TrackTown LIVE NCAA DI Outdoor Championship Preview Back For Its Fourth Year
Want to know the best way to get ready for next week’s 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships?
Watch both of the “TrackTown LIVE” webcasts, which will be aired live through Facebook Live on Monday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 6 from 6:30-8 pm ET and 5-6:30 pm ET, respectively.
This will be the 4th year in a row that the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and TrackTown USA join forces to bring collegiate track & field fans closer to the action and to allow them to get to know the potential stars of the NCAA meet. Fans can also expect to hear from those athletes’ coaches, 2016 Olympians Devon Allen and Jenna Prandini (2015 The Bowerman Award winner) as well as experts from FloTrack and RunnerSpace.
Past guest lists have been loaded and 2017 is no different. We’re still in the process of finalizing athletes for both shows.
Here are a few of those male athletes you can expect to hear from on Monday, June 5.
- Cameron Burrell, Houston – NCAA Indoor 60m runner-up who clocked a barely wind-aided time of 9.95 (2.1 m/s) in the 100 at the NCAA West Preliminary Round.
- Troy Fraley, Gonzaga – Was the national leader in the steeplechase for a majority of the season (8:39.30) and now sits 7th.
- Eric Futch and TJ Holmes, Florida – Finished 1-2 at NCAAs last year in the 400 hurdles and are key cogs in a potential repeat by the Gators.
- Mostafa Hassan, Colorado State – NCAA Indoor shot put champion who is ranked No. 1 in that event by a large margin.
- Justyn Knight, Syracuse – Ran the 4th fastest time in collegiate outdoor history over 5000 meters earlier this season at the Payton Jordan Invitational (13:17.51).
- Ioannis Kyriazis, Texas A&M – The native of Athens, Greece, owns the 2nd best mark in collegiate history in the javelin throw (88.01m/288-9).
- Jereem Richards, Alabama – Currently ranked 2nd in the nation at 200 meters with his time of 19.97, which ties him as the 9th best performer in collegiate history.
- Byron Robinson, Texas – 2016 Olympian (400 hurdles) who recorded a blistering time of 48.58 at the NCAA West Preliminary Round.
Here is a potential list of female athletes joining “TrackTown LIVE” on Tuesday, June 6.
- Devynne Charlton, Purdue – NCAA Indoor 60 hurdles runner-up who is currently ranked in a tie for 2nd nationally in the 100 hurdles with a time of 12.67.
- Shadae and Shardia Lawrence, Kansas State – Sister duo ranked 1st nationally in the discus throw and 4th in the triple jump, respectively.
- Karisa Nelson, Samford – NCAA Indoor mile champ, who is currently ranked 1st nationally at 1500 meters with a time of 4:10.91.
- Karissa Schweizer, Missouri – Two-time NCAA champ this academic year (2016 XC, NCAA Indoor 5000) ranked 4th nationally at 5,000 meters (15:39.75).
- Charlotte Taylor, San Francisco – The native of Spalding, England, is ranked in the top-5 of both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters but will only contest the 10,000 in Eugene.
- Lexi and Tori Weeks, Arkansas – Twin sisters who are currently tied for 3rd nationally in the pole vault. Lexi Weeks swept the indoor-outdoor pole vault titles in 2016.
- Devon and Kendell Williams, Georgia – Siblings who swept the NCAA Indoor multi titles clean and are ranked 2nd and 1st in their respective outdoor multi.
- Shakima Wimbley, Miami (Fla.) – NCAA Indoor 400 champ who is currently ranked 1st nationally in that event.
As always, the proceedings will be hosted by Jordan Kent and Paul Swangard.
Kent, a former three-sport standout for the Oregon Ducks, was a 2007 NFL draftee by the Seattle Seahawks and was a four-time USTFCCCA All-American on the track. He has six years of studio broadcasting experience and currently serves as the television studio host for the Portland Trail Blazers and CSNNW and was the on-field emcee for the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships and the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials-Track & Field.
Swangard has been the lead public address announcer at Historic Hayward Field for more than two decades, providing in-stadium commentary for the University of Oregon home meets and previous NCAA Championships. This past year Swangard completed an announcing “Triple Crown” as he called the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships, the IAAF U20 Championships in addition to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
About the USTFCCCA
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents over 9,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA and NJCAA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’ interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.
About TrackTown USA
TrackTown USA, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to setting a standard of excellence in the sports of track and field and running by hosting premier events, creating a supportive environment for elite athletic performances, improving facilities and inspiring the next generation of track and field athletes and fans. The company is responsible for organizing the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, the 2015 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships,the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Track & Field, and the 2021 IAAF World Championships.