The Warm-Up Lap (Pt. 2): Meets of the Week, News and Notes – March 28

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

March 27, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS - The outdoor season is now officially fully underway with two of the spring’s biggest DI meets in the Texas Relays and Stanford Invitational both taking place this weekend.

In addition to the top-level DI talent at both of these meets, plenty of serious DII competitors will be in the mix. The Warm-Up Lap takes a look at these DII student-athletes at the Texas Relays, the Stanford Invitational and the Raleigh Relays.

The DIII outdoor season is still building up to full speed, but an early season showdown between three top-six indoor teams is taking place at the Washington (Mo.) WUSTL Invitational.

Finally, keep up to date with general news and notes in the world of collegiate track & field at the very end.

Division I Co-Meet of the Week

Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
March 27-30 | Full Schedule | Austin, Texas – Mike A. Myers Stadium | TV: Longhorn Network
Live Results | Meet Headquarters

Men’s Ranked Teams: No. 1 Texas A&M; 3. Florida; 4. Texas; 5. Auburn; 6. Oregon; 9. Florida State; 10. LSU; 11. Mississippi; 12. UCLA; 14. Mississippi State; 16. Texas Tech; 18. Indiana; 22. Oklahoma State; 23. Kansas State; 25. Iowa State

Women’s Ranked Teams: No. 1 Kansas; 2. Oregon; 4. LSU; 5. Texas; 6. Texas A&M; 7. Florida; 10. Clemson; 11. UCF; 12. Arkansas; 13. Baylor; 17. Texas Tech; 21. Auburn; 24. UCLA

The biggest meet of the season so far, the four-day Texas Relays fittingly provide the biggest matchups of the season to this point and some of the best we’ll see all season. The men’s competition will feature 15 of the top 25 teams ranked in the DI preseason rankings, while 12 top-25 women’s teams will be in action, with many of the country’s best making their outdoor debuts.

Events to Watch:

Men’s High Jump: Any time Indiana’s Derek Drouin and Kansas State’s Erik Kynard square off, it is the must-see event of any meet. The two jumpers have a combined six indoor and outdoor NCAA titles between them, and have gone to head 11 times. Drouin leads the overall series between the two 6-5, and the pair is tied 3-3 in outdoor competition. Kynard got the better of Drouin in their last outdoor head-to-head matchup, taking home a silver medal from the 2012 Olympics to Drouin’s bronze. But it is Drouin who enters the spring campaign with momentum after a clearance of 7-8½ (2.35m) – the tallest clearance in this rivalry – to win the indoor title, while Kynard finished third. Not to be overlooked are indoor runner-up Marcus Jackson of Mississipi State, Torrian Ware of Clemson, and DII champ Jeron Robinson of Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Men’s 100 meters: Harry Adams of Auburn, the fastest collegian from 2012 with a 9.96 a year ago and NCAA runner-up, is set to make his 2013 outdoor debut against a field of 11 of this season’s top 25 sprinters, including No. 2 Anaso Jobodwana of Jackson State (10.26).  LSU’s Aaron Ernest, who finished eighth at NCAAs a year ago, and Ameer Webb, the 2013 indoor 200 champ, will also provide stiff competition for Adams.

Women’s 100 meters: Though it’s still early in the season, ten of DI’s top 25 sprinters at this distance in 2013 will be in action, including No. 1 Cierra White of Texas Tech (11.12 altitude) and No. 2 Ashton Purvis of Texas A&M (11.35). She’ll get a big-time challenge from a number of elite sprinters opening up their outdoor campaign, including LSU’s reigning Bowerman winner and five-time 200 meter champ Kimberlyn Duncan. Also in the field is 2012 indoor 400 champ Diamond Dixon of Kansas and defending DII champ Latoya King of No. 1 Lincoln (Mo.).

Men’s 4×100 relay: Five of the top eight teams of 2013 will be in action, including No. 1 Texas A&M (38.76) and No. 2 TCU (39.72). Defending NCAA champ LSU returns two of its relay legs in Ernest and Shermud Allsop, but the team to watch might be Auburn, which returns three of four from its third-place team of a year ago (Jeremy Hardy, Marcus Rowland and Keenan Brock), and adds Adams to the mix.

