Conference Championships

TrackTown LIVE NCAA DI Outdoor Championships Preview Show Returns For Fifth Year

The 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships are right around the corner.

They’re set to take place from June 6-9 at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

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There is no better way to get ready for the biggest meet of the collegiate track & field season than to watch the TrackTown LIVE NCAA DI Outdoor Championships Preview Show on ESPN3 and Facebook LIVE on Monday, June 4 between 3:30-5 pm PT for the men’s show and Tuesday, June 5 between 2-3:30 pm PT for the women’s show.

This is the fifth 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 athletes’ coaches and ESPN commentator Jill Montgomery.

Past guests of the TrackTown LIVE NCAA DI Outdoor Championships Preview Show have won numerous individual titles and broke collegiate outdoor records in bunches at the NCAA meet. We expect this year to be no different.

Here is a tentative guest list for the men’s show on Monday, June 4.

  • Jaylen Bacon and Jarius Cooper, Arkansas State
  • KeAndre Bates and Grant Holloway, Florida
  • Rai Benjamin and Michael Norman, Southern California
  • John Burt and Tonja Buford-Bailey, Texas
  • Sindri Gudmundsson and Matt Ingebritsen, Utah State
  • Amere Lattin, Kahmari Montgomery and Leroy Burrell, Houston
  • Rory Linkletter, Connor McMillan and Clayton Young, BYU
  • Tejaswin Shankar and Cliff Rovelto, Kansas State
  • Armani Wallace and Bob Braman, Florida State

CLICK HERE to watch Monday’s Preview Show on ESPN3.

Here is a tentative guest list for the women’s show on Tuesday, June 5.

  • Mikiah Brisco, Aleia Hobbs and Dennis Shaver, LSU
  • Georgia Ellenwood, Wisconsin
  • Kendall Ellis and Caryl Smith Gilbert, Southern California
  • Jazmine Fray and Pat Henry, Texas A&M
  • Olivia Gruver and Toby Stevenson, Kentucky
  • Lynna Irby, Keturah Orji and Petros Kyprianou, Georgia
  • Karissa Schweizer and Marc Burns, Missouri
  • Gabby Thomas and Kebba Tolbert, Harvard
  • Alyssa Wilson, UCLA

CLICK HERE to watch Tuesday’s Preview Show on ESPN3.

So far that’s 24 athletes from 16 programs in nine conferences. All told, those athletes account for 37 individual entries.

Plus, you’ll get to hear from nine members of the Post-Conference Championships Watch List for The Bowerman: Benjamin, Ellis, Holloway, Hobbs, Irby, Norman, Orji, Schweizer and Thomas. Remember: The Bowerman is collegiate track & field’s highest honor.

You never know what kind of surprises could be in store, either.

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. Back in 2016, 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.