Collegians Excel at National Championships in USA, Canada, Jamaica & Britain

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

June 30, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – Senior outdoor track & field national championships were held around the world this past weekend in the United States, Canada, Jamaica and Britain, with collegians from American universities performing exceptionally well at each meet.

Three collegians won titles at the U.S. Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif.; seven claimed victories at the Canadian Championships in Moncton, New Brunswick; eight won titles at the Jamaican Championships in Kingston, Jamaica; and a pair emerged victorious at the British Championships in Birmingham, England.

In total, 96 top-five finishes were recorded by collegians from NCAA Divisions I, II and III, the NAIA and junior colleges who competed in track & field and/or cross country during the 2013-14 academic year.

U.S. Outdoor Championships

Full Results

Perhaps the weekend’s most exciting performance by a collegian in Sacramento came in the men’s 110-meter hurdles finale, where first-year collegian Devon Allen of Oregon edged out 2013 American champion Ryan Wilson for the win in a windy 13.16 (+2.1m/s) by just .005.

The time was identical to his NCAA Championships-winning performance two weekends ago in front of his home crowd in Eugene, Ore.

Another first-year collegian capped his season with a national title after winning at NCAAs two weeks ago in Alabama’s Hayden Reed in the men’s discus. He threw 204-0 (61.05m) as one of just two three men to surpass 200 feet in the competition. One of the others was third-place finisher senior Mason Finley of Wyoming.

Junior pole vaulter Sam Kendricks of Ole Miss rounded out the collegian champions in Sacramento as he cleared 18-10¼ (5.75m) on his final attempt to clinch the title.

Five collegians earned silver in their respective events.

Arkansas got a pair of silver medals from men’s long jumper sophomore Jarrion Lawson (28-6¼w/8.03m, +2.6m/s) and women’s pole vaulter Sandi Morris (14-11/4.55m).

Oregon senior Laura Roesler went under two minutes at 800 meters for the first time in her career as she finished runner-up in 1:59.04 for the fourth-fastest time ever by a collegian.

Florida junior Ciarra Brewer was second in the triple jump as she leapt 44-6¼ (13.57m), getting the silver over rival collegian senior Lynnika Pitts of LSU in a tiebreak.

Arizona senior high jumper Nick Ross emerged from a three-way tie at 7-5¾ (2.28m) as the silver medalist, while NCAA outdoor champion Bryan McBride of Arizona settled for fourth at the same height on misses.

Junior 400-meter hurdler Michael Stigler of Kansas used a late rally to surge into a second place finish in 49.63.

Finishing as bronze medalists were five others in Finley, Pitts, senior Marielle Hall of Texas (5000 meters), senior Nick Christie of Missouri Baptist (20km Racewalk), sophomore Shelbi Vaughan of Texas A&M (Discus) and junior Erica Bougard of Mississippi State (heptathlon).

A full list of top-five collegiate finishers from Sacramento can be found below.

Name School Event Place
Hayden Reed Alabama men’s discus 1
Sam Kendricks Mississippi men’s pole vault 1
Devon Allen Oregon men’s 110-meter hurdles 1
Nick Ross Arizona men’s high jump 2
Sandi Morris Arkansas women’s pole vault 2
Jarrion Lawson Arkansas men’s long jump 2
Ciarra Brewer Florida women’s triple jump 2
Michael Stigler Kansas men’s 400-meter hurdles 2
Laura Roesler Oregon women’s 800 meters 2
Lynnika Pitts LSU women’s triple jump 3
Erica Bougard Mississippi State women’s heptathlon 3
Nick Christie Missouri Baptist men’s 20km Racewalk 3
Marielle Hall Texas women’s 5000 meters 3
Shelbi Vaughan Texas A&M women’s discus 3
Mason Finley Wyoming men’s discus 3
Bryan McBride Arizona State men’s high jump 4
Jonathan Jones Buffalo men’s shot put 4
Trevor Brown Colorado State men’s 400-meter hurdles 4
Juliet Bortoff Duke women’s 10,000 meters 4
Peter Geraghty Eastern Illinois men’s pole vault 4
Vernon Norwood LSU men’s 400 meters 4
Jasmin Stowers LSU women’s 100-meter hurdles 4
Alejandro Chavez Missouri Baptist men’s 20km Racewalk 4
Aleec  Harris Southern California men’s 110-meter hurdles 4
Aisling Cuffe Stanford women’s 5000 meters 4
Kaitlin Petrillose Texas women’s pole vault 4
Kelsey Card Wisconsin women’s shot put 4
Zach Ziemek Wisconsin men’s decathlon 4
Rachel Johnson Baylor women’s 3000-meter steeplechase 5
Chase Dalton BYU men’s  decathlon 5
Tynita Butts East Carolina women’s high jump 5
Christina Hillman Iowa State women’s shot put 5
Matthias Tayala Kent State men’s hammer 5
Justin Walker Northwestern State men’s 100 meters 5
Elizabeth Herrs Oklahoma women’s javelin 5
Mahagony Jones Penn State women’s 200 meters 5
Richard Garrett UTSA men’s shot put 5

 

Canadian Championships

Full Results

Six different 2013-14 collegians won seven events at the Canadian Championships in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Senior thrower Julie Labonte of Arizona was the weekend’s lone double winner among collegians at any of the championships as she took both the shot put (56-1¼/17.10m) and discus (170-5/51.94m) titles.

A pair of collegians added Canadian titles to 2014 resumes that also include NCAA titles. Sophomore Brandon McBride of Mississippi State – the indoor and outdoor 800 meters champ – edged out junior Keffri Neal of Kentucky by less than a third of a second in 1:46.69 to Neal’s 1:46.91.

