Women's NCAA Indoor Distance Preview
Women's 800-meters Final (March 15th @ 7:30pm MT)
Event 20 Women 800 Meter Run Prelims =============================================================================== Name Year School Seed =============================================================================== 1 Laura Roesler SR Oregon 2:01.32 2 Megan Malasarte SR Georgia 2:03.08 3 Ejiroghene Okoro SR Iowa State 2:03.91 4 Yanique Malcolm SR Alabama 2:03.97 5 Megan Krumpoch SR Dartmouth 2:04.13 6 Andrea Keklak JR Georgetown 2:04.64 7 Sabrina Southerland FR Georgetown 2:04.85 8 Alena Brooks SR Minnesota 2:04.90 9 Erika Veidis JR Harvard 2:05.00 10 Amanda Smith JR Virginia Tec 2:05.25 11 Nikita Tracey SR LSU 2:05.28 12 Alexis Panisse SO Tennessee 2:05.38 13 Savannah Camacho FR Oklahoma St. 2:05.41 14 Kelsey Margey SO Villanova 2:05.43 15 Kaela Edwards FR Oklahoma St. 2:05.59 16 Nicky Akande SR Villanova 2:05.77
I actually feel bad saying this because it sounds so myopic, but this race is absolutely Laura Roesler's to lose. She is above and away the most talented 800-meter runner in the NCAA and barring a tragedy, she'll win this race.
Now with that being said, I do have a few dark horse picks that, if Roesler has the worst race of her life, could sneak up and get the "W." I like Megan Malasarte of Georgia, who was an NCAA Outdoor qualifier last year. I like the youth of Sabrina Southerland of Georgetown, too. She might just be so fresh to the NCAA scene that she runs out of her mind and PRs big.
Event 21 Women 1 Mile Run Prelims =============================================================================== Name Year School Seed =============================================================================== 1 Colleen Quigley JR Florida Stat 4:32.11 2 Linden Hall JR Florida Stat 4:32.25 3 Leah O'Connor JR Michigan Sta 4:34.35 4 Cory McGee SR Florida 4:35.03 5 Allison Peare SR Kentucky 4:35.14 6 Emily Lipari SR Villanova 4:35.24 7 Elizabeth Whelan SO North Caroli 4:35.69 8 Carly Hamilton JR Georgia 4:35.79 9 Stephanie Brown SR Arkansas 4:35.86 10 Annie LeHardy JR North Caroli 4:35.94 11 Elinor Purrier FR New Hampshir 4:36.14 12 Olivia Burne SR Stony Brook 4:36.22 13 Monica Adler JR Boston U. 4:36.35 14 Stephanie Schappert JR Villanova 4:36.40 15 Shelby Houlihan JR Arizona Stat 4:37.52 16 Rebekah Greene FR Florida 4:38.03
This is the Battle of the Sunshine State, since the winner is most likely going to come from someone from a school in Florida. Colleen Quigley and Linden Hall of Florida State are about as tough as they come. Both of them have had great progressions since last outdoor, where they Quigley was 2nd in the 3k steeple and Hall made the 1500-meter final.
Cory McGee of Florida is coming off of a summer of racing for the USA as she made the 1500-meter for Moscow.
Beyond these three, it is a toss up to who else can challenge them. Carly Hamilton of Georgia, Leah O'Connor of Michigan State, Stephanie Brown of Arkansas, Allison Peare of Kentucky (former Sleeper of the Week), Shelby Houlihan of Arizona State may not have the fastest seed time of the bunch, but will all certainly be in the mix. It's going to be crazy figuring out who can make it through the heats, but I do like Quigley's chances as herendurance will help her through the tough heats and cash in the check of all her hard work to the get the Mile win in Albuquerque.
Editor's Note: Definitely no FSU bias here.
Event 22 Women 3000 Meter Run =============================================================================== Name Year School Seed =============================================================================== 1 Abbey D'Agostino SR Dartmouth 8:51.91 2 Kate Avery SO Iona 8:56.20 3 Laura Nagel JR Providence 9:01.35 4 Dominique Scott JR Arkansas 9:02.33 5 Emma Bates SR Boise State 9:03.61 6 Kelsey Smith JR UCLA 9:04.31 7 Aisling Cuffe JR Stanford 9:04.57 8 Megan Patrignelli SR Oregon 9:04.96 9 Grace Heymsfield SR Arkansas 9:05.16 10 Shelby Houlihan JR Arizona Stat 9:05.86 11 Rachele Schulist FR Michigan Sta 9:06.85 12 Kathy Kroeger SR Stanford 9:07.23 13 Rachel Johnson JR Baylor 9:08.36 14 Mara Olson JR Butler 9:08.83 15 Katrina Coogan SO Georgetown 9:10.27 16 Elinor Kirk SR UAB 9:10.40
Abbey D'Agostino. Enough said. The only other person I see challenging her in this race, and it's because of the altitude factor, is Emma Bates of Boise State. The little altitude that she does train at up in Boise will help her give D'Agostino the biggest challenge in the 3,000-meters thus far this year.
Event 23 Women 5000 Meter Run =============================================================================== Name Year School Seed =============================================================================== 1 Abbey D'Agostino SR Dartmouth 15:40.55 2 Emily Sisson JR Providence 15:40.62 3 Emily Stites SO William and 15:43.69 4 Elinor Kirk SR UAB 15:44.38 5 Meghan McGlinchey SR La Salle 15:46.50 6 Elaina Balouris SR William and 15:46.92 7 Juliet Bottorff SR Duke 15:49.80 8 Erin Finn FR Michigan 15:52.11 9 Emma Bates SR Boise State 15:52.61 10 Kathy Kroeger SR Stanford 15:53.35 11 Aisling Cuffe JR Stanford 15:53.95 12 Sara Sutherland SR Texas 15:53.98 13 Hannah Walker JR Florida Stat 15:58.15 14 Shalaya Kipp SR Colorado 16:00.15 15 Pippa Woolven SO Florida Stat 16:01.57 16 Molly Grabill SO Oregon 16:01.91
Beyond D'Agostino, I do like Eli Kirk of UAB quite a bit. She looked so smooth and under control in her 5k at the Husky Classic and I wouldn't be surprised to watch her challenge Abbey for quite a while up front and hold on for the rest of the race.
Hannah Walker of Florida State will push up front for the first part of the race, per usual, and she will also be in the mix to challenge Kirk and Emily Sisson of Providence for the runner up position.