One of the reasons why sports is compelling tv is because it cannot be scripted. Tonight saw plenty of upsets, surprises, and all around drama. So what just happened? Let's break down the three biggest storylines of the night.
Donavan Brazier drops out of the 800
The super freshman from Grand Rapids, Michigan had the fastest time and the highest expectations, yet he'll have to wait until May to win an NCAA crown. Brazier pulled up during his 800 prelim heat. His first 400 was in 51.59 and he was holding his back as he walked off the track. Not a good night for such a talented athlete and the crowd seemed to feel bad for the young man. Tomorrow's 800 finals is anyones race now, and is going to be interesting.
Is Molly Siedel human?
Notre Dame's Molly Siedel won the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:15, completely demolishing the field. She led for the vast majority of the race and looked completely in control. The big intrigue heading into the race was the battle between her and Bosie State's Allie Ostrander. Unfortunately, Ostrander dropped out during the race and the only runner with a chance at catching Siedel was Michigan's Erin Finn, who came in second. Siedel's 15:15 is the third fastest women's 5k in NCAA history, and at this point we have to ask, is she human?
Edward Cheserek is definitely not human
Cheserek was the favorite heading into tonight's 5,000 meter race, and he won. That was no surprise. But what made him unstoppable was what happened after his 5,000. On extremely, and I mean extremely, short rest he turned in the 1600 meter leg to win the DMR for the Oregon Ducks. Cheserek had about 30 minutes between races and it was unsure if he would run the DMR until the last minute. He took over with his Ducks barely trailing but right in the thick of things, and he ended with another 10 points for Oregon. Thanks to Cheserek, Oregon is winning in the men's competition right now, and tomorrow he goes for history in the 3k race. Will he win and match Rupp's legendary 2009 season? We'll have to wait and see tomorrow.