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  • First Thoughts: Top Distance Stars Deliver Over 10k, Julia Nielsen Does Not Race & Prelim Surprises

    We are now in the final stretch of the NCAA outdoor track season as the next few weeks will feature national meets across all divisions. But before the Division One men and women can reach Eugene, Oregon, they must go through the sometimes chaotic rounds of the NCAA East & West Regional Championships. With day one and day two now complete for a handful of the men's and women's preliminary races, as well as the 10k finals, we have a handful of items that we need to chat about. Here is what you need to know about Wednesday and Thursday's performances... Men's 1500-Meter Preliminary Heats Yield Minimal Surprises Each and every year, the men's and women's preliminary heats at the East and West Regional Championships, specifically over 800 meters and 1500 meters, often have a few surprising early exits. And while we still had a few of those in 2024, it does feel like most of the top names were able to advance. When you look at the 1500-meter races, almost all of the top favorites advanced to the finals which they'll contest on Friday. Not only that, but many of the heavy favorites didn't have to worry about time qualifiers, either! Instead, almost all of the top men executed their race plans and secured automatic qualifying bids for Friday. Of course, it would be wrong to say that the men's 1500 meters were void of early exits. Key talents such as Penn State's Evan Dorenkamp, Cincinnati's Tyler Wirth, Colorado's Isaiah Givens, Michigan's Trent McFarland and Weber State's Kelton Gagnon were unable to advance out of the preliminary rounds, something that can be attributed to general youth for the latter three men. In fact, if you look at who didn't advance to the 1500-meter final, you'll find that many of the younger guys faded. That's especially true in the West region as the first six men to miss out on advancing to the regional finals all held freshman or sophomore eligibility. But in the grand scheme of things, not having any glaring omissions from the finals is a good thing. While it may not spark any drama or "What just happened?" discussion points, it does mean that the top stars who headline our sport live another day. Tyrese Reid & Sam Austin Do Not Advance to 800-Meter Regional Finals For the most part, the men's 800 meters didn't have too many stunning developments, although the East region in particular saw two standout talents take early exits in the prelims. Mississippi State's Tyrese Reid first caught our attention this season when he threw down a blistering 1:45 mark over 800 meters in a battle against Sam Whitmarsh (who ran 1:44). And while Reid had shown signs of promise leading up to that race, the Bulldog talent had not given us any sign that he was going to make that kind of leap. The rest of the spring months were solid enough for Reid who produced a pair of 1:47 (800) efforts prior to the postseason. But after an underwhelming 8th place result at the SEC Outdoor Championships, Reid seemingly didn't have enough momentum going into the East Regional Championships. As a result, he struggled in heat three on Wednesday and was unable to advance to the finals. Even so, I can't help but commend his decision to be the aggressor in his heat. I do think that his approach made sense given how much more fit Reid has proven to be (when at his best) compared to who he was racing against. However, being caught by the pack with 300ish meters to go largely made that front-running decision moot. We then come to Florida's Sam Austin who continues to have challenges in the postseason. The Gator talent was super consistent this spring, running 1:47 (800) in his three efforts going into Wednesday. But despite being talented enough to be a national qualifier, Austin faded and did not advance to Friday's finals. I will continue to be a big fan of the raw talent that Austin has displayed throughout his career. Remember, this is a guy who was an All-American over 800 meters during the 2023 indoor national meet. Even so, this is now the third-straight East Regional Championship where Austin has not only failed to make it to the outdoor national meet, but also not make it out of the Wednesday prelims! Outside of those two men, the rest of the East region was largely chalk. However, we did see Nebraska's Niko Schultz miss the finals in the West region. The Husker middle distance standout has had a great breakout year over 800 meters, running 1:47 twice between the indoor and outdoor tracks seasons. And while certain races of his have been better than others, he has at least found ways to stay competitive. Not seeing him move on to Friday's regional final was tough to see. On a positive note, how about Wisconsin's Andrew Casey? The Badger freshman just produced a 1:47 (800) PR yesterday and continues to post very underrated performances. His introduction to Wisconsin's roster couldn't have come at a better time, especially with fellow teammate and middle distance specialist Abdullahi Hassan nearing the end of his eligibility over the next year or so. Men's 10k Regional Races Lack Surprises, Top Stars Deliver on National Qualifying Expectations The men's 10,000 meters is a unique race. It's a race long enough where the men who are the most fit should be able to separate themselves from the rest of the field. But at the same time, this race is so long that there is a ton of opportunity for athletes to fall off from the pace and be overtaken for a national qualifying spot. But on Wednesday night, we didn't see much variability when compared to our predictions. That isn't to say that our predictions were clear of missed names, but nothing that we saw two nights ago really took us by surprise. Sure, you could argue that Hofstra's Abraham Longosiwan, Notre Dame's Josh Methner, Charlotte's Nickolas Scudder, Syracuse's Paul O'Donnell, Syracuse's Perry Mackinnon (who was a DNF) and a large handful of Ivy League guys all had the potential be top-12 finishers in this race. However, when you look at the men who did qualify for the national meet, it doesn't feel like that above-listed group was robbed of a spot by anyone who was significantly less talented or less accomplished. Alabama's Dennis Kipruto, Notre Dame's Tyler Berg, Eastern Kentucky's Nikodem Dworczak and Syracuse's Sam Lawler were arguably underdogs to finish in the top-12 (specifically Berg and Lawler), but it's not like those men hadn't shown us flashes of promise before. We then come to the West region which was arguably even more chalk than the East region. The race was won by New Mexico's Habtom Samuel in a very quick time of 28:26 (10k). But if you really think about it, it would have been surprising if this race wasn't fast. Samuel was one of the many men in this field who prefer to be aggressive front-runners. Here's an interesting factoid: If you look at the 10k results from this year's Stanford Invite, you'll find that Washington's Evan Jenkins, Gonzaga's Wil Smith, Colorado Mines' Loic Scomparin (running unattached), Alabama's Victor Kiprop, New Mexico's Evans Kiplagat and Montana State's Ben Perrin took the top-six spots in that race. Now, remove Scomparin (who is a D2 runner) and remove Kiprop (who resides in the East region). That leaves us with the top-four West region men from that race. But oddly enough, no one from that quartet will be moving on to Eugene at this distance. And while I would like to say that many of the younger guys struggled with this race, that wouldn't necessarily be true, either. After all, Habtom Samuel, Ernest Cheruiyot, Denis Kipngetich and Adisu Guadia all hold freshman eligibility and finished in the top-12. Kimberley May & Flomena Asekol Drop 4:07 (1500) Marks to Headline Prelims Much like the men's races, there weren't many surprising developments in the women's 1500-meter prelims of the East or West Regional Championships. In fact, it feels like the women's West region truly sent all 24 of their best 1500-meter runners to the finals. The women's East region, however, wasn't quite as clean. Virginia's Caroline Timm, Louisville's Rylee Penn, Columbia's Nicole Vanasse and Furman's Megan Marvin all missed out on advancing to the regional finals. That's an especially tough result for Vanasse who has been quietly really good this year. Her progression has been exceptional and her ability to compete with top names should not go unnoticed. Even so, when you look at many of the women who did advance to Saturday's final in the East region, it doesn't necessarily feel like there were many runners who "stole" a spot. For the most part, I could have been convinced before the heats that all 24 of those women would make it to the finals. Also, I thought it was interesting that Providence's Kimberley May and Florida's Flomena Asekol produced a strong pair of 4:07 (1500) marks on Thursday. Those are two VERY quick times for a preliminary round at the regional level where they didn't really have a reason to run that fast. That shouldn't make much of a difference moving forward, but I was surprised that May and Asekol put three seconds on the next-best finisher across all heats. Julia Nielsen Does Not Race, Key Names Do Not Advance Out of 800-Meter Prelims in West Region The women's 800-meter field in the East region gave us very little to talk about as no major names failed to advance to the regional finals. The women's West region, however, had a few results that caught our attention. Bradley's Julia Nielsen was having a tremendous breakout season, running as fast as 2:00.99 (800) and 4:12 (1500) while also emerging as a competitive name at the top of talented fields. If the middle distance veteran ended her season as an All-American, very few people would have been surprised. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see Nielsen race on Thursday. Instead, she was listed as a head-scratching "DNS" (Did Not Start). That's a major bummer for someone who had proven that she could battle for wins and not just run fast times. But the surprises in the West region 800 meters go beyond Nielsen. With the times across all heats being relatively slow, a handful of underdogs were able to come up clutch and advance to Saturday's rounds. A few of those names include Joanna Archer (Grand Canyon), Maya McCabe (Washington State), Leah Disher (USC) and Olivia Alexandre (San Francisco), although I suppose it's hard to call those women "underdogs" when many of them have run around 2:04 over 800 meters this season. Of course, there were also a small handful of women who ended their 800-meter campaigns early. Notable omissions from the finals include Marlena Preigh (Washington), Ainsley Erzen (Arkansas), Regina Mpigachai (Northern Colorado) and Quinn McConnell (Colorado State). No, those runners aren't necessarily national-caliber middle distance stars, but all four of those women had a somewhat realistic shot of making it to the NCAA Championships this year (to varying extents). Underdogs Steal Final Few Women's NCAA 10k Qualifying Spots in West Region While East Region 10k Goes Chalk Just like the 800 meters, the women's 10k battle at the East regional meet ended up being super predictable. In fact, that race may end up being the most predictable of all the distance events that we see over the next couple of days. In the pouring rain, Parker Valby took home the regional title after clearly holding herself back for much of the race. Behind her, many of the nation's best aerobic-centric runners were able to emerge with a top-12 spot and a ticket to the "Big Dance." Yes, it's true that women like Maggie Donahue (Georgetown) and Purity Sanga (Middle Tennessee State) were further back in the seeding and still qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. But if you know the history and accolades of those two women, then it's not necessarily a shocking development that they extended their seasons last night. The women's 10k in the West region, however, was not nearly as predictable. Don't get me wrong, there were roughly eight to nine women in that race who delivered on expectations and punched their ticket to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. However, seeing women like Dani Barrett (UC-Davis), Lucy Ndungu (Wichita State) and Sandra Maiyo (UTEP) crack the top-12 was not at all something I was expecting. But when you realize that this was a slower race, with the winning time being 33:46 and the 12th-place time being 34:29, you can see how a few women took advantage of the pace and found success. And of course, when underdogs qualify for the national meet, that inherently means that more established favorites did not crack the top-12. Key names such as Texas' Eva Jess, Washington's Haley Herberg, New Mexico's Nicola Jansen, Utah Valley's Morgan Nokes, California Baptist's Yasna Petrova and Northern Arizona's Ruby Smee all missed out on advancing. Not only that, but there were five women in this field who recorded DNF marks.

