RECAP: Oregon Women, Texas A&M Men Crowned NCAA DI Indoor Champs
By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA
March 11, 2017
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Women of Oregon left no doubt.
Texas A&M’s men used track & field’s version of a walk-off.
No matter how they got it done – or how much they won by – the Aggies and Ducks were crowned team champions of the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field season inside the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
Women’s Team Standings
Men’s Team Standings
Oregon made it look easy as it set a team scoring record at the NCAA Indoor meet (84 points) and wrapped up its 7th title in the past 8 years halfway through Day 2.
The Ducks entered Saturday with only 6 points, but quickly racked up a lot more. By the start of the 200 – the 6th running event of the night – Oregon was up to 47. A 1-2 finish by Ariana Washington and Hannah Cunliffe – the first of its kind in the 200 since Auburn in 2010 – added 18 more points to the Duck’s tally to give them a total of 65 and vaulted them ahead of eventual runner-up Georgia.
Oregon broke the scoring record set by Texas in 1988 when Katie Rainsberger and Samantha Nadel finished 3rd and 4th in the 3000. The Ducks added 8 more points for good measure in the 4×400 with a runner-up effort (Southern California won and broke the collegiate record in the process – 3:27.03).
The Aggies had to sweat a bit more to nab their first indoor team title.
It came down to the last race. Actually, it came down to the last lap.
Texas A&M trailed Florida in the 4×400. If the Gators beat the Aggies, they’d be team champions – and vice versa.
Then Mylik Kerley happened and sent the partisan crowd into hysterics. Kerley used the final curve as a slingshot and sped past Ryan Clark. The younger Kerley split 45.29 and stretched his arms out wide in celebration as he crossed the finish line in a meet record and facility record time of 3:02.80.
The final scoreboard read: Texas A&M, 46; Florida, 45.5.
Championship Saturday delivered in a big way. Like anybody expected anything else.