Conference Championship Previews: West

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Yesterday I kicked off my series of conference championship previews with the meets in the northeast. Now we look to the west.

Remember, all references to team rankings, either national or regional, are my own rankings and not those of the USTFCCCA.

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Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships

Friday and Saturday at Washington’s Dempsey Indoor

Championship Central
Flotrack coverage
Schedule and heat sheets
Live results

Men’s meet

Nationally-ranked teams: #6 Arizona State, #7 Arizona, #13 BYU, #16 Oregon, #18 Stanford
Regionally-ranked teams: #1 Arizona State, #2 Arizona, #3 BYU, #4 Oregon, #5 Stanford, #7 Washington, #8 Washington State, #12 Cal, #15 UCLA, #18 Colorado, #19 Long Beach State

Analysis
This meet is hard to gauge, as west-coast teams don’t take indoor track nearly as seriously as most of the rest of the country does. As a result, not everyone has shown their hand. I’d consider Arizona and Arizona State the favorites, but any of five teams could win this (including BYU, Oregon, and Stanford).

Events to watch
Pole Vault (4:00 PM Friday). UCLA’s Michale Woepse and BYU’s Victor Weirich are tied for 4th on the national list at 18’ ½“, and there are five other 17-foot vaulters in the meet.
High jump (10:30 AM Saturday). Bryan McBride (Arizona State) and Edgar Rivera-Morales and Nick Ross (both Arizona) have all cleared 7’ 4” or better this year and are ranked in the NCAA’s top five.
Mile (11 AM Saturday). BYU’s aptly-named Miles Batty broke the collegiate record at the Millrose Games, but Arizona’s Lawi Lalang almost beat him to it two weeks earlier in Arkansas. If these two both enter this race, it will be amazing. If not, hey, there are another three guys in the conference at 4:00 or better.
3000 (1:20 PM Saturday) and/or 5000 meters (5:30 PM Friday). How many other conferences can claim three runners who have already run Olympic ‘A’ qualifying times? Arizona’s Lawi Lalang and Stephen Sambu and Stanford’s Chris Derrick all did it at the Millrose Games. In all, the conference boasts eight men at 8:00 or under (3k) and eleven at 14:00 or under (5k). Who runs what is still up in the air, but regardless these races will f’in rock.

Women’s meet
Nationally-ranked teams:
#1 Oregon, #6 BYU, #10 Stanford, #12 Arizona, #16 Washington, #25 Arizona State
Regionally-ranked teams: #1 Oregon, #2 BYU, #3 Stanford, #4 Arizona, #5 Washington, #6 Arizona State, #7 Cal, #10 Utah, #13 UCLA, #17 Colorado, #22 Washington State, #25 Long Beach State

Analysis
Oregon is one of the favorites to win the NCAA Championships, which is a double-edged sword when it comes to winning the MPSF. That’s good because they have many athletes performing at a high level. That’s bad because they may hold back a bit in order to peak for the nationals, which could open the door for BYU.

Events to watch
Pentathlon (all day Friday). Oregon’s Brianne Theisen is the collegiate record holder, and has been so good for so long that she doesn’t get nearly enough attention any more.
Mile (11:15 AM Saturday). Washington’s Katie Flood and Oregon’s Anne Kesselring are 1st and 3rd in the NCAA, and the Ducks’ Jordan Hasay is the defending NCAA indoor champion.
800 meters (12:40 PM Saturday). BYU has a potent 1-2 punch in Nachelle Mackie and Katie Palmer, currently 1st and 3rd in the NCAA. Oregon’s Laura Roesler will try to challenge them (and improve her chances for NCAA Championships qualifying in the process). In all, there are six women in the MPSF who have run under 2:06 this winter.
3000 meters (1:45 PM Saturday) and 5000 meters (5:50 PM Friday). Flood is one of the fastest in collegiate history in the 3k and Hasay is the defending NCAA indoor champion at that distance. Oregon, Stanford and Washington all have multiple runners in the NCAA’s top ten in the 3k and 5k, but another team has crashed the party: the Cal Bears. After a breakthrough season in cross country, Deborah Maier leads the nation in the 5k (15:29.24) and Chelsea Reilly is third in the 3k (9:00.86). In all, the MPSF has eight women at 9:20 or better and nine at 16:15 or better.
High Jump (12:45 PM Saturday). As of the moment I write this, Arizona’s Brigetta Barrett is tied for #2 in the world, trailing only Anna Chicherova, the reigning World Champion and Russian record holder. If she can improve by a single centimeter, she’ll tie the collegiate indoor record.

