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.

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OTC Eugene vs Oregon Project vs OTC Portland

OTC Elite vs Oregon Project vs Wisconsin University OTC Portland

Sooo, if any of you are like me, you have absolutely no idea WTF is going on with Oregon professional running circle. I thought there was one OTC, they all wore the same jersey at one point, so it made since that they were all a big team. But then I start hearing different coaches names and shxt about different groups, and so, I Google’d it.. And then I found out that Alberto Salazar’s group became the Oregon Project. And Now OTC has two official branches, one group trains in Eugene with Mark Rowland and the other group trains in Wisconsin Portland with Jerry Schumacher. So who runs the state?

Hi Gorgeous can I leave my eyes wit ya?

Peep the Tat.

YMOTC

So then comes the problem of sorting runner…who goes where??

Schumacher’s Group – Matt Tegankamp, Chris Solinsky, Evan Jager, Lopez Lomong, Andrew Bumbalough, Shalane Flanagan, and Kara Goucher.

Shalane Flanagan looking right

We're #1

Czech out that nose!!

Wearing a skullcap is like un-circumsizing your penis. Oh hai, Lopez.

Damn, that's messed up. Sha-Sha, you know you sexy

Al Sal’z Group – Galen Rupp, Alan Webb, Mo Farah, Dathan Ritz…., Matthew Centrowitz, Ciaran O’Lionard, and Kara Goucher.

Very Diverse.

Ritz may be old, but he put it on J-Mac

Peter Pan & Shaun White

Ebony & Ivory

 Rowland’s Group – Jordan McNamara, Ashton Eaton, Jesse Williams, Andrew Wheating, AJ Acosta (trains with Wheating/Brown), Nick Symmonds, Sam Chelanga, Tyler Mulder, Sally Kipyego, Jemma Simpson, and Russell Brown. (Missing lots of people)

Must be legit, they have a team pic

#winning

Sally Kipyego and her brother husband.

Jesse Williams, your Linus is showing.

Needless to say, all three groups are very talented, but which group is better?

They all have:

  • poster boy’s (Solinsky, Rupp/Centrowitz, Symmonds/Wheating)
  • token black guy’s (Bairu/Lomong, Farah, Chelanga/½ McNamara/½ Mulder/possibly ¼ Eaton)
  • very fast women (Goucher/Flanagan, Rupp, Kipyego)
  • insane hair (Jager – Locks golder than Goldie’s, O’Lionard – Mullet of Champions, McNamara – Waves that make you seasick)
  • Daegu WC Medalist’s (Flanagan, Farah, Centrowitz, Williams, Eaton, Kipyego)

OTC Eugene > Oregon Project > OTC Portland

OTC Eugene is just too much, they have the distances covered from 800 to 10K, they have field events and Jemma Simpson is hot. If Oregon Project would have kept Kara Goucher, they’d most likely be the winners. OTC Portland is two ladies away from being a sausage fest.

Definitions (courtesy of UrbanDictionary.com):

  • Linus- The male reproductive organ.
  • Peep- To look at or listen.
  • #winning- What Charlie Sheen does.
  • OTC- Oregon Track Club.
  • WC- World Championship.

Maybe Coach Li needs an OTC Arizona?