2013 Collegians Excel at National Championships

2013 Collegians Excel at National Championships

NEW ORLEANS – Two weeks after shining at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships, many athletes who competed as collegians in 2013 took center stage again at national championships this past weekend in the United States, Canada and Jamaica.

USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

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After representing their schools in 2013 during collegiate competition, a group of 2013 collegians have now either qualified or are in position to qualify to represent their country at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, from August 10-18.  

Six 2013 collegians won American Championships their events — four women and two men –  while 18 others finished in the top three — nine men and nine women. Two men and another woman finished fourth in their events to earn the opportunity to chase IAAF Standards in their events to potentially serve as an alternate to those in the top three who qualified.

While a number of collegians turned in a number of outstanding performances, none matched the performance of former Clemson 100 hurdles champ Brianna Rollins, who — after two weeks ago setting the collegiate record twice in 48 hours — smashed the American record with a world-leading winning finals time of 12.26 (+1.2m/s), becoming the first American woman to run sub-12.30 and breaking Gail Devers’ 2000 record of 12.33.

The time places her in a tie for third with Russia’s Ludmila Engquist on the all-time IAAF world list, is the fastest in the world since Engquist ran a 12.26 in 1992.

The 100 meter distance was very kind to collegians, as the 100 meter dash saw three collegians qualify for the World team between the men and the women. Former Oregon sprinter and two-time 100 champ English Gardner blazed to the National Title in 10.85 (+1.8m/s), followed very closely by UCF’s Octavious Freeman in 10.87. Gardner’s time is tied for second-fastest in the world with fellow American Barbara Pierre, while Freeman’s time is No. 4 in the world.

As sophomore who has not yet turned professional, Freeman’s 10.87 is the second-fastest wind-legal time ever run by a collegian. Former TCU 100 meter champ Charles Silmon finished third in the men’s race in 9.98 (+1.1m/s) to take third.

Collegians were equally successful on the field as they were on the track, with four titles in the jumps events. Six-time NCAA high jump champ and Arizona grad Brigetta Barrett cleared a personal-best and world-leading 6-8¼ (2.04m) en route to the high jump title. Barrett will compete on the world stage for the second consecutive year after winning silver at the Olympics last year in London.

Auburn’s Maya Pressley finished third, but does not meet the IAAF standards for qualifications to worlds. She has until July 20 to chase at least the "B" standard of 6-3½ (1.92m). Alabama’s Krystle Schade finished fourth and can qualify as an alternate, but she also does not have an IAAF standard.

After being shut out of the NCAA titles by rival Derek Drouin of Indiana, former Kansas State high jumper Erik Kynard claimed the US Title in the high jump with a winning clearance of 7-5¾ (2.28m) to beat Dusty Jonas on misses. He will be back on the world stage after claiming silver at the London Games last summer. Ronnie Black Jr. of Virginia Tech and Montez Blair of Cornell tied for third at 7-4½ (2.25m). The two have until July 20 to attain at least a "B" standard of 7-5¾ (2.28m) to qualify for the World team.

Kansas’ Andrea Geubelle claimed the women’s triple jump title with a winning jump of 46-½ (14.03m), but she needs at least the "B" standard of 46-7½ (14.20m) by July 20 to be eligible to compete in Moscow.

Two-time triple jump champ Omar Craddock, formerly of Florida, claimed the men’s competition with a winning leap of 56-3¼ (17.15m). He currently has the "B" standard and would be the only U.S. qualifier to the World Championships should no one else attain an "A" standard.

Finishing second in their events on the women’s side were Tia Brooks of Oklahoma (shot put), Georganne Moline of Arizona (400 hurdles), and Jordan Hasay of Oregon (10,000). Third-place finishers included Alyssa Hasslen of Arizona (shot put), Shalaya Kipp of Colorado (3000 steeplechase), Ashley Spencer of Illinois (400), and Cory McGee of Florida (1500).

Runners-up in the men’s competition included Sam Humphreys of Texas A&M (javelin), Jeffrey Henderson of Stillman (long jump), and Isiah Young of Ole Miss (200). Rounding out the top three in their events were Jack Whitt of Oral Roberts (pole vault), Jeremy Taiwo of Washington (decathlon), Arman Hall of Florida (400), James Plummer of Rutgers, and Ryan Hill of NC State (5000).

Below is a full list of collegiate top-four U.S. Championships finishers and their IAAF Standards situations.

