Mens NCAA Predictions

OVERWHELMING…

My life in a word.

Pretty basic/bland/boring but whatever. Listening to the Justin Bieber XMAS Album ♥.

Anyways, I am coming back right before the National Championships for NCAA XC. Here are my predictions.

The Individual race will be DOMINATED by Lawi Lalang for the 2nd year in a row! If Stephen Sambu isn’t 2nd, i expect to see Mohammed Ahmed. Henry Lelei and Girma Mecheso should round out the top 5. Kennedy Kithuka of Texas Tech is a new face in the crowd, he is a 2 time NAIA XC Champ. I think in his first NCAA Championship, he will definately get top 10, no better than 6th though.

For the team race, it’s anybody’s race. Colorado, Texas, Wisconsin, Stanford appear to be front runners for the title. But Oklahoma, Florida State, Virginia and OK State had BADASS showings at their Regional and it looks like they may be in the hunt.

1. Stanford – Those Ginger twins are crazy good! But, I think they have a solid team and I think they will be pretty close throughout the race. They were 5th last year, but the team has a completely different look. It would be badass if their entire team dyed their hair Orange for Nationals!

Does the carpet match the drapes?

2. Texas – (although they recieved a Laker-esque signing with Kyle Merber) they’ll fall short. I like Craig Lutz a lot more than I should and they have a pretty solid 1-5. It wouldn’t surprise me if they did better? They were only 11th last year, is Merber enough to bring them up 9 places? Only time will tell.

Merber & Lutz > Kobe & Dwight

3. Colorado – You guys are already winners (peep the photo below)! On another note, what happened to Ammar Moussa?!?! Anyways, I know that Colorado was 3rd last year but I don’t think that they’ll go any higher than that this year either.

1st Place Babii!

4. Florida State – Pretty Sick Squad. They dominated the South Regional. The guys were only good enough for 12th last year but I expect that they will improve this time around. Don’t know much about them but, Genevieve Lacaze is from Florida so…

Not Quite FL State but, close enough 😉

5. Wisconsin – Ahmed just is not enough. Also, Maverick Darling had a wardrobe malfunction last year at NCAAs and when  Janet Jackson had her wardrobe malfunction, her career went to shit. They won NCAAs last year but they lost Elliot Krause and Ryan Collins. I think they won’t have a problem making top 5 but anything more, they’ll have to really work for.

this SUCKS.

Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Virginia, NAU, and Iona to round out the top 10.

6 more friggin’ days!! The race is scheduled for November 17, 2012 at 12:15 Central/1:15 Eastern. I hope that Flotrack does a live feed like they did last year. That would be ballin’. The course is in Louisville, KY.. it could be a fast one.

Lawi Lalang vs. Chris Derrick

Lawi Vs. Chris

Last Spring when Lawi Lalang placed 2nd at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for 5000m, he was not really on anyone’s radar. The freshman was an All-American during the indoor season in the DMR and 3000m. He initiated the beef the day he hoped on his plane and flew to America. He knew exactly what he was doing.

let you win, because you are African.

And then, XC happened. Lawi Lalang went undefeated and broke numerous course records on his way to the NCAA Championship.

his stride is excellence.

the last time Lawi lost to a non African. Centro went on to win Bronze in Daegu.

Chris Derrick has been a great loser very consistent runner these past 4 years. He has multiple All-American awards for TAF and XC. He has raced against the likes of Sam Chelanga, Galen Rupp and Lawi Lalang. Unfortunately for him, he does not win when it counts. But he has and that what counts; because at the end of the day, the hardware does not matter. At least according to the person who started this thread… http://www.letsrun.com/forum/flat_read.php?thread=4486836&page=0 .

Thumbs Up if you like losing. Quotes don't lie.

"Looks enough like Lalang to me!" - Chris Derrick

At the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships, Lalang and Derrick faced off again! First in the 5000m, Lalang and Derrick battled throughout the race and in the end, Lalang was just too strong for Derrick, winning with a Meet Record of 13:25.11 to Derrick’s 13:26.88.

All I do is win, WIN, wIn

The two competitors had a day to rest up and prepare for their battle over 3000m the next day, it would be an epic battle. Lalang and teammate Stephen Sambu controlled the majority of the race, but Derrick was not very far behind. At around 800m, Derrick made his first move to pass by Sambu and make his way around Lalang. He and Lalang traded the lead until the last 200m when Lalang summoned a kick that would give Bernard Lagat (circa 2006) a run for his money. But Derrick stayed on him and forced Lalang to run all the way through the line. Lalang ran a 7:46.64 and Derrick ran a 7:46.81. Valiant effort by both competitors, but Lalang again came out victorious.

should've gone to Oregon

Got'cho AZZ

And so that means ____________ is going to happen outdoor?

Well there are a couple of things that can happen:

  • Lalang will go pro, Derrick wins.
  • Lalang does not go pro, Lalang wins.
  • Lalang gets injured, Lalang wins.
  • Derrick can’t deal with constant failure, drops out, Lalang wins.
  • Lalang wins, but Derrick has so much , it explodes.

Upside down Swoosh, SWAGGGG

What the future holds?
  • Derrick signs with the OTC Eugene, because Schumacher and Salazar do not deal with scrubs, because he is on the west coast and his talents will be a better fit being able to train with Mcnamara and Chelanga
  • Maybe the US will buy another Kenyan convince Lalang to gain US Citizenship.
  • Derrick should make some World Championship teams, might even medal, never Gold.

get'cho game face on

Their heads are shaped the same...

Derrick < Lalang

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