There’s quite a bit of action going on this weekend, and four of the best meets are getting the live webcast treatment. Scroll down and you’ll get my Couch Potato’s Guide to the weekend action.
The Florida Relays are on Friday and Saturday in Gainesville. This is the sprint-heavy meet of the weekend, and includes all the extra relays (4×200, 4×800, medleys, shuttle hurdles). Distance Preps is offering up a live webcast.
Schedule | Live results | Flotrack coverage
The Stanford Invitational is on Friday and Saturday in Palo Alto. This is the distance-heavy meet of the weekend. Flotrack is offering up a live webcast. Spiked Up Psyched Up has a nice preview.
Schedule | Live results | Flotrack coverage
The Pepsi Team Invitational is on Saturday in Eugene, Oregon. It’s a quad-meet between Oregon, Texas A&M, UCLA and Washington. A live webcast is available at GoDucks.com. The Oregonian’s Ken Goe talks about the meet.
Schedule | Live results
Some other meets that I’d like to see get a webcast, but it doesn’t look like they will…
Of the major races that you can watch online, what’s happening when? Here’s your Couch Potato’s Guide to the weekend! (Click on the link to get meet info.)
Florida Relays Women’s 100m Hurdles
Tiffany Porter (adidas/Great Britain), World Indoor Championships silver medalist, leads the pro entries. Among collegians, Clemson brings Brianna Rollins and Bridgette Owens, who were second and third at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Florida Relays Men’s 110m Hurdles
American Record holder David Oliver kicks off his outdoor season against Olympic silver medalist David Payne and British worlds bronze medalist Andy Turner.
Florida Relays Women’s 400 meters
Top entries are pros Francena McCorory (adidas) and Mary Wineberg (New York AC), along with Florida’s own Lanie Whitaker, third at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Florida Relays Women’s 100 meters
Quarter-milers Natasha Hastings and DeeDee Trotter are entered to get some speedwork. UCF’s Aurieyall Scott and Octavious Freeman, second and third at the NCAA Indoor Championships 60 meters, are also entered.
Florida Relays Men’s 100 meters
Florida’s Jeff Demps headlines the race; his leading competition is likely to be Florida State’s Kemar Hyman and pro Travis Padgett.
Florida Relays Women’s 400m hurdles
2010 USA champion Tierra Brown will face off against 2008 Olympic Trials champion Tiffany Ross-Williams.
Florida Relays Men’s 200 meters
Maurice Mitchell, Florida State’s defending NCAA outdoor champ, takes on teammate Horatio Williams, Indiana’s Kind Butler, and pro Calvin Smith.
Stanford Invitational Women’s Steeplechase
Leading entries include Lennie Waite (Team Rogue) and Shayla Houlihan.
Duke Invitational Women’s 5000 meters Section A
This race is the return to action of Duke’s Juliet Bottorf, the 2011 NCAA 10k champ. She missed the cross country and indoor seasons with injuries.
Stanford Invitational Men’s Steeplechase
Leading entries include Kyle Heath (US Army), Josh McAdams (New Balance) and Kyle Perry.
Stanford Invitational Women’s 1500 meters
Leading entries: Nicole Sifuentes (Saucony), Angela Bizzarri (Brooks), Kim Conley, Heidi Dahl (New Balance), Lauren Johnson (Nike)
[Irish record holder Alistair] Cragg is also entered in the 1500 meters and will face a bevy of top NCAA runners, notably Lawi Lalang (Arizona) and Chris Derrick (Stanford), who waged two epic battles in the 3000 meters and 5000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Cam Levins (Southern Utah), the recent NACAC cross country champion, and Stanford alum Garrett Heath are two others to watch for.
Late additions Evan Jager (OTC) and Matt Tegenkamp (OTC) make this even more interesting.
Irish record holder Alistair Cragg is set to run the 5000 meters against Mammoth Track Club teammates Josphat Boit and Scott Bauhs as well as top collegiates Stephen Sambu (Arizona), Andrew Bayer (Indiana) and Hassan Mead (Minnesota).