Women Collegians in Top 4

Name 2013 School Event Place
English Gardner Oregon 100 1st *
Brigetta Barrett Arizona High Jump 1st *
Briana Rollins Clemson 100h 1st *
Andrea Geubelle Kansas Triple Jump 1st ^
Octavious Freeman UCF 100 2nd *
Tia Brooks Oklahoma Shot Put 2nd *
Georganne Moline Arizona 400h 2nd *
Jordan Hasay Oregon 10,000 2nd ^
Alyssa Hasslen Arizona Shot Put 3rd #
Shalaya Kipp Colorado 3000s 3rd #
Ashley Spencer Illinois 400 3rd *
Maya Pressley Auburn High Jump 3rd ^
Cory McGee Florida 1500 3rd ^
Krystle Schade Alabama High Jump 4th ^

* – IAAF "A" Standard
# – IAAF "B" Standard
^ – No Standard

Men Collegians in Top 4

Name 2013 School Event Place
Omar Craddock Florida Triple Jump 1st #
Erik Kynard Kansas State High Jump 1st *
Sam Humphreys Texas A&M Javelin 2nd #
Jeffrey Henderson Stillman Long Jump 2nd #
Isiah Young Ole Miss 200 2nd *
Jack Whitt Oral Roberts Pole Vault 3rd #
Charles Silmon TCU 100 3rd *
Jeremy Taiwo Washington Decathlon 3rd *
Arman Hall Florida 400 3rd *
James Plummer Rutgers Discus 3rd ^
Ryan Hill NC State 5000 3rd ^
Michael Hartfield Ohio State Long Jump 4th #
John Cody Risch Cornerstone 20k Race Walk 4th ^
Ronnie Black Virginia Tech High Jump t3rd ^
Montez Blair Cornell High Jump t3rd ^

* – IAAF "A" Standard
# – IAAF "B" Standard
^ – No Standard


Canadian Track & Field Championships and World Trials


While the United States was determining its National Champions and Worlds team roster, Canada was doing this same at the Canadian Track & Field Championships in Moncton, New Brunswick — where collegians found just as much success as their American counterparts.

Athletes who competed for American colleges and universities in 2013 combined for eight national titles, four for both the men and women.

High jumper Derek Drouin, the five-time NCAA champ formerly of Indiana, followed up his NCAA title from two weeks ago with a Canadian title, clearing a winning height of 7-7 (2.31m) without a miss through five rounds before bowing out after one attempt at the next height. Having obtained the "A" standard in nearly every meet in which he competed this year, Drouin is set for another strong international performance after taking bronze at the 2012 Olympics.

Louisville high jumper Michelle Kinsella won the women’s competition with a clearance of 6-0 (1.83m), but does not have an IAAF standard in the event.

Arizona’s Julie Labonte captured a pair of National Titles in the discus and the shot put. She took the discus title with a throw of 173-3 (52.81m) over SMU’s Rayan Chin, and the shot put title with a mark of 57-10¼ (17.63m) over Florida State’s Chelsea Whalen. Whalen also finished runner-up in the javelin. Labonte has the "B" standard in the shot put, but not the discus.

Rival Arizona State also produced a Canadian champion, as Christabel Nettey rebounded from a disappointing NCAA Championships to win with a jump of 21-3½ (6.49m). She is Moscow-bound having already attained the "A" standard in the event.

Akron’s Shawn Barber took the pole vault title with a winning clearance of 17-8¾ (5.40m) on his third attempt after having not missed through his five prior heights. With an "A" standard already under his belt, Barber will be competing in Moscow.

USC sprinter Aaron Brown won the gold at 100 meters in 10.25 (+0.2m/s), and with an "A" standard from the collegiate season he is also Moscow-bound.

Wisconsin’s Mo Ahmed claimed the 10,000 meters title in 29:22.04, and with a "B" standard obtained earlier this season at the Prefontaine Classic he has secured a spot at the IAAF Championships. He defeated Brandon Lord of Georgia, who finished second in the race but does not yet have an IAAF standard.

Other male collegians who finished runner-up include Jeremy Rae of Notre Dame (1500) and Ben Ayesu-Attah of Idaho (400). Third-placers were James Turner of UT-Arlington (decathlon) and Adam Palamar of Tulsa (1500).

Female runners-up from the collegiate ranks include Rhiannon Johns of UAB (5000), Whalen and Chin. Alysha Newman of Eastern Michigan (pole vault) and Emma Kimoto of Indiana (high jump) finished third in their events.

Below is a full list of collegiate Canadian Championships top-three finishers and their IAAF Standards situations.

