Edward Cheserek

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The NCAA Indoor National Championships gets going this weekend and live streaming coverage will be on ESPN3.com from the Birmingham CrossPlex.

2016 NCAA Men’s and Women’s
NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

  • Friday Live Stream – 6:25 p.m. (ESPN3 via Watch ESPN)
  • Saturday Live Stream – 4:55 p.m. (ESPN3 via Watch ESPN)
  • Television Replay – Sunday, March 13, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
  • Live Results (Flash Results)
  • Venue: Birmingham CrossPlex (Birmingham, Ala.)

USTFCCCA top ranked teams Oregon and the University of Florida will be hoping to carry over their recent good form into the championships in the push for national honors.

On the women’s side, the Gators head into the national championships as the No. 1 team after moving ahead of the Ducks in the pre-championships poll last week.

Georgia sits at No. 3, with the top five in the rankings completed by Arkansas and Texas.

Come this weekend, Florida women will be hoping to win its first national indoor title since capturing the lone crown in 1992.

“We’re very excited to be here [at the NCAA national championships],” Florida head coach Mike Holloway told the media a pre-meet press conference on Thursday.

“For some reason, this indoor season has seemed very long for me. But I’m glad it’s coming to a close.

“…Just excited to get here Friday, start firing some guns and jumping in pits.”

Despite finishing fourth at the SEC Indoor Championships, Florida is one of the top contenders in the race for the women’s team crown and Holloway believes national championships always bring out the best in his squads.

“We’re a better national team than we were a conference team,” he said. “We didn’t have the depth in some of the events, on either side, that we’ve had in the past.

“They’re two different meets, two different situations, and, again, we are just a better national team. The stars line up better for us as far as the national indoor meet than it does for the conference meet.”

He added: “We have some very talented athletes … and we’ve done a good job recruiting them. And we think we can coach a little bit.

“Being in our conference prepares you for this meet. Anybody that’s been through that (doesn’t) come here with fear of anybody else. It prepares you for these championships.

“It’s a matter of coming in here now, putting the spikes on, and getting busy.”

Of course Oregon will be no push over on the women’s side and fans can expect to see some positive battles this weekend in the race for the team crown.

On the men’s side, long distance star Edward Cheserek, who is hunting another 3,000 and 5,000 meters titles, will lead an Oregon team in search of its third straight NCAA Indoor Championships title.

Other teams to look out for on the men’s side are Arkansas, Florida, Texas A&M and LSU.

The championships begins with the combined events on Friday 12:00 p.m. ET, while action on the track gets going at 6:20 p.m. with the mile.

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