800: 1. Murphy.....2. Walker.....3. Brazier
This is a deep and interesting field. Capwell, Walker, Murphy and Kidder are the "old" ones who are attempting to stay relevant with the young guns of Brazier and Harris trying to claim their spot. I tend to favor experience here, thus my picks, but I could see any of 7 guys winning it: Murphy, Walker, Brazier, Arroyo, Rutto, Walker or Kidder.
1600: 1. Burcham....2. Prakel....3. Awad
This race is absolutely wide open. I like Awad here too, I just feel there is going to be some interesting stuff happen here. Prakel could be the silent killer. Haney could very well win.
3000: 1. Ches....2. Knight...3. Tiernan
Ches is too strong and too superior. It doesn't matter if this race goes out fast or slow, he's too far above the pack for the previous night to bother him much in my opinion. Not to mention the fact that Ches could also probably run 1:47 like some of these guys. Besides, his finishing 200-400 kick has a little bit to do with his gifted natural speed, but it has just as much or more to do with the fact that his strength allows him to conserve those reserves for when they are really needed. No one else has his strength.
5000: 1. Ches....2. Murphy.....3. Zienasellassie
Similar to above in regards to Ches. I like Murphy to perform a lot better than he did at outdoors this past June. I think he's a dark horse. I think Curtain will be in position for most of the way and then fall back with 600 or so to go and leave that spot open for Zienasellassie, who has the strength and the wheels to close well.
DMR: 1. Oregon....2. Penn State.....3. Ok. State
This is going to be a good way to get us distance people excited on Friday! I think these three teams have the strongest overall pieces with Stanford right there as well. As long as Ches is within 25 meters of the lead when he gets the handoff, it's ballgame.