The Warm-Up Lap: Conference Championship Season is Now Underway

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

February 21, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – For the first time this season, true team competition will come to the forefront as conference championships season gets rolling.

While the bulk of the conference meets will take place next weekend and many Division I student-athletes will flock to Notre Dame for one last regular-season shot at fast times, this weekend will still feature 17 league meets across all three NCAA Divisions. All told, more than 100 meets are on the collegiate schedule this weekend.

This Weekend’s Div. I Conference Championships

Click on each conference logo to be directed to more info about the meet.

The full listing of Division I conference championships can be found here.

"America East" "Atlantic 10" "Atlantic Sun" "Big East"
America East
Feb. 23-24
Atlantic 10
Feb. 22-23
Atlantic Sun
Feb. 21-22
Big East
Feb. 21-22
"Metro Atlantic" "Patriot" "Sun Belt" "SWAC"
MAAC
Feb. 21
Patriot League
Feb. 21-22
Sun Belt
Feb. 24-25
SWAC
Feb. 22-23

 

Division I alone will feature eight championship meets, headlined by the Big East Championships, highlighted by the No. 8 Providence women and the No. 10 Villanova men. This will mark the first track & field championship meet for the conference since it split itself between the Big East and the new American Athletic Conference.

All of the championship meets this weekend will be from the East (America East, Atlantic 10, Atlantic Sun, MAAC, Patriot League) with the regionally prominent NEICAAA Championships next weekend, or the South (Sun Belt, SWAC).

Another meet to watch out for in Division I is the Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame on Saturday (Flotrack Pro broadcast), which is being touted by Flotrack as a great meet for sprints, relays and distance events. Among the seven ranked men’s teams with student-athletes in the field are No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 4 Oregon, No. 5 Wisconsin and No. 6 Penn State.

No. 1 Oregon, No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 7 Georgia and No. 10 Penn State headline the eight ranked women’s teams at the meet.

This Weekend’s Div. II Conference Championships

Click on each conference logo to be directed to more info about the meet.

The full listing of Division II conference championships can be found here.

"Conf. Carolinas" "East Coast" "GNAC" "Northeast-10"
Conference Carolinas
Feb. 23
East Coast Conference
Feb. 22
GNAC
Feb. 21-22
Northeast-10
Feb. 22

 

Division II’s four slated league competitions this weekend span t he country from coast-to-coast. The Northeast-10, Conference Carolinas and East Coast Conference meets will take place in the Eastern time zone, while the GNAC is the only NCAA conference championship on the West Coast this weekend.

Women’s top-25 teams looking for conference titles this weekend include No. 9 New Haven and No. 21 Southern Connecticut at the NE-10 meet, and No. 7 Alaska Anchorage at GNACs. Top-25 men’s teams at league meets are No. 13 Southern Connecticut at the NE-10 Championships and No. 21 Alaska Anchorage at the GNAC meet.

This Weekend’s Div. III Conference Championships

Click on each conference logo to be directed to more info about the meet.

The full listing of Division III conference championships can be found here.

"CAC" "HCAC" "UMAC"
Capital Athletic Conference
Feb. 22
HCAC
Feb. 22
UMAC
Feb. 22

 

Both the East and the Midwest are represented in the Division III conference championships offerings this weekend. The Capital Athletic Conference, the HCAC and the UMAC will all hold their league meets on Saturday.

The lone ranked Division III team going for a conference title this weekend are the No. 13 St. Scholastica women at the UMAC Championships.

Though not a conference championship, the New England Division III Indoor Championships at MIT on Friday and Saturday will have the feel of one. With regional bragging rights on the line, No. 2 MIT, No. 6 Williams and No. 8 Wheaton (Mass.) will duke it out atop a women’s field with seven ranked teams, while No. 4 MIT and No. 8 Tufts headline a field with six top-25 men’s squads.