Sophomore Shawn Barber of Akron, the indoor pole vault NCAA champion and the Canadian record holder in the event, was the lone athlete to clear 18-2½ (5.55m) to take the title.

Agonizingly close to being an NCAA men’s javelin champion before losing his lead in the sixth round, no one would take the Canadian title from Kentucky junior Raymond Dykstra, who threw 257-9 (78.58m) on his third attempt.

Junior Alyxandria Treasure of Kansas State claimed the women’s high jump with a clearance of 6-2¼ (1.89m), while Brendon Rodney of LIU-Brooklyn won the 200 meters title in 20.80 (-2.3m/s).

The full list of top-five finishers can be found below.

Name School Event Place
Shawn Barber Akron men’s pole vault 1
Julie Labonte Arizona women’s shot put 1
Julie Labonte Arizona women’s discus 1
Alyxandria Treasure Kansas State women’s high jump 1
Raymond Dykstra Kentucky men’s javelin 1
Brendon Rodney LIU-Brooklyn men’s 200 meters 1
Brandon McBride Mississippi State men’s 800 meters 1
Luc Bruchet British Columbia men’s 5000 meters 2
Andre De Grasse Coffeyville CC men’s 100 meters 2
Alex Porlier-Langlois Hawaii women’s discus 2
Keffri Neal Kentucky men’s 800 meters 2
Jaimee Springer Nicholls State women’s javelin 2
Lauren Stuart Northern Arizona women’s hammer 2
Audrey Jean-Baptiste Tulsa women’s 400 meters 2
Anthony Romaniw Dartmouth men’s 800 meters 3
Brandon Lord Georgia men’s 5000 meters 3
Calvin Arsenault Louisville men’s 400-meter hurdles 3
Alysha Newman Miami (Fla.) women’s pole vault 3
Jillian Weir Oregon women’s hammer 3
Aaron Brown Southern California men’s 100 meters 3
Jordan Young Arizona men’s discus 4
Sullivan Parker California men’s shot put 4
Andre De Grasse Coffeyville CC men’s 200 meters 4
Alex Porlier-Langlois Hawaii women’s shot put 4
Danielle Quinn Indiana women’s triple jump 4
Yanique Bennett Iowa Western CC women’s 400-meter hurdles 4
Evan Karakolis Rice men’s javelin 4
Jordan Young Arizona men’s hammer 5
Andrew Wells Pittsburgh men’s discus 5
Divya Biswal Saint Lawrence women’s triple jump 5

 

Jamaican Championships

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Collegians fared better in Kingston than at any other championship meet this weekend with eight American university student-athletes earning gold medals.

Saint Augustine’s senior Roxroy Cato, the 2014 NCAA Division II champion at 400-meters hurdles, ran the second-fastest time in the world in 48.48 to win his title.

Last year’s Division I indoor and outdoor 800 meters champion senior Natoya Goule, who redshirted 2013-14 following a transfer to Clemson, won her signature event by more than a second in 2:01.34.

The discus titles were swept by collegians as sophomore Kellion Knibb of Florida State won the women’s title at 193-2 (58.88m) and 2013 NCAA Champion senior Chad Wright of Nebraska claimed the men’s crown at 205-8 (62.69m).

Finishing runner-up to Knibb in the discus was sophomore Danniel Thomas of Kent State, who won the shot put title at 52-7½ (16.04m).

Collegians also performed well in the jumps, where senior Damon McLean of Princeton won the men’s triple jump at 53-01 (6.15m) and sophomore Kimberly Williamson of Central Arizona won the women’s high jump at 6-½ (1.84m).

Rounding out the collegian champions was senior Sharlene Nickle of Texas Tech, who won the women’s 1500 in 4:30.80.

A full list of top-five collegians at the Jamaican Championships can be found below.

Name School Event Place
Kimberly Williamson Central Arizona women’s high jump 1
Natoya Goule Clemson women’s 800 meters 1
Kellion Knibb Florida State women’s discus 1
Danniel Thomas Kent State women’s shot put 1
Chad Wright Nebraska men’s discus 1
Damon McLean Princeton men’s triple jump 1
Roxroy Cato Saint Augustine’s men’s 400-meter hurdles 1
Sharlene Nickle Texas Tech women’s 1500 meters 1
Devene Brown Central Michigan women’s shot put 2
Chanice Porter Georgia women’s long jump 2
Vanessa Levy Grand Canyon women’s hammer 2
Danniel Thomas Kent State women’s discus 2
Salcia Slack New Mexico Highlands women’s javelin 2
Shanieka Thomas San Diego State women’s triple jump 2
Hugh Graham, Jr. Florida men’s 400 meters 3
Nikita Tracey LSU women’s 400-meter hurdles 3
Chad Wright Nebraska men’s shot put 3
Nickevea Wilson UTEP women’s triple jump 3
Wayne Northover Wayland Baptist men’s triple jump 3
Yanique Malcom Alabama women’s 800 meters 4
Veleisha Walker Albany women’s javelin 4
Salcia Slack New Mexico Highlands women’s long jump 4
Salcia Slack New Mexico Highlands women’s shot put 4
Jevaughn Shaw UL-Monroe men’s discus 5

 

British Championships

Full Results

Headlining the British Championships in Birmingham was a pair of Oklahoma State Cowboys in junior thrower Nick Miller and senior distance runner Tom Farrell.

Miller won the hammer throw competition with a mark of 242-8 (73.96m) on his fourth attempt, while Farrell won at 5000 meters by less than a second in 13:51.43.

Among the other collegiate results were Boston University junior Rich Peters in third at 1500 meters, and fourth-place showings for both Iowa State senior Ese Okoro in the 400-meter hurdles and 2013 NCAA outdoor long jump champ senior Lorraine Ugen of TCU.