Late addtitions Simon Bairu (OTC/Canada) and Brent Vaughn (OTC) are other names to watch.
Stanford Invitational Women’s 10,000 meters
Leading entries include Aliphine Tuliamuk (Wichita State), Tara Erdmann, and Zsofia Erdelyi (USC)
Seeking to make her fourth Olympic team in 2012, Jen Rhines opens her outdoor season in the 5000 meters against a strong field that includes NCAA indoor 5000 meter runner-up Deborah Maier (Cal), collegiate 10,000 meter record holder Lisa Uhl and Jackie Areson, recently USA indoor 3000 meter runner-up.
Add Katie McGregor (Reebok) as another name to watch.
Stanford Invitational Stanford Invitational Men’s 10,000 meters, section 1
Dathan Ritzenhein headlines a field deep in American B-level talent. Others entered include Tim Ritchie (Boston Athletic Assn), Joseph Chirlee (US Army), James Carney, Sean Houseworth (US Air Force), Bill Kogel (Oklahoma), Andy Wacker (Colorado), Mike Sayenko (Club Northwest), Mike Fout (Florida State), and Parker Stinson (Oregon).
Florida Relays Men’s Shuttle Hurdles
A pro quartet which could include Brendan Ames, David Payne, Andy Turner and David Oliver has entered, and they could run very fast. They’d need 54.43 to break into the all-time top ten.
Duke Invitational Men’s 800 meters, section 1
This could be interesting in that Duke decathlete Curtis Beach is running. The leading entrant is Felix Kitur of VMI, whose 2012 best is 1:48.14. How fast can Beach go?
Florida Relays Women’s 4×100 relay
Clemson and UCF are the top collegiate entries, and some pros are entered as well.
Florida Relays Men’s 4x100m Relay
This is expected to be a showdown between rivals Florida and Florida State.
Pepsi Team Invitational Women’s 4×100 relay
Texas A&M and Oregon are two of the faster teams in the country.
Pepsi Team Invitational Women’s 1500 meters
Becca Friday, 4th in the NCAA indoor mile, takes on Washington’s Christine Babcock and Megan Goethals.
San Francisco resident Shannon Rowbury will make the short trek down to Stanford to contest the 800 meters. Rowbury, the 2009 World Championship 1500 meter bronze medalist, will take on reigning NCAA indoor champion Nachelle Mackie (BYU) and outdoor champion Natalja Piliusina (Oklahoma State).
Pepsi Team Invitational Women’s 100m Hurdles
Texas A&M’s Donique Flemings, 6th at the NCAA indoors, faces off against the Brianne Theisen, the Ducks’ star heptathlete.
Pepsi Team Invitational Men’s 110m Hurdles
Oregon freshman Jonathan Cabral has been running very well, but Texas A&M’s Wayne Davis II was 7th at the NCAA indoors. This might be the best men’s race of the day.
Stanford Invitational Men 800 Meter Run
Leading entries: Ryan Martin (UC Santa Barbara), Harun Abda (Minnesota), Ryan Waite (BYU), David Pachuta (Minnesota), Kyle Merber (Columbia)
Pepsi Team Invitational Women’s 800 meters
Washington’s Katie Flood, a longer-distance specialist, drops down to 800 and takes on Oregon’s Laura Roesler and Anne Kesselring.
Pepsi Team Invitational Women’s 200 meters
Oregon’s English Gardner, the NCAA indoor champ at 60 meters, meets Texas A&M’s Dominique Duncan, 5th at the NCAA indoors 200 meters.
Pepsi Team Invitational Women’s 5000 meters
Oregon’s Alex Kosinski and Texas A&M’s Natosha Rogers met over this distance at last month’s NCAA Indoor Championships, where Rogers came out ahead by eight places and 42 seconds.
Pepsi Team Invitational Women’s 4×400 relay
This race will be a good one to watch for several reasons. One is that it’s going to be fast and close—both Oregon and Texas A&M were NCAA Indoor Championships qualifiers—but the other is that the meet could come down to this race.