  • Three Sentences Or Less: 2024 D2 NCAA Outdoor Championship Men's 800 Meters Preview

    Written by Ian Dickenson, 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 1. Ethan Anthony (Oklahoma Christian) Thanks to an excellent late-season charge, Ethan Anthony comes into this week with a good chance of continuing a deep postseason run in the 800 meters. Setting a half-mile PR of 1:49.04 to place 3rd at his conference meet among a number of other national qualifiers gives us confidence that he will make it out of his heat and potentially even be a serious factor in the final. 2. Antonio Blair (Angelo State) Another rising middle distance runner from the Lone Star Conference, Antonio Blair has flexed an ability to compete with some of the best runners in Division Two. Blair actually had a relatively mediocre season until his conference meet, where he set a huge three-second personal best to dip under 1:49. The raw ability is clearly present, but whether or not he’s able to handle the pressure of the national stage is what will decide how much of an impact Blair can make here. 3. Braxton Bruer (MSU-Moorhead) With three prior national meet appearances on the track, Braxton Bruer has plenty of experience even if has yet to enjoy grand success at that level. This MSU-Moorhead senior has finished last in both half-mile finals he made. If he advances that far again, he undoubtedly has the potential to improve upon that history. 4. Johan Correa (Central Washington) There are plenty of men with better times in this field, but Johan Correa showed that he’s not to be underestimated by taking a convincing win against fellow national meet qualifiers Isaiah Rodriguez and Drew Weber in the GNAC Championships half-mile final. With a solid strength-based background and cross country success, Correa has the ability to take some of these pure middle distance runners by surprise if this race plays out the right way. 5. Drew Dailey (Shippensburg) Considering that it’s been two years since Drew Dailey ran his personal best over 800 meters, it would be easy to count him out. However, with a 1:48.96 half-mile mark in mid-April followed by a conference title by a decent margin, it looks like this Shippensburg senior is rounding into form at the right time. With his talent, a perfect late-season peak would be enough to earn Dailey a medal in this event. 6. Wes Ferguson (Nebraska-Kearney) Wes Ferguson is one of the best runners in Division Two history regardless of event discipline. This final half-mile race of his collegiate career is his to lose, but with how good Harry Ross-Hughes has been this season, this Loper won’t be able to simply coast to a gold medal. Even so, Ferguson is still the clearest title favorite there is on the D2 men’s side. 7. Aris Houston (Cal Poly Humboldt) Particularly because it includes Wes Ferguson, Aris Houston will find it difficult to make it out of his heat. His performance this season was not the most consistent, but it wasn’t last year either and he wound up qualifying through the half-mile preliminaries then. Perhaps all he needed was one big performance to solidify his confidence entering the outdoor national meet. 8. Samuel Idiens (Charleston (WV)) As a true freshman, Samuel Idiens is one of the most raw talents in this field. After recently winning his conference half-mile title over the likes of teammate Warren Thiel and besting Robert Fajardo in the same event at the Lee University Last Chance meet, Idiens clearly has one of the highest upsides among D2 middle distance runners. His relative lack of experience means the qualifying rounds may pose a challenge, but if he does make it through, we can envision Idiens placing as high as top-five in the final. 9. Daylen Madison (Ashland) We would have liked to see Daylen Madison put up more of a fight against Harry Ross-Hughes in their conference meet 800-meter battle, but we also recognize that’s a lofty expectation given how fast the Lake Erie man has been running. Short of being a threat to crack the top-two, Madison still looks like a promising medal contender. Coming off of a fantastic indoor track season and now appearing to be approaching his best form, Madison has become one of the top dogs in this event. 10. Prince Mcabelo (West Texas A&M) Throughout this season, Prince Mcabelo has been a difficult runner to rank. It took a few races for him to approach the kind of form he showed when placing 4th in this event at the 2024 indoor national meet, but now we see shades of that ability returning. Knowing that he was not at his best until the NCAA Championships this past winter, his recent 4th place finish in a stacked conference field is less of a concern and we see Mcabelo as one of a handful of medal threats. 11. Nolan Moeller (Drury) Nolan Moeller is not yet one of Division Two's top runners over 800 meters, but he could be soon. At a last chance meet two weekends ago, he ran a substantial half-mile personal best of 1:49.69 to win by about a second and a half. That kind of determination and command of the moment is commendable and it would be encouraging to see this redshirt rookie reveal further poise and potential in this setting. 12. Isaiah Rodriguez (Western Oregon) This is Western Oregon freshman Isaiah Rodriguez’s first appearance at a national meet in any season. But regardless of how his first time ends up going, this weekend will be an invaluable experience for the youngster who ran 1:50.53 (800) or faster on three separate occasions this spring. With his heat containing the most underclassmen, anything could happen. 13. Harry Ross-Hughes (Lake Erie) Bridging the gap between Wes Ferguson and the rest of the field is Lake Erie star, Harry Ross-Hughes. To give you an idea of the gap, the third-fastest man in this field has a seasonal best nearly two seconds slower than that of Ross-Hughes. We saw him take the race out hard at the indoor national meet and we hope to see that kind of display of guts and fearlessness again this time around. 14. Nik Shilling (Davenport) The fastest of three freshmen in this race, Nik Shilling appears poised to make the final. His heat is arguably the weakest, but advancing will still not be easy by any means. However, considering that he has one of the fastest personal bests in the field, it would not be a surprise to see Shilling finish in a podium spot. 15. Benjamin Sumner (Azusa Pacific) Based on times and placement, Benjamin Sumner was at his best last spring, so it’s hard to predict how he’ll perform here after finishing as a backend All-American in 2023. His mile strength and relative consistency give him a decent chance at returning to the half-mile final. 16. Warren Thiel (Charleston (WV)) This will be the first individual event that Warren Thiel contests at a national meet, and he faces some formidable competition in the first round. Still, he’s here because he earned this spot and seven efforts of 1:51 (800) or better since February began indicate that it would be unwise to write him off. 17. Maxime Touron (NW Missouri) A half-mile seasonal best and PR of 1:49.48 don't stand out in this field, but the same could’ve been said about Maxime Touron's times before the 2024 indoor national meet and he came away with a 5th place finish there. Touron is tactically sound and has great strength which could be the key to making another half-mile final. If and when he gets there, then he can draw on his previous postseason appearance for confidence. 18. Drew Weber (Western Washington) Being the last man into this field, Drew Weber must be excited to make the most of his opportunity. The key, however, is that he has been on this stage a few times before, so a top-10 finish would be the realistic next step for this Viking. 19. Riley Witt (NW Missouri) Another NW Missouri man, Riley Witt finds himself in a tough spot in the second heat. His best hope may be for it to turn into a tactical affair so that he can use his endurance to stay in the mix and move on alongside his teammate, Maxime Touron.

  • Three Sentences Or Less: 2024 D3 NCAA Outdoor Championship Men's 800 Meters 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 1. Julian Aske (NYU) After being the lone true freshman to run the 800 meters at the indoor national meet, Julian Aske returns for the outdoor edition, this time with a recent 1:48.98 half-mile mark to his name. While that tells us that his ceiling is really high, we do have some reservations about his ability to navigate rounds as he finished a modest 6th place at the UAA Championships. All things considered, a sub-1:49 (800) performance is way too good to overlook and shows some serious talent from the youngster. 2. Bennett Booth-Genthe (Pomona-Pitzer) Since becoming the national champion in the mile on the indoor oval, Bennett Booth-Genthe has been flawless throughout his outdoor track campaign. In four 800-meter races this season, the “slowest” the Pomona-Pitzer star has run is 1:50. All signs point to one thing: Booth-Genthe is ready to add a second national title to his name. 3. Parker Boyle (Amherst) This true freshman out of Amherst is hard to read entering the NCAA Outdoor Championships since he has only raced only twice this season. Parker Boyle's season opener came less than two weeks ago in which he ran a blistering 1:50.19 (800). That time would be an impressive season opener for a national champion, not to mention an underclassman en route to a four-second personal best. 4. T.J. Carleo (Brandeis) It was really exciting last year to watch then-freshman T.J. Carleo drop six seconds off of his personal best to qualify for the 2023 outdoor national meet. While this year hasn’t been filled with the same level of excitement, that’s because we have come to expect Carleo to be one of the best in the business. He’s held this own in strong Northeast fields, but will ultimately seek to flip the script on many of his recent competitors. 5. Dawit Dean (Emory) This speed-based half-miler has been on the brink of something big for a while and he's now reaping the benefits of his patience. Dawit Dean punched his postseason ticket earlier than most thanks to a tight finish behind a two-time All-American in this event, Sam Llaneza. More recently, Dean’s 800-meter win at the UAA Championships over three men in this field tells us that he is ready to be competitive in the final. 6. William Dehmler (Washington U.) William Dehmler has never competed at a national meet on the track, but he has certainly earned his spot this year as he's enjoyed a lot of success since joining Washington U. as a graduate transfer. Recently, he finished 3rd place at the UAA Championships, ahead of two fellow national qualifiers in this event and he's since run a pair of 1:50 half-mile marks. 7. Ellis DelVecchio (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) This Stags underclassmen has been on the verge of becoming nationally competitive for a while. That held true until the end of April when his wait was up. After turning in a pair of 1:50 half-mile marks, DelVecchio will need to replicate those performances and then some to make the 800-meter final. 8. Joe Franke (Loras) After taking a significant step forward during his indoor track campaign, Joe Franke has continued to do so on the outdoor oval. He’s looked like a very well-rounded half-miler as of late with a pair of impressive wins. He first took down three 800-meter national qualifiers at the American Rivers Conference before running 1:49.06 (800) to beat six more at the Augustana Final Qualifier. 9. Braedon Gilles (UW-Stevens Point) After an impressive indoor track season, Braedon Gilles had a modest start to his 2024 outdoor campaign. However, the UW-Stevens Point veteran has been peaking at just the right time, clocking the first sub-1:50 effort of his career last week. He’s going to need to match that performance in the prelims in order to make the final, but it’s surely possible. 10. Ziyad Hassan (MIT) It feels like Ziyad Hassan has been on the edge of something big for quite some time and this outdoor track season has brought his potential to fruition. He had been a consistent 1:51 half-miler until the second-seeded man in this field pulled him to a 1:49-low personal best earlier this month. The key to Hassan’s success will be his ability to utilize his competition like he did in that breakthrough race. 11. Sean Hendricks (Rochester) This 2024 indoor All-American continued his strong momentum to run his half-mile outdoor qualifying time in the middle of April. But since then, the New York native hasn’t been all that close to matching that performance. Sean Hendricks’ fate comes down to whether he will be able to rediscover his mid-April form to match his competitors who have been improving over the last few weeks. 12. Will Houser (Washington U.) Despite running 1:49 over 800 meters in both 2022 and 2023, Will Houser hasn’t quite had the success you would expect him to at the national level. A pair of recent 1500-meter wins against strong fields have improved our view of the tactical savviness of this Washington U. veteran. He will need to carry over those racing skills to the two-lapper to match the potential that he holds on paper. 