Dior Hall and Marybeth Sant are coming south to Great Southwest with some seriously lofty marks. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Last weekend, the place to be for speed was Indianapolis, Indiana. This coming weekend, it will be Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Every year, the Great Southwest Classic brings some of the nation's best talent to Albuquerque. This year, however, might be a high-water mark for the tradition-deep event. Almost every event--and especially the shorter events--is brimming over with nationally-ranked talent. And registration hasn't yet closed. Expect a few more high-profile names to join the list of registrations over the next few days.
Listed below, however, are several of the athletes you can look forward to seeing at Great Southwest 2013 (please note that the US rankings provided are based on wind legal marks, for applicable events, from this year's outdoor season):
Womens 100 - US #1 Marybeth Sant, US #3 Alleandra Watt, US #4 Ky Westbrook, US #6 Zainab Sanni, US #7 Kaylin Whitney, US #12 Hannah Cunliffe, US #17 Jerayah Davis, US #23 Shayna Yon
Womens 200 - US #4 Ky Westbrook, US #5 Kaylin Whitney, US #6 Hannah Cunliffe, US #11 Alleandra Watt
Womens 400 - US #9 Alleandra Watt, US #17 Nicole Montgomery
Womens 100 Hurdles - US #3 Dior Hall, US #10 Daeshon Gordon, US #12 Kymber Payne, US #13 Jazmyne Graham, US #18 Ashley Miller
Womens 300 Hurdles - US #3 Kymber Payne, US #5 Ariel Jones, US #11 Daeshon Gordon, US #13 Zhianna Flores
Womens Long Jump - US #8 Kira Moreland
Womens Hammer Throw - US #4 Haley Showalter
Womens Javelin - US #5 Megan Glassman
Mens 100 - US #3 Trayvon Bromell, US #14 Paul Lucas
Mens 200 - US #6 Jerimy Strainge, US #11 Reggie Glover, US #12 Paul Lucas, US #25 Alex Mead
Mens 400 - US #3 Reggie Glover
Mens 800 - US #8 Charles Jones, US #9 Blair Henderson, US #20 Javon Patterson
Mens 110 Hurdles - US #10 Walter Tucker
Mens 300 Hurdles - US #16 Timothy Holmes
Mens High Jump - US #1 Logan Brittain, US #8 Colt Sessions, US #22 Bryant O'Georgia
Mens Pole Vault - US #1 Daven Murphree, US #2 Dylan Duvio, US #25 Bo Haddock
Mens Long Jump - US #8 Travonn White
Mens Triple Jump - US #17 Connor Turnage
Many more figure to be joining the nation's top 25s coming out of this meet.
In addition to the ranked athletes listed above, look for a serious batallion of Utah distance athletes coming down for a visit as well--to include Jake Heslington, Conner Mantz, Andrew Brewer, Jordan Cross, Brayden McLelland, Summer Harper, Lucy Biles, and many more. Most of these athletes, however, do not have top 25 national rankings for this season due to running their races at altitude. They are among the nation's best nevertheless.
All events will be contested at the University of New Mexico track. The main session of events begins at 10:30 AM on Saturday, June 8, and lasts through the evening. Multis will be contested on Thursday and Friday. Hammer throw and steeplechase will be contested on Friday.