Record Book Update: McBride, Frerichs, Price & DII Records
NEW ORLEANS – What a weekend in college track & field. And what a weekend for the collegiate track & field record books.
From Brandon McBride’s scintilating 800 meters, to a new round of historic hammer throw barrages for DeAnna Price; from numerous record-book updates from the Payton Jordan Invitational to Garrett Appier’s ongoing revision of the DII shot put record book – this weekend had it all.
We take a look at some of the top historic highlights below.
Men’s 800 Meters
Brandon McBride of Mississippi State ran 1:44.63 for the third-fastest time in collegiate history, becoming the 14th-member of the collegiate sub-1:45 club. It’s been a while since anyone has run as fast as McBride did this weekend; it’s the fastest time during the NCAA season since Julius Achon of George Mason ran 1:44.55 in 1996 (5/4). He joins Shaquille Walker of BYU in the sub 1:45 club this season, making the first season with multiple sub-1:45 runners since there were two in 2012. There were three each in 2011 and 2005.
Women’s Hammer Throw
The women’s college hammer throw is DeAnna Price’s world, and everyone else is just living in it. The Southern Illinois senior moved closer to the collegiate record with a winning heave of 72.66m (238-4) in a duel between Southern Illinois and SIUE. That is good enough for No. 2 on both the all-time college performers and performances list.
Now only 28 centimeters stand between her and the collegiate record of 72.94m (239-3) set by Jenny Dahlgren of Georgia in 2007.
Additionally, she added two other marks to the registry of top-25 all-time throws (pushing several of her own out as a result): a 70.94m (232-9) and a 70.47m (231-2). All told, she has posted 12 all-time top-25 marks this season alone, with another coming from last year’s NCAA Championships for 13 total.
Courtney Frerichs of New Mexico became just the fourth woman in college history to crack the 9:30 barrier in the steeplechase during the college season. She won at the Payton Jordan Invitational in 9:29.31 in her first steeple race of the season, marking the second-fastest season debut behind Emma Coburn’s 9:28.26 at this same meet three years ago. Overall, Frerichs checked in with the fifth-fastest time in college history (during the college season) and is the No. 3 all-time performer.
At the DII level, Molly Oren of Hillsdale joined her sister Emily in the all-time top-10 performers list. Her 10:14.27 at the Gina Relays was good enough to move to No. 8 all-time. Emily is No. 3 all-time.
Men’s Shot Put
As dominant as DeAnna Price has been in the DI women’s hammer throw, Garrett Appier of Pittsburg State has been wreaking similar havoc on the all-time DII men’s shot put list. He tossed a collegiate-leading and new DII-record 20.79m (68-2½) to win the Bob Laptad/Bill Williams Invitational.
He didn’t stop there as he posted four of the five best marks in NCAA DII history during the competition. He also added the No. 2 mark at 20.70m (67-11), the No. 4 mark at 20.51m (67-3½), and the No. 5 performance at 20.32m (66-8). He now owns seven of the nine best throws in DII history.
Women’s 10,000 Meters
Dominique Scott of Arkansas did at Payton Jordan what only five other college women have ever done. With her 31:56.84, she became just the sixth female collegian to crack the 32-minute barrier during the NCAA season. It’s the seventh-fastest time in college history, and she checked in at No. 6 on the performers list. It’s her second top-15 all-time performance of her career, as she ran 32:11.60 on this same track a year ago in early April.
In that same race, Alice Wright of New Mexico clocked in at 32:36.11 for the No. 25 spot on the all-time college performers list.
Men’s 5000 Meters
How fast was Sunday’s men’s 5000 meters race at the Payton Jordan Invitational? It produced three new additions to the all-time top-25 collegiate performers list for the event: No. 20 Sean McGorty of Stanford (13:24.25), No. 21 Patrick Tiernan of Villanova (13:25.78) and No. 25 Justyn Knight of Syracuse (13:27.23). McGorty’s performance was the 25th-fastest time in collegiate history.
Men’s 10,000 Meters
Futsum Zienasellassie’s success at 10,000 meters this weekend has been a long time coming. The two-time top-five NCAA Cross Country finisher of Northern Arizona turned in his best-ever performance on the track, running 27:52.70 to become just the 21st man in college history to run faster than 28 minutes during the collegiate season. He checked in at No. 20 on the all-time college performers list with the 22nd-fastest time.
At the NCAA Division II level, Johnnie Guy of Southern Indiana added his name to the all-time top-10 performers list in the event at No. 10 with a 28:34.79 run.
The 200-feet club is getting awfully crowded in 2016. Tarasue Barnett of Grand Canyon threw for 61.28m (201-0) at the UC Irvine Steve Scott Invitational to become the third woman this year (and the 14th in college history) to go farther than 200 feet, joining Kelsey Card of Wisconsin and Tera Novy of Southern California. Those three are accompanied by two more active women who have thrown for 200 feet in seasons past: two-time NCAA Champ Shelbi Vaughan of Texas A&M and Kellion Knibb of Florida State – both of whom may surpass the barrier before the season is done.
Women’s 800 Meters
Move over Raevyn Rogers; you’re not the only sophomore sensation 800-meter runner this year. Olivia Baker of Stanford ran 2:01.02 at the Payton Jordan Invitational for a share of the 20th-fastest time in collegiate history, and checked in at No. 16 on the all-time college performers list.
Even she wasn’t the only sophomore to make headlines at Payton Jordan. In the section preceding hers, NCAA DII Indoor champ Carsyn Koch ran 2:02.39 to break the NCAA DII record in the event. She topped a record of 2:02.48 by Cal Poly’s Teena Colebrook that had stood since 1990. She’s the third woman in DII history to crack the 2:03 barrier during the NCAA season.
Women’s 400 Meters
Taylor Ellis-Watson of Arkansas became just the 18th woman in collegiate history to run faster than 50.80 during the NCAA season after she clocked in at 50.78 to win the LSU Invitational this past weekend.
Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles
One week after breaking the NCAA DII record in the event, Tia-Adana Belle of Saint Augustine’s logged another all-time top-10 DII performance. Running at the Penn Relays, she clocked in at 56.72 to become the first woman in DII history to run sub-57 three times in a season. The time is the seventh-fastest in DII history, but only Belle’s third-fastest in 2016.
Women’s Shot Put
It’s been more than a decade since any NCAA DII woman has thrown farther than did Ashland’s Jamie Sindelar at this weekend’s Ashland Alumni Open. She came just one centimeter shy of becoming the second DII women in history to surpass 17 meters, heaving 16.99m (55-9) on her sixth and final throw.
She moved to No. 2 at the all-time DII performers list with the ninth-best throw. Though she’s the No. 2 woman in the Division’s history, she’s got a ways to go to the DII record – and the school record. Former Eagle Adrianne Blewitt threw 17.99m (59-¼) in 2003.