NCAA 800m Champ Sammy Watson Is Going Pro

2018 NCAA outdoor 800m champion Sammy Watson of Texas A&M, who won nationals as just a freshman last spring, has turned professional, according to the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle.

Watson, a New York native, told the paper that she accomplished her primary goal for her NCAA career when she won the outdoor title last June in Eugene, Oregon.

“Accomplishing that my freshman year, it felt so big and great, that I felt I can keep riding that wave, and keep doing bigger and better things,” the 19-year-old told the paper.

The 2016 World junior champion has yet to sign with a shoe brand or an agency. Watson’s mother, Sharon Outler, told the Democrat and Chronicle that her daughter may pick an agent as soon as next week.

The timing of this decision is curious for Watson, as she had already raced three times this indoor season for the Aggies. College track athletes rarely jump to the pros in the middle of the season, as almost all professional signings occur after the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June.

“Yes, this is more like an unusual time because it’s the middle of the season,” Watson told the paper. “I guess with my mom’s approval, there is confidence. It could’ve happened at any time.”

Watson's departure will deal an immediate blow to the Aggies’ third-ranked women’s team. 

While Watson did win that NCAA title last spring, both of her PRs— 2:00.65 outdoor and 2:01.78 indoor— come from 2017 before she arrived at A&M.  

NCAA Mountain Regional Preview: NAU Tangles With Colorado, BYU

Friday’s Mountain regional in Salt Lake City features a combined seven top ten ranked teams, the most among the nine NCAA DI qualifying meets. The men’s and women’s national champions have come out of the Mountain each of the last two years, a trend that could very well continue in 2019. As always, the sub-plot aside from the performance of the blue chip teams will be the bubble watch for the squads behind them. At-large bids figure to be in ample supply as teams outside the top two spots jostle for a trip to Terre Haute.

House Of Run: Mary Cain Speaks Out, Diamond League Changes

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One Final Tune-Up For Monson: Great Lakes Preview

The Great Lakes region again looks like one of the best in all of Division I cross country with both genders expected to send multiple at-large bids to the NCAA Championships. In the individual race, Friday’s race in Madison is one final tune-up for NCAA favorite, Alicia Monson of Wisconsin. Here's what to watch for in both races. 

FloSports Announces Multiyear Partnership with MPSF

AUSTIN, Texas — November 12, 2019 — Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) announced an extended multiyear partnership to serve as the official broadcast partner. FloSports will provide live and on-demand content and coverage of two Conference Championships exclusively on FloTrack.org and FloVolleyball.tv.

2019 DII NCAA XC Championships Field Announced

The fields for the 2019 DII NCAA XC Championships in Sacramento, California, are set. The 34 teams per gender and individual qualifiers advancing to nationals can be found below.

Which DI Runners Are Still Undefeated This Fall?

With only two meets remaining on the NCAA Division I XC schedule, there are still seven undefeated runners. Some of the names are familiar, while others are lesser-known. Let's take a look at who has yet to lose heading into regionals on Friday. 

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Salazar, Brown Appeal 4-Year Bans

As expected, Alberto Salazar and Jeffrey Brown have appealed their four-year suspensions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

DII XC Regional Recap: Mines, Adams State Strengthen Their NCAA Cases

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Eight regional meets across the country went down on Saturday in Division II to build the 2019 NCAA XC Championship field.

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