16. Felix Perrier (Azusa Pacific) Another name who may be even better suited over the barriers and water pits, Felix Perrier won conference titles in both the 3000-meter steeplechase and the 5000 meters in his last showing. In running 13:48 (5k) at the Bryan Clay Invitational, Perrier suggested that he could hang with the bulk of this field, but it's still difficult to envision him finding more success in this event than in the steeplechase. 17. Luca Poppe (Wingate) The last of five Wingate harriers in this race is arguably the least established (perhaps because he just joined the program ahead of this academic year). But Luca Poppe was stellar in earning a recent 5k win at the Franson Last Chance Meet. Plus, his 3:44 (1500) PR implies that his opponents would be wise to try to run the legs out of him early. 18. Matthew Storer (Colorado Christian) It's wild that Matthew Storer almost feels like an afterthought in this field despite being last spring's 5k national runner-up and now the top returner from that race. A 13:47 (5k) PR in his most recent race suggests that he's as fit as he's ever been and while he feels more like an outside contender than a true favorite, Storer has a non-zero chance at nabbing his first national title in either this event or the 10k. 19. Sam Wilhelm (Alabama-Huntsville) Sam Wilhelm placed 10th in this event at the 2024 indoor national meet which may mean that he's knocking on the door of landing in the top-eight this weekend. The question is whether he's more likely to do that over 5000 meters or 10,000 meters. Recent PRs of 13:48 in the former and 28:43 in the latter are pretty balanced, but Wilhelm's relative lack of raw foot-speed means that he may have to put himself in the mix from the start of this race even if he's competing on tired legs.

  • Three Sentences Or Less: 2024 D2 NCAA Outdoor Championship Women's 5k Preview

    Written by Marissa Kuik, edits and additional commentary via Garrett Zatlin & Gavin Struve Click here to see start lists Editor's Note: Our TSR writers were asked to produce three sentences or less of analysis on every entrant in every distance event for every division. The below athletes are ordered alphabetically to match the start list Predictions coming later this week! 1. Kylie Anicic (Edinboro) Kylie Anicic has steadily raised her profile in 2024, most recently solidifying herself as one of the top seeds for both the 10k and the 5k. She's at her best in the longer races, and if the 5k turns into a faster-paced affair, Anicic should make it to the podium so long as she is not too tired from doubling back. 2. Betty Bajika (West Texas A&M) Betty Bajika has displayed incredible improvement recently, going from barely running under 18 minutes in the 5k to smashing the sub-17:00 barrier en route to her first track national meet appearance. Bajika's relative inexperience on the national stage will be something that she has to grow through, but she has teammates to lean on as she navigates this race. 3. Zoe Baker (Colorado Mines) Predicting how Zoe Baker will fare at the outdoor national meet is always a tricky objective. We know that she's capable of dropping very fast times during the regular season and she has experienced postseason success, but she hasn't always been at her best once championship season rolls around. After a disappointing 2024 indoor national meet showing, we hope to see Baker bounce back in either this event or the 10k. 4. Allison Beasley (Western Colorado) What we're sure about with Allison Beasley entering this weekend is her top-half All-American candidacy in the steeplechase. What we're unsure of is to what extent she can stack up with the nation's best over 5000 meters, especially considering that she got here via an altitude-converted mark. Fortunately, Beasley has completed this double on the national stage before (just a year ago) and nearly made it to the podium in both events. 5. Kaylee Beyer (Winona State) With the 5000 meters looking much more competitive compared to years past, Kaylee Beyer will have her hands full trying to land in the top-three in a second event. She will already have two 1500-meter efforts in her legs by the time she gets to this race. But don't count Beyer out just because she hasn't produced a blistering 5k mark this spring; after all, she always performs best on the national stage. 6. Marissa D’Atri (Chico State) Marissa D’Atri is another name who has made great improvements in multiple areas in 2024. That includes a massive 10:08 PR in her main event, the 3000-meter steeplechase. While she did not run a personal best in the 5k this spring, D'Atri appears to be in the best shape of her career and could contend for a top-half finish in this field. 7. Annika Esvelt (Seattle Pacific) Annika Esvelt enjoyed more success early in her career than many women in this field, but we missed her during last year’s outdoor national meet. Now, she's back with some pretty fast times, including a 16:18 (5k) effort that she ran in late March. Between this event and the 10k, Esvelt has strong odds of returning to the podium. 8. Anna Fauske (UC-Colorado Springs) Anna Fauske has become increasingly strong in this event with not only improved times, but also a perceptible ability to push through fatigue. In many meets this season in which she doubled, Fauske either ran a fast time or placed high up in the field. That will be a huge advantage for her as most women enter this race with a number of laps already in their legs. 9. Katharina Goetschl (Academy of Art) Katharina Goetschl is new to the national meet scene, having qualified both in the 5k and the 3000-meter steeplechase this spring. While Goetschl appears primed to reach the podium in the steeplechase, a 16:29 (5k) effort indicates that she also belongs here as well. We'll see, however, if a lack of experience plagues her double effort. 10. Gracie Hyde (Adams State) Even though this event is the third in which she is ranked at NCAA #1 this season, the 5k will most likely present Gracie Hyde's biggest challenge yet. She holds more dominant times in the 1500 meters and the steeplechase and the 5k could be more interesting as a distance in which she has not yet won a national title in. 11. Morgan Hykes (Adams State) Although Morgan Hykes did not run a PR in the 5k this season, she is still more than capable of squeezing onto the podium in this event. Her huge steeplechase PR of 10:06 from a few weeks ago indicates that her fitness is continuing to improve. Hykes has contested the 5k/steeplechase double before and should be just fine competing with the rest of the top pack. 12. Sarah Koomson (West Texas A&M) With the help of multiple teammates in this race alongside her, Sarah Koomson could very well find herself on the podium. During the indoor national meet, Koomson hung on to her teammates in the 3k, pulling herself to a 6th place finish. The 5k is probably her better (maybe even best) event and another season of experience should be a boon for this rookie. 13. Molly Maksin (Colorado Mines) Molly Maksin may be the last seed in this field, but do not count her out for a top-half finish. This Oredigger ace always seems to find a way to thrive when it comes to racing on the national stage, having produced a few unlikely All-American finishes. She may use up a lot of her energy in the 10k on Thursday, but she will still fight to the end in the 5k. 14. Maggie McCleskey (Adams State) Maggie McCleskey has definitely had her ups and downs through her first two seasons at Adams State. However, this outdoor track season has been a major high as she has run as fast as 16:21 in this event. She will be racing the 1500 meters beforehand, so we'll see how she responds to doubling back, but having teammates to work with and gauge off of in this race should help. 15. Riley McGrath (Colorado Mines) Even if her postseason results haven't necessarily shown it, we've seen improvements in Riley McGrath's endurance and strength since her transfer to Colorado Mines. Qualifying for the 5k after running a personal best is something that this Oredigger should be proud of. Although, we do wonder how she'll prioritize this race and the 1500-meter final which takes place on the same day. 16. Della Molina (Chico State) As just a freshman, Della Molina is set to make her outdoor national meet debut. She already played a huge role for her team during the cross country season, so she shouldn't fear racing against some of the bigger names in Division Two. The only variable that may hold her back in terms of her rookie status is knowing how to navigate the always-changing 5k race. 17. Klaudia O’Malley (Grand Valley State) One thing that Klaudia O’Malley has seemingly worked on immensely during her time at Grand Valley State is her endurance and strength in the longer events. This season, she ran her best time ever in the 5k with a mark of 15:51. O’Malley will have the 1500-meter final in her legs by the time she gets to this race, but she's no stranger to doubling and should be a contender in this setting. 18. Brianna Robles (Adams State) Almost the opposite of Klaudia O’Malley, Brianna Robles has worked considerably on her turnover, running more middle distance races as of late. That should help her if this race turns tactical. However, if she wants her best chance at taking the title, Robles will likely have to push the pace and run the kicks out of O'Malley and teammate Gracie Hyde. 19. Emily Schoellkopf (Adams State) Just as she has done in many seasons before, Emily Schoellkopf is rounding into optimal racing form just in time for the championship season. While she lost to Allison Beasley in the steeplechase at the RMAC Championships (as she was expected to do), Schoellkopf was able to nab conference gold in the 5k. While impressive on its own, that result paired with her effort over the barriers and water pits indicates that she has the strength to race well even on tired legs. 20. Hannah Smrcka (Lewis) Hannah Smrcka was a big reason why Lewis had a breakout cross country season this past fall. While she unfortunately did not advance to the indoor national meet, Smrcka has since rediscovered her fall form with times of 16:30 (5k) and 34:35 (10k). Plus, she has not raced a true all-out 5k since the end of March, so she may be capable of a much faster time than her seeding suggests. 21. Tristian Spence (Adams State) Tristian Spence going all-in on the 5000 meters was a surprising choice, but one that makes sense given this is the event she thrived in at the indoor national meet. While she may only be a redshirt freshman, she races like a veteran and could be a significant factor in this race. Spence will be one of the only contenders in this field who didn't compete on Thursday or Friday, so she may simply have more juice than some of her star counterparts. 22. Leah Taylor (Western Colorado) The trajectory of Leah Taylor is quite similar to that of conference foe Anna Fauske. Taylor, first a miler, has also improved immensely over 5000 meters as of late, including running a personal best of 16:17 this season. Her metric mile times have not been as strong this spring as they were in seasons past, but she may have found her stride in a longer distance event this year and could have a leg up on some of her 5k contemporaries speed-wise. 23. Florance Uwajeneza (West Texas A&M) The "less is more" approach has suited Florance Uwajeneza this spring as she has raced sparingly. However, the races that she has put together have been impressive including a sub-33:00 (10k) and a 16:00 (5k). While this 10k title contender will presumably be tired heading into this event, she is the reigning indoor 5k champion and has the veteran status to perform well under pressure. 24. Elizabeth Wamsley (Hillsdale) After running exceptionally fast in the 10k at Bryan Clay, Elizabeth Wamsley struggled with her 5k race, running "only" 17:31 over the same weekend. However, she finally backed up her 10k effort with an impressive 16:20 (5k) at a last chance meet. The longer event may be Wamsley's priority, though, so we'll see how much this distance star has left by late Saturday afternoon.