13. Andrew Hutchinson (Dubuque) This Dubuque senior will be looking to earn his first All-American finish after an unfortunate fall in the prelims ended his quest to do so during the past indoor track season. Seeded in the middle of the field, getting placed in the final heat could be the edge that aids Andrew Hutchinson into the finals. With some of the best 400-meter speed in the field, a slow pace out of the gates wouldn’t hurt Hutchinson...in fact, it may actually benefit him. 14. Noah Jorgenson (Central College) Known more for his abilities over the 1500 meters nowadays, it was only a year ago when Noah Jorgenson earned All-American honors in the half-mile. And in reality, his body of work this year has been much more impressive than what he had done up to this point last year. If Jorgenson is able to manage the hefty 1500/800-meter double, then he certainly has the talent to repeat as a half-mile All-American. 15. Kyle Miller (Buena Vista) This Buena Vista senior returns looking for vengeance after missing out on last year's outdoor 800-meter final by 0.04 seconds. Other than his races at the USD track, Kyle Miller has shown that he’s heading in the right direction given that he’s been right in the mix with many men in this field lately. 16. Michael Olson (Plymouth State) As the top-ranked man entering the 2024 indoor national meet, Michael Olson failed to make it out of the half-mile prelims, but now returns to the outdoor edition of the NCAA Championships hoping to prove that was a fluke. And frankly, all signs point to the idea that he will be able to do so. Just take a look at his last two races which resulted in a pair of sub-1:50 victories and the fact that he holds the second-fastest 800-meter mark in the nation this spring. 17. Trevor Richwine (Dickinson) After tripling the day before, Trevor Richwine ran a personal best to win the 400 meters at his conference meet before also taking home gold in the 800 meters. Add in a sub-1:50 (800) effort last week and you have a compelling argument that the Dickinson ace is bound to improve upon his 5th place finish in this event from the 2024 indoor national meet. 18. Oscar Roering (Pomona-Pitzer) Sitting out the indoor track season, like the Sagehens tend to do, has seemingly prepared Oscar Roering perfectly for this meet. With all of his recent outings pointing toward the idea that he’s peaking at just the right time, it’s probable that Roering will improve upon his 11th-place prelim finish in this setting last year. Look out for some team tactics in the final if both Roering and teammate Bennett Booth-Genthe advance. 19. Cael Schoemann (UW-La Crosse) Don’t let his seed fool you, the indoor national champion is as qualified as any to add another gold medal to his collection. No, Cael Schoemann hasn’t run anything blisteringly fast yet this season, but he’s someone who just has an instinct for breaking the tape. He recently won a very competitive WIAC half-mile title and there’s truly no concerning flaw or "off" day to be found in anything that he’s done throughout this academic year. 20. Jake Shumaker (Millikin) In his fifth 800-meter appearance on the national stage, this soon-to-be member of the Fighting Irish looks to make his second national final. He certainly has the potential to do so, given that he finished 5th at the 2023 indoor national meet. What really excites us is that, excluding prelims, Shumaker has only gotten faster over his past four half-mile efforts, culminating in a PR in his most recent race. 21. Henry Tierney (Pacific (Ore.)) After making quick work of his really early (mid-April) conference meet, this Oregon native turned his attention toward qualifying for this meet. His focused efforts have paid off, as he accomplished that goal and looks to be in top form. Still, with few results against Division Three competition this year, it’s hard to gauge where Henry Tierney will end up when it’s all said and done. 22. Spencer Watry (Emory) The second Emory athlete in this field is no stranger to the national stage, having previously qualified individually. Spencer Watry is arguably better known for his anchor leg on Emory’s bronze-winning DMR at this year’s indoor national meet. It plays to his advantage that Watry, unlike many of his competitors, has displayed superb consistency.

  • Three Sentences Or Less: 2024 D2 NCAA Outdoor Championship Women's 800 Meters 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 1. Elizabeth Acheson (U-Mary) After surprising the Division Two landscape with a 2nd place finish in this event at the 2024 NCAA Indoor Championships, Elizabeth Acheson looks to be setting herself up for a repeat performance. She has run a slew of 2:07 half-mile marks while refining her speed with a few 400-meter efforts. After a three-year absence from the top of the NCAA scene, how might Acheson react to again being among the hunted rather than one of the hunters? 2. Alaysia Brooks (Ursuline (OH)) Alaysia Brooks is rounding into championship form at just the right time, but we kind of expected that. She seems to perform at her best in the biggest meets, as evidenced by a convincing first national title this past winter and a PR for a four-second win at her conference meet this spring. Assuming Brooks holds that form, she should be your easy national champion in an event that appears to be just as wide-open as it was few months ago. 3. Sofia Camacho (Azusa Pacific) There was a possibility Sofia Camacho was not going to qualify for the outdoor national meet, but she was able to put together a solid last chance effort to thrust herself into the mix. What makes Camacho special is her range — she has competitive personal bests in the 800 meters, the 1500 meters and the 5k. That combination of strength and speed should serve her well when trying to make the finals. 4. Taryn Chapko (Grand Valley State) Even though she's seeded pretty low in this field, it would be foolish to bet against Taryn Chapko. Her ability to always find a way into a final and finish on the podium is uncanny -- and she should do the same again in 2024. Chapko seemingly always peaks at the right time and has unrivaled levels of experience and poise compared to her competitors, giving her one of the highest baselines for success in this event. 5. Kate Dawson (Pittsburg State) It has been a while since Kate Dawson ran the 2:08 half-mile mark that ultimately got her into this outdoor national meet. However, a recent 4:22 (1500) mark would have qualified her in a second event if she wished and more importantly, that performance suggests that Dawson is still quite fit. Remember, she was nearly a top-half All-American in this event just 10 weeks ago. 6. Ellie Frye (Dallas Baptist) Ellie Frye is making her first-ever national meet appearance thanks to a major PR early in the season. This sophomore's lack of experience, and the time between when she ran her seed time (March) and now, might make it difficult for her to advance past the first round. However, this event is inherently unpredictable and could introduce some variability that Frye welcomes. 7. Lina Hanich (Academy of Art) After running 2:06 (800) at a last chance meet at APU, Lina Hanich is riding considerable momentum and went from “only” being in the mix for a podium spot to pushing herself into top-three contention in our eyes. Plus, she has been incredibly consistent in her other half-mile efforts, making her a good name to bet on. 8. Katie Heck (Fort Lewis) Even though Katie Heck has been up and down this season, she seems to be peaking at the right time and has traditionally done so for national meets. What she could struggle with, however, is racing on tired legs if she reaches the final for both this event and the metric mile on the same day. 9. Jadyn Herron (CSU-Pueblo) After her first season at CSU-Pueblo, Jadyn Herron has slowly improved, now making her way to the outdoor national meet as a sophomore. While this will be the first event that she has qualified for individually, CSU-Pueblo knows how to produce middle distance stars which bodes well both for Herron's present and future. 10. Lieke Hoogstein (Adams State) After winning the RMAC title over 800 meters by beating out the likes of Jessica Simon and Aryelle Wright, Lieke Hoogstein has as much upside as anyone heading into this outdoor national meet. Hoogstein placed 7th against many of these same women at the 2024 indoor national meet and that should provide a solid floor for her to build upon now that she looks as fit as ever. 11. Nicole Lawrence (Adams State) It has been a while since Nicole Lawrence raced a half-mile which makes projecting her finish to the postseason quite tricky. Her last few races have come in the metric mile and those outings were not as strong as some of her previous marks. Lawrence does have experience at the national meet, but she is currently lacking the momentum that other women in this field possess. 12. Marian Ledesma (Western Washington) Although it looks like Marian Ledesma has been up and down this season, her marks are actually very similar to how she looked last year before finishing 5th overall in this event at the outdoor national meet. She may not be the most consistent runner, but Ledesma clearly knows how to race which will be a huge asset going into the preliminary rounds. 13. Ines Macadam (Tiffin) Ines Macadam has stood on the podium before (at the 2023 indoor national meet) so she has experience and success making it through the preliminary rounds. Plus, with strong complementary PRs in both the 400 meters and the 1500 meters, Macadam has a good balance of strength and speed which could serve her well going into and throughout this race. 14. Isabel Marsh (Adelphi) While it has been a couple of seasons since Isabel Marsh has made it out of the preliminary rounds at a national meet, she has the experience to do so once again. Her times are right there with everyone else’s and with such a mixture of newbies and veterans in this field, Marsh will have experience on her side to get her to the final. 15. Katherine Marsh (Adelphi) Katherine Marsh had a very similar build-up to this outdoor national meet -- and comparable performances at past national meets -- as her above-listed sister. Katherine and Isabel often switch back and forth when they race against each other. Who will have the upper-hand at this meet we are not sure, but Katherine Marsh was recently over a second faster than her sister at the Northeast-10 Championships. 16. Lydia McGlocklin (NW Missouri) After helping her team to a 6th place finish in the DMR at the 2024 indoor national meet, Lydia McGlocklin qualified for a postseason berth in her first individual event this spring. The sophomore has been consistent this season, running 2:08 on many occasions, but it remains to be seen whether her youth holds her back or if running a relay leg in a championship setting was experience enough to instill McGlocklin with added confidence. 17. Megan Roxby (Simon Fraser) Qualifying for both the 1500 meters and the 800 meters is no small feat, but attempting to compete in both at the outdoor national meet is a daunting task. Although Megan Roxby has the experience and ability to advance to the finals in the half-mile, multiple rounds of multiple events might take it out of her. 18. Jessica Simon (Adams State) While this Grizzly has this field's second-fastest seasonal best over 800 meters, Jessica Simon could be a wildcard. She has some inconsistency to grow through and has often run fast during the regular season before having a few challenges in trying to advance to the half-mile finals. This spring, she has backed up her strong altitude-converted time with several marks close to her PR and was the RMAC runner-up, so perhaps her postseason fortune looks different this year. 19. MaKenna Thurston (Minnesota State) In a very impressive performance at the NSIC Championships, MaKenna Thurston took down Khot Juac over 1500 meters in a time of 4:25. While she's competing in the half-mile, Thurston demonstrated a lot of strength in that race that will benefit her even while moving down in distance. Combine that with her extensive postseason experience and it's easy to envision Thurston advancing to the finals. 20. Lainy Williams (Southwest Baptist) With the last qualifying time in this event, Lainy Williams will look to advance to her first final at a national meet. However, it helps that she's been in this position before considering that she's contesting the 800 meters at the outdoor national meet for the third consecutive year. 21. Aryelle Wright (Colorado Mines) Aryelle Wright's consistency is always her biggest asset, but she will have a number of competitive names to beat out if she wants to win her first-ever national title. She also stumbled a bit in her most recent outing: The RMAC Championships. However, as long as she dusts herself off, Wright should be near the front and will match or improve upon the bronze medal that she recently took at the indoor national meet.

