When: Today through Saturday.
Where: Boise State University, Boise, Idaho.
Defending team champions: Men, Arkansas; Women, Texas.
Data: Texas's Suziann Reid, a senior from Eleanor Roosevelt High School, is looking to win her NCAA-record third women's 400-meter outdoor title, and she has tied Australia's Cathy Freeman for the world's fastest time in the event this year -- 50.76 seconds at the Texas Invitational on May 1. Reid also will run the 4x400 relay, another key for the Longhorns as they try to defend their title against Louisiana State -- whose 11-year winning streak ended last spring -- and UCLA.
But Reid -- who recently was named the 1998-99 winner of the Honda Award, honoring the nation's top women's college track and field athlete -- is one of many local athletes who have a chance at a national individual title.
Clemson freshman Ato Modibo (High Point) has the nation's fastest collegiate time this season in the 400 -- the same event he won at the NCAA indoor track championships -- at 45.33 seconds. He also will run in the 4x400 and 4x100 relays.
George Mason has two athletes who could challenge for their respective long jump titles, seniors Angie Brown and Maurice Wignall. Brown is the defending NCAA outdoor champion, and Wignall placed second at the Penn Relays to Arkansas' Melvin Lister.
Virginia senior Ann Crouse is undefeated this spring and ranked No. 1 in the nation in the javelin at 188 feet 3 inches. Also for the Cavaliers, senior Angela Lee qualified in the 400-meter hurdles and senior Ray Weeden is 15th in the nation in the 1,500 (3 minutes 43.65 seconds).
Arkansas looks poised for an eighth straight national team title and will have former West Springfield All-Met Sharif Karie running the 1,500, in which he is ranked sixth nationally (3:41.67). The Razorbacks will be challenged for the men's title by Southern California, Southern Methodist and Auburn. (Another interesting aspect of the men's meet will be the participation of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver-kick returner Tim Dwight. Dwight, who is finishing his degree and using his fourth season of track eligibility, will run on Iowa's 4x400 relay team, which is ranked fourth at 3:03.29.)
Other local competitors who could do well are Florida's Amber Robinson (Eleanor Roosevelt), in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, and Stanford's Sally Glynn (Walter Johnson) and Brigham Young's Laura Heiner (Centreville), who will run the women's 3,000.
The Georgetown men's team has Sam Gabremariam (T.C. Williams) and John Jordan in the 1,500; they are ranked fifth (3:41.50) and eighth (3:41.78) in the nation, respectively. Georgetown women's all-American senior Kate Landau will run either the 5,000 or 10,000, and Katrina De Boer and Sasha Spencer will compete in the 800. Senior Kathleen Linck could do well in the 3,000.
George Mason's 4x400 women's relay team should remain strong despite junior Cydonie Mothersill's uncertain academic status; Janelle Billinsglea (Coolidge), Tamika Coombs (Northwestern) and Michelle Burgher combined with Mothersill to run a 3:32.72 at the ECAC championships, a school record and fifth-best in the nation.
Virginia Tech senior Erick Kingston (Stafford) will compete in the hammer throw and freshman Brian Hunter will participate in the pole vault; each won his respective event at the IC4A championships.
Maryland junior Candyce DeLoatch, the Terrapins' lone qualifier, is entered in the 400.
The meet schedule and results will be posted on the World Wide Web at www.broncosports.com
CAPTION: Suziann Reid (E. Roosevelt), celebrating her NCAA indoor 400-meter win in March, is seeking a record third outdoor title in the event.