Busiest Athletes, Teams Of NCAA DI Outdoor Championships
EUGENE, Oregon — The 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field are going to be packed with action.
From Wednesday, June 8 through Saturday, June 11, TrackTown USA will be home to some incredible performances and picture-perfect weather.
Some athletes want to get the most bang for their buck and qualified in multiple events. Then there are those teams that stacked several events with multiple entries.
Let’s take a look at what athletes and teams will be the most active this week.
Busiest Male Athlete — Jarrion Lawson, Arkansas
Events: Long Jump, 100, 200, 4×100
Arkansas senior Jarrion Lawson isn’t a stranger to pulling double or triple duty in Eugene.
Last year Lawson competed in the long jump, 100 and 4×100 and placed second, third and first, respectively.
This year is no different for Lawson, as he’ll be asked to score high-quality points for the Razorbacks in all three — plus the 200.
"In my mind, he’s one of the best athletes at this meet," Florida State senior Stefan Brits said of Lawson during Tuesday’s press conference. "He put his name with Carl Lewis and Jesse Owens, even — running the 100, 200 and doing the long jump."
Lawson enters NCAAs ranked No. 2 in the nation in the long jump behind Brits, sixth in the 200 (23.13), tied for 11th in the 100 and a member of the third-ranked 4×100 team.
The Razorbacks could have a bunch of points coming their way if Lawson competes to his potential.
Honorable Mention: Several with 3.
Busiest Female Athlete — Erica Bougard, Mississippi State
Events: Heptathlon, 100 Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump
When Mississippi State’s Erica Bougard completes her final event on Saturday afternoon, she’s going to be tired. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it.
Bougard kicks things off with the semifinals of the 110 hurdles on Wednesday, where she is ranked 18th nationally.
From there, Bougard heads over to the long jump. She is ranked 11th nationally in that event.
After a short break, Bougard returns to Hayward Field the next day for the start of the heptathlon in which she posted the second best mark this season (6170 points).
Bougard completes the heptathlon on Saturday and will also try her hand at the high jump where she is ranked first.
"I’m used to it (the workload) by now since I’ve been an athlete at Mississippi State," Bougard said during Tuesday’s press conference. "Ever since I was a freshman I did multiple events outside of my heptathlon to see if I could get better. Most of the time it’s just training for my hep … but I guess I was just on top of my game at Prelims, just to make it in those individual events, so why not try them here?"
A perfect weekend would net Bougard and the Bulldogs 40 points. That’s just silly.
Honorable Mention: Maggie Ewen, Arizona State (3); Gabrielle Farquharson, Rutgers (3).
Men’s Team With Most Athletes In One Event: Alabama & Virginia Tech
Events: Discus & Pole Vault
Alabama and Virginia Tech will each send four athletes to the finals of the discus throw and pole vault, respectively.
The Crimson Tide hope Kord Ferguson, Hayden Reed, Joe Williams and Daniel Haugh can bring some points and hardware back to Tuscaloosa. Fun fact: Two of those men are freshmen (Ferguson and Haugh).
The Hokies, on the other hand, stack the pole vault final with four of their own. We’ll see if Chris Uhle, Torben Laidig, Deakin Volz and Brad Johnson will push each other to new heights.
Honorable Mention: Six teams with three athletes in an event, led by Arkansas with three in three events each.
Women’s Team With Most Athletes In One Event: Arkansas & Kentucky
Events: Heptathlon & 200 Meters
Isn’t it fitting that the top-2 teams in the USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings had athletes excel to the point where they’re stacking an event category?
That’s the case with No. 1 Arkansas and No. 2 Kentucky as they’ll both have four athletes looking to score points in the heptathlon and 200, respectively.
Here are those Razorbacks in the heptathlon: Taliyah Brooks, Payton Stumbaugh, Alex Gochenour, Leigha Brown.
And the Wildcats in the 200: Kianna Gray, Destiny Carter, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Precious Hitchcock.
Honorable Mention: Eight teams with three athletes in an event, led by LSU with three in two events each.