  • Three Sentences Or Less: 2024 D3 NCAA Outdoor Championship Women's 800 Meters 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 1. Megan Bell (Rochester) A national qualifier over 400 meters in 2023, Megan Bell’s strength has come a long way in the past year. In fact, she's come so far to the point where this (the 800 meters) is her preferred event. She qualified for the 400 meters once again with a 55.81 mark, but scratched in favor of the half-mile which appears to be a wise decision given what she has accomplished of late as a reigning All-American from the indoor track season. 2. Alexa Estes (Connecticut College) After winning the NESCAC 800-meter title with a narrow head-to-head victory over Zoe Marcus, Alexa Estes ran another PR two weeks later to earn herself a spot at her second track national meet. The 14th place half-mile finisher at this year’s indoor national meet, Estes will be looking to once again hold her own against the country’s best. 3. Izzy Gorton (Washington U.) The St. Louis-based Bears getting four women into this field when no other team has more than two is an incredible team feat that might steal the spotlight from Gorton’s individual accomplishments. But that doesn’t mean that we should overlook her in any way. Gorton had never run under 2:16 in the half-mile prior to this outdoor track season, but in the last two months, she has done so in eight of her nine attempts at this distance. 4. Maddie Hannan (UW-La Crosse) The runner-up in this event from last year's outdoor national meet, Maddie Hannan is in a great position to potentially do something similar this weekend. Her seasonal best of 2:09.02 (800) that she recorded at Augustana last week is less than a half second off of her PR. That indicates that she is at, or at least very near, her best form entering the NCAA Championships. 5. Michaela Jones (Pomona-Pitzer) Among women in Division Three who had not previously competed at a national meet on the track, Michaela Jones was the only one to run under 2:10 in the half-mile this spring. Her jump from 2:14 to 2:09 is impressive enough on its own but even more so when you consider that the latter mark came at a last chance meet in her 10th 800-meter race since the beginning of March. Jones has displayed the right combination of recent fitness and clutch factor to be a force to be reckoned with this weekend. 6. Julia Howarth (MIT) A 2:08 half-mile mark to finish 3rd in a predominantly Division One field at the Friar Invitational was enough to give Julia Howarth the second seed in this event. She has also displayed some serious 400-meter speed this season with a best of 56.4 seconds. This weekend will be her sixth consecutive track national meet appearance (either on a relay or as an individual) dating back to 2022, so she should have plenty of composure to back up her regular season results. 7. Annie Huang (Johns Hopkins) After taking care of business early on and running a mark that would ultimately earn her a national bid, Annie Huang hasn’t finished an individual race since April 20th. Given her quiet last month, it's difficult to project where she will finish here, but in the best-case scenario, she could take advantage of her body not having as much recent racing load as some other competitors. 8. Annessa Ihde (Bethel (Minn.)) After she recorded All-American honors for the first time with a 7th-place 800-meter finish at this year’s indoor national meet, we have every reason to believe in Annessa Ihde's capability of replicating that feat. Her two 2:09 (800) marks this spring are certainly a positive development indicating consistency at an elite level which should give her some confidence going into this weekend. 9. Kayla Kass (Stockton) Following a tough opener at home in March, Kayla Kass has been much more consistent, running either 2:09 or 2:10 in three of her last four 800-meter efforts. That consistency, combined with her All-American finish at the 2024 indoor national meet, gives us a lot of confidence in her ability to compete well in this field. 10. Emma Kelley (Washington U.) Nothing in sports is ever guaranteed, but Emma Kelley winning the D3 women's 800-meter title this weekend is about as close to a guarantee as you can get. She’ll contest the final just 40 minutes after running the 400-meter final, but the gap between her and the rest of the field is so large that a quick turnaround shouldn’t really matter. 11. Ellie Kitsmiller (John Carroll) Despite a PR at a final qualifier meet on May 13th, Ellie Kitsmiller didn’t feel she was safely in and took another go at a last chance meet three days after that. While that didn’t go as planned, scratches from Grace Hadley and Ellie Rising were enough to give her a spot at the outdoor national meet. Kitsmiller has had a heavy recent racing load with five hard 800-meter efforts since the start of May, but she will be hoping she has enough left for one more big performance. 12. Greta Koehler (UW-La Crosse) A nominee for our "Most Improved Award' in 2023, Greta Koehler didn't find breakthroughs coming as easily this year. Even so, she kept fighting and as a result, took advantage of her last chance to earn her way back to the outdoor national meet. No, her 2:10 (800) mark at Augustana wasn’t a PR, but it was as close as she’s come since last spring and served as a truly positive sign that she is back to where she knows she can be. 13. Cyna Madigan (UW-Oshkosh) Cyna Madigan was having a solid season with multiple 2:11 (800) marks, but her 2:09 posting to finish 4th in a loaded Augustana field last week was enough to show that she is as fit now as she’s ever been. And that sentence is pretty scary considering her status as a multi-time All-American. 14. Zoe Marcus (Amherst) In each of her four 800-meter efforts this spring, Zoe Marcus took a small step forward and those steps compounded into major progress. After coming into Amherst as one of the more high-profile recruits in Division Three, Marcus is starting to show why that was the case. Count on this being the first of many national meet appearances for her. 15. Mary Mason (Mount Union) She’s been in multiple national finals for the 4X400-meter relay, but Mary Mason’s only individual national meet appearance came this past winter when she finished last in the 800 meters at the indoor national meet. Coming into this weekend, she has now experienced this level as an individual and it’s likely that she will make a significant improvement on that finish. 16. Emily Moehringer (Catholic) Emily Moehringer is rolling at the right time after recording personal bests in both of her last two races. Some of the women in this field will be difficult for her to compete with, but her momentum suggests that she is in a position to handle the challenge. 17. Hope Murphy (Baldwin Wallace) Judging purely by seeding, Hope Murphy is sitting just outside of the All-American spots right now. Nonetheless, we know that she has enough of a background at this stage of the postseason to have strong odds of making the final. And while doubling back over 1500 meters will make it difficult for her to replicate her national runner-up half-mile finish from this winter, she'll have to just cross that bridge when she comes to it. 18. Kelty Oaster (Elizabethtown) After missing the entire indoor track season, Kelty Oaster took a little bit of time to get going on the outdoor oval. The highlight of her spring campaign came in her most recent race at the Landmark Conference Championship where she not only recorded a lifetime best in the 800 meters, but beat All-American Tanise Thornton-Fillyaw head-to-head to take the conference title. She’ll need a similar effort in order to get into Saturday’s final. 19. Alessia Sarussi (Washington U.) If Alessia Sarussi makes the final both here and in the 1500 meters, something she is more than capable of, then she will have a tough Saturday double ahead of her. Even so, she is one of the most talented athletes in this field, and she will know to take it one race at a time while navigating through rounds to put herself in a strong position to succeed. 20. Danielle Schultz (Washington U.) Entering this season, Danielle Schultz had an 800-meter personal best of 2:12. This spring, she ran faster than that on five separate occasions. It's a scary thing when somebody who's already a multi-time national qualifier has a breakthrough like that. 21. Hailey Shreffler (Eastern) Before the Widener Final Qualifier, there didn’t appear to be much of a chance for Hailey Shreffler to earn a bid to the outdoor national meet. However, she blew away expectations with a five-second personal best to sneak in. She will need another big day in order to compete well in this field of established and experienced stars. 22. Tanise Thornton-Fillyaw (Goucher) When she first burst onto the scene last year as a freshman, Tanise Thornton-Fillyaw had some trouble translating her excellent regular season marks to the postseason. After her 5th place finish in the 800 meters at this year’s indoor national meet, it would seem that those growing pains are behind her. There are very few women in this field with better momentum than Thornton-Fillyaw as her last two races in this event have been lifetime bests.

