Day 2 Of 2017 NCAA DI Indoor Championships Awaits
By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA
March 11, 2017
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Day 2 of the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships is about to kick off inside Gilliam Indoor Stadium.
If Day 1 is any indication, we’re in for a treat on Championship Saturday.
Here’s a handy guide of the biggest things to look for on Day 2, broken down by individual event.
Oklahoma State’s Kaela Edwards can become the first back-to-back champ since Suzy Favor in 1989 and 1990.
Oregon’s Edward Cheserek can win his 2nd individual title of these championships and move one step closer to a historical 3rd (He’s entered in the 3000 later today). A win would also leave Cheserek as the highest scoring athlete in NCAA meet history.
Hannah Cunliffe, Deajah Stevens and Ariana Washington could sweep the proceedings, which would be the first clean sweep of the top-3 places by one program in meet history. Several teams have come close with 2 of the top-3 finishers.
Last year we saw the fastest final in meet history when 5 men went 6.60 or faster. After the prelims in which all 8 men went 6.63 or faster, we expect fireworks tonight. Tennessee’s Christian Coleman is the favorite after his 6.50 yesterday.
Miami (Fla.) hasn’t won a crown in this event since 2008. Southern California doesn’t have one in its storied program history. Kendall Ellis and Shakima Wimbley were the top-2 qualifiers out of prelims. Don’t count out Texas, though.
Could collegiate history be made? Texas A&M’s Fred Kerley ran the 2nd fastest time in meet history in prelims, which is yet another top-10 all-time mark for him. All eyes are on Kerron Clement’s 12-year-old mark of 44.57.
Women’s 60 Hurdles
If Oregon is going to make a run at the all-time scoring record, this is a big event. The Ducks are projected to score 13 points with Sasha Wallace and Alaysha Johnson in the proceedings.
Men’s 60 Hurdles
Florida’s Grant Holloway can become the 1st freshman to win this event title since 2016 Olympic champion Omar McLeod did so in 2014 .
Oregon’s Raevyn Rogers is looking to continue her dominance of the event, but Texas A&M’s Jazmine Fray holds the collegiate record and BYU’s Shea Collinsworth is high up on the all-time list as well (5th). Could very well be a quick final.
A freshman hasn’t won this title since Robby Andrews of Virginia did so in 2010. UTEP has two of them in the final – Emmanuel Korir and Michael Saruni.
Oregon had a chance to go 1-2-3 in this event until Deajah Stevens was disqualified in the prelims for a lane violation. The Ducks could still go 1-2 with Hannah Cunliffe and Ariana Washington and become the first team to do so since Auburn in 2010.
Christian Coleman could pull off the first short sprint double since Justin Gatlin in 2002, but must fend off Southern California’s Just’N Thymas and Alabama’s Jereem Richards to do so. Coleman was the 2016 NCAA 200-meter champ indoors.
Missouri’s Karissa Schweizer could be the 4th woman in the past 5 years to sweep the distance races but will have her hands full. Twelve women have better seed times than her, led by Oregon freshman Katie Rainsberger (9:01.21). If Rainsberger wins, she could be the first freshman to do so in at least the past 18 years.
This is all about Edward Cheserek if he won the mile and toes the starting line here. No man in NCAA history has pulled off the mile-3000-5000 triple.
Men’s Weight Throw
LSU’s Johnnie Jackson is the top-seeded athlete – and a thrower from the SEC hasn’t won this event since Walter Henning went back to back for the Bayou Bengals in 2010 and 2011.
Women’s Triple Jump
Keturah Orji. Need we say more?
Men’s High Jump
Texas Tech’s Trey Culver enters the meet ranked 5th in the nation and isn’t the favorite to win the event, although the Red Raiders have been dominant here with back-to-back crowns. Florida’s Clayton Brown is looking to become the first freshman winner since 2004.
Women’s Pole Vault
Can Arkansas’ Lexi Weeks go back to back or will her twin sister Tori keep her from national glory? Lexi Weeks could be the first with consecutive crowns since Arkansas’ Tina Sutej did so in 2011 and 2012.
Women’s Weight Throw
Ole Miss’ Janaeh Stewart is the clear-cut favorite here and could continue her rise from NJCAA National Field Athlete of the Year to NCAA champion.
Men’s Triple Jump
It’s likely going to come down to Florida’s KeAndre Bates versus Arkansas’ Clive Pullen. If Pullen wins, he’d repeat as champ. If Bates wins, he’d be the 8th man in NCAA DI history to sweep the horizontal jump titles.