  • Three Sentences Or Less: 2024 D3 NCAA Outdoor Championship Men's 5k Preview

    Written by Kevin Fischer, edits and additional commentary via Garrett Zatlin & Gavin Struve Click here to see start lists Editor's Note: Our TSR writers were asked to produce three sentences or less of analysis on every entrant in every distance event for every division. The below athletes are ordered alphabetically to match the start list Predictions coming later this week! 1. Christopher Collet (Wartburg) Christopher Collet has struggled with the backend of doubles at past national meets, both on the indoor ova and outdoor oval, so the steeplechase final being held on Friday should benefit him. With a night in between that event and the 5k, Collet should be able to fully showcase his talent and hang with anybody in the country. 2. Derek Fearon (Pomona-Pitzer) While he hasn’t quite reached the level that he was operating at in November and December, we have seen some highly positive results from Derek Fearon this spring. He ran a solid 14:07 (5k) mark at the Bryan Clay Invige, scored 18 points at the SCIAC Championships and recorded a 10,000-meter PR at a last chance meet. Fearon has had some ups and downs in the past, but he appears to be finding some consistency at the perfect time. 3. Lucas Florsheim (Pomona-Pitzer) Despite already being safely qualified for the outdoor national meet, Lucas Florsheim took advantage of the opportunity to rip a fast 5000-meter effort at the Franson Last Chance Meet and broke 14 minutes for the first time. Compared to some of the other guys here, he has raced a lot of hard 5k efforts this spring. Howwever, given his light racing load during the indoor track season, it seems he could afford those efforts without too many negative effects. 4. Simon Heys (Wilmington (OH)) Five-time All-American Simon Heys is back where we expected him to be after missing out on the indoor national meet. He notched a lifetime best of 14:06 (5k) this spring and while that mark is a step behind what some of the other men in this field have produced, Heys' pedigree from the past few years tells us that he should be competitive here even after doubling back from the 10,000 meters. 5. Chasen Hunt (Lynchburg) Despite holding the second-fastest 1500-meter time in the nation, Chasen Hunt has opted to go all-in on the 5k. That was an interesting decision, but it could pay off in a big way. Some of the men seeded ahead of him who are doubling back may not have the legs to hold a fast pace and a slow pace may also play into Hunt’s hands with his mile speed. 6. Cory Kennedy (RPI) Cory Kennedy looks like Cory Kennedy again despite some April struggles as he's peaking at just the right time with a 14:04 (5k) win at Williams. He is only racing the 5000 meters at this outdoor national meet and he'll look to take advantage of his fresh legs to add to his streak of five-straight seasons in which he has recorded an All-American finish. 7. Adam Loenser (UW-La Crosse) As a potential dark horse title contender in the steeplechase, it will be difficult for Adam Loenser to race at that level the next day in the 5k, especially since his best-ever non-steeplechase finish at a national meet was 12th place. Even so, he certainly won’t be the only one running on tired legs and he may have a shot at improving upon that finish this weekend if he responds better than some of the others. 8. John Lucey (Williams) After narrowly missing out on the All-American spots at the 2024 indoor national meet, John Lucey has had an impressive and consistent outdoor track season. Of the races he finished, three of them resulted in PRs between the 1500 meters, the 5k and the 10k, and the other was a tactical win over 5000 meters at the NESCAC Championships. Lucey has become someone who you can rely on to hold his own in virtually any setting, so he should compete well this weekend. 9. Grant Matthai (UW-La Crosse) There are some question marks surrounding Grant Matthai given that he has not raced since his season opener at the Washington U. Distance Carnival in late March. It’s hard to know exactly where his fitness is at the moment, but we know about his talent. While this could be a difficult return, his best-case scenario lands him in the top-half of this field. 10. Spencer Moon (Simpson (IA)) After earning his first track All-American honor this past winter, Spencer Moon should feel less pressure even with higher expectations heading into this weekend. His performances this spring indicate another jump taken in his overall ability and reliability and there’s little reason to think that he can’t be in the mix for a national title. 11. Charles Namiot (Williams) The best chance for Charles Namiot to record a high-end outdoor national meet finish likely comes in the 10,000 meters. Still, he has proven himself to be a borderline top-tier distance runner and is carrying some nice momentum after dipping under 14:10 (5k) for the first time in his most recent outing. Ultimately, he has given himself two great opportunities to compete in the postseason and will look to make the most of both. 12. Braden Nicholson (North Central) At last year’s outdoor national meet, Braden Nicholson was one of the best examples of fresh legs making a difference as he finished 3rd place overall in the 5k. This year, he will be looking to take advantage of a similar scenario. The fastest of his four 5000-meter efforts this season came in his opener, so he doesn’t have the most momentum, but his track record as a proven national-level competitor should help. 13. Christian Patzka (UW-Whitewater) Nobody should be happier about the 3000-meter steeplechase final being held Friday night instead of Saturday morning than Christian Patzka. In 2022 and 2023, he finished 12th and 14th in the 5000 meters, respectively, after doubling back from the steeplechase on the same day. But this year, a night of rest before the 5k should be plenty for the UW-Whitewater ace to recover and take a serious stab at winning the national title. 14. Connor Riss (North Central) Connor Riss has struggled a bit to find consistent success in the past year since his 8th place finish in this event in 2023. Still, he did enough this spring to squeeze into the outdoor national meet and has several things going for him: He only has the 5k to focus on, he's a three-time All-American with a level of national meet experience that many others in the field lack and he has two teammates to work with. 15. Enrique Salazar (Manchester) Enrique Salazar is another guy who has taken a jump this year as evidenced by a 13:54 (5k) mark at the Bryan Clay Invite in his only all-out effort over that distance. At the 2024 indoor national meet, he finished 11th place in the 5k and 9th place in the 3k, but he goes into this weekend with a great chance to make significant improvements on those finishes. 16. Tyler Schermerhorn (Wartburg) Among the athletes in this field, Tyler Schermerhorn has enjoyed one of the biggest breakthroughs this year. He held his own in his first national meet appearance with a 12th place finish over 5000 meters this past winter and a then-PR of 14:14. But now he has found himself operating on a completely different level, most notably recording a 13:57 (5k) mark at UW-Platteville -- and with that success comes higher expectations on this stage. 17. Gunner Schlender (UW-Whitewater) Over the years, we've come to expect a lot from Gunner Schlender, and he routinely delivers on those expectations. His 14:01 (5k) seasonal best puts him in a position to contend for All-American billing. And even though he'll be coming back from the 10k, his 4th place finish in the 3k at the 2024 indoor national meet gives us a lot of confidence in his ability to double effectively. 18. James Settles (Colorado College) James Settles is only contesting the 5000 meters this weekend despite also qualifying in the 10k. And we anticipate that he may be able to use that single-mindedness to his advantage. But what gives us even more confidence in Settles is his history, including finishing 4th in both this event at last year’s outdoor national meet and at the cross country national meet this past fall. 19. Vince Simonetti (RPI) One of the best clutch performers in the country, Vince Simonetti recorded significant personal bests at the last two track national meets sandwiched around a top-10 cross country national meet showing. On paper, it seems like it will be difficult for him to slide into the top-eight here, especially two days removed from a 10k race, but one thing that we’ve learned by now is to not count Simonetti out. 20. Max Svienty (North Central) A tough indoor track season is in the rearview mirror for Max Svienty who has been truly back at his best this spring. While he hasn’t had any performances that stood out in the past month or so, he hasn’t needed to. His legs should have plenty of run left in them this weekend in order to contend for two titles as he contests the 10k/5k double. 21. Nathan Tassey (Roger Williams) Nathan Tassey's big day at Williams last week guaranteed his safe passage into this field. Although he also held a national qualifying mark over 10,000 meters, he opted to scratch that event in favor of a fresh 5k. That may end up being a wise decision as there could be some carnage from which he could pick up the scraps and outperform his seeding here. 22. Ryan Tobin (NYU) Up until his most recent 14:08 (5k) effort at Williams, Ryan Tobin’s lifetime best over 5000 meters was 14:20 and he has never competed at a national meet on the track. However, he performed at his best yet when the pressure was on and left no doubt that he belongs here competing against the best in the country.

