The team of Chanelle Price, Chrishuna Williams, Laura Roesler and Charlene Lipsey got a comfortable 3+ second win over Belarus, although their 8:16 winning time wouldn't have been fast enough to even podium at the last two World Relays.
Leah O'Connor will look to be the first woman to repeat in the steeple since Jenny Barringer in 2009. Shelby Houlihan will look to be just the third woman in history to win back-to-back NCAA titles in the 1500. Natoya Goule has won 3 NCAA titles but she faces a LOADED field.
McBride is looking to become the first man since fellow Canadian Nate Brannen ('03-'04) to repeat at NCAAs; Goule wants to regain her 2013 title after transferring from LSU to Clemson. Iowa State's Edward Kemboi (NCAA leader at 1:46.09) and Arkansas' Chrishuna Williams (2:02.95 in her first year as an 800 runner) lead the list of challengers.
Arkansas' Chrishuna Williams ran the #2 fastest NCAA 800 for the year with 2:02.95.