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The Big 12 is one of the most well-rounded conferences in the NCAA, with solid sprint matchups, distance races, and even a potential high jump collegiate record battle set to go down in Ames, Iowa, this weekend at Iowa State's 300-meter track. Read on for a rundown of the top events to watch.

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Men's High Jump

Who: Trey Culver (Texas Tech), Vernon Turner (Oklahoma)

When: Saturday, 3:00 PM CT

Why: Only three athletes in collegiate history have jumped higher than 2.33m — and two men from the Big 12 may join that esteemed list on Saturday. 

Senior Trey Culver from Texas Tech, a two-time NCAA indoor champion, may have met his match in Oklahoma's precocious freshman Vernon Turner, as both athletes have successfully jumped 2.33m/7-7.75 this season. The mark ties for the fourth-best in NCAA indoor history.

The duo has actually already met once this season, at the Texas Tech Classic. Culver used his home field advantage to eke out the win over Turner, though both posted a day's best mark of 2.30m/7-6.5. 

A truly standout day might see them attempt the NCAA record of 2.37m/7-9.25, set by Hollis Conway of Louisiana Lafayette in 1989.

Men's 200m

Who: Divine Oduduru (Texas Tech), Andrew Hudson (Texas Tech)

When: Prelims @ 7:30 PM CT, Friday; Final @ 4:10 PM CT, Saturday

Why: Texas Tech's star freshman Divine Oduduru, a multiple-time African junior champion for his native Nigeria, is the early favorite to fill the void left by NCAA record holder Christian Coleman. He and his teammate Andrew Hudson rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation this year in the 200m with season-best marks of 20.18 and 20.42.

Other Big 12 athletes who look poised to qualify for nationals and could make an impact here include Texas freshman Micaiah Harris (No. 11) and Kansas State senior Terrell Smith (No. 15). Steven Champlin of TCU and Darrion Flowers of TCU are right outside of qualifying for NCAAs and will hope to be pushed to quick times by the stellar field assembled in Iowa.

Defending Big 12 champion Maxwell Willis will also be in the field, though the sophomore has not broken 21 seconds yet this season and ranks just No. 35 in the NCAA.

Men's 60m

Who: Divine Oduduru (Texas Tech), Emeilo Ferguson (TCU), Jalen Miller (TCU), Andrew Hudson (Texas Tech)

When: Semis @ Friday, 4:20 PM CT; Final @ Saturday, 2:00 PM CT

Why: As in the 200m, Texas Tech's Divine Oduduru is ranked very highly in the season's NCAA descending order list for the 60m — the freshman is currently for No. 3 in the standings with Houston's Elijah Hall at 6.58. 

But one poor move can mess you up in the shortest sprint on the track, which lends some extra room for TCU duo Emeilo Ferguson and Jalen Miller (both of whom rank No. 7 this season at 6.60) or Oduduru's teammate Andrew Hudson (No. 13, 6.61) to pull off an upset here.

Women's 3K/5K

Who: Sharon Lokedi (Kansas)

When: 5K @ 7:50 PM CT, Friday; 3K @ 4:20 PM CT, Saturday

Why: Kansas All-American Sharon Lokedi is head and shoulders above the rest of the field in the women's distance events. The senior currently ranks No. 5 in the 5K (15:39.05) and No. 9 in the 3K (8:59.69). For comparison's sake, the No. 2-rated Big 12 athlete in the 3K is Iowa State's Anne Frisbie, who has a season best of 15:53.41, and the No. Big 12 woman in the 3K is Baylor's Anna West, who has run 9:16.67 this year.

That's not to say an upset is out of the question. With Lokedi's spot at nationals all but locked up, it's unclear whether she'll try to push the pace from the gun or go for a sit-and-kick, the latter of which would be better for her competitors to try and sneak by for a title.

