Day Three Notes – NCAA Division I Outdoor T&F Championships

Day Three Notes – NCAA Division I Outdoor T&F Championships

2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Eugene, Ore. — Historic Hayward Field — June 11-14

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Kyle Terwillegar (

Friday, June 13, 2014
Day 3 Notes

Called Attendance: 10,104 (three-day total: 29,172)

12:30pm (heptathlon start): 60 degrees, overcast, winds: North, 15 mph
4:30pm (track event start): 63 degrees, overcast, winds: North, 13 mph
6:15pm (men’s 5000 meters): 62 degrees, mostly cloudy, winds: North, 8 mph

Team Standings

MEN — after day 3

1. Oregon, 53
2. Florida, 28
3. Georgia, 24
4. Wisconsin, 20
5. Texas, 19.5

WOMEN — after day 3

1. Oregon, 43
2. Texas A&M, 41
=3. Texas, 29
=3. Florida, 29
5. Georgia, 25

>>> Today’s Finals

Men’s 100 Meters (5:03pm)

  1. Trayvon Bromell (FR), Baylor, 9.97 (+1.8) [WJR, CL, PB]
    hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla.
  2. Dentarius Locke, Florida State, 10.02
  3. Aaron Brown, USC, 10.07

World Junior Record for Bromell, besting 10.01 set by he (2014, Texas Relays prelims) and Jeff Demps (2008, U.S. Olympic Trials) … first freshman to win men’s 100 title since Walter Dix, Florida State, 2005 (others: Justin Gatlin, Tennessee, 2001; Stanley Floyd, Auburn, 1980; Harvey Glance, Auburn, 1976; Reggie Jones, Tennessee, 1974).

Bromell is also now tied No. 8 on the all-time collegiate list … Bromell is Baylor’s first 100-meter champ in program history. … time is the equal to the fourth-best wind-legal winning time in meet history.

Defending Champion Charles Silmon (TCU) graduated … NCAA indoor 60 meter champ Dentarius Locke (Florida State) finished second.

Previous collegiate-leading mark (wind legal) from Bromell, 10.01 in prelims of Texas Relays that equaled then-World Junior Record … Bromell clocked wind-aided 9.77 (4.2) to win Big 12 title, wind-aided 9.92 in NCAA semi. … Bromell went under 10 seconds (all-conditions) four times during the collegiate season.

All-time bests in NCAA meet history (all-conditions):  (q = non-final) (Bold = was in today’s final)

  1. Ngoni Makusha (Florida State, 2011) 9.89
  2. Charles Silmon (TCU, 2013) 9.89w
  3. Dentarius Locke (Florida State, 2013) 9.91w
  4. Ato Boldon (UCLA, 1992) 9.92
  5. Trayvon Bromell (Baylor, 2014) 9.92qw
  6. Charles Silmon (TCU, 2013) 9.92qw

Men’s 400 Meters (5:54pm)

  1. Deon Lendore, Texas A&M, 45.02
    hometown: Arima, Trinidad & Tobago
  2. Mike Berry, Oregon, 45.07
  3. Vernon Norwood, LSU, 45.45

Lendore was clear leader on final turn, but Berry’s Oregon nearly drew even with 30 meters to go. Lendore’s final five meters was enough to hold off Berry.

Lendore is Texas A&M’s first champ in the event outdoor since 1969 (Curtis Mills) … Lendore also won NCAA indoor title and is first to sweep both in the same academic year since 2012 The Bowerman Finalist Tony McQuay (Florida).

Defending Champion Bryshon Nellum (USC) graduated.

Active career leader in NCAA outdoor meet points is Oregon’s Mike Berry’s (now at 22: (3rd 2011; 2nd 2012; 2nd 2014) … Davian Clarke and Avard Moncur hold the all-time best (since 1982) career total, 25.

Men’s 800 Meters (5:19pm)

  1. Brandon McBride (SO), Mississippi State, 1:46.26
    hometown: Windsor, Ontario
  2. Ryan Schnulle (SO), Florida, 1:46.29 [PB]
  3. Keffri Neal (JR), Kentucky, 1:46.39 [PB]

Opening 200 meters in 25.5, led by Mississippi State’s McBride … first lap in 51.14 for McBride … 600 meter leader McBride in 1:18 … McBride wins wire-to-wire.

McBride is Mississippi State’s first male outdoor champion since 1988 (Lorenzo Daniel, 200 meters) … McBride also won the NCAA indoor crown and is first to sweep both in the same academic year since Greer in 2013.

McBride is first underclassman champ since Virginia’s Robby Andrews in 2011.

Defending Champion Elijah Greer (Oregon) graduated.

