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The Weekend Ahead in Track & Field: College Championships

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Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 3:08pm EST

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Next week is the big weekend of conference championships, but a handful jump the gun and hold them this week. Let’s see what’s coming up!

Big East Championships

Saturday & Sunday at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory
LIVE webcast both days (times TBA)
Championship Central
Schedule | Heat sheets
Live results
BIGEAST.org preview

Men’s meet
Title contenders: Virginia Tech is a heavy favorite.
Event to watch: 60 Hurdles – Syracuse’s Jarret Eaton has come close to the Collegiate Record.

Women’s meet
Title contenders: My computer rankings say Georgetown is the favorite, but five other teams could challenge—Virginia Tech, UConn, Louisville, Villanova and Notre Dame.
Event to watch: Mile – UConn’s Heather Wilson (2:04.34 at 800 meters) and Georgetown’s Emily Infeld (9:00.13 at 3k) are slated to face off.

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championships

Thursday through Saturday, at the Prince George’s Sports Complex
Championship central
Live results

Men’s meet
Title contenders: My computer says it’s a three-way fight between Norfolk State, UMES and North Carolina A&T.
Event to watch: 60 meters – Hampton’s Reggie Dixon is one of the best in the nation.

Women’s meet
Title contenders: This looks like a battle between UMES and Hampton.
Event to watch: Long Jump – NC A&T’s Shakia Forbes is on the bubble for qualifying to the NCAA Championships.

America East Championships

Friday and Saturday at the Boston U. Track & Tennis Center
Championship Central
Schedule | Live results
AmericaEast.com preview

Men’s meet
Title contenders: Boston University is the favorite, but Albany is not far behind.
Event to watch: Distance Medley – Sub-4:00 milers Erik van Ingen (Binghamton) and Rich Peters (Boston U.) are not meeting at that distance, as van Ingen is entered in the 800. If they race each other, it will be here.

Women’s meet:
Title contenders: It’s hard to see Boston University being beaten.
Event to watch: 3000 meters – Stony Brook’s Lucy van Dalen is #2 miler on the NCAA list, but BU’s 10k All-American Katie Matthews poses a significant challenge.

Metro Atlantic Championships

Friday at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory
Championship Central
Schedule
MAACSports.com preview

Men’s meet
Title contenders: Iona and Manhattan are the perennial championships combatants and this year will see more of the same.
Event to watch: Whatever Iona’s Lenny Korir is running; he’s the defending NCAA 10k champion.

Women’s meet
Title contenders:
Iona is a strong favorite.
Event to watch: Mile – Iona’s Heidi Gregson is on the bubble for NCAA Championships qualifying.

Atlantic 10 Championships

Friday and Saturday at Providence’s Mackal Fieldhouse
Championship Central
Live results

Men’s meet
Title contenders: Charlotte is a strong favorite, but host Rhode Island could challenge.

Women’s meet
Title contenders: Charlotte and Dayton are the favorites.

Atlantic Sun Championships

Friday and Saturday at the ETSU Memorial Center
Championship Central
Schedule | Start lists
Live results
AtlanticSun.org preview

Men’s meet
Title contenders: Kennesaw State, East Tennessee State and Lipscomb are the best teams.

Women’s meet
Title contenders: Jacksonville is the class of the conference.

Patriot League

Friday through Sunday at Bucknell’s Gerhard Fieldhouse
Championship Central
Schedule
PatriotLeague.org preview

Men’s meet
Title contenders: Navy and Bucknell are very evenly matched.

Women’s meet
Title contenders: Navy is the favorite, but Lehigh could challenge.

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