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
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.
|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|
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.
|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|
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.
|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|
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.