  • Three Sentences Or Less: 2024 D3 NCAA Outdoor Championship Women's 5k Preview

    Written by Conor Daly, edits and additional commentary via Garrett Zatlin & Gavin Struve Click here to see start lists Editor's Note: Our TSR writers were asked to produce three sentences or less of analysis on every entrant in every distance event for every division. The below athletes are ordered alphabetically to match the start list Predictions coming later this week! 1. Evelyn Battleson-Gunkel (U. of Chicago) This miler now turned long distance specialist out of Chicago is aiming to extend her momentum after claiming double bronze at the indoor national meet between the 3k and the 5k this past winter. While Evelyn Battleson-Gunkel may not have the foot-speed that she had flexed at this point last year, she’s proven to be a very strong doubler as of late which will be of the utmost importance as she looks to rebound from the 10k. Battleson-Gunkel has shown countless times that she isn’t afraid to push the pace early-on, so her competitors will step to the line knowing they will have to match an aggressive pace if they want to beat her. 2. Natalie Bitetti (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) You could argue that it was a slight surprise for Natalie Bitetti to scratch her 8th seed in the 1500 meters to go all-in for the 5k. But in reality, it makes a ton of sense considering Bitetti’s strong aerobic capabilities, as evidenced by her cross country national meet runner-up finish behind only Fiona Smith. If anyone stands a chance to hang with Smith and Grace Hadley, it’s Bitetti who is a dark horse pick for the win. 3. Alexandra Blake (Washington U.) Once viewed as primarily a miler, Alexandra Blake has tapped into a new skillset in the 5k this spring. While she doesn't boast the proven success over 5000 meters that some women in this field possess, Blake will have the advantage of being one of a few athletes entering this race with fresh legs. 4. Jules Bleskoski (RPI) In just her first collegiate outdoor track season, Jules Bleskoski has been a reliable pulse. She logged a pair of (roughly) 17:00 (5k) performances before cutting a healthy chunk off of that mark the Farley Inter Regional Extravaganza, finishing ahead of a very solid field in 16:50. While her first national level experience in the winter didn’t go particularly well, added collegiate experience and confidence could be the key for a fresh Bleskoski to make a run at a top-half finish in this field. 5. Lexi Brown (Wartburg) During the track months, Lexi Brown comes across as a speed-based 5k runner, but we shouldn't forget about her cross country dominance. Even after starting her outdoor track season unusually late, Brown hasn’t had any major hiccups and has largely looked as if she hasn’t missed a beat. While settling for a runner-up 5k finish at the American River Conference Championships isn’t ideal, her recent 1500-meter win was dominant, signaling that she’s ready to go. 6. Riley Buese (Lewis & Clark) This Lewis & Clark upperclassman has raced sparingly this spring, but has been very strong each time she's done so. Her infrequent racing schedule could leave her feeling more fresh for the 10k/5k double. Having earned All-American status both this past winter and fall, Riley Buese looks to be in a great spot to achieve that honor over each season of this academic year. 7. Deyanneira Colon Maldonado (Aurora) This Aurora star isn’t one to only race when it matters most, as she races often. That strategy has allowed us to see Deyanneira Colon Maldonado persevere in many different racing situations and distances. And given that she'll first be making a run over 1500 meters this weekend, it feels so fitting that Colon Maldonado has been practicing managing multiple races at one meet. 8. Faith Duncan (Wilmington (OH)) It feels odd that Faith Duncan achieved her qualifying time in March and has not attempted to rip another 5k since, but maybe that’s all part of the plan. While she hasn’t done anything head-turning since then, she hasn’t done anything wrong, either. When you consider that Duncan is seemingly even fitter than when she ran her national qualifying time and that she enters this race as the second-highest seed out of women who will have fresh legs, it’s easy to foresee her earning an All-American finish. 9. Aubrie Fisher (Wartburg) Known for her hefty schedule at national meets, Aubrie Fisher will look to score points for her team in the 5k after contending for her third steeplechase national title. While previous attempts at this double haven’t gone all that well for her, Fisher is running the best she ever has in the 5k. A flukey weekend at the American Rivers Conference Championship shouldn’t be an issue for someone who has been one of the better-known names in Division Three distance running for years. 10. Penelope Greene (SUNY Geneseo) This long distance specialist took matters into her own hands when she ran a 15-second personal best for a convincing win at the Farley Inter Regional Extravaganza in recent weeks. That’s a huge breakthrough for the already-accomplished New Yorker. In the midst of a strong year, Penelope Greene’s recent personal bests and wins put her in a great position to cross the finish line in All-American standing. 11. Grace Hadley (WPI) The only woman who enters this race with a seed time within 30 seconds of Fiona Smith is Grace Hadley who trails by a mere three seconds. Even after the 1500-meter finals the same day, this WPI star stands a fighting chance to take down Smith. If Hadley is able to maintain contact with the leader(s) and still be in the mix late in the race, her foot-speed is far better than that of anyone else in the field and could give her the upset victory. 12. Shaelyn Hostager (Wartburg) "The further the distance, the better" stands true for Shaelyn Hostager when it comes to racing. After contesting the 10k, this Wartburg veteran seems like a very safe bet to double effectively. While she may not feel like a candidate for a breakthrough performance, Hostager enters this race with a very high floor. 13. Megan Johnson (Central College) There’s no way around it: Megan Johnson has been racing incredibly throughout this outdoor track season. She has been running massive personal bests and beating some of the best in the business over 1500 meters, the steeplechase and the 5k. Her recent triple at the American Rivers Conference Championships shows us that she’s ready to go and suggests doubling back from the steeplechase this weekend will be no problem for her. 14. Caitlin Jorgensen (U. of Chicago) Even though Caitlin Jorgensen puts most of her efforts toward the 3000-meter steeplechase, she’s no pushover in the 5k. While Jorgensen isn’t going to be at the front of this race, she can definitely beat some people who she’s not expected to. It will be an uphill battle for Jorgensen to score, but the U. of Chicago women are known to always be up for the challenge in the postseason. 15. Rebecca Markham (Hope) Although she’s not from a school traditionally considered to be a Division Three distance running powerhouse, don’t sleep on Rebecca Markham. Get this: She’s either won or run a personal best in all eight races that she’s contested this outdoor track season. Most recently, Markham won the St. Francis 5k over two women who she'll face in this field, so she could be in for a breakthrough placement if she’s able to recover from the 10k. 16. Caroline McMartin (Central College) This Central College veteran is one of the most well-rounded runners in this field with top-30 marks in every distance event from the half-mile up to the 5k (including the steeplechase). If Caroline McMartin has any juice left in her legs by the time she makes it to this event, she’s more than capable of leaving with an All-American finish. Ideally, McMartin would be best in a slow and tactical race, although that feels unlikely given the racing styles of many of the women in this field. 17. Sophie Porter (DePauw) While most people don’t run a personal best the day after finishing a 10k, Sophie Porter is not like most people. That 4:33 (1500) effort, among other recent performances, makes it clear that Porter has been making recent strides that should set her up wonderfully for her first national meet on the track. 18. Grace Richardson (NYU) You probably know Grace Richardson as the athlete who briefly took the lead from Fiona Smith in the final 50 meters of the 5k at the indoor national meet. While that feels unlikely to occur again, Richardson is certainly someone who is capable of finishing in a prime All-American position. No, she hasn’t run a particularly fast 5k on the outdoor oval this spring, but that isn’t frightening considering her strong body of work throughout this academic year. 19. Haley Schoenegge (Vassar) This true freshman has enjoyed a breakthrough outdoor track season, coming into this meet in the mix for All-American status in both the 1500 meters and the 5k. While this race is not necessarily set up for the Vassar youngster to employ her devastating speed, Schoenegge has proven that she can succeed in fast-paced races like the Bison Outdoor Classic 5k. 20. Fiona Smith (St. Benedict) If you follow Division Three distance running, then you’re probably pretty familiar with Fiona Smith, so we’re not going to make this analysis more complicated than necessary. While she certainly enters as the favorite in this field, the five-time national champion is by no means seen as untouchable. Whether Smith is able to break the tape is simply a question of whether her superior fitness can allow her to run away from the field. 21. Sara Stephenson (Johns Hopkins) Sara Stephenson is no stranger to the national stage. Known more for her steeplechase exploits, the Blue Jay attacked the 5k at the Widener Final Qualifier just over a week ago to take home the win and earn her opportunity to be in this race. It’s a huge ask to double back from the steeplechase final (assuming she advances), and it would take a heroic effort for Stephenson to be a factor in this race, even coming off of her fresh 5k PR. 22. Kayla Werner (Lynchburg) Scratching the 1500 meters to be fresh for the 5k was a clear statement from Kayla Werner that she thinks it’s her time to emerge as a top-half All-American. After all, she has been improving throughout the academic year and seems to be rounding into form well thanks to a conference title and a slew of personal bests as of late. Don’t underestimate the fact that she is the top-seeded woman with fresh legs which is a very powerful advantage.