Men’s 5000 Meters (6:10pm)

  1. Lawi Lalang (SR), Arizona, 13:18.36 [MEET RECORD, CL]
    final lap: 56.74
    hometown: Eldoret, Kenya
  2. Edward Cheserek (FR), Oregon, 13:18.71 [PB]
    final lap: 56.84
  3. Trevor Dunbar (SR), Oregon, 13:26.90 [PB]

10:45 at 4k, leaders Lalang, Cheserek, Ahmed … 11:18 with two laps to go (64.5 lap) … 12:21 with lap to go (Cheserek, Lalang) …

Oregon finishes 2-3-4 for 19-point pickup. … first time in event history since 1976 that the same school placed three in the top four (Washington State).

New meet record for Lalang, topping Sydney Maree’s 13:20.63 from 1979. … Cheserek also under meet record time. … best times in NCAA history for places: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 … first race in NCAA history with top eight runners under 13:35 (prior best was 13:40.62 in 2011).

Lalang now No. 4 performer in in-season collegiate history, with eight career NCAA individual titles.

Lalang is the seventh man in Division I history to claim consecutive 5000 meters (or three-mile) titles outdoors, and the first since Chris Solinsky of Wisconsin in 2006 and 2007. … Lalang’s title is Arizona’s sixth in the event, only Oregon and Washington State (8) has more. … Lalang is the all-time (since at least 1982) career top scorer in the event with 34 points (2011 2nd; 2012 3rd; 2013 1st; 2014 1st).

The race featured the past three individual cross country NCAA champs: Lalang (2011), Kithuka (2012) and Cheserek (2013).

Intermediate leaders

1k: Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, 2:39.04
3k: Kithuka, Texas Tech, 8:04.03

Men’s 400 Meter Hurdles (4:32pm)

  1. Miles Ukaoma (SR),  Nebraska, 49.23 [=PB]
    hometown: Maize, Kan.
  2. Michael Stigler (JR), Kansas, 49.90
  3. Quincy Downing (JR), LSU, 49.97 [PB]

Stigler and Ukaoma was neck-and-neck coming off final turn …Ukaoma took the lead near the ninth hurdle.

Ukaoma is Nebraska’s first 400 meter hurdle national champion … first male NCAA champ since 2012 (Chad Wright, discus) and first track event champ since 2005 (Dmitrijs Milkevics, 800 meters) … slowest winning time since 1996.

Defending Champion Reggie Wyatt (USC) graduated.

Collegiate leader is Saint Augustine’s Roxroy Cato (Division II), 48.67.

Men’s High Jump

1. Bryan McBride (JR), Arizona State, 7-5¾/2.28
2.10, 2.15[2], 2.20, 2.25, 2.28[3], 2.31[xxx]
hometown: Peoria, Ariz.         
2. Wally Ellenson (SO), Minnesota, 7-4½/2.25
=3. Nick Ross (SR), Arizona, 7-2½/2.20
=3. Kyle Landon (FR), Southern Illinois, 7-2½/2.20

McBride is Arizona State’s first champ in the event since 1977 (Kyle Arney).

Defending Champion Derek Drouin (Indiana) graduated.

Collegiate leaders are Arizona’s Nick Ross finished tied for third and Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Jeron Robinson (Division II) … 7-6½/2.30m … Ross is tops on the active career list on outdoor points in this event (12.5 pts: 2010 =7th; 2011 3rd; 2012 4th)

NCAA indoor champ James Harris (Florida State) did not contest the high jump for the NCAA Championships.

Most titles by school: Southern California 10, Texas 7, Kansas State 5, Ohio State 4, Oregon State 4.

Men’s Discus

  1. Hayden Reed (FR), Alabama, 62.74/205-10
    196-2, 200-6, 194-3, f, 198-5, 205-10
    hometown: Orange, Texas
  2. Julian Wruck (SR), UCLA, 62.56/205-3
  3. Tavis Bailey (JR), Tennessee, 62.14/203-10

Reed entered finals in third place … UCLA’s Julian Wruck was the leader from first round until Reed’s final-round toss.

Reed is first male thrower to win outdoor national crown since 1997 (Mata Nilsson, javelin) … Reed is first freshman to win the event since Auburn’s Gabor Mate in 1999.

Defending Champion — and 2011 Champion [with Texas Tech] — Julian Wruck (UCLA) finished second … 2013 Champion Chad Wright (Nebraska) finished fourth … collegiate leader Andrew Evans (Kentucky) did not make the final and placed 14th.

Wruck is now the career all-time NCAA points leader (since at least 1982) in this event (34: 2010 3rd [with Texas Tech]; 2011 1st [with Texas Tech]; 2013 1st; 2014 2nd) … the previous all-time leader was Nevada’s Kamy Keshmiri with 30 (1st in 1990, 1991, 1992) … Wyoming’s Mason Finley now has 25 career points in the event (2nd 2010 [Kansas]; 3rd 2011 [Kansas]; 2nd 2012 [Kansas]; 6th 2014) … Nebraska’s Chad Wright has 26 career points in the event (6th 2011; 1st 2012; 2nd 2013; 4th 2014).