Women’s 4×100 relay: A whopping 59 teams are scheduled to run the 4×100 relay, including eight of the top 15 teams in the country. A number of those sprinters in the open 100 will represent their teams in this event, including Duncan of LSU, White of Texas Tech and Purvis of Texas A&M. Also in the field is defending 100 champ English Garnder of Oregon running with the Ducks’ team.
Men’s C. Price Jr. 4×400 relay: Florida, making its 2013 outdoor debut, returns two of four from its NCAA title team a year ago (Dedric Dukes, Hugh Graham, Jr.) and all four from its runner-up team at the indoor championships three weekends ago that ran the third-fastest time in indoor history at 3:03.71. Texas A&M, LSU and Baylor will provide significant competition, especially considering Texas A&M defeated Florida for the SEC title earlier in the indoor season.

Women’s 4×400 relay: Oregon’s 4×400 relay team was the clincher for its fourth-straight NCAA indoor team title, and will be in action for the first time since its dramatic first-heat win. The Ducks will be up against a field of 57 other teams, including eight of the other 11 teams at indoor nationals.

Men’s 110 hurdles: Wayne Davis II of Texas A&M has finished runner-up in his last two NCAA championship appearances – 2012 110 hurdles and 2013 indoor 60 hurdles – but is the top-ranked hurdler so far this season at 13.54. Indoor 60 hurdles champ Eddie Lovett of Florida, No. 2 Johnathan Cabral of Oregon (13.68) and No. 3 Terrence Somerville of Cincinnati (12.72) are also in the field among 11 top-25 caliber runners, along with Clemson’s Spencer Adams, who has finished right behind Davis in third at both the 2012 110 hurdles and 2013 60 hurdles.

Women’s 100 hurdles: This event features 13 of the top 25 hurdlers in DI this season, but the biggest name in the race might be from DII. Vashti Thomas of the Academy of Art is the only sub-13 hurdler in the nation this season at 12.94, and she’ll have the opportunity to take on eight of DI’s top 10 hurdlers, including a pair of NCAA finalists in the event from a year ago in No . 3 Jasmin Stowers of LSU (5th) and Donique’ Flemings of Texas A&M (6th).

Women’s 400 hurdles: Just as in its shorter hurdles counterpart, the 400 hurdles will feature 13 of this season’s top 25, including No. 1 Sparkle McKnight of Arkansas (56.62), No. 2 Ashley Spencer of Illinois (57.34), and No. 2 Eseroghene Okoro of Iowa State (57.84). Spencer is no stranger to 400 meters, but she is accustomed to running it without hurdles as the defending outdoor open 400 champion. This will be just her third collegiate race in the event. Defending outdoor DIII champ Michelle Cumberbatch of No. 1 Lincoln (Mo.) will also test herself against the best in the country.

Men’s Pole Vault: With 10 of the 16 competitors from the NCAA indoor competition a few weekends ago, this has the feel of an outdoor championship preview. Defending outdoor champ Jack Whitt will join Mississippi’s Sam Kendricks, Tennessee’s Jake Blankenship and Akron’s Shawn Barber as four of the top five finishers at NCAA indoors to compete at the Relays. Whitt, Kendricks and Blankenship all cleared 18-4½ (5.60m) indoors, while Barber and UCLA’s Michael Woepse both made 18-½ (5.50m). Also competing is former NCAA decathlon champ for Texas and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Trey Hardee.

Women’s Triple Jump: Indoor champ Andrea Geubelle of Kansas will open her outdoor campaign against a field that features eight of the top jumpers from the early 2013 outdoor season, in addition to four point scorers from the indoor triple jump. DI’s top jumpers aren’t all Geubelle has to worry about, as the top collegiate triple jumper so far this outdoor season is actually DII Angelo State’s Kearah Danville (43-5/13.23m), the indoor champ and defending outdoor champ for Division II.

Women’s Heptathlon: Arkansas’ Makeba Alcide and Mississippi State’s Erica Bougard went back and forth in the indoor heptathlon this season. Alcide claimed the SEC championship over Bougard with a collegiate-record 4,569 points, but it was Bougard who had the final word with an NCAA title to Alcide’s third-place finish. This is the first of what is sure to be several head-to-head competitions between the two this season.

