Confidence Picks Featuring and Grant Holloway, LSU, And Houston

The collegiate season ramps up this weekend with NCAA Preliminary Rounds taking place in Sacramento, California, and Tampa, Florida. In each event, the top 12 finishers advance to the 2018 NCAA Championships in Eugene. After an extremely fast indoor and outdoor season, it's easy to be confident that the fast times will continue in the postseason. 

Here are five other things we are confident will happen during this weekend's action in Sacramento and Tampa. 

Confidence Picks presented by Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans

  • Grant Holloway will set a personal best in either the long jump or the 110m hurdles

  • Houston will qualify four men in the 100m

  • LSU will break their own collegiate record in the women’s 4x100m

  • Maggie Ewen will easily qualify in the shot put, discus, and hammer throw

  • An All-American won’t make the top 12 in the West Prelim women’s 5000m

You can watch the East and West Preliminary Rounds My 24 - May 26 Live On FloTrack!

With Caution, Emily Sisson Hopes For Fast Time At Houston Half Marathon

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HOUSTON (18-Jan) -- Emily Sisson has a very short résumé when it comes to the half marathon.  It is, nonetheless, impressive. 

In two starts at the distance, both at the United Airlines NYC Half in March of 2017 and 2018, she finished a close second to the winner.  In her first attempt she clocked 1:08:21 and was narrowly defeated by her training partner, Molly Huddle, who set the American record for an all-women's race: 1:08:19.  In the second, on a brutally cold and windy day, she lost by just one second to in a sprint finish to Ethiopia's Buze Diriba, clocking 1:12:24.  In those races, Sisson raced for position and wasn't focused on time.