We recap the highlights and lowlights from Boston where Donavan Brazier sat and kicked on Clayton Murphy, Yomif Kejelcha looked amazing while Sydney McLaughlin didn't and Jenny Simpson "borderline" embarrassed herself.
The Orange (35 points) went 3-4-5 and cruised past the Illini (56 points) but the Friars (71 points) had to work for it despite going 4-5-6 as the Hoosiers and Hoyas were each just 7 points behind. Illinois' Jesse Reiser (24:13) and New Hampshire's Elle Purrier (16:49) were your individual champions. Might Illinois win its 1st Big 10 title since 1984?
It's been 27 years since there was a repeat winner of the NCAA women's mile but that likely will change this weekend unless UNH's Elinor Purrier or Penn State star freshman Danae Rivers can pull off an upset.
Distance highlights include Robby Andrews winning the 1000 (2:21.23), New Hampshire's Elinor Purrier taking the mile in 4:34.98, Esther Guerro taking the 800 in 2:01.72 over Cory McGee (2:02.20), and Megan Malasarte winning the 1000 (2:45.51).
*MB:Robby Andrew's 1k
On the men's side, Dartmouth won as #6 ranked Arkansas finished only 3rd holding some athletes out. UNH's Elinor Purrier and Arkansas' Alex George (running in a speedsuit) got the individual victories. *Full Results
At the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, Arkansas' Alex George (24:09) and UNH's Elinor Purrier (17:06) claimed the individual wins at Franklin Park. We also ran into Molly Huddle, who updated us on the early stages of her NYC Marathon training.
Freitas (4:09.80) and Frerichs (9:29.31) have SBs that put them well ahead of the rest of the NCAA, while Rogers is the defending NCAA indoor/outdoor champion. Can indoor mile champ Kaela Edwards challenge Freitas in the 1,500? What about Stanford's supersoph Olivia Baker (NCAA-leading 2:01.02) in the 800?