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Preseason All-Amazing Team by Winner Only

A look at the hottest stars in college indoor track and field

By Winners OnlyPublished 5 years ago 6 min read
Masai Russell, Cambrea Sturgis, Tyra Gittens

As we anxiously wait for another indoor track season to begin, we proudly introduce our first ever All-Amazing Preseason Team. Last year we wrapped up the outdoor regular season with an All-Amazing squad, so we said, why not shoutout our favorites that we predict will have big-time indoor seasons? The fun in this is to see who will match our expectations and what unnamed veterans or freshmen will breakthrough and steal the spotlight.


Cambrea Sturgis - North Carolina A&T

Twanisha Terry - USC

Jaliyah Elliott - Youngstown State

Ka'Tia Seymour - Florida State

Shian Hyde - UCF

Notes: Jaliyah Elliott shocked the world when she represented the Horizon League at the NCAA championship meet. Cambrea Sturgis is a threat to win both the 60-meters and 200-meters at the indoor NCAA finals. Look for Twanisha Terry to have the fastest time of the indoor season.


Abby Steiner - Kentucky

Caisja Chandler - Cincinnati

Kynnedy Flannel - Texas

Rene Medley - Lincoln

Valexsia Droughn - Cal St. Los Angeles

Notes: Abby Steiner and Caisja Chandler competed against each other in high school. Steiner got the upper hand in those days, will this be the year that Chandler races past Steiner? They may face each other early on during indoor season. Rene Medley is a winner! She's a seven-time NCAA Div. II national champ since 2017.


Alexis Holmes - Kentucky

Shilah Bedingfield - Sacarmento State

Tiona Lattimore - Cincinnati

Olivia Bechtel - Miami

Kaelin Roberts - USC

Notes: Alexis Holmes transferred from Penn State to Kentucky after winning both indoor and outdoor Big Ten 400-meter dash titles. She placed fourth at the NCAA indoor championship meet. Olivia Bechtel should dominate in the Mid American Conference. All-American Tiona Lattimore should have her best season after battling injuries in 2018-19.


Nia Akins - Penn

Martha Bissah - Norfolk State

Kristoni Barnes - North Carolina A&T

Avi'Tal Wilson-Perteete - UNLV

Kayla Isom - Illinois-Chicago

Notes: Nia Akins had runner-up finishes at the indoor and outdoor NCAA championships. She goes into this year as the choice to win it all. Kayla Isom is one of the grittiest runners in the country. Don't be shocked to see her at the NCAA meet. Martha Bissah is gonna be a major threat to Akins at the national meet.


Sinclaire Johnson - Oklahoma State

Susan Ejore - Oregon

Whittni Orton - BYU

Infinnatie Rowe - Morgan State

Maudie Skyring - Florida State

Notes: Sinclaire Johnson is the reigning NCAA outdoor mile champion. Why shouldn't she win the indoor title this year as well? Susan Ejore and Whittni Orton don't plan on allowing Johnson to have an easy route to another national championship.


Taylor Werner - Arkansas

Erica Birk-Jarvis - BYU

Elly Henes - NC State

Katie Rainsberger - Washington

Hannah Steelman - Wofford

Notes: Last season Taylor Werner just missed winning a national championship as she placed a close second in the NCAA 3000-meter finals. Erica Birk-Jarvis is as good as anybody in the nation in this event. Look out for Hannah Steelman, her hard work should have her in the mix for an NCAA title as well.


Weini Kelati - New Mexico

Weronika Pyzik - Oregon

Kaylee Bogina - Adams State

Alicia Monson - Wisconsin

Athena Welsh - Toledo

Notes: Here's a prediction, Weini Kelati will not lose one 5,000-meter race this season. Alicia Monson is the defending national champ and she's going to do all she can to prove us wrong and if she does, we won't be surprised. Keep an eye out for Athena Welsh, who won a lot of meets on the mid-major level last season.