Women’s Collegians in Top 3

Name 2013 School Event Place
Julie Labonte Arizona Shot Put 1st #
Christabel Nettey Arizona State Long Jump 1st *
Julie Labonte Arizona Discus 1st ^
Michelle Kinsella Louisville High Jump 1st ^
Chelsea Whalen Florida State Shot Put 2nd ^
Rhiannon Johns UAB 5000 2nd ^
Rayann Chin SMU Discus 2nd ^
Chelsea Whalen Florida State Javelin 2nd ^
Emma Kimoto Indiana High Jump 3rd ^
Alysha Newman Eastern Michigan Pole Vault 3rd ^

* – IAAF "A" Standard
# – IAAF "B" Standard
^ – No Standard


Men’s Collegians in Top 3

Name 2013 School Event Place
Aaron Brown USC 100 1st *
Shawn Barber Akron Pole Vault 1st *
Derek Drouin Indiana High Jump 1st *
Mo Ahmed Wisconsin 10,000 1st *
Brandon Lord Georgia 10,000 2nd ^
Jeremy Rae Notre Dame 1500 2nd ^
Ben Ayesu-Attah Idaho 400 2nd ^
James Turner UT-Arlington Decathlon 3rd  ^
Adam Palamar Tulsa 1500 3rd ^

* – IAAF "A" Standard
# – IAAF "B" Standard
^ – No Standard


Jamaican National Senior Trials


Meanwhile off the southern shores of the United States, 2013 collegians were also competing at the Jamaican National Senior Trials in Kingston.

Six women and three men who competed as collegians during the 2013 season claimed Jamaican titles in their respective events.

LSU 800 meter champ Natoya Goule became the first collegian in 2013 to run a sub-2:00 race at 800 meters, winning the title in 1:59.93 to meet the IAAF "A" Standard and obtain a berth to the World Championships.

The Bayou Bengals were well-represented, as LSU’s Damar Forbes claimed the men’s long jump with a winning mark of 27-¾ (8.25m) to meet the "A" standard and qualify for Worlds.

Kansas’ Francine Simpson, who bowed out of the NCAA Championships competition at the West Prelims, won the women’s long jump competition with a mark of 20-10w (6.35m, +3.7m/s). She currently has the "B" standard and would be the country’s lone representative at the World Championships.

Danielle Williams of Johnson C. Smith, the Division II champion in the 100 hurdles, qualified for the event on the World stage with a new Division II record of 12.69 (+0.7m/s). She broke the record of Academy of Art’s Vashti Thomas, who defeated her at the D2 Championships in 12.70. The time makes her the second-fastest wind-legal collegian in 2013 behind Rollins.

Nebraska’s Chad Wright was unable to defend his NCAA title in the discus two weeks ago, but he claimed the Jamaican title with a mark of 204-6 (62.33m), though, without an IAAF standard, he has not yet qualified for the World Championships. He also finished third in the shot put.

Arkansas had a pair of top-three men’s finishers, headlined by Kemoy Campbell taking the title at 5000 meters in 13:43.20 to win by nearly three minutes. Even with a 13:35 during the collegiate season, Campbell is still shy of the "B" standard of 13:20.00 needed to make it to the World Championships.

The Razorbacks’ Akheem Gauntlett finished third at 400 meters in 45.48 to meet the IAAF "B" standard. Both of the top two finishers made the "A" standard, meaning Gauntlett is eligible to compete as the third member of the Jamaican team at the World Championships.

Georgia’s Saniel Atkinson-Grier claimed the high jump title with a clearance of 6-¾ (1.85m), but has not yet reached at least the "B" standard. Fellow SEC competitor Diana Levy of Auburn won the hammer with a mark of 210-11 (64.30m) and Stanford’s Alyssa Wisdom took the shot put title at 52-9½ (16.09m), though neither have met the "B" standard.

Danielle Dowie of Texas finished runner-up in the 400 hurdles.

NCAA outdoor triple jump champ Shanieka Thomas of San Diego State and Louisiana Tech’s Micara Vassell (shot put) both finished third in their events.

Below is a full list of collegiate Jamaican Championships top-three finishers and their IAAF Standards situations.

Women’s Collegians in Top 3

Name 2013 School Event Place
Saniel Atkinson-Grier Georgia High Jump 1st  ^
Francine Simpson Kansas Long Jump 1st #
Natoya Goule LSU 800 1st *
Danielle Williams Johnson C. Smith 100h 1st *
Diana Levy Auburn Hammer 1st ^
Alyssa Wisdom Stanford Shot  Put 1st ^
Dianielle Dowie Texas 400h 2nd *
Micara Vassell Louisiana Tech Shot Put 3rd ^
Shanieka Thomas San Diego State Triple Jump 3rd ^

* – IAAF "A" Standard
# – IAAF "B" Standard
^ – No Standard


Men’s Collegians in Top 3

Name 2013 School Event Place
Kemoy Campbell Arkansas 5000 1st ^
Damar Forbes LSU Long Jump 1st *
Chad Wright Nebraska Discus 1st ^
Chad Wright Nebraska Shot Put 3rd ^
Akheem Gauntlett Arkansas 400 3rd #

* – IAAF "A" Standard
# – IAAF "B" Standard
^ – No Standard