Mountain West Championships

Thursday through Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center

Championship Central
Schedule
Live results

Mens meet

Nationally-ranked teams:none
Regionally-ranked teams: #9 Colorado State, #10 Air Force, #11 Boise State, #13 New Mexico, #19 (South Central) TCU, #22 Wyoming

Analysis
One MWC coach told me that this meet used to be a contest of how close could you get to BYU. Now, he rates the meet as a toss-up between Air Force, Boise State and New Mexico. I wouldnt be so quick to discount Colorado State, but hes in the conference so I have to assume he knows what hes talking about.

Events to watch
Mile.
There are no great athletes here, but many who are very good: five have run 4:04 or 4:05.
Pole Vault. Air Forces Simmons brothers, Cale and Rob, are the class of the conference. After that, its an Air Force New Mexico dual meet, and the results here could determine which team wins the meet.

Womens meet

Nationally-ranked teams:none
Regionally-ranked teams: #9 San Diego State, #9 (South Central) TCU, #12 Colorado State, #15 New Mexico, #18 UNLV, #24 Air Force

Analysis
That same MWC coach said unless someone makes a major leap forward it is a complete and absolute toss-up.

Events to watch
Long Jump.
TCUs Whitney Gipson was fourth in this event at Junes NCAA Outdoor Championships. She isc currently without an automatic qualifier to the nationals, and will be looking for a big mark.
Triple jump. San Diego States Shanieka Thomas is the NCAA leader.
Weight throw. UNLVs Amanda Bingson is fourth in the nation.

Big Sky Championships

Friday and Saturday at Northern Arizonas Walkup Skydome

Championship Central
Schedule
Live webcast link (schedule TBA)
Live results

Mens meet

Nationally-ranked teams:none
Regionally-ranked teams: #6 Northern Arizona, #14 Montana State, #21 Eastern Washington, #24 Idaho State, #25 Sacramento State

Analysis
Northern Arizona is a heavy favorite. The Lumberjacks are known for their strong distance runners, but their field event crew is tough as well.

Events to watch
Distance.
Northern Arizonas Diego Estrada has an automatic NCAA Championships qualifier in the mile, 3000 and 5000. Where hell line up here is anyones guess. Teammate Jordan Chipangama has also qualified in the mile.

Womens meet

Nationally-ranked teams:none
Regionally-ranked teams: #11 Sacramento State, #14 Weber State, #23 Idaho State

Analysis
Two-time defending champions Sacramento State look to hold on to their title. If the Hornets are to be challenged, its most likely to come from Weber State.

Events to watch
Mile and 3000 meters. Weber States Amber Henry is on the bubble for qualifying to the NCAA Indoor Championships and may go for a fast time to improve her position.
5000 meters. Weber States Sarah Callister and Idaho States Bradi Hutchison have both run in the low-16 minute range. They went 1-2 in this event at last springs Big Sky meet and return to battle again.
Pole vault. Eastern Washingtons Keisa Monterola, currently fourth on the national list, is a relative newcomer to the NCAA but has long been a top vaulter. Competing for her native Venezuela, she won a silver at the 2005 IAAF World Youth Championships plus many other international honors.

WAC Championships

Thursday through Saturday at Boise States Idaho Center

Championship Central
Schedule
Live results

Mens meet

Nationally-ranked teams:none
Regionally-ranked teams: #16 Utah State, #20 Idaho, #23 (South Central) Louisiana Tech

Analysis
The WAC has so disintegrated that, on the mens side, this is now a tri-meet. Depth, then, is paramount. Last year this meet ended in a tie between Utah State and Boise State. Since the Broncos left for the Mountain West Conference, that makes the Aggies the defending champions.

Event to watch
Pole vault.
Idahos Jeremy Klas is on the bubble for NCAA Championships qualifying and needs an improvement on his seasons best of 17 9.75 (5.43m) in order to assure himself a spot at the nationals.

Womens meet

Nationally-ranked teams:none
Regionally-ranked teams: #10 (South Central) Louisiana Tech, #19 Idaho, #20 Nevada, #21 Utah State

Analysis
Five teams Louisiana Tech, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah State all have a shot at winning this meet. Idaho and Utah State appear to have the greatest depth, which matters in a seven-team conference.

Events to watch
Mile.
The leagues top two runners are Idahos Hannah Kiser, the defending WAC outdoor 5k champion, and Nevadas Samantha Diaz, the defending WAC outdoor 1500 champion. Kiser has qualified to the NCAA Championships in the 3000.