Is there going to be one this year? As excited as ever to try and fail!
Yes, disappointing nothing is up in such a hyped year.
Missed opportunity by LR to throw down an eye-catching contest with little time left.
Better late, than never.
We can make our predictions here, or I can make them and you can all congratulate me for being a genius:
I'll at least do Day One
1500: 1. Yared Nuguse, Notre Dame 2. Eliud Kipsang, Alabama, 3. Cole Hocker, Oregon 4. Mario Garcia Rono, Ole Miss 5. Sam Tanner, Washington 6.Jack Salsbury, Georgetown 7. Tallum Franco, BYU 8. Waleed Sulleman, Ole Miss
PV: 1. Zach Bradford, Kansas, 2. Hussein Al-Hazim, Kansas 3. Ryan Lippe, Alabama 4. Keaton Daniel, Kentucky 5. Brandon Ellis, Stephen F Austin 6. Ethan Bray, South Dakota 7. Nathan Stone, Indiana 8. Clayton Fritsch, Sam Houston
LJ: 1. JoVaughn Harrison, LSU 2. Carrey MacLeod, Tennessee 3. Isaac Grimes, Florida St 4. Rayven Allen, Oklahoma 5. Stephon McCarter, Texas 6. Jason Smith, Long Beach St. 7. Allan Gordon, Ole Miss 8. A'Nan Bridgett, Rutgers
800: 1. Isiah Jewelett, USC 2. Festus Lagat, Iowa St 3. Brandon Miller, Texas A & M 4. Charlie Hunter, Oregon 5. Yusuf Binzima, Texas 6. Finley McNear, Miami (OH) 7. Luis Peralta, Oregon 8. Cameron Jones, Clemson
Lagat is more experienced and I'm rooting for the guy, I have a feeling that Cameron Jones isn't that great. He has a good time trial but he hasn't faced off against great competition with the frequency of many of the others on the list. I doubt McNear will not be trying really hard to get in the mix though I haven't seen him get any big wins in any big invitationals this season
200: 1. Terrence Laird, LSU 2. Matt Boling, UGA 3. Shawn Masanganwyi, Houston 4. Joseph FAHNBULLEH, Florida [FR] 5. Javonte Harding, NC AT & T 6 Jordan Booker, Houston 7. Lance Lang, Kentucky 8. Davonte Burnett, USC
I'm assuming that some of these SEC stars will have their party crashed by Houston who probably hasn't been able to race against the best as often. I have to think that for all the hype, Boling will not want to lose to anyone except Laird
10K 1. Connor Mantz, BYU 2. Wesley Kiptoo, Iowa St 3. Aaron Benninfeld, Cincinnati 4. Vincent Kiprop, Alabama 5. Edwin Kurgat, Iowa St 6. Adrian Wildschut, Florida State 7. Patrick Dever, Tulsa 8. Abdirahim Nur, NAZ,,,,
9. Eric Hammer, Colroado State 10. Gilbert Boit, Arkanas
I want to say the race will be more random than this and throw out one of the favorites and throw in a good runner like Gilbert Boit or Jack O'Leary just for kicks but it's a talented talented field.
-Mantz's performance at that professional meet (can't remember) has me convinced he's in the shape to win the race and he's prepared for Kiptoo's gambits.
-I think Wildschuut will view this as one of his best chances for an Olympic qualifier so he will go really really fast and I think Dever has been too consistent. Nur should be rewarded for his 28:47 effort so I'd like to see him score here
-Edwin has an NCAA title and he's finished close to Wesley before, but with the way Wesley runs all-out at the start, Edwin will be stuck in no man's land and will be in a pack where he has as good of a chance as anyone
-I just like Cincinnati so I'll pick Benninfeld as a sleeper pick