Division I Co-Meet of the Week

Stanford Invitational
March 29-30 | Full Schedule | Palo Alto, Calif. – Cobb Track & Angell Field | LIVE on Flotrack Pro

Live Results

Men’s Ranked Teams: No. 2 Arkansas; 3. Florida; 6. Oregon; 7. Wisconsin; 8. Southern California; 9. Florida State; 13. Oklahoma; 15. Arizona State; 18. Indiana; 19. Minnesota; 20. Arizona; 21. Penn State; 22. Oklahoma State; 25. Iowa State; No. 3 Adams State (DII); 8. Chico State (DII); 23. Alaska Anchorage (DII); 25. Cal State Stanislaus (DII)

Women’s Ranked Teams: No. 1 Kansas; 2. Oregon; 3. Arizona; 7. Florida; 8. Arizona State; 9. Stanford; 12. Arkansas; 16. Illinois; 18. Washington; 20. Penn State; 22. Colorado; 23. Southern California; No. 2 Adams State (DII); 7. Alaska Anchorage (DII); 15. San Francisco State (DII); 22. West Texas A&M (DII)

While the sprints, hurdles, relays and field events are the main attractions at Texas, the action in Palo Alto will gravitate around the distance events, with a number of national-championships caliber student-athletes making their 2013 outdoor debuts.

Events to Watch:

Women’s 10,000 meters: Oregon distance standout Jordan Hasay will make her outdoor debut in a distance she’s never run on a collegiate track. More accustomed to the shorter distances as an indoor champ in the mile and at 3000 meters two years ago, she has shown her long distance credentials as the No. 3 finisher at this year’s cross country championships. She’ll be up against another 10k newbie in Megan Goethals of Washington, who was the outdoor runner-up at 5000 meters a year ago, and Ohio’s Juli Accurso, who currently holds the fastest time in the nation at 5000 meters at 16:21.56. Nike training partners Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher will ensure a quick pace for the race. Flanagan is a two-time Olympian and recently claimed the U.S. Cross Country title, while Goucher is also a two-time Olympian.

Men’s 5000 meters: A number of big collegiate names from a variety of disciplines will compete at 5000 meters at Stanford. Runner-up at NCAAs from a year ago Paul Chelimo of UNC Greensbro is the most accomplished runner in the field at this distance, though he will have to contend with five other runners who ranked among the top 25 during the indoor season. Kevin Williams of Oklahoma is the fastest indoor runner from ’13 in the race at No. 4 with his 13:38.57 in an excellent Husky Classic race. From the ranks of the milers/1500 runners come 2012 1500 champ Andrew Bayer of Indiana and Stanford’s Michael Atchoo, who finished eighth in the mile indoors this season. Anthony Rotich of UTEP finished sixth in both the 2012 steeplechase and the 2013 indoor 3000, a race in which Iowa State competitor Kemoy Campbell finished runner-up. And they’ll all have to contend with former Iona indoor 5000 and outdoor 10,000 champ Leonord Korir, now with Global Sport.

Women’s 5000 meters: While Hasay and Goethals may be making their 10,000 debuts, the 5000 meters distance is no stranger to this race’s top competitors. Cross country champion Betsy Saina of Iowa finished runner-up in the distance indoors – in addition to a fourth-place showing at 3000 meters – while Wichita State’s Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton finished fifth in the event at the 2012 outdoor NCAAs and third behind Saina indoors this season. Deborah Maier of California is making her 2013 debut after finishing 13th at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 5000 a year ago at 15:37.56, and ninth at 10,000 meters in 32:25.82. Saina’s teammate Meaghan Nelson finished 12th in that 10,000 Olympic Trials race, while Kentucky’s Cally Macumber will move up from her third-place NCAA finish at 3000 this indoor season to compete in this 5000 race. Nelson and Saina will be joined by a former Cyclone in Nike’s Lisa Uhl, who totes a 14:55.74 PR in the event.

Men’s 1500 meters: Indoor 800 champ Elijah Greer of Oregon will take on an impressive field that includes Oklahoma’s Riley Masters, a two-time All-American at 1500 meters, and Arkansas’ Patrick Rono, who finished seventh in the indoor 800 at NCAAs this season. Tabor Stevens of Adams State is in great form after a decisive win in the mile at the DII indoor championships a few weekends ago, and could parlay that into a strong showing against DI competition this weekend.

