Some of the top collegiate athletes in North America gathered this past weekend in Fayetteville, AR for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Any time you get high-level athletes together for a championship meet you're going to see some great performances. A few of the highlights from this past weekend:
Ashton Eaton -- The University of Oregon senior not only won the heptathlon, he also broke the world record! While the rest of the best multi-eventers in the world were competing at the IAAF Championships last weekend (Americans Bryan Clay and Trey Hardee took gold and silver), Eaton stuck around to try and help his team win the NCAA title. In the process he broke Dan O'Brien's world record and clearly established himself as the front-runner in the 2012 Olympics.
Check out the interview with Eaton below...
Francena McCorory -- Records fell on the women's side, as well, with Hampton senior McCorory running a blistering 50.54 in the 400m to set a new American record. She only had the 7th best time in the country coming into the meet, but was at her best when it mattered most. After the winner of the first finals heat ran an impressive 51.63, McCorory showed she was on a different level -- winning her heat by almost a second and a half.
Robby Andrews -- The freshman from the University of Virginia narrowly beat Andrew Wheating -- Olympian Andrew Wheating -- in the men's 800m. Not only did it earn Andrews the NCAA title, but also kept his undefeated streak in the 800m alive. His coach, Jason Vigilante, talks about the freshman phenom in the video below:
Angela Bizzarri -- Bizzarri was the surprise winner of the NCAA Cross Country Championship last fall when Jenny Barringer faltered. But she was certainly not an unknown, having won the NCAA title in the outdoor 5k last spring. This weekend she was racing the 3k against Lisa Koll -- who had run the fastest 3k time coming into the meet and who had won the 5k earlier in the weekend. They set a blistering pace from the beginning, fighting for the lead over the last 200m with Bizzarri edging out Koll by .12 seconds. Check out the interview with Bizzarri (who also lowered her PR by 13 seconds!) below:
So with the indoor season finished, spring is officially here and it's off to the outdoor season! Who do you expect big things out of this year? World record predictions? Use the comments section below to make your voice heard!