  • PREDICTIONS: 2024 NAIA Outdoor Championships (All-American Picks)

    The NAIA realm is hosting their national meet starting on Wednesday (tomorrow)! And with six different distance events being contested (five individual, one relay), there are going to be a lot of names to sift through. Below, our NAIA specialist Marissa Kuik went through every middle and long distance event contested at the NAIA Indoor Championships (800, 1500, 5k, 10k, steeple & 4x800) and gave her top-eight picks (All-American spots) for the men's and women's races. Let's see who Marissa is the most high on entering the national meet... Men's 800 Meters 1. Luca Santorum (Cumberlands (KY)) 2. Forbes Joel (Cumberland (TN) 3. Michael Long (Ave Maria) 4. Carter Gordon (Lewis-Clark) 5. Tristan Trevino (Marian (IN)) 6. Charles I Dorsett (TAMU-Texarkana) 7. Griffen Parsells (Lewis-Clark) 8. Nolan Slominski (Dakota State) Women's 800 Meters 1. Rachel Mortimer (British Columbia) 2. Lisa Voyles (Indiana Tech) 3. Ellen Palmgren (The Master's) 4. Suzie Johnson (The Master's) 5. Veronica Pinkerton (Hastings) 6. Abby Ylipahkala (British Columbia) 7. Kylie Sauder (Goshen) 8. Cailen Jolley (Oklahoma City) Men's 1500 Meters 1. Evert Silva (Oklahoma City) 2. Luca Santorum (Cumberlands (KY)) 3. Youssef Asslouj (Cumberlands (KY)) 4. Gustav Bendsen (Cumberlands (KY)) 5. Bryn Woodall (Milligan) 6. Liam Kramer (British Columbia) 7. Walid Jarfani (Texas Wesleyan) 8. Dimitri Margaritidis (Grace) Women's 1500 Meters 1. Holly Macgillivray (British Columbia) 2. Lisa Voyles (Indiana Tech) 3. Katelyn Cotterell (British Columbia) 4. Ana Pineda (St. Francis (IL)) 5. Ellen Palmgren (The Master's) 6. Noel Vanderwall (Taylor) 7. Abbey Shirst (College of Idaho) 8. Kylahn Freiberg (Concordia (NE)) Men's 5000 Meters 1. Youssef Asslouj (Cumberlands (KY)) 2. Aaron Jones (Milligan) 3. Andrew Davies (British Columbia) 4. Gustav Bendsen (Cumberlands (KY)) 5. Evert Silva (Oklahoma City) 6. Jaiveer Tiwana (British Columbia) 7. Luke Pohl (Indiana Wesleyan) 8. Eli Fullerton (Indiana Wesleyan) Women's 5000 Meters 1. Kyla Becker (British Columbia) 2. Kiana Gibson (British Columbia) 3. Amelia Pfohl (British Columbia) 4. Reagan Hiebert (St. Mary (KS)) 5. Marley Beckett (British Columbia) 6. Ana Pineda (St. Francis (IL)) 7. Alina Boshchuk (Cumberlands (KY)) 8. Hasnae Goulamzi (Texas Wesleyan) Men's 10,000 Meters 1. Dennis Kipkurui (Wayland Baptist) 2. Andrew Davies (British Columbia) 3. Luca Madeo (Cumberlands (KY)) 4. Aiden Kammler (Shawnee State) 5. Aaron Jones (Milligan) 6. Colten Covington (Indiana Wesleyan) 7. Landon Wakeman (Indiana Wesleyan) 8. Brint Laubach (The Master's) Women's 10,000 Meters 1. Hannah Fredericks (The Master's) 2. Alina Boshchuk (Cumberlands (KY)) 3. Marley Beckett (British Columbia) 4. Ellyse Tingelstad (College of Idaho) 5. Kate Madsen (St. Mary (KS)) 6. Haley Nieuwkoop (Cornerstone) 7. Elke Wijkmans (Cumberlands (KY)) 8. Alex Ebetino (St. Francis (IN)) Men's 3000-Meter Steeplechase 1. Dylan Uhrich (British Columbia) 2. Dylan Branch (Montreat) 3. Braden Vernot (Indiana Wesleyan) 4. Will Stockley (Milligan) 5. Matthew Keitany (Goshen) 6. Ben Hardy (Aquinas) 7. Justin Ash (Eastern Oregon) 8. Levi Robert (The Master's) Women's 3000-Meter Steeplechase 1. Kiana Gibson (British Columbia) 2. Mia Reed (Missouri Baptist) 3. Riley Hiebert (St. Mary (KS)) 4. Jessica Kampman (Dordt) 5. Ahna Niedeck (Taylor) 6. Brooke Wiebe (Tabor) 7. Maria Tirado (William Carey) 8. Emma Nelson (The Master's) Men's 4x800-Meter Relay 1. Cumberlands (KY)) Patriots 2. Taylor Trojans 3. Marian (IN) Knights 4. Grace College Lancers 5. Goshen Maple Leafs 6. Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats 7. Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes 8. Spring Arbor Cougars Women's 4x800-Meter Relay 1. British Columbia Thunderbirds 2. College of Idaho Yotes 3. The Master's Mustangs 4. Taylor Trojans 5. Grace College Lancers 6. Marian (IN) Knights 7. Goshen Maple Leafs 8. St. Mary (KS) Spires

  • 2024 NCAA D1 East & West Regional Top-12 Predictions (NCAA Championship Qualifier Picks)

    Event / Region Directory Men's 800 Meters (East) Women's 800 Meters (East) Men's 800 Meters (West) Women's 800 Meters (West) Men's 1500 Meters (East) Women's 1500 Meters (East) Men's 1500 Meters (West) Women's 1500 Meters (West) Men's 5000 Meters (East) Women's 5000 Meters (East) Men's 5000 Meters (West) Women's 5000 Meters (West) Men's 10,000 Meters (East) Women's 10,000 Meters (East) Men's 10,000 Meters (West) Women's 10,000 Meters (West) Men's 3k Steeplechase (East) Women's 3k Steeplechase (East) Men's 3k Steeplechase (West) Women's 3k Steeplechase (West) NOTE: Numbers next to names are not meant to signify predicted placement. The below names are listed in no particular order. The top-12 finishers in each event will qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June. Men's 800 Meters (East) Garrett Zatlin 1. Rynard Swanepoel (Wake Forest) 2. Shane Cohen (Virginia) 3. Sean Dolan (Villanova) 4. Tim McInerney (Georgetown) 5. Handal Roban (Penn State) 6. Harrison Witt (Princeton) 7. Luke Griner (Army West Point) 8. Nicholas Plant (Virginia Tech) 9. Tarees Rhoden (Clemson) 10. Dugion Blackman (Hampton) 11. Tyrese Reid (Mississippi State) 12. Tinoda Matsatsa (Georgetown) Maura Beattie 1. Sean Dolan (Villanova) 2. Camden Marshall (Indiana) 3. Handal Roban (Penn State) 4. Tyrese Reid (Mississippi State) 5. Dan Watcke (Villanova) 6. Tarees Rhoden (Clemson) 7. Nicholas Plant (Virginia Tech) 8. Tinoda Matsatsa (Georgetown) 9. Rynard Swanepoel (Wake Forest) 10. Luke Griner (Army West Point) 11. Sam Austin (Florida) 12. Shane Cohen (Virginia) Finn Birnie 1. Sean Dolan (Villanova) 2. Handal Roban (Penn State) 3. Camden Marshall (Indiana) 4. Nicholas Plant (Virginia Tech) 5. Dan Watcke (Villanova) 6. Rynard Swanepoel (Wake Forest) 7. Tarees Rhoden (Clemson) 8. Luke Griner (Army West Point) 9. Tyrese Reid (Mississippi State) 10. Tinoda Matsatsa (Georgetown) 11. Zephaniah Carico-McLennan (Samford) 12. Shane Cohen (Virginia) Women's 800 Meters (East) Garrett Zatlin 1. Michaela Rose (LSU) 2. Gladys Chepngetich (Clemson) 3. Hayley Kitching (Penn State) 4. Victoria Bossong (Harvard) 5. Lauren Tolbert (Duke) 6. Star Price (Virginia Tech) 7. Bronwyn Patterson (Penn) 8. Charlotte Tomkinson (Duke) 9. Maeve O'Neill (Providence) 10. Aniya Mosley (Ohio State) 11. Makayla Paige (North Carolina) 12. Sylvia Chelangat (South Carolina) Maura Beattie 1. Michaela Rose (LSU) 2. Hayley Kitching (Penn State) 3. Gladys Chepngetich (Clemson) 4. Victoria Bossong (Harvard) 5. Sophia Gorriaran (Harvard) 6. Sylvia Chelangat (South Carolina) 7. Aniya Mosley (Ohio State) 8. Star Price (Virginia Tech) 9. Christine Mancini (La Salle) 10. Madison Martinez (Villanova) 11. Sydney Steely (Kentucky) 12. Lauren Tolbert (Duke) Finn Birnie 1. Michaela Rose (LSU) 2. Gladys Chepngetich (Clemson) 3. Hayley Kitching (Penn State) 4. Victoria Bossong (Harvard) 5. Sophia Gorriaran (Harvard) 6. Makayla Paige (North Carolina) 7. Sylvia Chelangat (South Carolina) 8. Lauren Tolbert (Duke) 9. Sydney Steely (Kentucky) 10. Star Price (Virginia Tech) 11. Christine Mancini (La Salle) 12. Bronwyn Patterson (Penn) Men's 800 Meters (West) Garrett Zatlin 1. Sam Whitmarsh (Texas A&M) 2. Yusuf Bizimana (Texas) 3. Darius Kipyego (Iowa State) 4. Rivaldo Marshall (Iowa) 5. Finley McLear (Iowa State) 6. Sebastian Fernandez (BYU) 7. Matthew Erickson (Oregon) 8. Caden Norris (Texas A&M) 9. Mehdi Yanouri (Oklahoma State) 10. Niko Schultz (Nebraska) 11. Cole Lindhorst (Texas) 12. Angus Harrington (UCLA) Maura Beattie 1. Sam Whitmarsh (Texas A&M) 2. Rivaldo Marshall (Iowa) 3. Darius Kipyego (Iowa State) 4. Sebastian Fernandez (BYU) 5. Yusuf Bizimana (Texas) 6. Kimar Farquharson (Texas A&M) 7. Matthew Erickson (Oregon) 8. Mehdi Yanouri (Oklahoma State) 9. Dayton Carlson (Arizona State) 10. Ryan Martin (TCU) 11. Finley McLear (Iowa State) 12. Angus Harrington (UCLA) Finn Birnie 1. Sam Whitmarsh (Texas A&M) 2. Yusuf Bizimana (Texas) 3. Darius Kipyego (Iowa State) 4. Rivaldo Marshall (Iowa) 5. Finley McLear (Iowa State) 6. Kimar Farquharson (Texas A&M) 7. Caden Norris (Texas A&M) 8. Matthew Erickson (Oregon) 9. Cole Lindhorst (Texas) 10. Niko Schultz (Nebraska) 11. Dayton Carlson (Arizona State) 12. Mehdi Yanouri (Oklahoma State) Women's 800 Meters (West) Garrett Zatlin 1. Kelly-Ann Beckford (Houston) 2. Gabija Galvydyte (Oklahoma State) 3. Wilma Nielsen (Washington) 4. Julia Nielsen (Bradley) 5. Josefine Eriksen (Utah) 6. Sanu Jallow (Arkansas) 7. Samantha Friborg (Washington) 8. Alli Bookin-Nosbisch (Iowa) 9. Rose Pittman (UCLA) 10. Roisin Willis (Stanford) 11. Juliette Whittaker (Stanford) 12. Kate Jendrezak (UCLA) Maura Beattie 1. Sanu Jallow (Arkansas) 2. Gabija Galvydyte (Oklahoma State) 3. Juliette Whittaker (Stanford) 4. Roisin Willis (Stanford) 5. Julia Nielsen (Bradley) 6. Wilma Nielsen (Washington) 7. Kate Jendrezak (UCLA) 8. Josefine Eriksen (Utah) 9. Samantha Friborg (Washington) 10. Kelly-Ann Beckford (Houston) 11. Rose Pittman (UCLA) 12. Makayla Clark (Iowa State) Finn Birnie 1. Gabija Galvydyte (Oklahoma State) 2. Sanu Jallow (Arkansas) 3. Roisin Willis (Stanford) 4. Juliette Whittaker (Stanford) 5. Julia Nielsen (Bradley) 6. Kelly-Ann Beckford (Houston) 7. Wilma Nielsen (Washington) 8. Aaliyah Moore (Kansas) 9. Kate Jendrezak (UCLA) 10. Makayla Clark (Iowa State) 11. Josefine Eriksen (Utah) 12. Alli Bookin-Nosbisch (Iowa) Men's 1500 Meters (East) Garrett Zatlin 1. Liam Murphy (Villanova) 2. Charlie O'Donovan (Villanova) 3. Ethan Strand (North Carolina) 4. Wes Porter (Virginia) 5. Collin Gilstrap (Stony Brook) 6. Damian Hackett (Cornell) 7. Parvej Khan (Florida) 8. Gary Martin (Virginia) 9. Camden Gilmore (Georgetown) 10. Evan Dorenkamp (Penn State) 11. Damien Dilcher (Iona) 12. Marcus Kemp (Eastern Michigan) Maura Beattie 1. Parvej Khan (Florida) 2. Ethan Strand (North Carolina) 3. Anass Essayi (South Carolina) 4. Liam Murphy (Villanova) 5. Gary Martin (Virginia) 6. Nick Foster (Michigan) 7. Abel Teffra (Georgetown) 8. Benne Anderson (Syracuse) 9. Wes Porter (Virginia) 10. Foster Malleck (Boston University) 11. Ferenc Kovacs (Harvard) 12. Paul Specht (Wake Forest) Finn Birnie 1. Liam Murphy (Villanova) 2. Ethan Strand (North Carolina) 3. Parvej Khan (Florida) 4. Anass Essayi (South Carolina) 5. Gary Martin (Virginia) 6. Abel Teffra (Georgetown) 7. Charlie O'Donovan (Villanova) 8. Wes Porter (Virginia) 9. Damien Dilcher (Iona) 10. Evan Dorenkamp (Penn State) 11. Nick Foster (Michigan) 12. Camden Gilmore (Georgetown) Women's 1500 Meters (East) Garrett Zatlin 1. Maia Ramsden (Harvard) 2. Melissa Riggins (Georgetown) 3. Kimberley May (Providence) 4. Judy Kosgei (South Carolina) 5. Lindsey Butler (Virginia Tech) 6. Flomena Asekol (Florida) 7. Shannon Flockhart (Providence) 8. Teagan Schein-Becker (Rider) 9. Samantha Bush (NC State) 10. Suus Altorf (Florida State) 11. Kiara Carter (Lipscomb) 12. Lauren Freeland (Michigan State) Maura Beattie 1. Maia Ramsden (Harvard) 2. Melissa Riggins (Georgetown) 3. Kimberley May (Providence) 4. Lindsey Butler (Virginia Tech) 5. Judy Kosgei (South Carolina) 6. Lorena Rangel Batres (LSU) 7. Flomena Asekol (Florida) 8. Shannon Flockhart (Providence) 9. Suus Altorf (Florida State) 10. Mena Scatchard (Princeton) 11. Nicole Vanasse (Columbia) 12. Teagan Schein-Becker (Rider) Finn Birnie 1. Maia Ramsden (Harvard) 2. Melissa Riggins (Georgetown) 3. Kimberley May (Providence) 4. Judy Kosgei (South Carolina) 5. Lindsey Butler (Virginia Tech) 6. Flomena Asekol (Florida) 7. Shannon Flockhart (Providence) 8. Lorena Rangel Batres (LSU) 9. Teagan Schein-Becker (Rider) 10. Samantha Bush (NC State) 11. Suus Altorf (Florida State) 12. Mena Scatchard (Princeton) Men's 1500 Meters (West) Garrett Zatlin 1. Adam Spencer (Wisconsin) 2. Colin Sahlman (Northern Arizona) 3. Luke Houser (Washington) 4. Nathan Green (Washington) 5. Fouad Messaoudi (Oklahoma State) 6. Ezekiel Rop (Iowa State) 7. Isaac Basten (Drake) 8. Elliott Cook (Oregon) 9. Alex Stitt (Oklahoma State) 10. Joe Waskom (Washington) 11. Jack Crull (Bradley) 12. Jackson Sharp (Wisconsin) Maura Beattie 1. Colin Sahlman (Northern Arizona) 2. Nathan Green (Washington) 3. Luke Houser (Washington) 4. Isaac Basten (Drake) 5. Fouad Messaoudi (Oklahoma State) 6. Alex Stitt (Oklahoma State) 7. Adam Spencer (Wisconsin) 8. Elliott Cook (Oregon) 9. Joe Waskom (Washington) 10. Ezekiel Rop (Iowa State) 11. Jackson Sharp (Wisconsin) 12. Isaiah Givens (Colorado) Finn Birnie 1. Adam Spencer (Wisconsin) 2. Colin Sahlman (Northern Arizona) 3. Luke Houser (Washington) 4. Nathan Green (Washington) 5. Fouad Messaoudi (Oklahoma State) 6. Ezekiel Rop (Iowa State) 7. Isaac Basten (Drake) 8. Elliott Cook (Oregon) 9. Alex Stitt (Oklahoma State) 10. Joe Waskom (Washington) 11. Isaiah Givens (Colorado) 12. Kian Davis (Oklahoma State) Women's 1500 Meters (West) Garrett Zatlin 1. Gracie Morris (TCU) 2. Billah Jepkirui (Oklahoma State) 3. Maggi Congdon (Northern Arizona) 4. Chloe Foerster (Washington) 5. Riley Chamberlain (BYU) 6. Klaudia Kazimierska (Oregon) 7. Olivia Howell (Texas) 8. Juliet Cherubet (Texas Tech) 9. Tiana LoStracco (Arkansas) 10. Madison Mooney (Wisconsin) 11. Mia Barnett (Oregon) 12. Erin Reidy (Minnesota) Maura Beattie 1. Chloe Foerster (Washington) 2. Billah Jepkirui (Oklahoma State) 3. Klaudia Kazimierska (Oregon) 4. Olivia Howell (Texas) 5. Riley Chamberlain (BYU) 6. Erin Vringer (Utah) 7. Maggi Congdon (Northern Arizona) 8. Juliet Cherubet (Texas Tech) 9. Salma Elbadra (Wyoming) 10. Halle Hill (Illinois) 11. Madison Mooney (Wisconsin) 12. Emmaculate Jemutai (Kansas) Finn Birnie 1. Billah Jepkirui (Oklahoma State) 2. Chloe Foerster (Washington) 3. Olivia Howell (Texas) 4. Klaudia Kazimierska (Oregon) 5. Riley Chamberlain (BYU) 6. Erin Vringer (Utah) 7. Erin Reidy (Minnesota) 8. Gracie Morris (TCU) 9. Juliet Cherubet (Texas Tech) 10. Maggi Congdon (Northern Arizona) 11. Mia Barnett (Oregon) 12. Sophie O'Sullivan (Washington) Men's 5000 Meters (East) Garrett Zatlin 1. Parker Wolfe (North Carolina) 2. Marco Langon (Villanova) 3. David Mullarkey (Florida State) 4. Graham Blanks (Harvard) 5. Jesse Hamlin (Butler) 6. Nicholas Bendtsen (Princeton) 7. Taha Er Raouy (Eastern Kentucky) 8. Carter Solomon (Notre Dame) 9. Ryan Kinnane (Auburn) 10. Florian LePallec (Butler) 11. Dylan Schubert (Furman) 12. Devon Comber (Villanova) Maura Beattie 1. Parker Wolfe (North Carolina) 2. Florian LePallec (Butler) 3. Marco Langon (Villanova) 4. Graham Blanks (Harvard) 5. David Mullarkey (Florida State) 6. Jesse Hamlin (Butler) 7. Taha Er Raouy (Eastern Kentucky) 8. Carter Solomon (Notre Dame) 9. Ryan Kinnane (Auburn) 10. Rocky