  • Three Sentences Or Less: 2024 D2 NCAA Outdoor Championship Men's 1500 Meters 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. Cole Benoit (Mississippi College) It has been a couple of seasons since we have seen Cole Benoit compete at the outdoor national meet. Though he may be a little rusty when it comes to racing through the preliminary rounds of the 1500 meters, Benoit still has great turnover which could put him in the mix over the final 100 meters. 2. Alberto Campa (Colorado Mines) Similar to his teammate, Brock Drengenberg, Alberto Campa has not raced often this outdoor track season. However, he did put together a great recent metric mile effort at altitude to qualify for this outdoor national meet. While it's hard to place his fitness given that all of his races have been at altitude this season, Campa reached the mile finals at the 2024 indoor national meet, so he has displayed an ability to advance through preliminary rounds on an even playing field. 3. Juan Diego Castro (Azusa Pacific) Coming in as the top seed in this event, Juan Diego Castro could be argued as the favorite considering that Miguel Coca is not competing this spring and that Romain Legendre has opted out of the 1500 meters. The only issue for Castro is that he has not come close to matching his 3:40 (1500) seasonal best from March in recent weeks. Is this former Oklahoma State Cowboy fit to stamp himself as a D2 superstar this weekend? 4. Elliot Dotson (Anderson (SC)) It's a little tricky to analyze how Elliot Dotson will fare over 1500 meters at the outdoor national meet because the majority of his recent efforts have been outdoor mile races. A recent 3:47 (1500) PR is solid, but his 4:04 mile effort (in which he ran a 3:43 metric mile en route) a week later was more impressive. If Dotson is comfortable moving through the strategic preliminary rounds, then he will be just fine. 5. Brock Drengenberg (Colorado Mines) He may not have raced often this season, contesting only three meets in total and racing just the 1500 meters, but Brock Drengenberg was able to sneak into the outdoor national meet. His qualifying time being altitude-converted and coming via a 7th place finish at the RMAC Outdoor Championships is less than ideal and might make it a challenge for him to get out of the first round. But at least Drengenberg has his experience racing the mile at the 2024 indoor national meet to pull from. 6. Roberto Fajardo (Lee (Tenn.)) Midway through the season, Roberto Fajardo ran a huge personal best of 3:40 over 1500 meters. Since then, he has put together some strong times in the half-mile distance with a couple of 1:49 marks. With one of the most robust middle distance skillsets in this field, Fajardo should be prepared for any kind of race scenario. 7. Caleb Futter (Grand Valley State) One of the more surprising developments at the 2024 indoor national meet was Caleb Futter’s mile national title. Futter will be hard-pressed to defend that crown (if you think it carries over to a similar distance) in the metric mile, however. He will have his hands full with the steeplechase finals as well, but as long as that race doesn't take too much out of him, Futter should be with the 1500-meter race leaders entering the final lap. 8. Simon Kelati (Western Colorado) Simon Kelati's improvements when racing in tactical situations have been impressive. Coming off of a national title over 3000 meters, he's riding a lot of momentum this spring with personal bests in several events to go with high placements, including an RMAC 1500-meter title. One may argue that this event, rather than the 5k, is Kelati's best chance at doubling his national title count. 9. Samuel Lange (Michigan Tech) Though Samuel Lange was the last name to sneak into the 1500 meters, his progression throughout the season has been nearly flawless. Starting at 3:57 (1500) and working his way down to 3:45 at a last chance meet makes Lange a wildcard, but he could also be someone who sneaks into the finals if he continues that momentum. 10. Patrick Lyell (Grand Valley State) Patrick Lyell dropped a huge 1500-meter PR of 3:42 at Lee (Tenn.)’s last chance meet and has thrust himself into the All-American conversation as a result. While he has competed individually on the national stage before, Lyell has yet to advance out of the preliminary rounds. This feels like the season for that to change. 11. Hudson Majeski (Colorado Christian) Hudson Majeski jumped into this outdoor national meet field with an altitude-converted time of 3:43-low (1500). Like Patrick Lyell, Majeski has raced at national meets twice before, but the difference is that he has already finished as an All-American (albeit over a year ago). A recent 1500-meter PR suggests that Majeski is in shape to break through that wall again. 12. Nick Melanese (San Marcos) After qualifying for the outdoor national meet over 800 meters last year, Nick Melanese is moving up in distance. And even though Melanese is at the bottom of the seed list, PRs of 1:48 (800) and 3:44 (1500) indicate that he has better turnover than many of the men in this field, giving him a chance to make it out of the preliminaries if his heat is tactical. 13. Aziz Mohamed (West Texas A&M) In a somewhat surprising development, Aziz Mohamed has opted to compete solely in the 1500 meters, even after running the NCAA #3 half-mile mark this season. Mohamed’s seasonal best of 3:41 (1500) puts him high on this list as well, but it's still a converted time. Clearly, Mohamed has elite turnover, so perhaps he and his coaches see some untapped upside for him in this event. 14. Tyler Nord (Western Colorado) Tyler Nord has a unique skillset relative to other men in this field as a top-half cross country All-American who has more of a strength-based resume, but has also experienced his greatest success over 1500 meters and 3000 meters. That scouting report suggests the oft-tactical nature of the preliminary rounds would give him more trouble than the final, but Nord's experience should guide him through the rounds and to an All-American honor with relative ease. 15. Luca Poppe (Wingate) Even though Luca Poppe did not make it into the indoor national meet, he has run incredibly consistently this outdoor track season, qualifying for the outdoor national meet in both the 1500 meters and the 5k. With PRs of 3:44 and 13:55, respectively, Poppe belongs in both events, but might need a fast prelim to get into the metric mile final given that he has a slower half-mile PR (1:55) than the rest of the field. But admittedly, that might also be us reading too deep into the nuances of this race. 16. Dylan Sprecker (Pittsburg State) Dylan Sprecker may have only raced on the Gorillas' DMR team at the indoor national meet, but this freshman has a legitimate chance of making it to the 1500-meter finals. He has consistently improved throughout the spring and has a strong 1:50 personal best in the 800 meters. He's a rookie, sure, but he should also be able to rely on the veteran poise of his fifth-year teammate, Mason Strader. 17. Mason Strader (Pittsburg State) The veteran status that Mason Strader brings to this field will make him a tough name to out-duel. He just ran 3:43 in this event at two separate meets in a three-day span, so he is also riding a huge wave of momentum. As long as nothing unorthodox occurs, Strader feels like an All-American lock. 18. Dominic Suliman (Saginaw Valley) This narrative seems to be a familiar one in this field, but Dominic Suliman put together a great last-chance meet effort with a time of 3:43 (1500). That put him right in the middle of this field seed-wise. And with a 6th place mile finish at the 2024 indoor national meet, this versatile underclassman (who also won a GLIAC half-mile title this past winter) will be looking for his second All-American finish in as many seasons. 19. Jagger Zlotoff (UC-Colorado Springs) After placing 3rd in the mile at the 2024 indoor national meet, Jagger Zlotoff may well be a favorite for another top-half All-American finish. He doesn't have the fastest personal best in this field by any means, but Zlotoff simply knows how to navigate a championship race. With top-seven finishes in either the mile or the 1500 meters at the past three national meets, this sophomore Mountain Lion has quickly developed one of the highest baselines for success in D2 middle distance running.

  • Three Sentences Or Less: 2024 D2 NCAA Outdoor Championship Women's 1500 Meters 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 1. Kaylee Beyer (Winona State) Although Kaylee Beyer is having a quieter outdoor track season relative to her standards, she has been incredibly consistent throughout the spring. She ran away with the silver medal in the indoor mile final this past winter, but she will have her hands full with some of the other names on this list beyond just Gracie Hyde. Even so, Beyer’s championship experience is a boon and she feels like a safe pick to finish in the top-three. 2. Elena Carey (Adams State) Even though Elena Carey ran an incredible time of 9:54 in the steeplechase, she is all-in on the metric mile this spring. Her converted time of 4:16 (1500) places her high on this seed list, but what was even more impressive was Carey's 1500-meter title at RMAC Championships in which she beat multiple All-American contenders. Carey looks ready to come away with a top-three finish just like she did in the mile at the 2024 indoor national meet. 3. Anna Fauske (UC-Colorado Springs) Anna Fauske has enjoyed some major highs this season with personal bests in both the 1500 meters and the 5k and some great wins over her competition. While her marks in the metric mile are not as fast as some of the other accomplished women in this field, she still has strong odds of making it out of the preliminaries. To do so, she will have to position herself well going into the last lap.  4. Aria Hawkins (Lee (Tenn.)) At last year’s outdoor national meet, Aria Hawkins had one of the best finishes in the 1500 meters to steal the final spot on the podium. Heading into this year's championship meet, Hawkins has run numerous personal bests, including a time of 4:22 (1500). And while that's impressive, the rest of Division Two has noticeably improved as well, so Hawkins may need to rely on her experience in addition to her speed to repeat her All-American honors. 5. Katie Heck (Fort Lewis) After a strong performance at the Bryan Clay Invite, Katie Heck has taken a back seat to the rest of Division Two, running some slower times than her 4:25 (1500) seasonal best. Recently, she performed decently at the competitive RMAC Championships with a 5th place finish in the 1500 meters. While Heck is traditionally at her best in the postseason, she'll be hard-pressed to repeat as the national runner-up in this event. 6. Kate Hedlund (UC-Colorado Springs) The best part about Kate Hedlund’s racing is her willingness to compete at all costs. The tough part about Hedlund’s racing is sometimes that means she does not make it out of the preliminary rounds. While Hedlund has not been as consistent as some of the other names on this list, she has the ability to race with the best when she does reach a final, and she has more experience than most of the names on this list.   7. Gracie Hyde (Adams State) In Division Two distance running, Gracie Hyde has been the headliner throughout 2024. She will be busy at this outdoor national meet, racing the 1500 meters, the 3000-meter steeplechase and the 5000 meters, but her personal bests are quite a bit above the next-fastest times. Hyde’s 4:08 (1500) mark is one of her most impressive PRs, so as long as she is near her best on Saturday, this Grizzly should be the national champion.  8. Khot Juac (Sioux Falls) After finishing 5th overall at the 2023 cross country national meet, we thought Khot Juac may focus on the longer distance events. However, she has been putting a lot of time and effort into the middle distance races, including recently running a personal best of 4:25 in the 1500 meters. Although she may not have had the end to the indoor track season that she wanted, Juac clearly knows how to finish well at a national meet and may be a sleeper pick to make it to the finals.  9. Emma Kjellsen (Western Colorado) Emma Kjellsen may lack the experience that some of the other women in this field possess, but she has nationally competitive PRs in the middle distance events and has displayed both strong turnover and tactical ability. She will have to face some of the same women whom she lost to at the RMAC Championships which may pose her biggest challenge to advancing out of the prelims.  10. Sarah Koomson (West Texas A&M) While originally thought of as more of a long distance runner, Sarah Koomson proved to be more dynamic than expected by declaring for the 1500 meters along with the 5k. Her regular season was not anything extraordinary, but this NCAA rookie has shown no fear of the moment on the national stage. That should help her in a tertiary race distance in which she has no teammates to compete alongside. 