Another meet to watch for is the Pointer/Eastbay Invitational at UW-Stevens Point, which could foreshadow some WIAC action. No. 1 UW-La Crosse will be represented on the men’s and women’s sides, along with top-10 ranked men’s teams in No. 2 UW-Oshkosh, No. 5 UW-Eau Claire and No. 9 UW-Stout, and the defending indoor women’s champion in No. 3 UW-Oshkosh.

Collegians at the USA Indoor Championships

Another nationally prominent meet in which individual performance takes precedence over team performance – after all, there isn’t a team aspect to this meet – is the USATF Indoor National Championship meet.

USATF Indoor Championships
Albuquerque, N.M.
Albuquerque Convention Center

Fri Feb 21 – Sun Feb 23
Meet Home | Broadcast Info 
Meet Schedule | Startlists | Part. Manual

A total of 41 collegians – 25 men and 16 women — declared themselves for meet in affiliation with their collegiate programs for the opportunity to compete for a national title.

Among those entries are current The Bowerman Watch List "also receiving votes" members in Ricky Robertson of Ole Miss (men’s high jump), Emily Grove of South Dakota (women’s pole vault), Anna Jelmini of Arizona State (women’s shot put) and Sami Spenner of Omaha (women’s pentathlon).

Also in the field are active former NCAA champions in Jelmini, New Mexico’s Kendall Spencer (men’s long jump) and South Dakota’s Bethany Firsick (women’s pole vault).

The full list of declared collegians at USAs can be found below.

Male Collegians at USA Indoors

Female Collegians at USA Indoors

Name School Event
Ridge Jones New Mexico m60
Brycen Spratling Pittsburgh m400
Jordan Edwards Academy of Art m400
Ricky Babineaux Texas A&M m400
Grant Grosvenor Jr Montana St. m800
Robert Sandlin Jr Bellarmine m1500
Jim Spisak Duquesne m3000
Vincent Wyatt Radford m60H
Trevor Brown Colorado St. m60H
Randy McCoy Southern Miss. m60H
Tremayne Banks Bethune-Cookman m60H
Alejandro Chavez Missouri Baptist m3000rw
Nick Christie Missouri Baptist m3000rw
Ricky Robertson Jr Ole Miss mHJ
Anthony Johnson Evergreen mHJ
Mark Jones Colorado mHJ
Braydon Bringhurst BYU mPV
Nick Frawley U.S. Air Force mPV
Kendall Spencer New Mexico mLJ
Warrick Campbell New Mexico mTJ
Paul Davis McMurry mSP
Errol Jeffrey Jr Monmouth mSP
Justin Welch Findlay mWT
Alex Kizirian Colorado mWT
Michael McPherson Utah Valley mHept
Name School Event
Tristie Johnson Bethune-Cookman w60
Brigitte Mania Connecticut w1500
Bridgette Owens Florida w60H
Taranisha Taylor Pittsburgh w60H
Dinesha Bean Academy of Art w60H
Molly Josephs Missouri Baptist w3000rw
Megan Glisar South Dakota wHJ
Tiana Wills San Fran. St. wHJ
Ronea Saunders Central Conn. St. wHJ
Emily Grove South Dakota wPV
Bethany Firsick South Dakota wPV
Sandi Morris Arkansas wPV
Christina Hillman Iowa St. wSP
Kelsey Card Wisconsin wSP
Anastasia Jelmini Arizona St. wSP
Sami Spenner Neb. Omaha wPent

 

USTFCCCA Debuts U20 Lists ahead of World Juniors

Speaking of World Championships, the outdoor IAAF World Junior Championships are coming to Eugene, Ore., this summer – July 22-27, to be precise. Young collegians are likely to play a significant role at that meet, and with that in mind, the USTFCCCA has compiled a list of the top junior collegians in each event, based on 2014 indoor marks.

Among the top-ranked competitors on the list include a trio of newly minted American junior record holders in Kendell Williams of Georgia (women’s pentathlon), Sasha Wallace of Oregon (women’s 60-meter hurdles) and Artie Burns of Miami (men’s 60-meter hurdles).