Women’s 100 Meters (5:12pm)

  1. Remona Burchell (JR), Alabama, 11.25 (-3.4)
  2. Morolake Akinosun (SO), Texas, 11.33
  3. Jenna Prandini (SO), Oregon, 11.42

Winds shifted gears just nine minutes after men’s 100 final (moving from +1.8 to -3.4 m/s) … slowest winning time since 2006.

Burchell, the NCAA indoor 60-meter champ this season, is the first to sweep 60-100 double since Oregon’s English Gardner in 2012. … Burchell is Alabama’s first female to win NCAA outdoor title in any event since 2005 (Beth Mallory, discus), and first to win on the track since 1989 (Pauline Davis, 400 meters).

Defending Champion Gardner (Oregon) turned professional and has foregone her remaining collegiate eligibility …

Women’s 400 Meters (6:02pm)

  1. Courtney Okolo (SO), Texas, 50.23
    hometown: Carrollton, Texas
  2. Phyllis Francis (SR), Oregon, 50.59 [PB]
  3. Kendall Baisden (FR), Texas, 51.32

Okolo, the outdoor collegiate record holder, is the third-straight underclassman to win this event (Ashley Spencer, 2012 and 2013). … Texas extends its lead, having the most titles in event history with 5 (Suziann Reid 1996, 1998, 1999; Sanya Richards, 2003).

Two-time Defending Champion Ashley Spencer (Texas) did not make the final after injury in event’s semifinals on Wednesday.

NCAA indoor champ Phyllis Francis (Oregon), who owns the American and Collegiate indoor records in the event, finished second from lane 8.

Texas’ Kendall Baisden, the world junior leader in the event, finished third.. … the U.S. junior record is 49.89 (Sanya Richards, 2004).

With a 1-3-4 finish by Texas student-athletes, the Longhorns became the first team since the 2002 NCAA team champion South Carolina Gamecocks (2-3-4) to put three finishers in the top four.

Most titles by school (in final): Texas (Brianna Nelson, Courtney Okolo, Kendall Baisden) 4, Alabama 3.

Women’s 800 Meters (5:28pm)

  1. Laura Roesler (SR), Oregon, 2:01.22
    hometown: Fargo, N.D.
  2. Claudia Saunders (SO), Stanford, 2:02.92
  3. Ejiroghene Okoro (SR), Iowa State, 2:03.37 [PB]

29 seconds at 200 meters … first lap in 1:00.59, led by Georgia’s Malasarte … Roesler makes move to front at 600 meters after getting tripped up in the final backstretch … breakaway winner by Roesler … largest winning margin since 2001 (USC’s Brigita Langerholc won in 2:01.61 over Appalachian State’s Mary Jayne Harrelson [2:03.10])

Roesler’s title is Oregon’s fourth in the event outdoors (Claudette Groenendall 1985; Rebekah Noble, 2006; Anne Kesselring, 2011), tying Tennessee for the all-time lead.

Roesler is also defending NCAA indoor champ… First to sweep indoor-outdoor titles in the event since LSU’s Goule in 2013. … Roesler is the active leader in career points in the event outdoors with now 23 (4th 2012; 2nd 2013; 1st 2014) … the win places her tied for fourth all-time (Geena Gall, 29).

Defending Champion Natoya Goule (Clemson) redshirted the 2013-14 season following a transfer from LSU to Clemson …

Most titles by school (in final): Tennessee (Alexis Panisse) 4, Florida 3, LSU 3, North Carolina 3, Oregon (Laura Roesler) 3

Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles (4:43pm)

  1. Shamier Little (FR), Texas A&M, 55.07 [WJL, PB]
    hometown: Chicago, Ill.
  2. Kendra Harrison (JR), Kentucky, 55.55
  3. Janeil Bellille (SR), Texas A&M, 56.14

Team points: Texas A&M 16, Kentucky 10, LSU 9

Little took lead at hurdle nine …

Little first freshman to win event since South Carolina’s Lashinda Demus in 2002 (with then-world junior record 54.85)  … Little is now the No. 2 performer on the all-time U.S. junior list … Little is Texas A&M’s first champ in the event since 1998 (Rosa Jolivet).

Defending Champion Kori Carter (Stanford) turned professional and has foregone her remaining collegiate eligibility …

Iowa State’s Eseroghene Okoro was disqualified for pushing over a hurdle.