11. Vienna Lahner (Adams State) Another Grizzly who fared surprisingly well in the indoor national meet mile final was Vienna Lahner, who finished in 5th place. With a seed time of 4:22 (1500) and newfound championship experience, Lahner will be one of several Adams State competitors who have a good shot at making it to the final. Many of her races during this outdoor track season have been in the shorter events, so she should have the turnover to match up with virtually anyone in this field. 12. Maggie McCleskey (Adams State) Maggie McCleskey raced fairly sparingly this season, but she adroitly put together some of her best performances during the early stages of this championship season. Racing in a very competitive metric mile field at the RMAC Championships, McCleskey came away with a 4th place finish. Her postseason experience belies her youth, and she will have a number of teammates to help her navigate through the prelims. 13. Riley McGrath (Colorado Mines) Similar to Kate Hedlund, former teammate Riley McGrath has been up and down when it comes to qualifying for championship finals. However, that is bound to happen when you are in one of the most unpredictable conferences and events in all of track and field. What we do know is that McGrath has run fast this year and has immense postseason experience, both of which are positives in this setting. 14. Klaudia O’Malley (Grand Valley State) It has been about a month since we have seen Klaudia O’Malley race a metric mile, but she has still looked better than ever this spring. She posted a couple of 2:09 marks over 800 meters, demonstrating serious turnover that will benefit her in tactical racing situations. It will be crowded up front in this metric mile final, but O’Malley has experience that rivals anyone else in this field and has traditionally been at her best over this distance.  15. Jori Paradis (CUI) In what could have been her final race of the season, Jori Paradis ran just fast enough to sneak into the outdoor national meet. Paradis has definitely grown throughout 2024, including the indoor track season, but her inexperience on the national stage and the possibility of being outrun by some of the superstars in this field leaves her an underdog going into this weekend. 16. Claire Rethman (Walsh) Throughout this outdoor track season, Claire Rethman has made big jumps in her 1500-meter times, starting at 4:42 and closing with a 4:26 to get into this field. An improvement like that can be both promising and somewhat concerning. It's promising if Rethman can continue to carry and build upon that momentum heading into the outdoor national meet, but it may be concerning because, in theory, that breakthrough makes it less likely that she'll be able to replicate her new PR right away. 17. Megan Roxby (Simon Fraser) Megan Roxby has been popping off this season as can be most clearly evidenced by her impressive 4:20 (1500) mark at the Mt. SAC Relays. It has been a while since she ran that mark, but Roxby has also qualified for the outdoor national meet in the 800 meters, meaning that she has the turnover to compete with anyone if this race turns tactical. Contesting the 800/1500-meter double will be a challenge, but Roxby should make it to the final here.  18. Leah Taylor (Western Colorado) After finishing an impressive 3rd in this event at last year’s outdoor national meet, Leah Taylor may have a hard time replicating that result. She'll be busy between this event and the 5k, but her turnover and postseason poise should help her reach the final in this very competitive metric mile race.  19. Lauren Wallace (Mississippi College) This will be Lauren Wallace’s first-ever outdoor national meet appearance, so she will first be tasked with navigating through the ever-dangerous preliminary round. Wallace has been incredibly consistent throughout this season, which is promising, and her 2:10 half-mile PR suggests that she has the leg speed to match any moves made at the end of a race. 20. Lauren Willson (Western Colorado) At the conclusion of the 2023 cross country season, Lauren Willson was a name to watch after stepping up big-time for Western Colorado. While she ended up not competing in any indoor track races, she looks like she is back and ready to step up again six months after her most recent NCAA Championships appearance. Willson lacks experience in this setting, but that did not stop her from performing well at the cross country national meet.

  • Three Sentences Or Less: 2024 D3 NCAA Outdoor Championship Men's 1500 Meters 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 1. Eric Anderson (UC Santa Cruz) The surprise runner-up finisher in the mile at the 2024 indoor national meet has spent his outdoor track season proving that his championship winter weekend was no fluke. Eric Anderson won three of his past five individual races, a good habit to carry with him to these championships where placement is paramount. 2. Aidan Arthur (George Fox) We admittedly don’t really know much about this George Fox junior. Aidan Arthur has never scratched the surface of being considered a national-caliber talent until this month. But seeing him run under 3:50 (1500) twice in the last few weeks is a clear sign that he has leveled up his fitness to a new tier. 3. Gordon Doore (Colby) The story of Aidan Arthur is similar with Gordon Doore whose recent five-second personal best has taken him to a totally new tier. At the indoor national meet, there were multiple late bloomers in the mile who took some of the top spots, so look for Doore to try to replicate that progression. 4. Reza Eshghi (Haverford) It’s easy to get behind Reza Eshghi’s 2024 outdoor track campaign. In his seven races this spring, he’s run a personal best in five and won conference titles in the other two (on the same day). Add in national meet experience on the indoor oval and it feels like it’s just about time for Eshghi to shine. 5. Ned Farrington (Bates) Although he doesn’t get all that much credit for it, Ned Farrington has been really good throughout this academic year. His past two races have shown his tactical prowess, as he finished first and second in strong 1500-meter fields for a conference title and a 3:45 PR. This could very well be the weekend that Farrington puts Bates on the map as an up-and-coming distance program. 6. Vincent Giumenti (Mount Union) It’s highly admirable that Vincent Giumenti has won each of his three most recent 1500-meter races in 3:48. But with a loaded field seeded ahead of him, he’s going to need to run another personal best to find success this weekend. 7. Henry Hardart (MIT) This Engineer is no stranger to racing this distance on the national stage, given he qualified for the last three national meets on the track in either the 1500 meters or the mile. It’s frustrating to see that Henry Hardart has never made it out of the prelims, but he’s gotten increasingly close to doing so, missing out by just one spot this past winter. With a new 800-meter personal best to his name, Hardart could have the finishing speed to reverse his national meet curse. 8. Ryan Harvey (Loras) This Loras veteran has a thing for making mile and metric mile finals at the national meets. Considering how fast Ryan Harvey has run this season, that looks unlikely to change. It’s going to be more intriguing to see how he handles a tactical affair after seeing him fade to third in the 1500 meters at the American Rivers Conference Championships in a race that began as a jog-fest. 9. Noah Jorgenson (Central College) Noah Jorgenson would probably be considered an All-American lock if it wasn’t for the ambitious 800/1500-meter double he's chosen. And for the most part, he's been a pretty solid doubler other than his most recent weekend at the American Rivers Conference Championships. However, we don’t mean to be too harsh as Jorgenson has otherwise risen to the occasion in all other postseason circumstances. 10. Colin Kirkpatrick (Pomona-Pitzer) It’s certainly odd to see the 4th place steeplechaser from last year’s outdoor national meet opt to focus solely on the metric mile. Considering the absence of a few of the top seeds in this event, Colin Kirkpatrick looks to be in a good position to earn All-American honors. Yes, he will have to top the performances he’s laid down this season, but that is certainly well within his capabilities. 11. Justin Krause (UW-Whitewater) Justin Krause has seen his fair share of 1500-meter/mile finals at the national level. While his indoor track campaign was a step back compared to past years, he’s caught up and surpassed his past progressions. He will need to continue that trajectory if he wants to improve upon his 9th place metric mile finish at this meet a year ago. 12. Nate Lentz (Williams) Ideally a 3k runner, Nate Lentz is entered in his next-best event at this outdoor national meet. The Williams star thrives when the pace is hot like when he earned All-American honors in the mile at the 2023 indoor national meet. While Lentz doesn’t have a singular defining win or jaw-dropping time to his name, he’s an all-around solid top-eight candidate. 13. Sam Llaneza (Lynchburg) At last year’s outdoor national meet, Sam Llaneza threw down a ridiculous 800/1500-meter double. This year, the Lynchburg star has chosen to focus his efforts solely on the metric mile, in which he holds a nation's leading 3:43 mark. Add in plentiful championship experience and Llaneza must be considered the favorite to break the tape. 14. Michael Madoch (UW-La Crosse) Since Michael Madoch is someone who didn’t need a breakout performance to earn his spot on this starting line, he undoubtedly has a higher floor than some of his competitors. His most impressive performance this spring was his bronze-worthy run at the WIAC Outdoor Championships in which he fared quite well against a field that simulates what he will see this weekend. Ever since then, he’s just been fine-tuning as he steps to the line in the 1500 meters at this meet for the fourth consecutive year. 15. Gabe Nichols (Carleton) It’s always an encouraging sign when athletes enter the national meet on a winning streak. Gabe Nichols has broken the tape first in four of his five 1500-meter races this season with his most recent win being over the best field he faced this season and requiring a 3:46 (1500) PR. Nichols is going to need to replicate that performance in order to make some noise in a crowded race this weekend. 16. Simon Opsahl (MIT) It’s safe to say that Simon Opsahl has been battle-tested in the middle distances throughout his outdoor track season. He’s run well in strong fields week in and week out. If he just continues doing what he’s done all season, he’ll be in a great spot to punch a ticket to the 1500-meter final. 17. Derek Penzkover (UW-Stevens Point) Derek Penzkover has become a very steady pulse over the last few months. He’s been in the mix with some of the best the Midwest has to offer in the metric mile. The only thing that we don’t love is that, while competitive, he hasn't been able to beat many of the names he will face in this race. 18. Steven Potter (UW-Oshkosh) Steven Potter has been on a strong upward trajectory this spring after not having eligibility to compete during the fall or winter months. He ran his 1500-meter personal best at the WIAC Outdoor Championships, a race in which he finished ahead of three fellow national qualifiers amidst a busy weekend. A sub-1:50 (800) performance last week was a nice way for Potter to remind his competitors that he’s ready to go. 19. Mason Ratkovich (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) New to the Division Three scene this year, Mason Ratkovich appears to be finding his footing as of late. He’s thrown down a slew of sub-3:50 (1500) performances at just the right time. When you consider that he holds a 3:44 personal best in this event from his time at UCLA, Ratkovich could have some sneaky upside that he’s yet to show this season. 20. Will Salony (Trinity (Tex.)) It’s great that Will Salony has been running fairly quickly over the 1500 meters all season. What’s not so great is that he has often found himself swallowed up by big fields. After failing to make the mile finals at the indoor national meet, Salony will have to refine his tactics to find himself on the right side of the numbers and earn a spot in this final. 21. Connor Vachon (Hope) This Hope upperclassman will look to make the most of his first national meet showing on the track. Connor Vachon maintained a steady rate of improvement over the past few seasons and has been rock solid all spring, but he'll likely need to have the race of his life to make the metric mile finals. 22. Jonathan Zavala (Brockport State) This New York native struggled to replicate his winter form this season until the pressure was really on at the Farley Inter Regional Extravaganza in mid-May. There, he took a season-defining win over several All-American contenders who sit in this field. As big as his 3:45 effort in that setting was, we need to be careful when evaluating Zavala considering his otherwise shaky outdoor track season.

