- June 7, 2007 at 12:19 am #6345
Sacramento, California, USA – This year’s National Collegiate Championships, familiarly the NCAAs, which take place from 6 to 9 June will be the first hard look at the next generation of young American athletes, some of whom will undoubtedly be on the USA for Osaka, and more of whom will make it to Beijing for the Olympic Games.
Two developments of recent years have robbed the meet of some of its lustre: (1) extensive recruiting of undergraduates by shoe companies offering professional contracts, and (2) a superfluous regional qualifying system which discourages doubling and through injury or mishap usually eliminates a few stars.
Nevertheless, there is plenty to look forward to, starting with Walter Dix, Natasha Hastings, and Donald Thomas, any one of which might well reach a podium in Osaka.
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