Top 10 in Action

Men

Rank School Event Date
1 Texas A&M at Texas Relays Mar. 27-30
2 Arkansas at Stanford Invitational/Razorback Spring Invitational Mar. 29-30
3 Florida at Texas Relays/at Stanford Invitational/
at North Florida Invite
Mar. 27-30
4 Texas at Texas Relays Mar. 27-30
5 Auburn at Texas Relays/at Yellow Jacket Invite Mar. 27-30
6 Oregon at Texas Relays/at Stanford Invitational Mar. 27-30
7 Wisconsin at Stanford Invitational/at Yellow Jacket Invitational Mar. 29-30
8 Southern California at Stanford Invitational Mar. 29-30
9 Florida State at Texas Relays/at Stanford Invitational Mar. 27-30
10 LSU at Texas Relays Mar. 27-30

 

Women

Rank School Event Date
1 Kansas at Texas Relays/at Stanford Invitational Mar. 27-30
2 Oregon at Texas Relays/at Stanford Invitational Mar. 27-30
3 Arizona at Stanford Invitational Mar. 29-30
4 LSU at Texas Relays Mar. 27-30
5 Texas at Texas Relays Mar. 27-30
6 Texas A&M at Texas Relays Mar. 27-30
7 Florida at Texas Relays/at Stanford Invitational/
at North Florida Invite
Mar. 27-30
8 Arizona State at Stanford Invitational Mar. 29-30
9 Stanford at Stanford Invitational/at San Francisco Distance Carnival/at Cal Multis Mar. 27-30
10 Clemson at Texas Relays/at Raleigh Relays Mar. 27-30

Division II

A number of Division II teams will be competing at the big Division I meets of the weekend, with a total of 12 top -25 men’s teams and 11 women’s teams at the Texas Relays, the Stanford Invitational, the Raleigh Relays, or some combination thereof. Here’s a look at some of the potential big-time DII performers at the big-time DI meets this weekend.

Texas Relays

Both No. 1 teams in Division II – the Grand Canyon men and Lincoln (Mo.) women – will be among those competing in Austin this weekend, and both bring talented student-athletes who will pose a threat to their Division I counterparts.

The Lincoln women will be represented, among others, by a pair of seniors who have combined for four DII individual titles in the past year in sprinter Latoya King (outdoor 100 and 200, indoor 60) and Michelle Cumberbatch in the 400 hurdles. Senior Yanique Haye finished just behind Cumberbatch in second for the 400 hurdles.

Grand Canyon enters with three student-athletes currently ranked among the collegiate top 10 in their respective events on the early part of this 2013 outdoor season. Junior AAron Hill is No. 2 in the long jump at 25-9¼ (7.85m), while freshman Dario Horvat and junior Fred Taylor are No. 4 (10.32) and No. 10 (10.45) at 100 meters.

Women’s indoor champ Academy of Art sent a number of student-athletes to the Relays, highlighted by USTFCCCA Indoor National Track Athlete of the Year Vashti Thomas in the 100 hurdles. Her 12.94 at the Pasadena Games last weekend earned her National Athlete of the Week honors and gives her the fastest time among all collegians so far this season. She will be tested in a field that includes a number of top-10 caliber Division I  hurdlers. On the men’s side, freshman jumping phenom Johnny Carter, winner of both the DII indoor long jump and triple jump titles, will compete against two NCAA DI triple jump champs in Bryce Lamb of Texas Tech (indoor 2013) and Omar Craddock of Florida (outdoor 2012) and the 2013 indoor long jump champ in Florida’s Marquis Dendy.

Like Thomas, Angelo State’s Kearah Danville enters the meet as a collegiate leader, hers coming in the triple jump (43-5/13.23m), an event in which she is the current holder of the indoor and outdoor DII titles. She will be up against DI indoor long jump/triple jump champ  Andrea Geubelle of Kansas, who was named the DI Indoor National Field Athlete of the Year.

Danville won’t be the only DII champ taking on a DI National Field Athlete of the Year, as Texas A&M-Kingsville’s sophomore Jeron Robinson will take on Derek Drouin of Indiana in the high jump. Not only will he have to contend with Drouin – a bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympics – but also Kansas State’s Erik Kynard, who has two outdoor titles and an Olympic silver to his name. Robinson enters the meet ranked No. 6 among collegians this season at 7-2¼ (2.19m).

Lincoln’s men will be represented by a sprint/hurdles combo that could give the DI competitors a run for their money. Senior Sabiel Anderson is the defending DII 400 hurdles champ, while junior Romel Lewis claimed last season’s DII 100m title and finished runner-up in the 400 hurdles.

