Looking Closer At Indoor Collegiate Record Books
NEW ORLEANS — Back in mid-January, we published an article in which we broke down which indoor collegiate records could be broken during the 2017 season.
One of those records was broken, but not by the person we saw doing it.
Instead of Raevyn Rogers, Texas A&M sophomore Jazmine Fray eclipsed Nicole Cook’s 12-year-old standard in the 800 meters. Fray ran a huge PR this past weekend when she crossed the finish line in 2:00.69.
Rogers, however, had her hand in another record — the Women’s DMR mark — which she and her Oregon teammates took down in late January. Lilli Burdon, Ashante Horsley, Rogers and Katie Rainsberger got the baton around in 10:48.77.
That same weekend the Texas A&M quartet of Fred Kerley, Richard Rose, Devin Dixon and Mylik Kerley lowered the 4×400 standard to 3:02.52 and continued the Aggies’ dominance on that all-time list as they own six of the top-10 marks.
And on the same weekend that Fray made history, Oregon’s Hannah Cunliffe did as well. Cunliffe broke the 60-meter record of 7.08 when she ran 7.07A.
That’s four indoor collegiate records broken so far this season, which matches the total from 2016. We wouldn’t be surprised if several more eventually tumble, including those already set by athletes we previously mentioned in this article.
Men’s 60 Meters
Record – 6.45
Tennessee’s Christian Coleman already has gone sub-6.57 three times this season including a PR of 6.51. Coleman is due for a showdown at NCAAs with Houston’s Cameron Burrell, who is tied for 4th on the all-time chart at 6.48. Leonard Myles-Mills owns the current record of 6.45.
Men’s 400 Meters
Record – 44.57
Texas A&M junior Fred Kerley is a man possessed when he steps on the track for a quarter mile. Kerley ran the fastest indoor split in world history when he led off the Aggies’ record-breaking relay. Then he goes out and runs 45.02 — the 4th-fastest time in collegiate history — this past weekend in his first open 400. If Kerley is pushed to the brink by a number of talented athletes at SECs or NCAAs, Kerron Clement’s 12-year-old record of 44.57 could very well be in danger.
Record – 4:25.91
Oklahoma State senior Kaela Edwards and New Hampshire senior Elinor Purrier like to run fast and compete. Both competed in the Wanamaker Mile at the NYRR Millrose Games and ran top-10 times: Edwards sits 7th in 4:28.75 and Purrier 8th in 4:29.44. The record is 4:25.91, set by Jenny Barringer in 2009. If Edwards and Purrier go all out at NCAAs, there is a strong chance Barringer’s mark could fall.
That’s a good look at what’s happened in NCAA Division I this year.
Let’s move on and see how things are shaping up when it comes to the record books in NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III.
NCAA DIVISION II
McKenzie Warren of Concordia (Ore.) claimed the top shot put mark in Division II history just last weekend at the Husky Classic, where she posted a throw of 17.62m (57-9¾). Warren sat on the cusp of supplanting previous record holder Adriane Blewitt of Ashland all season long, as she recorded excellent throws at both the Bronco Invitational and Washington Invitational in mid-January. Blewitt held the top mark of 17.57m (57-7¾) since March 14, 2003.
Other than Warren’s effort, there have been no changes at the top of the DII record books. But, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be any in the near future.
Merrimack‘s Carly Muscaro and Franklin Pierce’s Dage Minors have their eyes on all-time DII bests.
Muscaro is closest to capturing a DII record, as the senior ran just five one-hundredths of a second off the top time over 400 meters just a few weekends ago. She’ll be looking to run sub-52.22 to sneak past Lorraine Graham’s record, set back on March 7, 1997.
Minors is looking to climb the 800-meter chart, as the senior ran the 5th-fastest time in DII history in late January, posting a time of 1:48.70. To break the record, Minors will have to shave about 1.4 seconds off his personal best to move ahead of Selasi Lumax’s mark, set on Feb. 26, 2012.
Both Muscaro and Minors have a great chance at taking down those records this weekend during the Northeast-10 Championships on a fast track in Boston.
NCAA DIVISION III
This past weekend saw quite the assault on the DIII record books.
Two records were set and two others nearly saw their demise.
Ithaca’s Katherine Pitman literally raised the bar for the second week in a row as she broke her own pole vault record. Pitman improved her mark from two weeks ago by three centimeters (4.25m compared to 4.22m) and is extremely close to establishing an all-time, all-conditions DIII best.
Middlebury’s DMR team took advantage of a fast track in Boston and lowered that standard by nearly two seconds (9:46.95 to 9:48.61). Bates also fared well at that same meet and ran the 6th-fastest mark in DIII history.
Staying in Boston, Johns Hopkins’ Felicia Koerner clocked the 2nd-fastest time over 3000 meters in DIII history. Koerner crossed the finish line in 9:24.34, which marked a 25-second PR for the sophomore. The Blue Jay also became the 9th best performer in DIII history over 5000 meters earlier this season (16:41.95).
Further west in Ames, Iowa, UW-Platteville’s Ian LaMere came up agonizingly short in his pursuit of history. LaMere did become just the 2nd man in DIII history to go sub-14 minutes in the 5000 when he finished in 13:54.88. The DIII record,, however, is 13:53.17.
While these athletes are in a class of their own in NCAA DIII, don’t rule out any records being set at the 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships. In fact, 15 current NCAA DIII records were set at past NCAA meets.