Championship season for high school athletes is officially over. Time to look at which group of rising collegiate freshmen performed the best. To be clear, this is not an analysis of the best overall recruiting class. This is looking at which recruiting class performed best during the national championships.
Top of the Class
First, we looked at which Class of 2019 athletes won an event at the four primary championship meets.
There were many events won by athletes outside of the senior class and a few seniors who have not yet signed with a collegiate track program. This led to a diverse group of winners representing 24 different programs.
Tennessee and Georgia were tied at the top with the Vols earning wins in three out of the four championships meets.
If you needed to force a tiebreaker, the edge goes to the Bulldogs since all four of Georgia's wins came against a mix of high school and collegiate competition at the U20 Championships.
Florida adds more talent to their already loaded sprint/hurdle crew with Joseph Fahnbulleh (NBNO 100m & 200m) and Kurt Powdar (NBNO 110mH). Powdar's wind legal 13.27 is also notably No. 3 all time and a tenth of a second faster than Grant Holloway's high school PR.
Now that we've established the high level winners, it's time to dive a little deeper. In order to take a closer look at the depth of each recruiting class, we needed to include more finishers. Simply looking at the finals of each championship doesn't work because many are invite-only and there are rounds in some NBNO and U20 events. We chose to go with the top three in each final.
|rank||team||top 3 finishers|
|13||UNC Chapel Hill||2|
|19||U of Mississippi||1|
|19||William & Mary||1|
|19||U of Illinois||1|
The women's programs at Georgia and Tennessee are coming off a disappointing year at the NCAA Outdoor Championships where they both scored just one point to finish tied in 66th place. It shouldn't take them long to bounce back with these talented recruits. Both teams have athletes with the potential to score at NCAAs in their freshman year.
Georgia comes out on top with eight athletes in the top three of the championship meets. In addition to their previously mentioned winners, Shelby Tyler placed in the high jump at NBNO, Anna Hall in the 100mH at Brooks PR and Julia Fixsen in the U20 pole vault.
Tennessee was a close second with help from Riley Bucholz (NBNO Mile) and Vanessa Watson (400mH NBNO & U20).
Once you start to look deeper into the championship results, you start to see the emergence of many powerhouse collegiate programs. Stanford and Michigan make big jumps into the top five. Florida, LSU, BYU and USC all finished in the top ten at NCAA Outdoors and rise up into the recruiting top five.
Overall, this is just one piece of the recruiting picture. The entire senior class is not represented. There are many reasons why high school seniors can be unable to compete at these championship events. There are also many athletes racing on NBNO relays who do not compete individually.
Stay tuned for more MileSplit recruiting coverage.
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