Stanford Invitational

Some of DII’s best distance runners will be on display in Palo Alto against some of the best DI has to offer. The distance-oriented Adams State squads appear to be in full force for this meet, including the renewal of a rivalry on the women’s side.

Adams State’s men’s team won the 2012 cross country title handily, so much so that they elicited some postulation as to where they may have finished at the DI competition. Their runners will have a chance to show they can compete with the DI runners on the track. Sophomore Kevin Batt, the XC runner-up and indoor 3000 champ, will run in section 1 of the 15000 against DI 800 champ Elijah Greer of Oregon and two-time All-American Riley Masters of Oklahoma, among others. Mile champ Tabor Stevens, a junior who ran away with the indoor title and finished third in XC, will be in the second section of the 1500, along with mile runner-up sophomore Matt Daniels, who ran DII’s fastest raw mile at 4:02.91 at the Husky Classic.

On the women’s side, Adams State’s Alicia Nelson and Alaska Anchorage’s Susan Tanui renew a rivalry that heated up at last season’s outdoor championships. Tanui, now a sophomore, finished runner-up in the 3000 steeplechase, just ahead of Nelson, who is now a senior. Nelson claimed the individual cross country title in the fall, edging out runner-up Tanui. Now the two will meet in the first section of the steeplechase at Stanford in a heat that features current collegiate leader Rachel Sorna of Cornell and former Dartmouth/Oregon standout Alexi Pappas.

Raleigh Relays

Men’s No. 2 team Saint Augustine’s, which claimed the indoor team title this season, is the DII headliner at NC State’s Raleigh Relays with a handful of sprinters and hurdlers who have a chance to make some noise on a national level.

The Falcons bring a pair of sprinters at 200 meters who each currently hold a DII individual title: Junior Josh Edmonds is the defending outdoor champ, as well as the runner-up at 400 meters, while sophomore Jermaine Jones won the indoor title this season. Both will be competing in the invitational section of the event. A third 200 sprinter is ranked No. 4 among collegians on the young 2013 season in freshman Ellis Burkheart, who opened with a 20.96.

Not to be outdone, the Saint Augustine’s hurdlers enter with a pair of current champions in juniors Moussa Dembele in the 60 hurdles indoors and Ty’reak Murray in the 110 hurdles outdoors in 2012. Dembele is currently No. 14 in the collegiate ranks this season at 14.07. Junior Elhadji Mbow is No. 2 among collegians in the 400 hurdles at 51.15.

Meets to Keep an Eye On: Cal/Nevada Collegiate Championships (Mar. 29-30); Colorado Mines DII Front Range Meet (Mar. 30); San Francisco State Distance Carnival (Mar. 29); Fred Hardy Invitational (Mar. 30); Wendy’s Pittsburg State Invitational (Mar. 30)

Top 10 in Action

Men

Rank School Event Date
1 Grand Canyon at Texas Relays Mar. 27-30
2 Saint Augustine’s at Raleigh Relays Mar. 29-30
3 Adams State at Stanford Invitational/at DII Front Range Meet Mar. 29-30
4 Findlay at Oliver Nikoloff Invitational Mar. 29-30
5 Texas A&M-Kingsville at Texas Relays/at Trinity Tiger Relays Mar. 27-30
6 Ashland at Oliver Nikoloff Invitational/Wooster Invitational Mar. 29-30
7 Lincoln (Mo.) at Texas Relays/at WUTSL Mini Meet Mar. 27-30
8 Chico State at Stanford Invitational/
at San Francisco State Distance Carnival
Mar. 29-30
9 Pittsburg State at Wendys Pittsburg State Invitational Mar. 30
10 Abilene Christian at Texas Relays/at Texas State Invitational Mar. 27-30

 

Women

Rank School Event Date
1 Lincoln (Mo.) at Texas Relays/at WUSTL Mini Meet Mar. 27-30
2 Adams State at Stanford Invitational/at DII Front Range Meet Mar. 29-30
3 Grand Canyon at Texas Relays Mar. 27-30
4 Grand Valley State Saginaw Valley State (DUAL) Mar. 30
5 Johnson C. Smith at Winston Salem Invitational Mar. 30
6 U-Mary Off
7 Alaska Anchorage at Stanford Invitational/
at San Francisco State Distance Carnival
Mar. 29-30
8 Angelo State at Texas Relays Mar. 27-30
9 Abilene Christian at Texas Relays/at Texas State Invitational Mar. 27-30
10 Academy of Art at Texas Relays/
at San Francisco State Distance Carnival/
at Cal-Nevada Championships
Mar. 27-30

