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Before March Madness totally takes over — Selection Sunday is, well, Sunday — NCAA track and field athletes get their time on the stage.

Texas A&M in College Station hosts the 2018 NCAA indoor track and field championships on Friday and Saturday. ESPN3 will stream the meet live starting at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday and at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday. ESPN2 will re-air the championships at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday).

Here are five things to watch: 

The showdown

The women's 400 meters looks like the highlight race of the meet, perhaps even more compelling than last week's world indoor championships race in Birmingham, England (won by American Courtney Okolo), led by two freshmen — Sydney McLaughlin of Kentucky and Lynna Irby of Georgia.

McLaughlin, who made the 2016 Olympic team as a 16-year-old in the 400 hurdles, has the fastest time in the world this year (50.52), just ahead of Irby (50.62. the No. 3 time in the world).

McLauglin edged Irby in the SEC championships two weeks ago. Can Irby — who also will run the 200 — come out ahead this time? Or could someone else come through (Flotrack likes Kendall Ellis of USC)?

Stay tuned (prelims are Friday, 7:40 p.m. ET; final, Saturday, 6 p.m.)

Who will emerge as the top name?

It could very well be Florida sophomore Grant Holloway in the 60 hurdles, as sure a bet as you will find.

He has been dominant in his event (prelims, 7:55 p.m. ET Friday; final, 6:10 p.m. Saturday), and he has the fastest time in the world this year (7.42).

He is the reigning NCAA outdoor champion in the 110 hurdles, and he finished second last spring in the long jump.

Big things are ahead.

Karissa Schweizer

The Missouri senior came up short last fall in her defense of her 2016 cross country championship (she finished 11th), but she has responded with a huge indoor season.

Schweizer set a collegiate record in the 3,000, has the top NCAA times in the 3,000 and 5,000, anchored Mizzou to the distance medley title at the SEC championships and, for good measure, lowered her personal best in the mile to 4:27.54, which is fifth in the world this year.

She is entered in both the 3,000 (Saturday, 7:25 p.m. ET) and 5,000 (Friday, 9:25 p.m.) — in which she is the reigning champ. Among the challengers: NCAA cross country champ Ednah Kurgat of New Mexico.

Who will be the new sprint star?

The reigning champs in the 60, Christian Coleman of Tennessee and Hannah Cunliffe of Oregon, have moved on to the pro ranks (Coleman won the world title at 60 meters last weekend).

In the women's 60, a couple of LSU seniors, Mikiah Brisco and Aleia Hobbs, have the top times. They finished 1-2 in the SEC championships two weeks ago, with Jonielle Smith of Auburn just a few ticks behind (prelims, Friday, 7:15 p.m. ET; final, Saturday, 5:40).

On the men's side, Florida State junior Andre Ewers has the leading time. But favorites could be Jaylen Bacon of Arkansas State, Elijah Hall of Houston and Kenzo Cotton of Arkansas (prelims, Friday, 7:05 p.m. ET; final, Saturday, 5:30).

And more ...

The team titles: It could be tight at the top, depending on health and fitness. On the men's side, Florida appears to have enough points to emerge, but Texas Tech, Georgia, and USC should be in contention. On the women's side, Georgia looks like the favorite. Kentucky, a rising star in women's track, should make an impression.

Keturah Orji: The Georgia senior is a five-time NCAA champion in the triple jump (indoors and outdoors), and she will be favored to win again (Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET). She also should score for the Bulldogs in the long jump. Talk about busy: Last weekend Orji was in Birmingham, England, finishing fifth in the world championships in the triple jump.

Josh Kerr: The junior from New Mexico by way of Scotland is the defending champ in the men's mile. He has run the No. 5 time all time in collegiate track, and he has the No. 5 time in the world this year.

The 4x400s: The closing races of the meet always are worth watching, often because the team titles are decided in the final strides of the final races. On the women's side, USC will be favored to win and will need the points if the Trojans have any chance at all. On the men's side, USC, Florida and Texas A&M should contend. An Aggies win would be a great way to end the meet for the hometown crowd.

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