BU season opener, at Boston University’s incredible indoor mondo facility, sparks the beginning of a new NCAA indoor track and field season. A few weeks ago, athletes were trudging through the mud on a cross country course, they now return to normality on a harder surface over recognisable distances. However, this is not only an opportunity for distance runners to show their hand for qualification for the end of the NCAA indoor championships, but also for a long awaited return for sprinters and field eventers alike.
The BU season opener meet, has historically proven those athletes coming off a huge block of winter training, an opportunity to show their fitness on the track, before a break over the festive period. The NCAA indoor championships being the final aim for most of these athletes, however qualification criteria for the championships are ridiculously competitive. The championships only accomodate the top 16 performers in the nation at the end of the season. In the past we have seen athletes coming off national cross country titles two weeks previous to compete, this season is no different. The women’s 5k looks on paper an incredibly strong event, with the last two NCAA cross country winners at the NCAA D1 championships competing. Alongside the huge All-American English talent Alice Wright, who has opted to stay away from the domestic European XC scene to reep the rewards of the Boston University indoor track.
As the season kicks off, we look back at internationals NCAA champions gone by, with Josh Kerr. A New Mexico Lobo, who is looking to retain his indoor mile and outdoor 1500 metre NCAA Division 1 titles, has had a great cross country season and will look to be a serious threat on the track.
TrackBound USA wish every athlete competing this weekend the best of luck!!