NCAAs Day 1 Men (Wednesday)
LRC Upset City! Michigan’s Ben Flanagan Stuns Everyone To Win 10,000m Title Ben Flanagan had never broken 29 minutes in his life before Wednesday, but he believed in himself and he stunned the NCAA track and field world by winning the 10,000m title.
*Ben Flanagan raves about coach Kevin Sullivan after his 10k win “He cares so much about his athletes and instills a level of self-belief that is incredibly humbling, yet motivating. I hope everyone gets the chance to meet Sully, it really is a special privilege.”
*SI’s Chris Chavez’s talks with Flanagan’s mom
LRC Day 1 Recap: Terrific Field Action As Denzel Comenentia Leads The Meet By Himself, Josh Kerr Is Thinking NCAA Record, & Florida’s Title Chances Take A Hit A great day 1 is in the books and Comenentia won the hammer and the shot.
*Despite LJ struggles, Florida men still projected tow in by 13 at NCAAs
Full Day 1 Results On 1 Page Ben Flanagan of Michigan pulled the upset in the men’s 10,000m, Chris Nilsen of South Dakota broke the NCAA meet record in the pole vault, and Georgia’s Denzel Comenentia won the shot put and the hammer throw. Grant Holloway of Florida was a non-scorer in 9th in the long jump.
Previous Outside NCAA Coverage
- A Look At UTEP’s Forgotten Man – Jonah Koech Koech, who beat NCAA record holder Michael Saruni twice at conference, has opted for the 800, not the 1,500, at NCAAs as that’s where his passion is.
- USF’s Charlotte Taylor Tries For Another NCAA Title In 10,000 Taylor, who grew up playing soccer with boys, describes herself as a “vicious” as a child, is 1 of 13 foreigners on the team and they are getting 6 more for next year.
- Oregon Women Will Fight To Retain Their NCAA Women’s Track Title This Week They are seeded 3rd – 4 points out of 1st – but easily could win if Arianna Washington, the 2016 NCAA 100 and 200 champ, returns to form (but she’s not projected to score).
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