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Nine-time NCAA Champion Edward Cheserek is set to run the 5K against a field that includes NCAA XC Championship squad Colorado - All-Americans Ammar Moussa, Pierce Murphy, Morgan Pearson, and NCAA 3K leader Luis Vargas of NC State.
NCAA 5K leader and cross country runner-up Allie Ostrander will test her wheels in the 3K distance on Saturday against All-Americans like Alli Cash and Maddie Meyers. The freshman blazed a college 5K opener of 15:21 at the Washington Preview two weeks ago.
Freshman phenoms and sub-4 milers Grant Fisher and Matthew Maton are both set to compete in the 3K on Saturday. The Husky 3K will mark the first time Fisher and Maton will have raced each other on the track since their junior year of high school.
NC State’s Wesley Frazier is set to compete in the 5K after running an NCAA-leading 8:56.66 (flat-track converted from 9:01) in the 3K at the Camel City Invitational on January 30th. She will contend with All-Americans Chelsea Blaase, Hannah Everson, Molly Grabill, Waverly Neer, and Carrie Verdon.
2015 NCAA 1500m Champion Chad Noelle is on tap to compete in the mile and 3K at Husky. Should he choose the mile, he will contend with a strong field that include D2 NCAA Champion Oliver Aitchison, All-Americans Woody Kincaid, Connor Winter, David Elliot, and World Championships qualifier Cas Loxsom.
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Last year's winner and former Iowa standout Bethany Praska will mix things up with two of the NCAA's fastest women in the women's 800m. Two-time NCAA runner-up Claudia Saunders of Stanford and Hanna Green of Virginia Tech, third outdoors in 2015, bring 2:00 and 2:01 speed to Ames. The current NCAA lead is 2:03.10, and it will be in danger on Saturday afternoon.
Molly Seidel flew to an NCAA No. 2 3000m mark by running 8:57 last week on her home track. Her 5000m PB from last year is 15:48, and that mark is surely going down this weekend. How fast will Seidel go? Should she run close to Allie Ostrander's 15:21, we'll have ourselves an NCAA rivalry brewing!
The line-up features former Iowa State NCAA Champion Edward Kemboi taking on current NCAA 800m contenders. Eliud Rutto of Middle Tennessee State, Ryan Schnulle and Andres Arroyo of Florida, Paul Duffey of Northeastern and Clayton Murphy of Akron are all ranked in the top 25 right now, but are looking for faster marks to solidify their return to the NCAA Championships. This race was won in 1:46.09 last year; will Donavan Brazier's 1:45.93 be in danger?
Sean McGorty of Stanford is hoping to put his stamp on the NCAA 3000m by taking on Futsum Zienasellassie of NAU and Morgan McDonald of Wisconsin. Zienasellassie and McDonald have sub-4 miles to their name this season, while McGorty split 3:55 on the Stanford DMR at the Penn State National.
Marc Scott of Tulsa and Thomas Curtin of Virginia Tech highlight this elite 5000m field. Scott had the third-fastest 10000m time in the NCAA last spring, while Curtin solo'd a 7:55 3000m race on his home track last weekend. Scott won the adidas Wisconsin Invite and Curtin won Pre-Nats the next day. Though Scott eventually took him down on the cross country course, look for Curtin to turn it on at the end, just like he did in this race last year.
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Mike Rutt will lead the charge with a quick men’s 800m field featuring Georgetown’s Joseph White and star freshman Myles Marshall out of Harvard.
It will be a NJ/NY showdown between Erin Donohue, Stephanie Charnigo, and Heather Wilson. But look out for Nicole Sifuentes, Stephanie Schappert and Emily Lipari to be in the mix in what should be a sub 4:30 race.
Kyle Merber will be pacing his teammate Liam Boylan-Pett. Last year we saw 7 go sub-4 in the first heat alone. This year should be no different with the return of the Syracuse milers and Providence’s Julian Oakley who fell at the BU Terrier two weeks ago.
US 5K Champion Nicole Tully will face off against Ashley Higginson, Liv Westphal and Emma Bates. In what certainly should be a sub 9:00 race, Tully will have her hands full with a solid group of collegiates and pros on her tail.
In what should be the marquee race of the evening. Justyn Knight returns to BU’s track to race the 3k against five Georgetown Hoyas. Knight should put on a show in what should be a sub 7:50 pace. The question is will any of the Georgetown men be able to steal a victory, watch on FloTrack to find out LIVE!
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