Hansen (Wake Forest) 11. Ian Kibiwot (Louisville) 12. Benjamin Godish (Northeastern) Finn Birnie 1. Parker Wolfe (North Carolina) 2. Marco Langon (Villanova) 3. David Mullarkey (Florida State) 4. Graham Blanks (Harvard) 5. Jesse Hamlin (Butler) 6. Toby Gillen (Ole Miss) 7. Taha Er Raouy (Eastern Kentucky) 8. Dylan Schubert (Furman) 9. Nicholas Bendtsen (Princeton) 10. Brian Masai (Akron) 11. Yaseen Abdalla (Tennessee) 12. Benjamin Godish (Northeastern) Women's 5000 Meters (East) Garrett Zatlin 1. Parker Valby (Florida) 2. Hilda Olemomoi (Alabama) 3. Chloe Scrimgeour (Georgetown) 4. Margot Appleton (Virginia) 5. Phoebe Anderson (Columbia) 6. Maia Ramsden (Harvard) 7. Grace Hartman (NC State) 8. Florence Caron (Penn State) 9. Lily Murphy (Penn) 10. Chloe Thomas (UConn) 11. Siona Chisholm (Notre Dame) 12. Rachel Sutliff (Tennessee) Maura Beattie 1. Parker Valby (Florida) 2. Hilda Olemomoi (Alabama) 3. Chloe Scrimgeour (Georgetown) 4. Margot Appleton (Virginia) 5. Maia Ramsden (Harvard) 6. Siona Chisholm (Notre Dame) 7. Florence Caron (Penn State) 8. Phoebe Anderson (Columbia) 9. Grace Hartman (NC State) 10. Chloe Thomas (Connecticut) 11. Samantha Bush (NC State) 12. Abigail Hassman (Northeastern) Finn Birnie 1. Parker Valby (Florida) 2. Hilda Olemomoi (Alabama) 3. Chloe Scrimgeour (Georgetown) 4. Margot Appleton (Virginia) 5. Phoebe Anderson (Columbia) 6. Maia Ramsden (Harvard) 7. Siona Chisholm (Notre Dame) 8. Florence Caron (Penn State) 9. Samantha Bush (NC State) 10. Grace Hartman (NC State) 11. Abigail Hassman (Northeastern) 12. Chloe Thomas (Connecticut) Men's 5000 Meters (West) Garrett Zatlin 1. Nico Young (Northern Arizona) 2. Habtom Samuel (New Mexico) 3. Ky Robinson (Stanford) 4. Brian Musau (Oklahoma State) 5. Jackson Sharp (Wisconsin) 6. Said Mechaal (Iowa State) 7. Joey Nokes (BYU) 8. Vincent Chirchir (New Mexico) 9. Matthew Richtman (Montana State) 10. Alex Maier (Oklahoma State) 11. Austin Vancil (Colorado) 12. Chandler Gibbens (Kansas) Maura Beattie 1. Nico Young (Northern Arizona) 2. Habtom Samuel (New Mexico) 3. Brian Musau (Oklahoma State) 4. Ky Robinson (Stanford) 5. Said Mechaal (Iowa State) 6. Ernest Cheruiyot (Texas Tech) 7. Jackson Sharp (Wisconsin) 8. Alex Maier (Oklahoma State) 9. Austin Vancil (Colorado) 10. Joey Nokes (BYU) 11. Sanele Masondo (Iowa State) 12. Vincent Chirchir (New Mexico) Finn Birnie 1. Nico Young (Northern Arizona) 2. Habtom Samuel (New Mexico) 3. Ky Robinson (Stanford) 4. Alex Maier (Oklahoma State) 5. Brian Musau (Oklahoma State) 6. Jackson Sharp (Wisconsin) 7. Said Mechaal (Iowa State) 8. Joey Nokes (BYU) 9. Vincent Chirchir (New Mexico) 10. Sanele Masondo (Iowa State) 11. Cael Grotenhuis (Northern Arizona) 12. Ernest Cheruiyot (Texas Tech) Women's 5000 Meters (West) Garrett Zatlin 1. Taylor Roe (Oklahoma State) 2. Maddy Elmore (Oregon) 3. Silan Ayyildiz (Oregon) 4. Bailey Hertenstein (Colorado) 5. Sadie Sargent (BYU) 6. Sydney Thorvaldson (Arkansas) 7. Annika Reiss (Northern Arizona) 8. Paityn Noe (Arkansas) 9. Sarah Carter (Colorado State) 10. Juliet Cherubet (Texas Tech) 11. Gracelyn Larkin (Northern Arizona) 12. Brianna Weidler (UC-Davis) Maura Beattie 1. Maddy Elmore (Oregon) 2. Bailey Hertenstein (Colorado) 3. Taylor Roe (Oklahoma State) 4. Silan Ayyildiz (Oregon) 5. Annika Reiss (Northern Arizona) 6. Sadie Sargent (BYU) 7. Juliet Cherubet (Texas Tech) 8. Gracelyn Larkin (Northern Arizona) 9. Sydney Thorvaldson (Arkansas) 10. Zenah Cheptoo (Washington State) 11. Amy Bunnage (Stanford) 12. Lucy Jenks (Stanford) Finn Birnie 1. Taylor Roe (Oklahoma State) 2. Maddy Elmore (Oregon) 3. Silan Ayyildiz (Oregon) 4. Bailey Hertenstein (Colorado) 5. Sadie Sargent (BYU) 6. Sydney Thorvaldson (Arkansas) 7. Annika Reiss (Northern Arizona) 8. Amy Bunnage (Stanford) 9. Zenah Cheptoo (Washington State) 10. Juliet Cherubet (Texas Tech) 11. Gracelyn Larkin (Northern Arizona) 12. Rosina Machu (Gonzaga) Men's 10,000 Meters (East) Garrett Zatlin 1. Alex Phillip (North Carolina) 2. Victor Kiprop (Alabama) 3. Will Anthony (Virginia) 4. Tom Brady (Michigan) 5. Skylar Stidham (Indiana) 6. Paul O'Donnell (Syracuse) 7. Talha Syed (Columbia) 8. Joshua Methner (Notre Dame) 9. Nickolas Scudder (Charlotte) 10. Perry Mackinnon (Syracuse) 11. Jack Jennings (Tulane) 12. Ben Rosa (Harvard) Maura Beattie 1. Victor Kiprop (Alabama) 2. Alex Phillip (North Carolina) 3. Perry Mackinnon (Syracuse) 4. Ian Kibiwot (Louisville) 5. Will Anthony (Virginia) 6. Tom Brady (Michigan) 7. Paul O'Donnell (Syracuse) 8. Florian LePallec (Butler) 9. Skylar Stidam (Indiana) 10. Jack Jennings (Tulane) 11. Brandon Olden (Tennessee) 12. Acer Iverson (Harvard) Finn Birnie 1. Alex Phillip (North Carolina) 2. Victor Kiprop (Alabama) 3. Will Anthony (Virginia) 4. Tom Brady (Michigan) 5. Perry Mackinnon (Syracuse) 6. Florian LePallec (Butler) 7. Jack Jennings (Tulane) 8. Ian Kibiwot (Louisville) 9. Acer Iverson (Harvard) 10. Brandon Olden (Tennesssee) 11. Bradley Makuvire (South Carolina) 12. Joshua Methner (Notre Dame) Women's 10,000 Meters (East) Garrett Zatlin 1. Parker Valby (Florida) 2. Hilda Olemomoi (Alabama) 3. Chloe Scrimgeour (Georgetown) 4. Amaris Tyynismaa (NC State) 5. Grace Hartman (NC State) 6. Lily Murphy (Penn) 7. Maeve Stiles (Penn) 8. Sadie Sigfstead (Villanova) 9. Savannah Roark (Syracuse) 10. Laura Mooney (Providence) 11. Erin Strzelecki (Notre Dame) 12. Gionna Quarzo (NC State) Maura Beattie 1. Parker Valby (Florida) 2. Hilda Olemomoi (Alabama) 3. Amaris Tyynismaa (NC State) 4. Kelsey Chmiel (NC State) 5. Chloe Scrimgeour (Georgetown) 6. Sadie Sigfstead (Villanova) 7. Grace Hartman (NC State) 8. Andrea Markezich (Notre Dame) 9. Maeve Stiles (Penn) 10. Savannah Roark (Syracuse) 11. Ella Chesnut (LSU) 12. Ella Gilson (Harvard) Finn Birnie 1. Parker Valby (Florida) 2. Hilda Olemomoi (Alabama) 3. Chloe Scrimgeour (Georgetown) 4. Amaris Tyynismaa (NC State) 5. Andrea Markezich (Notre Dame) 6. Grace Hartman (NC State) 7. Emily Covert (Tennessee) 8. Maeve Stiles (Penn) 9. Sadie Sigfstead (Villanova) 10. Savannah Roark (Syracuse) 11. Ella Chesnut (LSU) 12. Laura Mooney (Providence) Men's 10,000 Meters (West) Garrett Zatlin 1. Habtom Samuel (New Mexico) 2. Ernest Cheruiyot (Texas Tech) 3. Adisu Guadia (Oklahoma State) 4. Aaron Las Heras (Northern Arizona) 5. Denis Kipngetich (Oklahoma State) 6. Cael Grotenhuis (Northern Arizona) 7. Evan Jenkins (Washington) 8. Wil Smith (Gonzaga) 9. Sanele Masondo (Iowa State) 10. Patrick Kiprop (Arkansas) 11. Evans Kiplagat (New Mexico) 12. Luke Combs (Air Force) Maura Beattie 1. Habtom Samuel (New Mexico) 2. Denis Kipngetich (Oklahoma State) 3. Ernest Cheruiyot (Texas Tech) 4. Adisu Guadia (Oklahoma State) 5. Ben Perrin (Montana State) 6. Evan Jenkins (Washington) 7. Wil Smith (Gonzaga) 8. Evans Kiplagat (New Mexico) 9. Aaron Las Heras (Northern Arizona) 10. Matthew Richtman (Montana State) 11. Valentin Soca (California Baptist) 12. Alex Maier (Oklahoma State) Finn Birnie 1. Habtom Samuel (New Mexico) 2. Ernest Cheruiyot (Texas Tech) 3. Adisu Guadia (Oklahoma State) 4. Aaron Las Heras (Northern Arizona) 5. Denis Kipngetich (Oklahoma State) 6. Ben Perrin (Montana State) 7. Evan Jenkins (Washington) 8. Wil Smith (Gonzaga) 9. Alex Maier (Oklahoma State) 10. Patrick Kiprop (Arkansas) 11. Evans Kiplagat (New Mexico) 12. Luke Combs (Air Force) Women's 10,000 Meters (West) Garrett