USA Sprints: The Championship's Best Match-Ups




Jasmin Stowers leads Bri Rollins, Queen Harrison and Lolo Jones at the Bislett Games

Women’s 100 Hurdles

The reigning World Champion and 2014 Diamond League Champion will toe the line with the three fastest in the world for 2015. Here’s the fact: This is the HARDEST team to make. Don’t believe me? Here are the current Americans featured in the world rankings:
1. Jasmin Stowers 12.35
2. Kendra Harrison 12.50
3. Sharika Nelvis 12.52
5. Dawn Harper Nelson 12.58
8. Brianna Rollins 12.63
10. Queen Harrison 12.71
11. Kristi Castlin 12.72

Numbers do not lie and the U.S. is home to seven of the top-11 fastest women in the world. It gets even more tricky for someone like Dawn Harper-Nelson, whose DL victory last season would constitute as an automatic bid to Beijing, but get trumped by Bri Rollins’ World title for the automatic bid. The U.S. can still send four to the World Championships, but which three will join Rollins?

Jasmin Stowers and Sharika Nelvis have been having outstanding professional year debuts. Stowers had three-straight wins at the Drake Relays, Jamaica Invite, and Doha DL. Her 12.35 from Doha is No. 7 world all-time and a massive PB for the LSU grad. Nelvis, a 2014 Bowerman Award finalist, won Ostrava, Rome, and the adidas Grand Prix, with her 12.52 from Rome cementing her new PB. Most interesting, both won their most recent races going into headwinds. Nelvis won in New York in 12.65 (-1.7) and Stowers won in Bislett in 12.84 (-1.4).

Will recent Kentucky grad and NCAA Champion Kendra Harrison spoil the party? She’s entered in both hurdles this week and could make both squads.

Diamond League Champion and 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Harper-Nelson knows how to make teams, as she has been a World Champs finalist three time, earning the bronze in 2011. It’s a shame she doesn’t get the auto bid because of Rollins, but this will make this event oh so much sweeter to watch.


Trayvon Bromell finished second in the 100m at the World Junior Championships in 2014

Men’s 100m

With 2014 Diamond League Champion Justin Gatlin focusing on the 200m at this weekend’s U.S. Championships, this 100m race could go to a 19-year-old.

Baylor’s Trayvon Bromell may have not walked away an NCAA Champion a few weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t notice him. His 9.90 (1.7) in the prelims makes him tied for the fifth-fastest man in 2015 (excluding wind-aided marks) and fourth in the U.S. behind Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers. Can he become a U.S. Champion after only two years of college? It’s possible. Rodgers is the defending champ, but in weaker 2014 competition. Gay ran a wind-legal 9.88 to win the Pre Classic and 10.12 (-1.7) to win the adidas Grand Prix, but has yet to race the likes of Bromell or even Gatlin.

It’s going to be hot and likely windy in Eugene. A repeat of the NCAA Championships perhaps? Gay holds the Championship record of 9.77 from 2008.


Allyson Felix beat Sanya Richards-Ross at the 2015 Pre Classic

Women’s 400m

The U.S. is in an excellent phase of women 400m runners dominating on the world stage, as Francena McCorory, Sanya Richards-Ross, and Allyson Felix are world-ranked 1-2-3 heading into the U.S. Championships. Felix, the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist over 200m, has an automatic bid in the 200m after her Diamond League win last season. After winning the Pre Classic in 50.05, however, Felix is testing her quarter miler skills at the U.S. Championships to evaluate which event to run at Worlds. Competing in both of these events in Beijing is unlikely (as they are about 70 minutes apart) and Felix has said she will focus on one event in 2015, possibly doubling at the 2016 Olympics.

2013 saw McCorory and Natasha Hastings make it to the final, but no medals were brought back from the championships. With a healthy Richards-Ross, and potentially lethal Felix, a 1-2-3 sweep in Beijing is a possibility for the U.S. One question mark is whether collegiate record-holder and Texas athlete Courtney Okolo will be in the mix. Though her 50.99 season best ranks her the eighth-fastest in the world, she scratched from the NCAA Championships with injury. Maybe that rest will be what she needs to perform with these women in Eugene.

NCAA DIII XC Men's Preview: North Central Goes For No. 19

Workout Wednesday: North Central Crushes Mile Repeats

The winningest program in NCAA cross country history will look to add another title to their storied legacy as North Central College races for their record 19th DIII XC men's national championship on Saturday November 17, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Cardinals will enter the meet as big favorites to take their third straight NCAA crown on the icy terrain of Lake Breeze Golf Course, but it won’t be easy as they battle experienced foes and freezing cold conditions. Another notch in North Central's hefty championship belt is at stake on race day, but it’s a notch they will really have to earn.

House Of Run: NCAA Sleepers And Storylines

Jason and Kevin discuss the sleepers, spoilers and storylines for Saturday’s NCAA Cross Country Championships. Can NAU and New Mexico continue their winning ways? Will the men’s race come down to Grant Fisher and Morgan McDonald?

DIII Regional Recap: Favorites Look Strong In NCAA Rehearsal

Workout Wednesday: North Central Crushes Mile Repeats

Below are the 32 men’s and women’s DIII NCAA cross country teams heading to nationals in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this Saturday, November 17. We highlight the top stories from regionals underneath the NCAA fields.

PLAY NOW: 2018 FloXC Fantasy League

Introducing the season long FloXC fantasy league. A chance for you to compete against the FloTrack staff and be in the running to win a FloPRO subscription for a year! The final round is upon us where points are worth triple, meaning even if you have not played FloXC Fantasy this past season you still have a chance to win if you play this final round!

2018 FloXC Fantasy Team Standings

After round four of the 2018 FloXC Fantasy league FloTrack's own Gordon Mack has taken the lead with a total of 15,476 points. Be sure to join us for the final round prior to the NCAA XC Championships. Best overall score at the end of the season wins a year subscription to FloPRO! Link to play will be posted next week!

IAAF Walks Back 'World Rankings,' Restores Usual Qualifying System For 2019

After more than a year of uncertainty, speculation, and apparent backlash from the “global athletics community,” the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced today that their proposed “World Rankings” will not factor into the qualification system for the world championships; instead, the IAAF will return to its usual format: a combination of entry standards, wild cards, and performance list rankings.

15 Athletes Who Will Miss NCAAs Despite Being All-American Material

NCAA XC: Dynasties On The Line

Sometimes the regional qualifying system can weed out deserving athletes from competing at the NCAA Championships due to racing in a deep region. Here is a list of 15 athletes who have shown All-American potential during the regular season but unfortunately failed to qualify to NCAAs.

Official NCAA Individual Qualifiers

NCAA XC: Dynasties On The Line

Here are the official individual qualifiers

Offiical 2018 NCAA DI XC Team Qualifiers!

2018 KOLAS LIVE: Selection Show

Here are the official DI NCAA XC Championship qualifiers:

FloTrack Predicts NCAA XC Team Qualifiers

Nine NCAA DI regional meets will go down on Friday across the country, which will determine the 31 men's and women's teams that will qualify to NCAAs in Madison, Wisconsin.