Chanel Brissett - USC

Masai Russell - Kentucky

Madeleine Akobundu - North Carolina A&T

Morgan Lewis - Ohio State

Kayla Thompson - Northern Kentucky

Notes: By the end of the outdoor season, Chanel Brissett stood tall as the national champ in the 100-meter hurdles. For indoor season, she's expected to improve upon her fifth place finish in the NCAA finals of the 60-meter hurdles. Masai Russell is going to take the nation by storm in both indoor and outdoor season, so sit back and enjoy and remember you heard it here first. Madeleine Akobundu reps the small but mighty North Carolina A&T, which cranks out some of the best talent in the country.


Sanaa Barnes - Villanova

Alivia Ash - Louisville

Paula Salmon - North Carolina A&T

Abigail O'Donoghue - LSU

Falyn Reaugh - Oklahoma

Note: As a freshman, Sanaa Barnes was the only non senior to finish in the top five at the NCAA championship meet last season. She's a volleyball player as well. Falyn Reaugh also qualified for nationals last year and is expected to be in the mix for the title this season as well. Paula Salmon is the top returning high jumper in the MEAC but she's also one of the top hurdlers who will be a threat in both events.


Gabby Collins - Bethune Cookman

Taylor DeLoach - Ohio State

Taisha Pryce - Kansas State

Zionn Pearson - Nebraska

Destiny Longmire - TCU

Note: Destiny Longmire and Taisha Pryce will be one of the most intense battles to watch at the Big 12 championships this season. Pryce won the conference outdoor title last season, but Longmire, the conference runner-up, had a strong showing with a fourth place finish at the outdoor national championships. Watch out for Gabby Collins, who is ready to be in the mix on a national level as well.


Irati Mitxelena - Cincinnati

Bhrandi Crenshaw - North Carolina Central

Trenadey Scott - Angelo State

Aaziyah Woods - Northern Kentucky

Cierra Pyles - Ohio State

Note: Irati Mitxelena is as an entertaining jumper who is a back-to-back triple jump champ in the American Conference. Expect a three-peat and more on the national level this season. Bhrandi Crenshaw swept the MEAC indoor and outdoor titles last year and to see her long frame fly in the air is something special. Cierra Pyles was the only freshman to finish in the top five at the Big Ten Championships. We think she'll be number one this season.


Chinne Okoronkwo - Texas Tech

Luci Bryan - Akron

Tuesdi Tidwell - Baylor

Haven Lander - Pittsburgh State

Kristen Denk - Vanderbilt

Note: A lot of people think Akron's LeBron James will lead the Lakers to an NBA title, but we think Akron's champion in the NCAA will be Luci Bryan. Kristen Denk had a top eight finish last season at the NCAA finals. Expect Chinne Okoronkwo to have a presence amongst the nations best as well.


Akealy Moton - North Dakota State

Rhea Thompson - Louisiana Tech

Samantha Noennig - Arizona State

Alyssa Wilson - UCLA

Laulauga Tausaga - Iowa

Note: During her sophomore season, Samantha Noenning had wins at the national championships during indoor and outdoor season. Akealy Moton and Alyssa Wilson will be right on her heels attempting to put an end to her dominance.


Taylor Scaife - Houston

Shey Taiwo - Ole Miss

DeeNia McMiller - Memphis

Nia Britt - Iowa

Madi Malone - Auburn

Note: Taylor Scaife was third in last year's indoor NCAA championships. She dominated the entire regular season and we think she'll do the same during the 2019-20 season. DeeNia McMiller should have a strong season at Memphis and Shey Taiwo is gonna rock out at Ole Miss.


Dallyssa Huggins - Iowa

Tyra Gittens - Texas A&M

Alexus Pyles - Ohio State

Angelica Lightfoot - Cincinnati

Kolbi Sims -Utah

Note: We saw Dallyssa Huggins compete like none other at the Canadian national championships in 2018. She's hard working, tough and very positive. Tyra Gittens is our top pick for the national championship. She's a true super athlete! Kolbi Sims is a name to look out for. You may not know her, but by season's end you will.


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