LetsRun.com's 2012 NCAA Indoor Track And Field Men's Preview
March 8, 2012
The 2012 NCAA Division 1 Indoor Track and Field Championships take place in Idaho on Friday and Saturday of this week. NCAA indoors may not get quite the attention as NCAA outdoors, but recently it has been the launching pad for a few distance stars. Last year's NCAA indoor meet was fantastic, as Jordan Hasay became a legend. In 2009, Galen Rupp became a star. Will someone join them in legendary status in 2012? Perhaps Lawi Lalang in the 3k and 5k or Miles Batty in the DMR, mile and 3k? Watch it and find out.
If you aren't in Idaho, ESPN3 will stream the meet live on March 9 from 7:30-11:45 p.m. ET and March 10 from 8-11:15 p.m. ET. NCAA.com and broncosports.com will stream what ESPN3 is not covering on Friday (Noon-7:30 p.m. ET) and Saturday (12:30-8 p.m. ET). A tape delay of the championship will air on TV Sunday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Watching a meet without knowing what to expect is pretty boring. Don't worry. We are here to save you. Below, we break down the men's mid-d and distance events for you, as well as the team battle. We break things down in the order that they will occur.
Men's 5,000: 4 Sub-13:20 Guys Clash
This race is truly ridiculous. There are four guys in it who have run the Olympic A standard - sub-13:20 - indoors this year.
|1||Lalang, Lawi||SO-2||Arizona||13:08.28||105th Millrose Games||02/10/12||02/13/12|
|2||Sambu, Stephen||JR-3||Arizona||13:13.74||105th Millrose Games||02/10/12||02/13/12|
|3||Korir, Leonard||SR-4||Iona||13:19.54||105th Millrose Games||02/10/12||02/13/12|
|4||Derrick, Chris||JR-3||Stanford||13:19.58||105th Millrose Games||02/10/12||02/13/12|
Three of those four were in this race last year. Last year, Korir defeated the seemingly unbeatable Sam Chelanga to get the crown in 13:26.01 and Sambu was third and Derrick 8th. One guy was missing from that race last year, the now seemingly unbeatable Lawi Lalang. In our minds, it's hard to come up with a scenario where he loses, as not only did he win the cross-country title and then ran 13:08 to prove he has the best endurance of the bunch, but he also seems to have the best speed, as shown by his 3:55.09 indoor mile from earlier this year. Remember, he's the brother of 800-meter Olympian Boaz Lalang. Contrast that with last year's favorite Chelanga, who many thought might be vulnerable in a kick.
The American hope Derrick comes into the race after having shown good speed by his standards, as he broke 4:00 for the first time last weekend. Remember, the American collegiate indoor record is 13:18.12. We certainly don't expect the pace to be that hot, but we sure hope people appreciate how good Derrick is.
All-Time Best US 5,000 Collegiate Times
1. 13:15.77 Bill McChesney 1981
2. 13:18.12i Galen Rupp 2009
3. 13:18.46 Brent Vaughn 2008
4. 13:19.22 Rudy Chapa 1979
5. 13:19.58i Chris Derrick 2012
Men's 800: Where Is Everyone?
The 2011 NCAA outdoor 800 final was one of the greatest races in history. Everyone in the final 8 had a PR of 1:46.06 or faster and the race more than lived up to the hype, as Robby Andrews came from behind to nip Charles Jock, 1:44.71 to 1:44.75.