LetsRun.com Previews The Women's NCAA Indoor Meet
Here's what we're thinking about the day before the NCAA indoor meet starts:
Lady Vols Senior Phoebe Wright and sophomore Chanelle Price sit 1-2 in terms of time in the 800m. Wright has the 11th-best time in the world. Last year before heading to Europe she placed #3 in the US at the senior championships. Price had a great year last year as a relay runner but hasn't done too much at the NCAAs as an individual after dominating in high school.
Wright and Price will go for individual success and relay success in the women's DMR. Last year with now-graduated Sarah Bowman, Wright and Price were unstoppable in relay tandem. They set a world record indoors and set all sorts of records in winning the 4x800, DMR, 4x1500m triple at Penn. (Read our 2009 Women's Day 1 NCAA Indoors recap here)
2. Lacey Cramer (BYU)
3. Chanelle Price
4. LaTavia Thomas (LSU)
Event 20 Women 800 Meter Run Prelims =============================================================================== Name Year School Seed =============================================================================== 1 Phoebe Wright SR Tennessee 2:01.47D 2 Chanelle Price SO Tennessee 2:03.12D 3 LaTavia Thomas SR LSU 2:03.77D 4 Shannon Leinert SR Missouri 2:04.32D 5 Molly Beckwith SR Indiana 2:04.50D 6 Sofie Persson SO Mississippi 2:04.64D 7 Lea Wallace JR Sacramento S 2:04.73D 8 Lacey Cramer SO BYU 2:04.85D 9 Christina Rodgers JR Arizona 2:05.04D 10 Stephanie Brown FR Arkansas 2:05.08D 11 Erica Moore SR Indiana Stat 2:05.20D 12 Nachelle Stewart SO BYU 2:05.27D 13 Renisha Robinson JR Sacramento S 2:05.38D 14 Cori Moore JR Portland 2:05.41D 15 Jaime Watson SR Liberty 2:05.42D 16 Angela Wagner SR BYU 2:05.72D 17 Zoe Buckman JR Oregon 2:05.72D
DMR - Too Close To Call
All 4 of these teams have run between 10:59 and 11:03 and have big names.
Oregon: Tough call on where to put their athletes. Should Jordan Hasay run the 1200 or the 1600? Senior leader Nicole Blood is signed up for 3000/5000, do they run her or add another girl? This event is critical for the Ducks as they could finish 1st or perhaps as low as 5th.
Georgetown: Emily Infeld is likely on the anchor and she's very good. She'll be fresh as she's only running the 3000m on Saturday.
Tennessee: Great mid-distance but do they have the mile closer they need? Wright has 2:01 fitness right now but they may need a 4:30 1600 to win this thing.
Villanova: Don't count them out as Nicole Schappert and Sheila Reid are very, very good. Remember this was the cross country team that absolutely dominated just a few months ago and likely anchor Reid was unbelievable at the middle distances at the Big East conference meet.
3. Lady Vols
Event 26 Women Distance Medley =============================================================================== School Seed =============================================================================== 1 Oregon 10:59.64D 1) Jordan Hasay FR 2) Keshia Baker SR 3) Anne Kesselring FR 4) Nicole Blood SR 2 Villanova 11:02.83D 1) Nicole Schappert SR 2) Christie Verdier SO 3) Ariann Neutts FR 4) Sheila Reid JR 3 Tennessee 11:02.85D 1) Phoebe Wright SR 2) Ellen Wortham SO 3) Brittany Sheffey SO 4) Chanelle Price SO 4 Georgetown 11:03.80D 1) Renee Tomlin SR 2) Abigail Johnson SR 3) Rachel Schneider FR 4) Emily Infeld SO 5 Boston College 11:05.69D 1) Jillian King FR 2) Anna Cioffredi SO 3) Caitlin Bailey SR 4) Caroline King JR 6 Arkansas 11:06.56D 1) Samantha Learch SO 2) Shelise Williams JR 3) Regina George FR 4) Kristen Gillespie SO 7 Kansas 11:07.96D 1) Rebeka Stowe SO 2) Taylor Washington FR 3) Corinne Christenson SO 4) Lauren Bonds SR 8 West Virginia 11:09.28D 1) Keri Bland JR 2) April Rotilio SR 3) Kaylyn Christopher SO 4) Jessica O'Connell SO 9 Texas Tech 11:10.28D 1) Purity Biwott JR 2) Trudeann Clarke SR 3) Gladys Kipsang SR 4) Caroline Karunde JR 10 BYU 11:10.89D 1) Angela Wagner SR 2) Natalie Stewart SO 3) Nachelle Stewart SO 4) Lacey Cramer SO 11 Indiana 11:11.02D 1) Arianne Raby FR 2) Jordan Gray SO 3) Molly Beckwith SR 4) Chelsea Blanchard SO 12 Michigan 11:11.17D 1) Jillian Smith FR 2) Shana Vinson SR 3) Rebecca Addison FR 4) Danielle Tauro JR
3000m - Might Be Best Women's Event All Weekend
Iowa State's Lisa Koll will double back after the 5000 on Friday where she is the prohibitive favorite. But waiting for her in the 3000 will be multiple-time NCAA Champion for Illinois Angela Bizzarri. Bizzarri ran 9:10 to beat US Worlds Team member Bridget Franek (who, by the way, is doubling 3000/5000 and would probably run the DMR if Penn State had a DMR (by the way, how do the Lady Lions not have a DMR?)) at Big Tens.
Bizzarri, who we have to admit we'll probably be rooting for, is a throwback runner as she is just an awesome competitor when it matters. For example, she ran faster at Big Tens this year than she did at the oversized track at Notre Dame. If you're wondering about her speed, she won the Tyson Invite mile in 4:40 this year.
