TrackTown LIVE NCAA DI Outdoor Championship Preview Back For Its Fourth Year
By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA
The 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships begin Wednesday, June 7 and run through Saturday, June 10 and we don’t think there is a better way to get to know the future stars of the meet than by hearing from them during “TrackTown LIVE” on Monday and Tuesday.
We also implore you to watch NCAAs across the ESPN family of networks, especially on Friday and Saturday as they’ll be shown in prime time on ESPN.
But first, you should check out “TrackTown LIVE” and its star-studded lineup that features three Olympians and athletes who won a total of 7 NCAA titles at the indoor meet back in March.
TRACKTOWN LIVE – DAY 1
– Mostafa Hassan and Brian Bedard, Colorado State
– John Kyriazis and Pat Henry, Texas A&M
– Justyn Knight, Syracuse
– Troy Fraley and Pat Tyson, Gonzaga
– Jereem Richards and Dan Waters, Alabama
– Cameron Burrell and Leroy Burrell, Houston
– Chris Nilsen and Derek Miles, South Dakota
– Byron Robinson and Mario Sategna, Texas
– Eric Futch and TJ Holmes, Florida
TRACKTOWN LIVE – DAY 2
– Lexi Weeks and Tori Weeks, Arkansas
– Charlotte Taylor, San Francisco
– Devynne Charlton, Purdue
– Shadae Lawrence and Shardia Lawrence, Kansas State
– Karisa Nelson, Samford
– Devon Williams and Kendell Williams, Georgia
– Shakima Wimbley, Miami (Fla.)
– Karissa Schweizer, Missouri
Collegiate track & field fans can also expect to hear from TrackTown USA president and 2016 Men’s Olympic Track & Field head coach Vin Lananna and USTFCCCA CEO Sam Seemes, 2016 Olympians Devon Allen and Jenna Prandini, as well as experts from FloTrack and RunnerSpace.
About the Hosts
Kent, a former three-sport standout for the Oregon Ducks, was a 2007 NFL draftee by the Seattle Seahawks and was a four-time USTFCCCA All-American on the track. He has six years of studio broadcasting experience and currently serves as the television studio host for the Portland Trail Blazers and CSNNW and was the on-field emcee for the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships and the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials-Track & Field.
Swangard has been the lead public address announcer at Historic Hayward Field for more than two decades, providing in-stadium commentary for the University of Oregon home meets and previous NCAA Championships. This past year Swangard completed an announcing “Triple Crown” as he called the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships, the IAAF U20 Championships in addition to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
ABOUT THE USTFCCCA
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents over 9,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA, NJCAA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’ interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.
ABOUT TRACKTOWN USA Inc.
TrackTown USA, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to setting a standard of excellence in the sports of track and field and running by hosting premier events, creating a supportive environment for elite athletic performances, improving facilities, being a leader in sustainability and inspiring the next generation of track and field athletes and fans. The organization is responsible for organizing the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, the 2015 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials—Track & Field and the 2021 IAAF World Track & Field Championships.