NCAA INDOOR CHAMPS HEADED FOR FRANKLIN FIELD
With the NCAA indoor championships completed, it's time to check results to see who should be on hand for the 119th Penn Relay Carnival at Franklin Field, April 25-26-27.
And, as usual, the men's and women's distance medley relays should be among the showstoppers.
Princeton's men look ready to defend it's 2012 DMR crown after winning the NCAA indoor event, finishing ahead of Penn State, which should be right with the Tigers in Friday afternoon's Championship of America race. Penn State is also the defending Relays champ in the 4x800 relay. In the women's race on Thursday, Michigan will come to town as the NCAA indoor winner, and can expect to be challenged by defending champ Villanova, which placed second at the indoor event.
Another indoor relay champion expected to be at Franklin Field will be Oregon's women's 4x400-meter squad of English Gardner, Chizoba Okodogbe, Laura Roseler and Phyllis Francis, the same quartet which won the event at last June's NCAA outdoor meet after finishing second (to Texas A&M) at the Penn Relays.
Individual men's champions who are expected at Franklin Field include Texas Tech's Kennedy Kithuka (5,000 meters) and Bryce Lamb (triple jump), Texas A&M's Ameer Webb (200 meters) and Elijah Cooper (Oregon, 800 meters).
Women's individual winners should include LSU's Kimberlyn Duncan, winner of the 200 meters indoors as she was at last year's NCAA outdoor meet. At last year's Penn Relays, Duncan anchored the Tigers' 4x200 relay to Championship of America gold, and to a second-place finish in the 4x100, behind Texas A&M. Another LSU indoor champ was 800-meter runner Natoya Goule.
Dartmouth should be strong in the distance relays with Abbey D'Agostino, winner of both the 3,000 and 5,000 meter races at the NCAA indoors; she's also the defending NCAA outdoor 5,000 champion.
Clemson's women usually challenge in the shuttle hurdles relay, and this year features NCAA indoor 60-meter hurdles champ Brianna Rollins. Another indoor champion who could compete in several events is Mississippi State's pentathlete Erica Bougard.
Another possible challenger in the sprint relays could be NCAA Division II men's team champion St. Augustine, which had individual NCAA winners at 60 (Moussa Dembele; probably not related to the Tottenham Hotspur player with the same name), 200 (Dave Hyatt) and 400 meters (Jermaine Jones; again, probably not related to the member of the USA's national soccer team).
The complete field will be known after all the entries are filed in early April.
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