Five things to watch at today's NCAA men's championship

110-meter hurdles (6:12 p.m.) – Oregon junior Devon Allen, who set the NCAA meet record of 13.16 seconds in winning the title as a freshman two years ago, is the prohibitive favorite. He came into the meet with the NCAA’s leading time of 13.32, and backed it up with the fastest qualifying time of 13.38 in Wednesday’s semifinals. LSU’s Jordan Moore had the next best time of 13.57.

800 meters (6:47 p.m.) – The NCAA meet record of 1:44.70 set by Mark Everett in 1990 could be in jeopardy after Texas A&M freshman Donavan Brazier clocked one of the fastest qualifying times in history at 1:45.07 to win his semifinal heat. Only four men have ever run faster to win the NCAA title. His main challenger is expected to be Canadian Brandon McBride, of Mississippi State, who easily won his heat at 1:45.48, and also ran a terrific 45.36 leg on the 4×400-meter relay.

Discus (5:05 p.m.) – Penn senior Sam Mattis is the one to beat after he threw 221 feet, 3 inches in March; making him the #3 all-time performer with the fourth-best mark in NCAA history. There’s a long list of challengers, headed by Virginia’s Filip Mihaljevic, who won the shot put by more than a foot on Wednesday, plus Akron’s Phillip Jagers and Kansas’s Mitchell Cooper.

200 meters (7:07 p.m.) – How much will Arkansas’s Jarrion Lawson have left in the tank? He won the long jump on Wednesday, and today’s workload finds the Razorback senior in the 4x100m relay, 100m and 200m. LSU junior Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake will also be tripling in the 4x100m relay, 100m and 200m today. He posted the fastest qualifying time in the 200m at 20.17 and his performance will be key to the Tigers’ NCAA title hopes.

5,000 meters (7:25 p.m.) – After an injury-plagued season, Oregon junior Edward Cheserek showed he was rounding into good form when he won the 10,000 meters with a blistering final lap of 57.24 seconds. He’ll take aim at an incredible 15th NCAA title today which includes three straight NCAA cross country crowns. He’ll face plenty of high-caliber competition, led by Stanford’s Sean McGorty, Villanova’s Patrick Tiernan, Syracuse’s Justyn Knight, Washington’s Colby Gilbert and Virginia Tech’s Thomas Curtin.

 

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