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Posted: March 14, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: USATF News and Notes, Volume 9, Number 10

NCAA DI Champs head to College Station

More than 750 athletes are set to take center stage at the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships, March 13-14 at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

At the 2008 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, Arizona State University won the men's and women's team titles at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. The women successfully defended their 2007 team title with 51 points while the men earned their first title with 44 points.

Oregon's men and Texas A&M's women are chasing national team titles, as they enter the competition ranked first in the power rankings released by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Among the athletes to watch:

Texas Tech's Sally Kipyego will be chasing her ninth and a record-breaking tenth national title this weekend. Her quest begins tonight with the 5,000m final. She also is entered in the mile, where the final is Saturday. Kipyego ran a personal best 4:27.19 in the mile last month and in January clocked a collegiate record 8:48.77 in the 3,000m at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games.

2008 Olympic steeplechase Jenny Barringer of Colorado enters the 3,000m ranked # 1 on the descending order list with a time of 8:53.88. So far this season, she has set two collegiate records, in the mile (4:25.91) and the 5k (15:01.71).

Oregon's Galen Rupp, a 2008 Olympian who set the American indoor record in the 5,000m (13:18.12), the U.S. collegiate record in the 3,000m (7:44.69) and ran a 3:57.86 in the mile, is the top entrant in the men's 3,000m and 5,000m and could possibly run on the Ducks' DMR. He told the Oregonian this week that he would willingly step into the distance medley relay if UO coach Vin Lananna and associate head coach Dan Steele determine they need him to enhance the Ducks' chances of winning the meet.

For more information and complete results from the NCAA DI Indoor Track & Field Championships, visit The championships will be streamed live on Anyone with an .edu e-mail address is able to obtain access to ESPN360 for free. ESPN2 will air a 90-minute show on Monday, March 23 at 2:30 p.m. (ET).

NCAA DII in Houston

The 2009 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships are being held today and tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, at the University of Houston.

At the 2008 Championships, the Adams State College Grizzlies women's team won the school's first track and field title at the NCAA Division II level, while St. Augustine's easily defended their men's title and collected their 11th national championship overall.

Heading into the 2009 Championships, Adams State holds the top spot in the USTFCCCA rankings on the men's side while Minnesota State leads the women.

Terre Haute hosts DIII Champs

The 2009 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held March 13-14 at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.

Last year, the Wisconsin-La Crosse men's team won its 15th Indoor National Championship and the Illinois Wesleyan women's team captured its first team title at the 2008 DIII Championships. For more information and complete results from the 2009 NCAA DII and DIII Indoor Track & Field Championships, visit

High School Championship meets this weekend

America's top high school athletes will compete at two different national-caliber meets over the weekend.

The 2009 Nike Indoor Nationals will be held March Friday through Sunday at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, home to the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships for the last several years. Among the athletes competing in Boston is 2008 USATF Youth Athlete of the Year Jordan Hasay in the girls' 2 mile. Also entered in the meet is 2008 World Junior hammer throw silver medalist Connor McCullough in the boys' weight throw.

For more information and complete results from the 2009 Nike Indoor Nationals, visit

The 26th Annual National Scholastic Indoor Championships will be held Friday through Sunday at the New Balance Track & Field Center in New York City. The National Scholastic Indoor Championship (NSIC) was established in 1984 by the Metropolitan Athletics Congress to bring together the top high school athletes in the United States.

For more information and complete results from the 2009 National Scholastic Indoor Championships, visit

About USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.

For more information on USATF, visit

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