February 20, 2013
In the fall, BYU senior Isaac Wood posted on his blog – The Wood Report – an incredible preview of seemingly every men’s conference cross-country meet of note. Wood, who serves as the student manager for BYU and is soon going to be a collegiate coach upon graduation, then did an NCAA regional preview and NCAA national preview.
LetsRun.com’s stat man and coaching guru, John Kellogg, had done his own regional preview and came away impressed. Considering JK spent weeks on his (his were top 25 as opposed to top 10 and included both sexes) and Wood said he did his in a few hours, the fact that Wood was within 2% of JK on the men’s top 10 picks is staggering (yes, JK analyzed it to that extent). Hell, even if he’d taken weeks on it, we would have been impressed, as getting close to JK on anything running-related is impressive.
We were so impressed we hired him. Now, we hired him at the last minute and he’s got a bunch of finals this week, so we had to be reasonable in what we could ask for.
Below you will find a preview of the men’s mid-d and distance events for the five remaining powerhouse conferences (the Big East meet already happened last week) with the MPSF taking the place of the PAC-12 as the MPSF is basically the PAC-12 plus BYU and and a few California schools. Plus we added in the Ivy League as we are alums.
Without further ado:
ACC: 2013 ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships: Men’s Mid-D & Distance Preview
Big 10: 2013 Big 10 Indoor Track & Field Championships: Men’s Mid-D & Distance Preview
Big 12: 2013 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championships: Men’s Mid-D & Distance Preview
Ivy League/Heptagonals: 2013 Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championships: Men’s Mid-D & Distance Preview
MPSF: 2013 MPSF Indoor Track & Field Championships: Men’s Mid-D & Distance Preview
SEC: 2013 SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships: Men’s Mid-D & Distance Preview
Note: In each preview, we present Wood’s analysis for each event and then often we add in an LRC comment or two. We’re sure there are bound to be mistakes. If they are glaring, please email us so we can make it better.
We hope to preview the NCAA champs with Isaac Wood in the coming weeks.