2018 FloXC Countdown: #2 BYU Men

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Follow our 2018 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 25 cross country teams and individuals in the NCAA this season which will be LIVE on FloTrack. The No. 2 men's spot goes to BYU, and here's why:

Probable Top Seven:

SR Connor McMillian (8:07 3K; 13:38 5K; 28:09.55 10K; 30th at ‘17 NCAA XC)

SR Clayton Young (7:49 3K; 13:37 5K; 28:27 10K; 77th at ‘16 NCAA XC)

SR Rory Linkletter (7:54 3K; 13:37 5K; 28:43 10K; 39th at ‘17 NCAA XC)

SO Matt Owens (3:44 1500; 8:08 3K; 8:38 3K SC)

SO Clayson Shumway (8:02 3K; 13:54 5K; 8:36 3K SC)

SO Daniel Carney (8:41 3K SC; 13:39 5K; 42nd at ‘17 NCAA XC)

SO Conner Mantz (8:02 3K SC; 13:52 5K; 28:57 10K)

Impact Freshmen/Transfers:

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Analysis:

After a third-place finish in 2017, BYU looks to upgrade their position at the national championships and, perhaps, contend for the title. They have the star-power and the depth to pull it off. Three seniors--Connor McMillan, Clayton Young and Rory Linkletter--lead the way. 

The trio qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 5000m and 10,000m in June. In fact, six of the seven men above qualified in at least one event for Eugene. Matt Owens and Clayson Shumway finished sixth and seventh in the steeplechase, the best performances for the Cougars. 

But their depth extends even beyond the top seven. Runners eight through 14 for BYU would make the top seven on virtually any other team in the nation. That deep bench gives head coach Ed Eyestone a bounty of options to use throughout the season. 

FULL RANKINGS HERE

Meet The Men Who Will Try To Slay Kipchoge At The London Marathon

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34-year-old Eliud Kipchoge is the best marathoner there has ever been, and very likely, the best there ever will be. He enters this Sunday’s London Marathon just seven months removed from his transcendent 2:01:39 world record in Berlin, a 78-second improvement on the previous record that is only comprehensible because Kipchoge ran a is he human 2:00:25 at Nike’s Breaking2 event in 2017. Oh, and he’s also won 10 straight marathons and has never lost in London. To call him the favorite on Sunday isn’t enough; Kipchoge is arguably the biggest favorite there has ever been at a major marathon.

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Michael Norman runs ahead of schedule. 

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Michael Norman Debuts With 43.45 400m, #4 All-Time

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It’s only April 20, but already 21-year-old Michael Norman has put the 400m world record on notice:

Asbel Kiprop Banned Four Years For Doping Violation

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FloTrack To Stream 2019 London Marathon In Select Countries

AUSTIN, Texas — April 18, 2019 — Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, announced an agreement with London Marathon Events to provide live and on-demand coverage of the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon on FloTrack.com exclusively in Canada, Australia, Pan Europe (excluding UK, Ireland, and Italy) and Pan Asia (excluding China and Japan). The deal was agreed to in collaboration with TCB Sport Media.