 

Division III Meet of the Week

Washington University (Mo.) WUSTL Invitational
March 29-30 | Full Schedule | Saint Louis, Mo. – Busyhead Track

Men’s Ranked Teams: No. 23 Central (Iowa)

Women’s Ranked Teams: No. 8 Illinois College; 11. Monmouth; 19. Washington (Mo.); 21. Millikin;  No. 1 Lincoln (Mo.) (DII)

A number of the teams in the north – including nearly all of the Wisconsin and Minnesota teams – are off or have yet to open their outdoor schedules, but that certainly does not mean a lack of quality DIII meets this weekend. Chief among the DIII meets this weekend is the WUSTL Invitational at Washington (Mo.), with four DIII top-25 teams in action on the women’s side, in addition to student-athletes from top-ranked DII Lincoln (Mo.).

At the indoor championships held earlier this month, Illinois College finished runner-up as a team with 32 points, Monmouth (Ill.) finished fifth with 24 and Washington finished sixth with 20.50, separated by less than 12 team points.

Among those potentially in action this weekend: Illinois College senior Melissa Norville, the DIII Indoor National Field Athlete of the Year who single-handedly scored 30 team points at the DIII indoor meet and set indoor collegiate records in the 60 hurdles (8.52) and the long jump (21-½/6.41), along with the No. 2 triple jump mark at 41-07 (12.67m).

The shot put is another event of intrigue, as preseason No. 3 LeAnn Spesard will go up against preseason No. 4 Raven Robinson, No. 7 Allison Devor and No. 10 Kayla Corzine of Monmouth.

Meets to Keep an Eye On: North Central (Ill.) First Chance Invitational (Mar. 28-29); Danny Curran Invitational (Mar. 29-30); Westmont Warrior Classic (Mar. 30)

Top 10 in Action

Men

Rank School Event Date
1 North Central (Ill.) at First Chance Invitational Mar. 28-29
2 UW-Oshkosh Off (Home Meet Cancelled)
3 UW-Whitewater Off
4 UW-La Crosse Off
5 Whitworth at Peyton Scoring Meet Mar. 30
6 UW-Eau Claire Off
7 Augustana (Ill.) at Augie Easter Open Mar. 28
8 Haverford at Danny Curran Invitational Mar. 29-30
9 Bates at Maine w/ New Hampshire Mar. 30
10 UW-Stout Off

 

Women

Rank School Event Date
1 Wartburg at Augie Easter Open Mar. 28
2 UW-Oshkosh Off (Home Meet Cancelled)
3 Williams at Raleigh Relays/at Tufts Mar. 29-30
4 Illinois Wesleyan Off
5 George Fox at Point Loma Multi-Events/at San Francisco State Distance Carnival/at Westmont Warrior Classic Mar. 28-30
6 UW-La Crosse Off
7 Ramapo at Ramapo Northeast Challenge Mar. 30
8 Illinois College at WUSTL Invitational Mar. 29-30
9 Birmingham-Southern at Jaguar Invitational Mar. 30
10 St. Thomas (Minn.) Off

 

Weekend News and Notes

Oregon State will host first meet since 1988

The Beavers hosted Portland and Willamette in the brand new Whyte Track & Field Center in the first home meet for the program since 1988. The program was discontinued in 1988 and revived in 2004 under current head coach Kelly Sullivan. Full story, courtesy of OSUBeavers.com, here: http://bit.ly/YGYAuh

Conference Realignment Updates

East Carolina to move from Conference USA to soon-to-be-renamed Big East in 2014. More info: http://bit.ly/16kJHQt

Atlantic 10 will add George Mason as full member for 2013-14 academic year. More info: http://bit.ly/YGWlXW

Appalachian State (http://bit.ly/11To5IA) and Georgia Southern (http://bit.ly/ZrBCDo) will join the Sun Belt in 2014-15.

Track & Field News Preseason Predictions

Track & Field News’ formcharts predict Oregon emerging from a tight battle with defending champ LSU, Kansas and Texas A&M for the women’s outdoor team title, while the men’s title is predicted to go to Texas A&M in a close fight with defending champ Florida.
Women’s predictions: http://bit.ly/XkLBPN
Men’s predictions: http://bit.ly/1043rF9