  • Three Sentences Or Less: 2024 D3 NCAA Outdoor Championship Women's 1500 Meters 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 1. Mary Blanchard (Carleton) This Carleton upperclassman has been on an emotional roller coaster over the past week. That’s because when the accepted athletes were first posted, Mary Blanchard was not in this field, but due to a last-second medical scratch, she will now make her fourth appearance at a national meet on the track. Watch out for the speed-based miler to out-kick her competition in a more tactical race. 2. Lexi Brown (Wartburg) Even after a late start to her outdoor track season, Lexi Brown hasn’t missed a beat. She’s covered it all, flexing her strength over 5k as well as her closing speed to win races. She has the potential to be as good as just about anyone in this field if she’s able to effectively execute. 3. Elisabeth Camic (U. of Chicago) Seen solely as a 400/800-meter runner entering this year, Elisabeth Camic has found great success in the metric mile as of late. While she’s fairly inexperienced over the distance, this middle distance specialist punched her ticket to the outdoor national meet with a six-second 1500-meter personal best earlier this month. Ultimately, it may take a comparable performance for Camic to make the finals. 4. Riley Capuano (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) Known for her remarkable run at this past year’s cross country national meet, Riley Capuano now seeks a similar performance at her first individual track national meet appearance. The metric miler has met every challenge that she’s faced this outdoor track season, running a personal best in every 1500-meter race that she’s contested this season (excluding prelims). That trend, coupled with historically strong postseason performances, makes this underclassman a rising star to watch out for. 5. Lauren Cerda (Catholic) It’s crazy to think that entering this year, Lauren Cerda didn’t run track, instead playing collegiate soccer. However, after putting on the spikes for the first time in her collegiate career, the senior has now run 4:31 (1500). While many may be timid to attack the outdoor national meet with her lack of experience, Cerda doesn’t strike us as one to back away from the challenge. 6. Deyanneira Colon Maldonado (Aurora) Unlike many of her competitors, there’s no guesswork when evaluating Deyanneira Colon Maldonado since she races so often. The Aurora veteran has doubled very well throughout this season, so it feels likely that she'll rebound well in the final. When she’s fresh, she has as much upside as anyone in this field (other than Grace Hadley), clocking a time as fast as 4:26 (1500) last week. 7. Helen Cross (Carleton) The second Carleton runner in this field is seeking her first All-American honors after just barely missing out in both cross country and the indoor track season. Also a 3k runner, Cross will likely get a fast race to play to her aerobic strength. She may need a breakthrough to make the finals, but it’s certainly possible. 8. Claire Eberhardt (John Carroll) Purely a track athlete, Claire Eberhardt has bounced around a lot while trying to find her ideal racing distance, but now with a sub-4:30 (1500) to her name, it’s safe to say that she’s found her sweet spot. She’s never qualified for a track national meet, making her a bit of an unknown in this high-pressure situation. Still, look for Eberhardt to turn some heads as her recent momentum and closing speed could pose a threat to the rest of the field. 9. Lucy Gagnon (Williams) Although Lucy Gagnon has tended to peak just a bit too early in the past, it seems that she has ended that trend thanks to a recent seven-second personal best to punch her ticket to the "Big Dance." While we are skeptical of the replicability of that performance for many athletes who take such a large chunk off of their personal best, Gagnon feels like a safer bet since she has already been to the national meet on the track on three different occasions. After making her first final this winter in the mile, Gagnon will be seeking more this time around. 10. Grace Hadley (WPI) After winning the mile at the indoor national meet, Hadley is heavily favored to win another title in the metric equivalent. She enters with an eight-second advantage over the rest of the field this season and holds the fastest 800-meter and 5k marks of any of the entrants in this field to boot. Simply put, Hadley is head and shoulders above her competition, and it would take a heroic effort to get in her way. 11. Maddie Kelly (U. of Chicago) We mustn’t forget that Maddie Kelly was the silver medalist in this event at last year’s outdoor national meet. Even though the highly accomplished U. of Chicago athlete had an underwhelming indoor track campaign relative to expectations, she has been returning to her top-end form as of late. A highly respectable 3rd place metric mile finish at the UAA Outdoor Championships and a recent 4:26 (1500) run are a pair of performances that suggest she'll be in the mix on Saturday. 12. Amelia Lehman (UW-Oshkosh) This Wisconsin-based talent has been an All-American at the past three national meets on the track between the 1500 meters and the mile. That’s some unparalleled consistency and experience that few (if any) women in this field can contend with. Remember Amelia Lehman’s name because she will almost certainly be a factor in the finals. 13. Dale Leonard (Ramapo) The 4th place finisher in the mile at the indoor national meet hasn’t quite reached that level of success since stepping onto the outdoor oval. Of course, that’s not to say that Dale Leonard’s sub-4:30 (1500) mark isn’t highly impressive for a true freshman. Known for aggressive front-running, Leonard will likely have to adopt a different strategy to find success. 14. Grace McDonough (Connecticut College) A pair of back-to-back 4:30 (1500) results is a really nice way for Grace McDonough to enter this weekend. Coming into this race as a backend seed, McDonough will need to have an optimal race to be a force in this field and advance to the weekend final. But with a handful of recent wins, that’s not out of the question. 15. Hope Murphy (Baldwin Wallace) The indoor silver medalist in the 800 meters has decided to add the metric mile to her schedule for this outdoor national meet. After missing the finals in this event by a tenth of a second last year, Hope Murphy will look to avenge herself. With 2:09 (800) speed, look for Murphy to make a move on her competitors in the final stages. 16. Ellie Rising (George Fox) It’s a bold decision for Ellie Rising to go all-in on the metric mile considering that she’s a two-time bronze medalist in the 800 meters at the national level. With only four 1500-meter races in her collegiate career, we’re not too sure what to expect. But if Rising and her coaches think she may fare better in the 1500 meters than in the half-mile, then that means we could see something big from her. 17. Alessia Sarussi (Washington U.) This half-mile specialist has never really seemed to be all that interested in pursuing the 1500 meters until this outdoor track season. A win over Grace Richardson and a strong field at the UAA Championships is certainly a good sign for someone who is otherwise fairly inexperienced in this event against national-level competition. The 1500/800-meter double that Alessia Sarussi is attempting is no easy task, but if Sarussi can stay in contact with the field, then her 2:09 (800) speed could be her advantage over her competition. 18. Haley Schoenegge (Vassar) Since taking 9th in the mile at the indoor national meet, Haley Schoenegge has been running at an entirely new level, taking unthinkable chunks off of her personal bests. She’s run 4:25 for the metric mile on two separate occasions this spring, proving that she could very well take home the silver medal (presumably behind Grace Hadley). The freshman seems to be having a season in which nothing can go wrong (knock on wood). 19. Julia Schor (Amherst) This middle distance specialist is fresh off of the biggest win of her career at the Farley Inter Regional Extravaganza, running a 4:29 (1500) PR. Schor will need to carry that momentum in order to be competitive in the rounds. It’s very possible that aforementioned win will later become the sign that Schor is on track to do something big. 20. Mackenzie Setton (Johns Hopkins) Mackenzie Setton set out at the IC4A/ECAC Championships to get her final qualifying mark, but when she was unable to do so, she decided to race in another state two days later. There, she ran a five-second personal best and secured her spot in this field. If she’s able to make the finals, that recent feat shows Setton’s awesome ability to race well even on tired legs. 21. Peyton Steffen (Central College) Even though she’s hardly Central College's focal star, Peyton Steffen has been a quietly great contributor for Central College as of late. With teammates Caroline McMartin and Megan Johnson racing phenomenally right now, it only feels fitting that Steffen will be able to follow that trajectory. She has, after all, beat many nationally competitive names as of late. 22. Laura Zimmer (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) Simply put, Laura Zimmer has strung together a very impressive season. She’s run under the 1500-meter qualifying time on four different occasions and holds the second-fastest seed thanks to a recent 4:25 performance. With Grace Hadley seen as untouchable, Zimmer arguably enters as the favorite for the silver.

