A second NCAA XC title would vault Mantz into the NCAA XC pantheon, but to win he'll have to beat a loaded field featuring Kiptoo, Adriaan Wildschutt, Cooper Teare, Nico Young, and more.
*MB:NCAA Predicted Men's Individual top 10
No man has ever won the 15000 and 5000 at the same NCAA meet. Can Cole Hocker make history? Hocker, Conner Mantz, and Wesley Kiptoo have all already won NCAA titles in 2021 and will look to burnish their legacies by adding more in Eugene. One event guaranteed to have a new champ is the men's steeple, which is completely wide-open.
Mantz ended the American individual drought with a DOMINANT final four minutes as he won by 22.1 seconds. In the team battle, NAU (1st with 60 points) was magnificent and they needed to be as Notre Dame had the best runner-up score since 1997 (87 points).
Wesley Kiptoo and the Oregon men lived up to their favorite status as both earned wins in championships record time. While LSU's JuVaughn Harrison is now the greatest HJ/LJ man in history - the only man to clear 2.30 in the high jump and surpass 8.40 in the long jump, and he did it on the same day.