NCAA 10,000m Preview - Chelanga And Koll HUGE Favorites
June 6, 2010
Women 10k Wednesday 7:15pm
Men 10k Thursday 7:25pm
Liberty's Sam Chelanga and Iowa State's Lisa Koll are huge favorites in the 10,000m finals. Both have run stellar times this year - Chelanga an NCAA record 27:08 and Koll an NCAA record 31:18. There is little doubt in our minds they will be taking home NCAA titles by comfortable margins. Both favorites plan to double back against arguably tougher competition in the 5,000m final two nights later, so we'll see how this affects their tactics in their preferred longer events.
The pure regional system ensures that all 24 competitors on the men's and women's side are fit going into the NCAA final. We're interested to see how this plays out with the size of the packs.
In terms of the NCAA team race, Oregon will be looking for team points from Luke Puskedra on the men's side and Mattie Bridgmon and Nicole Blood on the women's side. Blood will attempt to double back for the 5,000m final.
Dark horses in the men's race include Oklahoma State's John Kosgei, who is coming on strong late in the year. Wisconsin's Canadian prodigy Mohammed Ahmed is the most prominent of three freshmen in the field.
On the women's side, Iowa State could celebrate a 1-2 Cyclone finish if Betsy Saina repeats her West regional performance. From back East, West Virginia's Clara Grandt won the East regional, while Boston University's Andrea Walkonen has the nation's #2 time of 32:31, which is over 70 seconds slower than Koll's seasonal best.
LetsRun.com 10k Men Predictions - Kenyan Sweep?
1. Sam Chelanga
2. John Kosgei
3. Ben Cheruiyot
LetsRun.com 10k Women Predictions - 1, 2 Iowa State
1. Lisa Koll
2. Betsy Saina
3. Nicole Blood
Men's West 10,000m Qualifiers
Men's East 10,000m Qualifiers
Women's West 10,000m Qualifiers
Women's East 10,000m Qualifiers
The stage is set for an exciting NCAA Outdoor Championships weekend in Eugene, Oregon. We've worked together with our friends at TrackFocus.com to preview every event at the meet. In distance events, look for difficult double attempts from Andrew Wheating (800/1,500), Lisa Koll (10k/5k) and Sam Chelanga (10k/5k). In sprints, the men's 400 may be the fastest race in the world so far this year. In the team race, the Oregon men and women enter as slight underdogs to sprint powers Texas A&M and Florida, adding even more intrigue to the distance races. We'll see how much of a lift the Ducks get in front of home crowds at Hayward Field. The meet runs Wednesday-Saturday.
*NCAA Schedule, Info
*LetsRun.com's Emory Mort will be in Eugene covering the event, so check back for daily updates.
*TV: CBS College will air the championship live on Friday from 8-10 p.m. (EASTERN) and CBS will air it live on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. (EASTERN). NCAA.com will stream the rest of the championship online.
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