  • PREDICTIONS: 2024 NCAA D2 Outdoor Championships (All-American Picks)

    Men's 800 Meters Gavin Struve 1. Wes Ferguson (Nebraska-Kearney) 2. Harry Ross-Hughes (Lake Erie) 3. Drew Dailey (Shippensburg) 4. Daylen Madison (Ashland) 5. Maxime Touron (NW Missouri) 6. Nik Shilling (Davenport) 7. Braxton Bruer (MSU-Moorhead) 8. Johan Correa (Central Washington) Marissa Kuik 1. Wes Ferguson (Nebraska Kearney) 2. Harry Ross-Hughes (Lake Erie) 3. Drew Dailey (Shippensburg 4. Nik Shilling (Davenport) 5. Samuel Idiens (Charleston (WV)) 6. Prince Mcabelo (West Texas A&M 7. Braxton Bruer (MSU-Moorhead) 8. Benjamin Sumner (Azusa Pacific) Ian Dickenson 1. Wes Ferguson (Nebraska-Kearney) 2. Harry Ross-Hughes (Lake Erie) 3. Prince Mcabelo (West Texas A&M) 4. Maxime Touron (NW Missouri) 5. Drew Dailey (Shippensburg) 6. Nik Shilling (Davenport) 7. Daylen Madison (Ashland) 8. Antonio Blair (Angelo State) Women's 800 Meters Gavin Struve 1. Alaysia Brooks (Ursuline (OH)) 2. Aryelle Wright (Colorado Mines) 3. Taryn Chapko (Grand Valley State) 4. Elizabeth Acheson (U-Mary) 5. Marian Ledesma (Western Washington) 6. Lieke Hoogsteen (Adams State) 7. Kate Dawson (Pittsburg State) 8. Ines Macadam (Tiffin) Marissa Kuik 1. Alaysia Brooks (Ursuline) 2. Lina Hanich (Academy of Art) 3. Lieke Hoogsteen (Adams State) 4. Elizabeth Acheson (U-Mary) 5. Aryelle Wright (Colorado Mines) 6. Taryn Chapko (Grand Valley State) 7. Sofia Camacho (Azusa Pacific) 8. Jessica Simon (Adams State) Ian Dickenson 1. Alaysia Brooks (Ursuline) 2. Elizabeth Acheson (U-Mary) 3. Lieke Hoogsteen (Adams State) 4. Lina Hanich (Academy of Art) 5. Taryn Chapko (Grand Valley State) 6. Jessica Simon (Adams State) 7. Katie Heck (Fort Lewis) 8. Makenna Thurston (Minnesota State) Men's 1500 Meters Gavin Struve 1. Simon Kelati (Western Colorado) 2. Roberto Fajardo (Lee (Tenn.)) 3. Juan Diego Castro (Azusa Pacific) 4. Caleb Futter (Grand Valley State) 5. Jagger Zlotoff (UC-Colorado Springs) 6. Tyler Nord (Western Colorado) 7. Mason Strader (Pittsburg State) 8. Aziz Mohamed (West Texas A&M) Marissa Kuik 1. Aziz Mohamed (West Texas A&M) 2. Roberto Fajardo (Lee (Tenn.)) 3. Jagger Zlotoff (UC-Colorado Springs) 4. Simon Kelati (Western Colorado) 5. Dominic Suliman (Saginaw Valley State) 6. Juan Diego Castro (Azusa Pacific) 7. Caleb Futter (Grand Valley State) 8. Patrick Lyell (Grand Valley State) Ian Dickenson 1. Simon Kelati (Western Colorado) 2. Jagger Zlotoff (UC-Colorado Springs) 3. Roberto Fajardo (Lee) 4. Caleb Futter (Grand Valley State) 5. Aziz Mohamed (West Texas A&M) 6. Luca Poppe (Wingate) 7. Dominic Suliman (Saginaw Valley State) 8. Tyler Nord (Western Colorado) Women's 1500 Meters Gavin Struve 1. Gracie Hyde (Adams State) 2. Elena Carey (Adams State) 3. Kaylee Beyer (Winona State) 4. Klaudia O’Malley (Grand Valley State) 5. Vienna Lahner (Adams State) 6. Leah Taylor (Western Colorado) 7. Aria Hawkins (Lee (Tenn.)) 8. Katie Heck (Fort Lewis) Marissa Kuik 1. Gracie Hyde (Adams State) 2. Kaylee Beyer (Winona State) 3. Klaudia O'Malley (Grand Valley State) 4. Elena Carey (Adams State) 5. Megan Roxby (Simon Fraser) 6. Leah Taylor (Western Colorado) 7. Vienna Lahner (Adams State) 8. Kate Hedlund (UC-Colorado Springs) Ian Dickenson 1. Gracie Hyde (Adams State) 2. Elena Carey (Adams State) 3. Kaylee Beyer (Winona State) 4. Leah Taylor (Western Colorado) 5. Maggie McCleskey (Adams State) 6. Vienna Lahner (Adams State) 7. Riley McGrath (Colorado Mines) 8. Khot Juac (Sioux Falls) Men's 5000 Meters Gavin Struve 1. Romain Legendre (Adams State) 2. Hamza Chahid (Wingate) 3. Simon Kelati (Western Colorado) 4. William Amponsah (West Texas A&M) 5. Matthew Storer (Colorado Christian) 6. Duncan Fuehne (Colorado Mines) 7. Jan Lukas Becker (Mississippi College) 8. Ryan Hartman (Augustana (SD)) Marissa Kuik 1. Romain Legendre (Adams State) 2. Simon Kelati (Western Colorado) 3. Tyler Nord (Western Colorado) 4. Hamza Chahid (Wingate) 5. William Amponsah (West Texas A&M) 6. Matthew Storer (Colorado Christian) 7. Peter Kipkemboi (East Central) 8. Logan Bocovich (Colorado Mines) Ian Dickenson 1. Romain Legendre (Adams State) 2. Hamza Chahid (Wingate) 3. Simon Kelati (Western Colorado) 4. William Amponsah (West Texas A&M) 5. Ryan Hartman (Augustana) 6. Titouan Le Grix (Wingate) 7. Luca Poppe (Wingate) 8. Matthew Storer (Colorado Christian) Women's 5000 Meters Gavin Struve 1. Kaylee Beyer (Winona State) 2. Gracie Hyde (Adams State) 3. Tristian Spence (Adams State) 4. Brianna Robles (Adams State) 5. Florance Uwajeneza (West Texas A&M) 6. Sarah Koomson (West Texas A&M) 7. Emily Schoellkopf (Adams State) 8. Allison Beasley (Western Colorado) Marissa Kuik 1. Gracie Hyde (Adams State) 2. Brianna Robles (Adams State) 3. Tristian Spence (Adams State) 4. Florance Uwajeneza (West Texas A&M) 5. Klaudia O'Malley (Grand Valley State) 6. Kaylee Beyer (Winona State) 7. Emily Schoellkopf (Adams State) 8. Anna Fauske (UC-Colorado Springs) Ian Dickenson 1. Gracie Hyde (Adams State) 2. Kaylee Beyer (Winona State) 3. Florance Uwajeneza (West Texas A&M) 4. Tristian Spence (Adams State) 5. Brianna Robles (Adams State) 6. Klaudia O'Malley (Grand Valley State) 7. Anna Fauske (UC-Colorado Springs) 8. Zoe Baker (Colorado Mines) Men's 10,000 Meters Gavin Struve 1. William Amponsah (West Texas A&M) 2. Jan Lukas Becker (Mississippi College) 3. Matthew Storer (Colorado Christian) 4. Hamza Chahid (Wingate) 5. Duncan Fuehne (Colorado Mines) 6. Josphat Meli (Harding) 7. Dayton Brown (Adams State) 8. Josh Pierantoni (Colorado Christian) Marissa Kuik 1. William Amponsah (West Texas A&M) 2. Hamza Chahid (Wingate) 3. Josphat Meli (Harding) 4. Harry Louradour (West Texas A&M) 5. Sam Wilhelm (Alabama-Huntsville) 6. Matthew Storer (Colorado Christian) 7. Logan Bocovich (Colorado Mines) 8. Duncan Fuehne (Colorado Mines) Ian Dickenson 1. William Amponsah (West Texas A&M) 2. Hamza Chahid (Wingate) 3. Jan Lukas Becker (Mississippi College) 4. Matthew Storer (Colorado Christian) 5. Duncan Fuehne (Colorado Mines) 6. Josh Pierantoni (Colorado Christian) 7. Dayton Brown (Adams State) 8. Brayden McLaughlin (Chico State) Women's 10,000 Meters Gavin Struve 1. Brianna Robles (Adams State) 2. Florance Uwajeneza (West Texas A&M) 3. Precious Robinson (Adams State) 4. Zoe Baker (Colorado Mines) 5. Elizabeth Wamsley (Hillsdale) 6. Annika Esvelt (Seattle Pacific) 7. Kylie Anicic (Edinboro) 8. Molly Maksin (Colorado Mines) Marissa Kuik 1. Florance Uwajeneza (West Texas A&M) 2. Brianna Robles (Adams State) 3. Kylie Anicic (Edinboro) 4. Elizabeth Wamsley (Hillsdale) 5. Annika Esvelt (Seattle Pacific) 6. Kaela Dishion (Stanislaus State) 7. Madison Clay (Catawba) 8. Zoe Baker (Colorado Mines) Ian Dickenson 1. Brianna Robles (Adams State) 2. Florance Uwajeneza (West Texas A&M) 3. Zoe Baker (Colorado Mines) 4. Annika Esvelt (Seattle Pacific) 5. Madison Clay (Catawba) 6. Kylie Ancic (Edinboro) 7. Precious Robinson (Adams State) 8. Hannah Smrcka (Lewis) Men's 3000-Meter Steeplechase Gavin Struve 1. Ricardo Barbosa (Wingate) 2. Reece Smith (NW Missouri) 3. Caleb Futter (Grand Valley State) 4. Soheil Boufrizi (Wingate) 5. Titouan Le Grix (Wingate) 6. Jeret Gillingham (Western Washington) 7. Nixon Korir (Azusa Pacific) 8. Felix Perrier (Azusa Pacific) Marissa Kuik 1. Soheil Bofrizi (Wingate) 2. Caleb Futter (Grand Valley State) 3. Ricardo Barbosa (Wingate) 4. Reece Smith (NW Missouri) 5. Jeret Gillingham (Western Washington) 6. Titouan Le Grix (Wingate) 7. Felix Perrier (Azusa Pacific) 8. Nixon Korir (Azusa Pacific) Ian Dickenson 1. Caleb Futter (Grand Valley State) 2. Titouan Le Grix (Wingate) 3. Soheil Boufrizi (Wingate) 4. Felix Perrier (Azusa Pacific) 5. Reece Smith (NW Missouri) 6. Ricardo Barbosa (Wingate) 7. Jeret Gillingham (Western Washington) 8. Nixon Korir (Azusa Pacific) Women's 3000-Meter Steeplechase Gavin Struve 1. Gracie Hyde (Adams State) 2. Allison Beasley (Western Colorado) 3. Emily Schoellkopf (Adams State) 4. Ava O’Connor (Adams State) 5. Marissa D’Atri (Chico State) 6. Morgan Hykes (Adams State) 7. Ila Davis (Western Washington) 8. McKenna Cavanaugh (Lee (Tenn.)) Marissa Kuik 1. Gracie Hyde (Adams State) 2. Ava O'Connor (Adams State) 3. Marissa D'Atri (Chico State) 4. Allison Beasley (Western Colorado) 5. Morgan Hykes (Adams State) 6. Emily Schoellkopf (Adams State) 7. Ila Davis (Western Washington) 8. Katharina Goetschl (Academy of Art) Ian Dickenson 1. Gracie Hyde (Adams State) 2. Allison Beasley (Western Colorado) 3. Ava O'Connor (Adams State) 4. Emily Schoellkopf (Adams State) 5. Morgan Hykes (Adams State) 6. Ila Davis (Western Washington) 7. Marissa D'Atri (Chico State) 8. McKenna Cavanaugh (Lee (Tenn.))

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