Also in the race will be Sheila Reid of Villanova, All-American Marie Lawrence of Washington, and perhaps Jordan Hasay and Nicole Blood, trying to get points in either their 2nd or 3rd events of the 2-day meet to score points for Oregon.
Sure, Koll has the best time in the field by 8 seconds, but we think this is going to set up to be a great race.
By the way, Did Bizzarri select the 3000 over the 5000 hoping to be fresh and catch some of the other runners (like Koll) after their first event? Or does she think the 3000 is just her better event? We know this is a question for her, not you, but we just thought we'd throw it out there. Bizzarri was 4th in the 3000 last year indoors.
Event 22 Women 3000 Meter Run =============================================================================== Name Year School Seed =============================================================================== 1 Lisa Koll SR Iowa State 8:56.09D 2 Sheila Reid JR Villanova 9:04.85D 3 Jackie Areson SR Tennessee 9:07.27D 4 Bogdana Mimic FR Villanova 9:07.96D 5 Marie Lawrence JR Washington 9:08.74D 6 Emily Infeld SO Georgetown 9:09.24D 7 Angela Bizzarri SR Illinois 9:10.16D 8 Bridget Franek SR Penn State 9:10.68D 9 Janet Jesang SR Western Kent 9:11.09D 10 Jordan Hasay FR Oregon 9:12.25D 11 Nicole Blood SR Oregon 9:12.54D 12 Nicole Schappert SR Villanova 9:14.15D 13 Beverly Ramos SR Kansas State 9:14.62D 14 Alex Becker SR Tulsa 9:15.10D 15 Jessica O'Connell SO West Virgini 9:16.22D 16 Alison Smith JR Villanova 9:16.62D 17 Betzy Jimenez JR Texas 9:18.03D
Women's 5000 - Koll Has All The Pressure
We feel sorry for Lisa Koll as she will have all the pressure on her in the women's 5000m. Her seed time is 20 seconds faster than the next-fastest girl.
Koll is the 2008 NCAA 10,000m champion and has the NCAA 10,000m record at 32:11. She is unbelievable but has not won an indoor NCAA title. To get one this year we think she'll have a way better shot in the 5000 than in the 3000. In her first race (the 5000), she'll have to beat Franek of Penn State and Blood of Oregon. #3 and #4 seeds Jackie Areson (Tennessee) and Holly Van Dalen (Stony Brook) would be huge stories if they won.
1. Lisa Koll
2. Bridget Franek
3. Nicole Blood
Event 23 Women 5000 Meter Run =============================================================================== Name Year School Seed =============================================================================== 1 Lisa Koll SR Iowa State 15:29.65D 2 Nicole Blood SR Oregon 15:51.59D 3 Jackie Areson SR Tennessee 15:53.54D 4 Holly Van Dalen SO Stony Brook 15:55.64D 5 Bridget Franek SR Penn State 15:56.76D 6 Marie Louise Asselin JR West Virgini 15:58.15D 7 Felicity Milton JR Oklahoma Sta 15:58.34D 8 Deborah Maier SO California 15:58.49D 9 Rebecca Lowe SO Florida 15:59.46D 10 Mattie Bridgmon SR Oregon 16:02.48D 11 Kimberly Ruck SO Clemson 16:04.02D 12 Clara Grandt SR West Virgini 16:04.24D 13 Janet Jesang SR Western Kent 16:04.48D 14 Amanda Goetschius JR Charlotte 16:09.19D 15 Alex Becker SR Tulsa 16:10.87D 16 Megan Duwell SR Minnesota 16:12.96D 17 Beverly Ramos SR Kansas State 16:17.44D
Women's Mile - Florida State's Pilar McShine is Top Returner (But the real story is Hasay)
With the top-3 from 2009's NCAA Indoors graduated (Sarah Bowman beat Sally Kipyego last year to deny Kipyego her record 10th NCAA title), Pilar McShine is the top returner and sits near the top of the 2010 charts. But the girl everyone will be watching will obviously be Jordan Hasay. Hasay is 3rd in terms of time but has run faster in relay splits. We can't get over how well Hasay has done this year for Oregon. Thumbs up to her and the Oregon people.
Women's Mile Predictions:
1. Hasay ftw!
Event 21 Women 1 Mile Run Prelims =============================================================================== Name Year School Seed =============================================================================== 1 Charlotte Browning SR Florida 4:31.24D 2 Katie Follett SR Washington 4:34.98D 3 Jordan Hasay FR Oregon 4:35.01D 4 Nicole Schappert SR Villanova 4:35.97D 5 Pilar McShine SR Florida Stat 4:35.99D 6 Mihaela Susa JR Oklahoma Sta 4:36.38D 7 Keri Bland JR West Virgini 4:37.17D 8 Anne Kesselring FR Oregon 4:37.94D 9 Sharla Manuele SR Southern Uta 4:39.82D 10 Heidi Gregson SO Iona 4:40.08D 11 Ashley Miller JR Nebraska 4:40.50D 12 Kaylyn Christopher SO West Virgini 4:40.78D 13 Caroline Karunde JR Texas Tech 4:40.82D 14 Amanda Winslow FR Florida Stat 4:41.08D 15 Dina Nosenko SO Wake Forest 4:41.10D 16 Purity Biwott JR Texas Tech 4:41.31D 17 Kristie Krueger SO Georgia 4:41.64D
Oregon's Gonna Win This Thing
Oregon has legitimate potential scoring entrants in the 60, 200, 400, 4x4, DMR, mile, 3000, 5000, long jump, pentathlon and we apologize if we missed anyone. Nobody can build a team (and then go to the meet and win it) like Vin Lananna so we're going with the Ducks to win their first indoor women's title (9th is their best-ever finish) on the backs of a number of veterans and little Jordan Hasay.