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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Quick Conference Championship Update

This is conference championship weekend for college track, and the action is hot and heavy.

A quick update here on the major action completed, and what may happen tomorrow.

At the ACC Championships, home team #17 Virginia Tech won the men's competition as expected, and there was a mild upset in the women's competition as #11 Clemson beat #8 Florida State by over 50 points.

At the Big XII Championships, #3 Texas A&M won the men's competition.  On the women's side things were expected to be tight, but #5 Nebraska ended up beating #4 Texas A&M and #3 Texas by a rather comfortable margin of 14.5 points.

At the MPSF Championships, the #1 Oregon women ran away with it, while #13 Stanford won the men's title, with #15 Arizona and an unranked UCLA ahead of #11 Oregon.

As far as what's still up, the most intriguing of all is probably the men's Big Ten Championships.  My numbers say that #9 Wisconsin is in the driver's seat, but #4 Indiana and #7 Minnesota are still very much in it, and my #8 Ohio State Buckeyes even have an outside shot.  Whoever wins the meet will have to come up big in the 5k, so that's the race to watch.

On the women's side of the Big Ten, #12 Ohio State is in a commanding position, so much so that it would take a meltdown of epic proportions for the Buckeyes not to win their first women's title.  Should they pull it off it will be a remarkable feat, one that I'll talk more about tomorrow.

At the SEC Championships, the #2 LSU women are in a strong position to win tomorrow.  On the men's side, it's going to be a dogfight between Arkansas and Florida.  It will almost assuredly come down to the 4x400.

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