Over the last seven to eight years, the Men’s Distance Medley Relay has been very quick in the NCAA. The top time by a collegiate school of 9:25.97, (Texas with Leo Manzano as the anchor) was once the world record until Team USA recently broke it. Many teams have close to that mark recently and we once thought 9:30.00 was very impressive.
Although we don’t have the video of that record setting relay from 2008, I do want to have you wake up to the 2011 Men’s DMR from NCAA’s back when the meet was in College Station, the site of this weekend’s NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Looking back at the results, I was surprised to not see Oregon win with Matthew Centrowitz as the anchor. I even figured with Ben Blankenship as Minnesota’s anchor, they’d have a really good chance now. But no…It was the the BYU Cougars that were crowned victorious six years ago, anchored by Miles Batty, who is now retired and studying medicine.
Watch the video above
Below are the results from the 2011 NCAA Indoor Champs.
Below this are the top teams heading into this weekends meet.
Ole Miss has been on a tear these last few seasons and coach Ryan Vanhoy has been an excellent fit at the school. Stanford, Indiana, Oklahoma State, Arkansas and the rest of the heavy hitters are all in the field as usual. But let’s not forget the defending champs, Oregon with Edward Cheserek as the anticipated last leg. With a race that isn’t at elevation and many of these teams with fresh legs, I won’t be surprised if this race has about eight teams dip under 9:29, which would blow away the already impressive results from 2011. Give the above video a view or five and get pumped for this weekend’s meet down in Texas.