Zatlin 1. Sydney Thorvaldson (Arkansas) 2. Taylor Roe (Oklahoma State) 3. Yasna Petrova (California Baptist) 4. Jenna Hutchins (BYU) 5. Haley Herberg (Washington) 6. Molly Born (Oklahoma State) 7. Rosina Machu (Gonzaga) 8. Paityn Noe (Arkasnas) 9. Ali Upshaw (Northern Arizona) 10. Gabby Hentemann (Oklahoma State) 11. Nicola Jansen (New Mexico) 12. Morgan Nokes (Utah Valley) Maura Beattie 1. Sydney Thorvaldson (Arkansas) 2. Paityn Noe (Arkasnas) 3. Yasna Petrova (California Baptist) 4. Nicola Jansen (New Mexico) 5. Jenna Hutchins (BYU) 6. Haley Herberg (Washington) 7. Rosina Machu (Gonzaga) 8. Molly Born (Oklahoma State) 9. Sarah Carter (Colorado State) 10. Morgan Nokes (Utah Valley) 11. Annika Thompson (Oregon) 12. Eva Jess (Texas) Finn Birnie 1. Sydney Thorvaldson (Arkansas) 2. Taylor Roe (Oklahoma State) 3. Yasna Petrova (California Baptist) 4. Jenna Hutchins (BYU) 5. Haley Herberg (Washington) 6. Nicola Jansen (New Mexico) 7. Molly Born (Oklahoma State) 8. Morgan Nokes (Utah Valley) 9. Rosina Machu (Gonzaga) 10. Paityn Noe (Arkasnas) 11. Ruby Smee (Northern Arizona) 12. Annika Thompson (Oregon) Men's 3k Steeplechase (East) Garrett Zatlin 1. Nathan Mountain (Virginia) 2. Abdelhakim Abouzouhir (Eastern Kentucky) 3. Yasin Sado (Virginia) 4. Parker Stokes (Georgetown) 5. CJ Singleton (Notre Dame) 6. Patrick Thygesen (Providence) 7. Kristian Imroth (Eastern Kentucky) 8. Brett Gardner (NC State) 9. Caleb Jarema (Michigan) 10. Michael Keehan (Duke) 11. Andrew Nolan (Michigan State) 12. Carlos Santos (Stony Brook) Maura Beattie 1. Nathan Mountain (Virginia) 2. CJ Singleton (Notre Dame) 3. Parker Stokes (Georgetown) 4. Abdelhakim Abouzouhir (Eastern Kentucky) 5. Patrick Thygesen (Providence) 6. Yasin Sado (Virginia) 7. Peter Herold (Georgetown) 8. Caleb Jarema (Michigan) 9. Brett Gardner (NC State) 10. Martin Kovacech (Butler) 11. Jack Miller (Pittsburgh) 12. Michael Keehan (Duke) Finn Birnie 1. Nathan Mountain (Virginia) 2. Abdelhakim Abouzouhir (Eastern Kentucky) 3. Yasin Sado (Virginia) 4. Parker Stokes (Georgetown) 5. CJ Singleton (Notre Dame) 6. Patrick Thygesen (Providence) 7. Kristian Imroth (Eastern Kentucky) 8. Brett Gardner (NC State) 9. Martin Kovacech (Butler) 10. Caleb Jarema (Michigan) 11. Carlos Santos (Stony Brook) 12. Tom Seitzer (Notre Dame) Women's 3k Steeplechase (East) Garrett Zatlin 1. Doris Lemngole (Alabama) 2. Olivia Markezich (Notre Dame) 3. Elise Thorner (Florida) 4. Sophie Novak (Notre Dame) 5. Emma Tavella (Boston College) 6. Madison Neuner (Syracuse) 7. Olivia Morganti (Penn) 8. Kayla Scheira (Western Michigan) 9. Helena Lindsay (Georgia Tech) 10. Mikenna Vanderheyden (West Virginia) 11. Mary Hennelly (Georgetown) 12. Teresa Cherotich (South Carolina) Maura Beattie 1. Doris Lemngole (Alabama) 2. Olivia Markezich (Notre Dame) 3. Elise Thorner (Florida) 4. Emma Tavella (Boston College) 5. Sophie Novak (Notre Dame) 6. Teresa Cherotich (South Carolina) 7. Madison Neuner (Syracuse) 8. Vilde Henriksen (Toledo) 9. Olivia Morganti (Penn) 10. Angelina Napoleon (NC State) 11. Mikenna Vanderheyden (West Virginia) 12. Azza Borovicka-Swanson (Northeastern) Finn Birnie 1. Doris Lemngole (Alabama) 2. Olivia Markezich (Notre Dame) 3. Elise Thorner (Florida) 4. Sophie Novak (Notre Dame) 5. Emma Tavella (Boston College) 6. Makenna Krebs (Penn State) 7. Madison Neuner (Syracuse) 8. Olivia Morganti (Penn) 9. Calli Doan (Liberty) 10. Teresa Cherotich (South Carolina) 11. Mikenna Vanderheyden (West Virginia) 12. Gwenno Goode (La Salle) Men's 3k Steeplechase (West) Garrett Zatlin 1. James Corrigan (BYU) 2. Victor Kibiego (Texas A&M) 3. Victor Shitsama (Oklahoma State) 4. Gable Sieperda (Iowa State) 5. Logan Measner (Wisconsin) 6. Rob McManus (Montana State) 7. Levi Taylor (Montana State) 8. Kelvin Limo (Washington State) 9. Bronson Winter (Weber State) 10. Estanis Ruiz (Portland) 11. Max Wehrli (Utah State) 12. Peter Visser (Weber State) Maura Beattie 1. James Corrigan (BYU) 2. Victor Kibiego (Texas A&M) 3. Victor Shitsama (Oklahoma State) 4. Gable Sieperda (Iowa State) 5. Luke Labatte (North Dakota) 6. Logan Measner (Wisconsin) 7. Max Wehrli (Utah State) 8. Rob McManus (Montana State) 9. Levi Taylor (Montana State) 10. Wyatt Haughton (BYU) 11. Sam Affolder (Washington) 12. Joel Mendez (Utah Valley) Finn Birnie 1. James Corrigan (BYU) 2. Victor Kibiego (Texas A&M) 3. Victor Shitsama (Oklahoma State) 4. Gable Sieperda (Iowa State) 5. Logan Measner (Wisconsin) 6. Rob McManus (Montana State) 7. Levi Taylor (Montana State) 8. Luke Labatte (North Dakota) 9. Kole Mathison (Colorado) 10. Max Wehrli (Utah State) 11. Sam Affolder (Washington) 12. Wyatt Haughton (BYU) Women's 3k Steeplechase (West) Garrett Zatlin 1. Greta Karinauskaite (California Baptist) 2. Laura Taborda (Arkansas) 3. Janette Schraft (Iowa State) 4. Taylor Lovell (BYU) 5. Sophia McDonnell (New Mexico) 6. Zoie Dundon (Minnesota) 7. Katie Clute (Oregon) 8. Lona Latema (Kansas) 9. Yasmin Austridge (Colorado State) 10. Mia Kane (UCLA) 11. Karrie Baloga (Northern Arizona) 12. Caroline Jerotich (Washington State) Maura Beattie 1. Greta Karinauskaite (California Baptist) 2. Janette Schraft (Iowa State) 3. Zoie Dundon (Minnesota) 4. Taylor Lovell (BYU) 5. Laura Taborda (Arkansas) 6. Karrie Baloga (Northern Arizona) 7. Yasmin Austridge (Colorado State) 8. Lona Latema (Kansas) 9. Katie Clute (Oregon) 10. Caroline Jerotich (Washington State) 11. Emily Jobes (Boise State) 12. Mia Kane (UCLA) Finn Birnie 1. Greta Karinauskaite (California Baptist) 2. Laura Taborda (Arkansas) 3. Janette Schraft (Iowa State) 4. Taylor Lovell (BYU) 5. Zoie Dundon (Minnesota) 6. Katie Clute (Oregon) 7. Lona Latema (Kansas) 8. Yasmin Austridge (Colorado State) 9. Sophia McDonnell (New Mexico) 10. Karrie Baloga (Northern Arizona) 11. Mia Kane (UCLA) 12. Rachel Anderson (Southern Illinois)

  • Three Sentences Or Less: 2024 D2 NCAA Outdoor Championship Men's Steeplechase Preview

    Written by Garrett Zatlin & Gavin Struve, edits and additional commentary via Garrett Zatlin Click here to see start lists Editor's Note: Our TSR writers were asked to produce three sentences or less of analysis on every entrant in every distance event for every division. The below athletes are ordered alphabetically to match the start list Predictions coming later this week! 1. Ricardo Barbosa (Wingate) We knew that Ricardo Barbosa was a big-time talent when he was coming up from the JUCO ranks as a multi-time national champion in this event and he acclimated to the D2 level faster than expected during the cross country and indoor track seasons. As evidenced by an 8:40 steeplechase PR at the Bryan Clay Invitational, Barbosa absolutely has the firepower and skillset to carry over his title-winning prowess to the NCAA D2 level. 2. Kaleb Beloy (CSU-Pueblo) A last chance meet gave Kaleb Beloy a national qualifying time and a significant PR heading into his first-ever NCAA Championship appearance across all three seasons of competition. Now the question is: Can Beloy carry that momentum forward? Or will his postseason inexperience show through? 