Heath, Roth lead Californian men at NCAA Indoor Championships

Stanford’s Elliott Heath and Scott Roth of Washington are among the top-ranked group of Californian natives and collegiates who be compete at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend.  Many of the athletes will be contesting distance events with others topping the lists in other events.

Stanford will send a large group to College Station. Elliott Heath leads the way with the nation’s second-fastest 5k when he unleashed a massive kick to win the Husky Classic with a time of 13:37.77 and is also entered in the 3000 meters and will likely anchor the Cardinal distance medley relay.  With Amaechi Morton in the 400 meters and Miles Unterreiner and Chris Derrick in the 5k, Stanford has a shot at the podium if all perform up to standard.

Three former Golden State high schoolers will join Heath in the 3000 meters.  German Fernandez, best known for holding the the high school two mile record, has gone through yet another up-and-down indoor season that has the message boards speculating about his fitness.  Northern Arizona’s Diego Estrada has continued his upward progression of fitness with auto marks in both the 3000 and 5000 meter runs.  Washington Husky Colton Tully-Doyle, a native of San Diego, Calif., is also entered with his auto time of 7:53.13.

UCLA half-miler and two-time California state champion Cory Primm goes into Friday’s 800 meter prelims with the fourth-quickest time at 1:47.31.  Primm, a graduate of Westlake High School, was at fifth at last year’s NCAA outdoor meet.

Newly minted sub-four minute miler James Cameron of Washington will duke it out in the mile against former California prep rival Mac Fleet from Oregon.  Fleet was the 2009 California state 1600 meter champion while at University City High in San Diego while Cameron was eighth in that race back when he represented Mission Viejo High School in Orange County.

Southern Cal hurdler Oscar Spurlock is tied for the third-fastest time of 2011 in the 60 meter hurdles.  Spurlock holds a personal best of 13.51 seconds in the outdoor 110 meter hurdles.

Scott Roth, the University of Washington pole vaulter from Granite Bay, Calif., is the top-ranked in his event heading into the national championships at 5.51 meters and seeks to defend his indoor title.

Cal’s Mike Morrison, set to compete in the heptathlon, was the 2010 NCAA decathlon runner-up and two-time MPSF indoor champ in the heptathlon.  He is projected to finish third on the Track & Field News formcharts.

The NCAA Indoor Championships will be streamed live on Friday from 10:00am to 3:55pm on NCAA.com and 3:55pm to 8:40pm on ESPN3 and Saturday from 12:00pm to 4:55pm on NCAA.com and 5:00pm to 7:50pm on ESPN3.  All times are Central Standard Time.

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Check back tomorrow for our world famous predictions in the men’s and women’s distance events.

Topics: Ncaa Indoor

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