Well family it is that time of year again where everyone wants their hard work to show big results. Being crowned the 2016 DI Outdoor East Champion and /or a trip to Oregon is up for grab this weekend in Jacksonville, FLA at the University of North Florida. We were privileged to see a number of these athletes at the 2016 Indoor Championship in the beautiful city of Birmingham as well as the amazing 2015 Outdoor Championship.
We will start off with the Men’s 100 meters were Tevin Hester from Clemson comes in with a blazing time of 9.99. Mr. Hester has been on radar ever since winning the 2015 ACC Outdoor Championship with a time of 9.87. He is currently the ACC Champion in the 100 meters and 200 meters and does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
Christopher Belcher the current MEAC champion in the 100 meters and 200 meters has a realistic chance of taking home the win. He is a smart runner that knows how to save energy for the final. Look for him to surprise some people this weekend as he gets closer to 10 flat.
At the 2016 Florida relay Tennessee super sophomore Christian Coleman continued to prove he can run on this level consistently. He placed 5th with a time of 10.16 against some heavy competition. When you can go into the SEC Championship and come away with 4 top 5 finishes (100, 200, 4 x100, 4×400) you are not here to play.
Bentrell McGee from Jackson State is coming in to the East championship as the SWAC champion in the 100 meters, 110 high hurdles, 200 meters and 4th place in the 4 x100. I am a strong believer that hurdlers are built a little tougher. We will see if the theory is right when he steps on the track.
Being from Florida we always have a bias on Florida school. Today will not be any different. Freshman Ryan Clark from Florida will learn a lot this weekend. He will have a hard road to get to the final but if he can stay healthy look for his name to make noise in the coming years.
It would be nice for the SWAC or MEAC to get the win to prove their conferences are just as strong but Hester from the ACC should win this race.