Record Book Update: Post-NCAA DI Outdoor Championships
NEW ORLEANS — Exactly one week ago, the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships got underway in Eugene, Oregon.
With the best of the best in collegiate track & field all under one roof, we wondered if there would be enough "Hayward Magic" to go around. Well, it’s safe to say there was.
Five collegiate records fell by the time the Arkansas women and Florida men held the championship trophies high above their heads. And here’s the thing: No collegiate record was sacred.
We learned that early in the proceedings — actually on the second night — when Mississippi’s Raven Saunders obliterated Meg Ritchie’s 33-year-old shot put standard. Saunders’ heave of 19.33m (63-5) sailed more than a foot past Ritchie’s mark and became the first 19-meter toss in collegiate history.
Then the following night, Texas A&M freshman Donavan Brazier took down track & field royalty. Brazier smashed Jim Ryun’s 800-meter record on its 50th anniversary (1:43.55 to 1:44.3). During that race, Mississippi State senior Brandon McBride clipped off the third fastest time in collegiate history for second place (1:44.50).
New Mexico’s Courtney Frerichs, Texas A&M’s Maggie Malone and Georgia’s Keturah Orji all etched their names into the record book as well last Thursday and Saturday as well. Frerichs broke a former The Bowerman Award winner’s record by more than a second (Jenny Barringer, 9:25.54) and Orji’s new mark (14.53m/47-8) is also an American record.
What about Malone’s effort in the javelin? Well, let’s break it out with several other outstanding performances.
Women’s Javelin Throw
Before last Thursday, there had been only five throws with the new javelin that traveled farther than 60 meters.
Texas Tech’s Hannah Carson and Texas A&M’s Maggie Malone topped that total by themselves. Carson and Malone combined for six throws of more than 60 meters — four by Malone herself including the collegiate record of 62.19m (204-0). It was also the first time in collegiate history that two women threw farther than 60 meters in the same meet.
When the dust settled, Malone owned the first, fourth, seventh and eighth best throws in collegiate history. That gets added to her two marks from earlier this season to give her five of the 10 farthest all-time.
Not to be forgotten, Carson has the fifth and sixth best marks of all-time, in addition to the ninth.
When Clayton Murphy decided to forgo the 800 for the 1500 at NCAAs, many worried if it would diminish the 800 field (it didn’t) or stretch Murhpy too thin (it didn’t).
Murphy used his patented kick to capture the 1500-meter title and become the first man since Abdi Bile in 1984 to run a top-10 time in collegiate history at the NCAA meet. The Akron-junior-turned-professional’s time of 3:36.38 puts him eighth on the all-time chart between Lawi Lalang (3:36.34) and Joaquim Cruz (3:36.48).
Women’s 400 Hurdles
To borrow a line from former Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa, Hayward Field has been "very, very good" to Texas A&M’s Shamier Little.
Last Saturday Little ran the second fastest time in collegiate history in her signature event. Little’s 53.51 fell just short of Kori Carter’s standard of 53.21 set in 2013.
The Aggie junior now has two ticks on the all-time list — the aforementioned second to go along with what is now the fifth fastest time in collegiate history of 53.74.
You had to be elite to get out of the men’s 100-meter semifinals last Wednesday.
Cutthroat doesn’t even begin to describe those sections.
Well, Texas’ Senoj-Jay Givans proved himself to be elite against some of the best athletes in the field.
Givans cruised to a win by seven-tenths of a second over Tennesse’s Christian Coleman, Missouri’s Markesh Woodson, Arkansas’ Kenzo Cotton and TCU’s Ronnie Baker to qualify for the final two days later. In fact, the time Givans ran (9.96) tied him for the ninth fastest in collegiate history.
For the Oregon women to be able to keep up Arkansas in the team standings, it needed — in the words of coach Robert Johnson — "Our stars to be stars and our stars in waiting to show up."
Well, it’s safe to say the Ducks’ Ariana Washington became a star last week.
Washington was the first freshman in NCAA DI history to sweep the short-sprint titles (100/200) and ran the fourth fastest time in collegiate history at 200 meters (22.21). In fact, Washington is the only freshman to have run a top-10 time as there are three seniors, three juniors and three sophomores on it as well.
Texas A&M junior Lindon Victor thought it would take a collegiate record to win the decathlon at NCAAs.
He wasn’t far off: It took the fifth best score in collegiate history.
Victor held off a strong effort by Wisconsin’s Zach Ziemek and beat him 8379-8300. Ziemek’s total is the best score for any runner-up in meet history and he stands as the eighth best performer in collegiate history.
Texas’ Courtney Okolo wrapped up her collegiate career the only way she knew how — in style.
Okolo won the open 400 and later mounted an incredible comeback in the 4×400 to send the Longhorns to yet another crown in that event. However, it was her time in the open 400 (50.36) that put her on the all-time collegiate list for a fourth time.
The product of Carrollton, Texas now has the first, second, sixth and 10th fastest times in collegiate history.
The Houston men and Southern Cal women ran incredible well in a losing effort last week.
First, the Cougars clocked a time of 38.44 in last Friday’s final. That leaves Houston as the sixth fastest program in collegiate history, right outside of the top-10 times ever recorded.
Then the Women of Troy became the eighth fastest women’s program with their time of 42.90. One of the women on Southern Cal’s team was Deanna Hill, a four-time All-American.