Watch Sharon Lokedi win the 3K at the Iowa State Classic in 8:59.69:

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Women's 3k Invite, Heat 1 - Sharon Lokedi 8:59

Women's 800m

Who: Jasmine Staebler (Iowa State), Kaylee Dodd (Oklahoma State), Aaliyah Miller (Baylor)

When: Prelims @ 6:30 PM CT, Friday; Final @ 3:40 PM CT, Saturday

Why: The women's 800m should be one of the most exciting races of the weekend, with two women in Jasmine Staebler of Iowa State and Kaylee Dodd of Oklahoma State ranked in the NCAA's top 10 this season. Staebler leads the Big 12 with her 2:03.59 season best, making her one of only four collegiate women this winter to break 2:04 in the event. She was runner-up to Kaela Edwards at Big 12s last year and sixth at NCAAs; she's ready for a breakout year.

Baylor's Aaliyah Miller, who ran 2:02 as a freshman and placed fourth in the 1K at last year's Big 12 Indoor Championship before getting injured, ranks No. 14 in the NCAA at 2:05.16 this season. She's certainly a wildcard to watch.

After Eight Month Layoff, Costello Returns to Racing at NYC Half

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Photo: Liz Costello (third from right, back row) visiting Public School 1 in New York City in advance of the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half.  

NEW YORK (16-Mar) -- When Liz Costello toes the line in Sunday's United Airlines NYC Half it will be her first race in eight months. The Princeton grad had to scrap most of her summer and fall racing plans after her debut marathon left her in a physical and emotional crater.

MSU T&F Grad Assistant Resigns In Protest Of Nassar Case Handling

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Michigan State track and field graduate assistant Kassie Powell resigned from her position on Thursday in protest of the university's handling of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

Ritz Gears Up For Boston, Sisson Takes On Tough Field: NYC Half Preview

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With the 2018 World Half Marathon Championships scheduled for next weekend and major marathons in Boston and London on tap for April, the spring road racing season is in full swing. 

House Of Run: When A World Record Isn’t A World Record

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On this week’s episode of the House of Run, Jason and Kevin discuss the abundance of records at the NCAA Indoor Championships including Michael Norman’s world record in the 400m, Kendall Ellis and Sydney McLaughlin both running under the 400m American record, Eli Hall’s 60/200m double and the nonsensical tale of why USC’s men’s team won’t hold the 4 x 400m world record.

WATCH: Clarence Munyai Runs 19.69, Smashes South African 200m Record

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Clarence Munyai stunned the track and field world on Friday with a 19.69 clocking in the 200m. The 20-year-old from South African entered with a personal best of 20.10. The mark lopped 0.15 seconds off Wayde Van Niekerk’s South African national record and makes Munyai just the 10th man ever to run under 19.70. 

The Houston Men Might Break 31-Year Power Five Win Streak At NCAA Outdoors

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The Houston men finished seventh overall in the team standings at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships with 26 total points, 20 of which came from Eli Hall's impressive 60/200 sweep. But don't expect the Cougars to be anywhere near the bottom of the top 10 this outdoor season. In fact, the Houston men are legitimate outdoor team title contenders for three reasons.

The New Mexico XC Team Might Score 50 Points At The 2018 NCAA Outdoors

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The New Mexico women have an opportunity to pull off an incredible feat at this year's 2018 Division I NCAA Outdoor Championships. 

Kyron McMaster In The Hurdles, Sang/Goule In The 1500: 49er Classic Preview

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The indoor season hasn’t been over for an entire week and attention has already turned outdoors. This weekend UNC-Charlotte hosts the 49er Classic, a meet that features collegians and professionals all itching to get an early start on their outdoor season. 

On The Run: A Record Bonanza At NCAA Indoors | Episode 78

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Jojo, Grant, and Kevin convene to discuss the lightning-quick 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships. The group shares their favorite moment from the meet, the biggest surprise, and the hypothetical scenarios they've wondered the most about.

FloTrack Presents The Very Unofficial Off-Event NCAA Champions

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The great thing—or annoying thing, depending on your viewpoint—about indoor track is the number of off-events that are contested at invitationals and even conference championships at both the high school and collegiate level.