The Division II men's track & field outdoor championships are set to get underway starting Thursday. Here is a preview for what to expect in the Sunshine State over the next three days:
When: May 25-27
Where: Bradenton, Florida
2016 champion: Saint Augustine’s
Top three in USTFCCCA: 1. Ashland; 2. Chico State; 3. Lincoln University
ATHLETES TO WATCH
Sprints1. Mobolade Ajomale, sophomore, Academy of Art. Ajomale ranks first in the 200-meter and third in the 100. He was selected West Region Track Athlete of the Year. He will also run anchor in the 4x100 and 4x400.
2. Kenneth Turner, senior, Angelo State. Turner ranks first in the 100 with a time of 10.25. He will also compete in the 200 and the 4x100.
3. Myles Pringle, sophomore, Ashland. Pringle has the fastest time in the 400 at 45.99. The second-best time is by a junior and the next four are all seniors. Pringle was the 2017 national indoor champion in the 400.
1. David Ribich, junior, Western Oregon. Ribich’s time of 3:41.45 in the 1,500-meter run is almost a full two seconds faster than the next best time.
2. Shaquille Dill, sophomore, Saint Augustine’s. Dill has the best time in Division II in the 800 at 1:48.55. He is the defending champion in the event.
Distance1. Vincent Kiprop, sophomore, Missouri Southern. Kiprop ranks first in the 10,000-meter with a time (28:19.94) that's 30 seconds faster than the next. He also has the third fastest time in the 5,000.
2. James Ngandu, junior, Tiffin. Ngandu ranks second nationally in the 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs. Ngandu was selected Midwest Region Track Athlete of the Year.
1. Shawn Rowe, senior, Saint Augustine’s. Rowe’s time of 49.36 in the 400 hurdles is not only the fastest in Division II; it's also the world’s 22nd fastest time. He also ranks ninth in the 110 high hurdles. Rowe was selected Atlantic Region Track Athlete of the Year.
2. Marshawn Scott, senior, Limestone. Scott turned in the best time in the 110 high hurdles at 13.81. Scott was named Southeast Region Track Athlete of the Year.
Field events1. Coy Blair, senior, Tiffin. Blair’s top shot put throw of 63 feet, 3.5 inches is tops in the country by nearly three feet. That throw ranks fifth all-time in Division II. Blair was selected as Midwest Region Field Athlete of the Year.
2. Nils Fischer, freshman, Angelo State. Fischer has the top javelin throw in the country. He's broken the school record in the javelin three times, with his best throw at 233-9. He was announced South Central Region Field Athlete of Year.
3. Phill Bailey, senior, Chico State. Bailey has the top score in the country in the decathlon at 7,630. His stiffest competition might come from junior teammate Jason Dunn, who ranks second with a score of 7,494.