Women’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase

  1. Leah O’Connor (JR), Michigan State, 9:36.43 [CL, PB]
    final lap: 1:09.10
    hometown: Croswell, Mich.
  2. Marisa Howard (JR), Boise State, 9:43.82 [PB]
  3. Rachel Johnson (JR), Baylor, 9:44.47 [PB]

Largest margin of victory since 2010 … O’Connor is first female in Michigan State history to win the event and the first female champ in any outdoor event since 1997 (Sevatheda Fynes, 100 and 200 meters).

Defending Champion Emma Coburn (Colorado) graduated, but 2012 Champion Shalaya Kipp (Colorado) finished fifth following a redshirted 2012-13 campaign.

Colorado had won six of the past eight titles in this event, punctuated only twice by winners from O’Connor’s conference, the Big Ten: Anna Willard (Michigan) in 2007 and Bridget Franek (Penn State) in 2010.

Women’s Pole Vault

            1. Annika Roloff (SO), Akron, 14-5¼/4.40
4.15, 4.20, 4.25[3], 4.30, 4.35[3], 4.40, 4.45[xxx]
hometown: Seelze, Germany
2. Kelsie Ahbe (SR), Indiana, 14-5¼/4.40 [PB]
3. Martina Schultze (JR), Virginia Tech, 14-3¼/4.35

Roloff became the first woman from the Mid-American Conference to claim an outdoor pole vault title … She is Akron’s third individual champion all-time at the outdoor championships, joining 2009 hammer throw winner Stevi Large and 2000 heptathlon winner Christi Smith.

Defending Champion Bethany Buell (Firsick) was not in the field.

Collegiate leaders Texas’ Kaitlin Petrillose (no heighted), Arkansas’ Sandi Morris (finished fourth), and Grand Valley State’s Kristen Hixson (Division II) [14-9/4.50m] … Petrillose won NCAA indoor crown with collegiate indoor record, 4.60/15-1

Women’s Triple Jump

1.       Shanieka Thomas (SR), San Diego State, 45-11¼/14.00m [CL]
hometown: St. Andrew, Jamaica
44-4¾/13.53m, 43-4¼/13.21m, 44-4¾/13.53m, 45-4½/13.83m, 45-11¼/14.00m, 44-8¼/13.62m     
2.       LaQue Moen-Davis (SO), Texas A&M, 44-6/13.56m
3.       Ciarra Brewer (JR), Florida, 44-3¼/13.49m

Thomas held the lead throughout the competition.

Defending Champion Shanieka Thomas (San Diego State) is the sixth woman in meet history to claim consecutive titles in this event, and the first since Clemson’s Patricia Mamona in 2010-11 … Thomas also won the NCAA indoor title in the event this March and is the first woman to sweep since Kimberly Williams (Florida State) in 2009. … Thomas is the active career leader in outdoor NCAA points in the event (28: 2nd 2012; 1st 2013; 1st 2014) [all-time leader is Sheila Hudson, California, 34].

Women’s Heptathlon


  1. Kendell Williams (FR), Georgia, 5854
    hometown: Marietta, Ga.
    (3685 [1], 6.13/20-1½ [1], 34.83/114-3 [16], 2:28.59 [20])
  2. Allison Reaser (SR), San Diego State, 5836
  3. Brittany Harrell (JR), Florida, 5835

Event Bests
Day 1: Williams, Georgia — 3685
LJ: Williams, Georgia — 6.13/20-1½
JAV: Cvitanovic, SMU — 48.87/160-4
800m: Reaser, San Diego State — 2:12.08

Williams led throughout the competition, but fell to the ground in the opening moments of the 800 meters finale, endangering her chances to take the title ….  first freshman to win NCAA title in event since Jackie Johnson, Arizona State, 2004 in Austin Texas, 5807 … only other: UNLV’s Sheila Tarr in Eugene, 1984 … Williams also won NCAA indoor heptathlon title in March and is the first to sweep both since Oregon’s Brianne Theisen in 2012 (also 2010) … the title is Georgia’s first in the event since Hyleas Fountain (2003).

Defending champ: Lindsay Vollmer (Kansas) was in fifth place after five events, but did not start the javelin following an injury during the long jump

Most titles by school: Arizona State 5, Oregon 4, BYU 3, Houston 3, Kansas State 3

(From Day 1) — 100-meter hurdles: Kendell Williams (Georgia) became first collegiate woman to break the 13-second barrier in the heptathlon with a 2014 World Junior-leading 12.99 (+1.8m/s) … the previous collegiate & NCAA Championships record for the heptathlon 100-meter hurdles was 13.02 by two-time NCAA heptathlon champ Tiffany Lott of BYU in 1997 … She became just the ninth junior in World history to break the 13-second barrier, ranked No. 9 all-time just behind 2010 The Bowerman winner Queen Harrison (12.98) … Her time was the fastest by a junior since Harrison in June of 2007.