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By ELLIOTT DENMAN
LONDON - Now, maybe more so than ever, there's a lot to be said for the USA's national collegiate system.
 
A huge heap of events here at the 16th IAAF World Championships of Track and Field have been impacted by the guys and gals who've competed for - or continue to compete for - NCAA schools (of whatever division) or their cohorts out of the NAIA ranks.
 
For perfect example: Omar McLeod of Jamaica, the Worlds (and Olympic) men's 110-meter high hurdles champion? He's a University of Arkansas man.
 
Bagrbara Spotakova, the World's women's javelin champion? She honed her craft at Minnesota. Ekaterina Stefanidi, the World's women's pole vault titlist? She's a Stanford woman.
 
Plus - of course, of course, of course - the long, long, long list of Americans who've come up through the ranks of their own nation's collegiate system.
 
Driving home the point all over again was the men's 5000-meter final, a big-big feature event on the penultimate night of these Worlds.
Published in Track & Field