Rory Linkletter And BYU Counter NAU With Dominant Pre-Nationals Win

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Rory Linkletter broke the tape today in 23:08.4 to win the adidas DI Pre-National Invitational in Louisville, Kentucky, leading his No. 2-ranked BYU squad to a dominant 41-point victory over No. 10 Colorado (118 points) and No. 6 Oregon (129 points). Connor McMillan (sixth, 23:13.2), Casey Clinger (seventh, 23:17), Clayton Young (12th, 23:25), and Daniel Carney (15th, 23:25.3) all finished within the top 15 with an impressive 17-second spread for the Cougars, which No. 8-rated Linkletter said in his post-race interview he hoped would send a message back to NAU's dominant Wisconsin win on Friday.


The rest of the team results saw No. 16 Virginia Tech take fourth (148 points), No. 20 Ole Miss fifth (193 points), and No. 23 Utah State sixth (312 points), as No. 5-ranked Arkansas finished just ninth in the field with 374 points as top-five scorer Andrew Ronoh did not compete and Austen Dalquist did not finish.

For much of the race, it appeared as though a trio of runners from Campbell might sweep the top three spots as No. 24-ranked Amon Kemboi, No. 17 Lawrence Kipkoech, and Meshack Kipruto set a pace of 14:34 through 5K and extended a lead on the field.

But nearing the final 400m, Virginia Tech's Peter Seufer and Liberty's Azaria Kirwa caught the group and took over the lead with No. 9 Dillon Maggard of Utah State in tow. It appeared as though Seufer had the advantage as the finish line neared, but that was when Linkletter dropped a ferocious kick for the win.

Seufer took second place in 23:10.4 while Kemboi was third in 23:11.1 and Kirwa finished fourth in 23:11.4.

All The Best Things That Happened In The NCAA This Weekend

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Three collegiate records highlighted NCAA action this weekend, as UTEP sophomore Michael Saruni, Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp and Georgia senior Keturah Orji set standards in their respective events.

Keturah Orji Breaks American, Collegiate Indoor Record For Triple Jump

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Georgia's Keturah Orji broke her own American and NCAA indoor records in the triple jump on Saturday with a leap of 14.53m/47-8 at the Clemson Invitational.

Katelyn Tuohy Shatters Mary Cain's National High School Record For 5K


North Rockland High School, New York, sophomore Katelyn Tuohy ran the fastest 5K ever for a high school girl — indoors or outdoors — today with her winning time of 15:37.12 at the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Christian Coleman Crushes 60m World Record In His Season Opener


Today, in his first meet of the year, Christian Coleman set the bar for his season incredibly high and put the world on notice. 

Vincent Crisp Runs Fastest Collegiate Time Ever For 600 Yards

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Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp posted the fastest indoor collegiate mark of all time over 600 yards on Friday. Competing at the Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, Crisp ran 1:08.16 and held off TCU’s Derrick Mokaleng, who ran 1:08.18.

Michael Saruni Runs World-Best In Indoor 600m

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On Friday night, Michael Saruni continued his hot start to 2018. The UTEP sophomore ran a world-best time of 1:14.79 in the 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque.  

Austin, Texas, Chasing History With Olympic Trials Bid


Austin, Texas, has hosted the NCAA track and field championships and currently stages one of the largest track meets of the calendar, the Texas Relays. The city has a robust road racing scene, bolstered by the presence of elite athletes and high-level training groups. But Austin has never hosted a USA track and field championship event — not for any distance on the roads, cross country or track and field. And certainly not the Olympic Trials. 

Justin Gatlin Switches Coaches After Investigation Uncovers Doping Scandal


Justin Gatlin has officially begun his career after Dennis Mitchell. Reuters reported on Friday that Gatlin is being coached by Brooks Johnson in Orlando, Florida. Gatlin fired Mitchell in December after Mitchell was implicated in a doping sting facilitated by the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph. 

Robert Kigen, Felix Kandie Headline Napoli City Half Marathon


Nobert Kigen and Felix Kandie of Kenya headline a men’s pro field aiming for a sub-60 minute performance at the fifth Napoli City Half Marathon in Naples, Italy.

Olympians, Top Collegians Clash At Larry Wieczorek Invitational


The Larry Wieczorek Invitational this Friday and Saturday at the University of Iowa has it all: top professional athletes like Fred Kerley, Olympic champions and world record holders like Aries Merritt, and defending NCAA champions like Mikiah Brisco of LSU.