3. Joshua Bishop (Tiffin) After gaining valuable steeplechase experience at the 2023 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Joshua Bishop will be back on the same stage a year later hoping to show what he's learned. He has contested this event early and often this spring, but produced his first sub-9:00 effort of the season just in time as he chased a few other men in this field to a qualifying mark at the 2024 Franson Last Chance meet. 4. Soheil Boufrizi (Wingate) Soheil Boufrizi is part of a small cadre of Wingate men who are NCAA title contenders in this event and one might posit that his rise has been more sudden than those of his Bulldog contemporaries. Boufrizi already contested the 3000-meter steeplechase at the 2023 NCAA Outdoor Championships, but has since become an individual star and has bested his previous steeplechase PR by 12 seconds for the NCAA #1 mark this spring (8:37). He feels like he simultaneously has one of the highest ceilings and floors in this field in terms of what he's capable of. 5. Grant Bradley (Fort Hays State) Rather than leave national qualification for his first outdoor national meet (or any national meet) appearance to a last chance meet, Grant Bradley and his coaches were proactive in entering him in a deep Bryan Clay Invitational field where he produced an 8:53 (steeple) PR. A conference-meet double in which he earned silver in the steeplechase and bronze (with a 3:47 PR) over 1500 meters suggests that Bradley is still sharp a month later as he readies for the postseason. 6. Tim Brown (Black Hills State) Black Hills State (a school situated at altitude in Spearfish, South Dakota) generally receives far less shine than its RMAC contemporaries, so it's nice to see Tim Brown earn some recognition while representing the Yellow Jackets. Interestingly, Brown didn't contest the 3000-meter steeplechase at the RMAC Championships (and hasn't since 2022). But his new 8:51.92 PR at the Franson Last Chance meet put him right ahead of Joshua Bishop in that setting and one spot behind Kaleb Beloy, both of whom he'll get to race with again two weeks later. 7. Caleb Futter (Grand Valley State) Is this Caleb Futter's year in the steeplechase? The Laker star upset Miguel Coca in the mile at the 2024 NCAA Indoor Championships for his first national title and is now very much in the mix to do the same in both this event and the 1500 meters. But does he have the aerobic strength to hang with an honest pace and win after finishing several seconds behind the Wingate men at the Bryan Clay Invitational last month? 8. Jeret Gillingham (Western Washington) Jeret Gillingham hardened himself against Division One competition in his early steeplechase efforts this spring and that may well pay off during his second consecutive outdoor national meet appearance in this event. And after recently running away from the rest of the field en route to another GNAC title and an 8:45 PR, Gillingham may be the cream of the crop in this field among those who don't appear to be in the NCAA title chase. 9. Richie Johnston (Hillsdale) Another returner from last year's steeplechase field at the outdoor national meet, Richie Johnston feels like he may be one of the more reliable men in this field. He admittedly wasn't great at the Bryan Clay Invitational, but he seems to be peaking late and still improving, as evidenced by an 8:55 PR for a conference title (over the aforementioned Bishop) at the G-MAC Outdoor Championships. 10. Aspel Kiprob (East Central) Foremost among East Central's well-rounded podium lineup from this past fall, Aspel Kiprob is making just his second national meet appearance since entering the NCAA. After sitting out the winter months, he hasn't been as sharp as he was on the grass, but we know that Kiprob has an aerobic engine and strength reserves to rival anyone in this field. Will we see that unleashed when he closes his season in Emporia, Kansas? 11. Nixon Korir (Azusa Pacific) It was Nixon Korir who emerged victorious from that relatively deep Franson Last Chance field and he did so via an encouraging 8:47 PR just a couple of weeks after being soundly defeated by his teammate (more to come on him) at the PacWest Championships. With four 3000-meter steeplechase efforts under his belt this spring and the best one coming most recently, Korir's prospects of repeating as an All-American feel strong. 12. Paul Korir (East Central) Paul Korir wasn't as elite as his above-listed teammate (Aspel Kiprob) on the cross country course, but he bested him for a Great American Conference steeplechase title earlier this month. A finish in the top-half of this field may be in store if Korir, who has contested this event just twice for East Central, is able to topple Kiprob again. 13. Titouan Le Grix (Wingate) The third head of the best steeplechase trio in recent memory, Titouan Le Grix has been just as impressive as his Wingate teammates. After finishing as a cross country All-American in the fall, he replicated that honor in the mile final several months later. His gaudy 3000-meter steeplechase PR (8:40) came not at the Bryan Clay Invitational, but at the Charlotte Invitational in an outright victory before Le Grix won a conference title in the metric mile with a 3:47 PR one week later. 14. Felix Perrier (Azusa Pacific) The range that we have seen from Felix Perrier this season has been fantastic. With excellent aerobic strength, a strong PR and respectable turnover, this Azusa Pacific talent should be able to fare well through the rounds of the national meet and respond to most race scenarios thrown his way. 15. Edwin Siuda (Western Colorado) A former runner for Illinois, Edwin Siuda has given us very little data when it comes to racing against Division Two competition. He did run his 8:56 steeplechase PR when he was chasing Reece Smith around the track in mid-April, but that was his only effort over the barriers and water pits at sea level in a Western Colorado singlet. In other words, we're still learning a lot about the BIG 10-turned-RMAC junior. 16. Reece Smith (NW Missouri) The back-to-back defending D2 steeplechase national champion has been good this season, but not nearly as strong as he has proven to be in the past. His all-around racing prowess makes it impossible to leave him out of the national title conversation, but saying that Reece Smith is the favorite for NCAA gold in this event would not be an accurate reflection of the season that he has had. 17. Adnew Stueven (MSU-Moorhead) For the most part, Adnew Stueven has been solid this season. In fact, you could argue that he still has some untapped potential within him heading into this weekend. Even so, the MSU-Moorhead product will need to elevate his fitness even further if he wants to have a shot at making it to the finals. 18. Alexander Vance (Colorado Christian) A strong aerobic runner with plenty of raw talent, Alexander Vance is likely better than what his seed would indicate. The Colorado Christian standout has only contested the steeplechase once this year, leaving him a bit rusty at this discipline while simultaneously holding tons of potential. 19. Matisse Virey (CSU-Pueblo) Winning the RMAC steeplechase title was encouraging, but it didn't necessarily separate Matisse Virey from the rest of this field in any distinguishable way. However, a recent 3:47 (1500) personal best at the beginning of this month is what has caught our attention as we move to the always-interesting rounds system of the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

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