Five things to watch at the 2017 NCAA Championships on Day 1

#1 – Decathlon:

Texas A&M’s Lindon Victor, the reigning NCAA champion,  has already broken the collegiate record twice this season, arriving at Hayward Field with a PR of 8,539 points. He will be challenged by Georgia’s Devon Williams, the NCAA Indoor heptathlon champion, who stands sixth on the all-time collegiate performers list with a PR of 8,345.

#2 – Pole vault:

South Dakota freshman Chris Nilsen is favored to follow up his NCAA Indoor title with the outdoor crown. Nilsen, who set the national prep record last year, has a personal best of 18-9 1/2. He is coached by two-time Olympian Derek Miles, a pole vault bronze medalist at the 2008 Olympics. Nilsen’s main challengers figure to be Akron’s Matthew Ludwig and Texas A&M’s Audie Wyatt.

#3 – Javelin:

This is a key event for Texas A&M as John Kyriazis comes into the meet as the NCAA leader by more than 24 feet with a PR of 288-9, which ranks second on the all-time collegiate list. Kyriazis was second at last year’s NCAA meet. Utah State freshman Sindri Gudmundsson, North Dakota State’s Matti Mortimore and Mississippi State’s Curtis Thompson are all title threats.

#4 – Long jump:

Florida’s KeAndre Bates and Grant Holloway form a dynamic duo in the horizontal jumps, maintaining a long Gator tradition of excellence in those events. Bates was third at this meet last year and is the reigning NCAA indoor champion. The multi-talented Holloway is also a title contender in the 110m hurdles, while Bates is favored in the triple jump.

#5 – 10,000 meters

Oregon superstar Edward Cheserek’s bid for a fourth consecutive NCAA 10,000-meter title came to an end when he missed regionals with a hamstring issue. Tulsa’s Marc Scott was second to Cheserek in the NCAA Indoor 5,000m this year and doubled back to place third in the 3,000m. He looks to be the favorite in today’s only final on the track. ​