The full list, which is a work in progress, can be found here.

USTFCCCA InfoZone: Broadcast Schedule

Friday, February 21, 2014

4:00 PM ET MAAC Indoor Championships
(New York, N.Y.)
WEB: ArmoryTrack.com LIVE

Saturday, February 22, 2014

11:00 AM ET Alex Wilson Invitational
(South Bend, Ind.)
WEB: Flotrack Pro LIVE
sub. required
4:30 PM ET USATF Indoor Championships
(Albuquerque, N.M.)
TV: NBCSN LIVE
6:00 PM ET USATF Indoor Championships
(Albuquerque, N.M.)
WEB: USATF.tv LIVE
The Cool Down

Sunday, February 23, 2014

2:00 PM ET USATF Indoor Championships
(Albuquerque, N.M.)
WEB: Universal Sports LIVE
3:30 PM ET USATF Indoor Championships
(Albuquerque, N.M.)
TV: NBCSN LIVE
5:00 PM ET USATF Indoor Championships
(Albuquerque, N.M.)
WEB: USATF.tv LIVE
The Cool Down

 

Top-Ranked Teams In Action

Division I

MEN’S TOP 10

3. Texas A&M Alex Wilson Invitational
4. Oregon Alex Wilson Invitational
5. Wisconsin Alex Wilson Invitational
  Red & White Open
6. Penn State Alex Wilson Invitational
7. Florida State Virginia Tech Challenge
10. Villanova BIG EAST Indoor Championships
WOMEN’S TOP 10

1. Oregon Alex Wilson Invitational
3. Texas A&M Alex Wilson Invitational
7. Georgia Alex Wilson Invitational
8. Providence BIG EAST Indoor Championships
10. Penn State Alex Wilson Invitational

 

Division II

MEN’S TOP 10

2. Saint Augustine’s Virginia Tech Challenge
3. Ashland Hillsdale Tune-Up
  Kent State Tune-Up
4. Minnesota State Parents’ Day Invitational
5. Grand Valley State Grand Valley State Tune-Up
6. Missouri Southern Central Missouri Classic
  Missouri Collegiate Challenge
  Nebraska Tune-Up
7. Neb.-Kearney Nebraska Tune-Up
8. Findlay Hillsdale Tune-Up
  Ohio State Tune-Up
9. Shippensburg Kutztown Last Chance Qualifier
WOMEN’S TOP 10

2. Grand Valley State Grand Valley State Tune-Up
4. Ashland Hillsdale Tune-Up
  Kent State Tune-Up
7. Alaska Anchorage GNAC Indoor Championships
9. New Haven Northeast-10 Indoor Championships
10. Central Missouri Central Missouri Classic

 

Division III

MEN’S TOP 10

1. UW-La Crosse Pointer/Eastbay Invitational
  Red & White Open
2. UW-Oshkosh Pointer/Eastbay Invitational
3. North Central (Ill.) Cardinal Classic (indoor)
4. MIT New England Division III Indoor Championships
5. UW-Eau Claire Pointer/Eastbay Invitational
6. Haverford Keogh Invitational
7. Mount Union Kent State Tune-Up
8. Tufts New England Division III Indoor Championships
9. UW-Stout Pointer/Eastbay Invitational
10. Central (Iowa) Iowa Invitational (indoor)
  Nebraska Tune-Up
WOMEN’S TOP 10

1. UW-La Crosse Pointer/Eastbay Invitational
  Red & White Open
2. MIT New England Division III Indoor Championships
3. UW-Oshkosh Pointer/Eastbay Invitational
4. Wartburg Wartburg Indoor Invitational
5. UW-Whitewater Cardinal Classic (indoor)
6. Williams New England Division III Indoor Championships
8. Wheaton (Mass.) New England Division III Indoor Championships
9. Illinois Wesleyan DUAL: Illinois Wesleyan-Washington (Mo.)
10. Stevens Princeton Invitational (Indoor)