RECAP: Records Fall As 2017 NCAA DI Indoor Championships Draw To A Close
By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA
March 11, 2017
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Incredible performances highlighted an epic 2nd day at the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.
It started when Josh Kerr – an unheralded freshman from New Mexico – outkicked the legendary Edward Cheserek in the mile. Kerr went stride for stride with Cheserek when the Oregon star made his patented move and turned in a final lap of 26.68 to beat the collegiate record holder in the event by 2 seconds.
Cheserek’s attempt at an unprecedented triple – the mile, 3000 and 5000 titles at the same NCAA meet – ended unceremoniously. That runner-up finish, however, added 8 more points to Cheserek’s career scoring total at the NCAA Indoor meet and made him the men’s all-time leading scorer in meet history.
When Cheserek won the 3000 later in the proceedings, he became the second man in NCAA DI history to win three individual titles in two different events (Erick Walder in the horizontal jumps). Those 10 points also made Cheserek the highest-scoring man at a single meet and pushed him ahead of Carlette Guidry for the most points scored in a career at an NCAA DI Indoor Championships.
It’s Good To Be King (Cheserek)
|Carlette Guidry, Texas||30.5||Edward Cheserek, Oregon||91|
|Edward Cheserek, Oregon||28||Carlette Guidry, Texas||87|
|Elva Goulbourne, Auburn||28||Suleiman Nyambui, UTEP||83|
|Jenna Prandini, Oregon||23||Erick Walder, Arkansas||60|
|4 tied for 5th||22.5||Two tied for 5th||58|
Tennessee’s Christian Coleman wrote his name in the record book as he swept the short sprint titles clean. Coleman tied the 18-year-old collegiate record in the 60 with his time of 6.45 and clocked the 2nd fastest mark in collegiate history in the 200 (20.11). He is the first man to win the 60 and 200 in the same meet since Justin Gatlin in 2002 and the first man in collegiate history to be ranked in the all-time top-10 in each event.
Oregon’s Ariana Washington jumped on the track before Coleman in the 200 and put the record book in her crosshairs as well. Like Coleman, Washington ended up with the 2nd fastest time in collegiate history over 200 meters (22.42).
The collegiate record in the women’s 4×400 was no match for Heat 3 of the final. The Ducks and Southern California tore around the track and eventually the Women of Troy won the NCAA crown in a record time of 3:27.03. Oregon went sub-3:27.40 as well (3:27.07), but to the victor go the collegiate record spoils.
Raevyn Rogers won her 2nd 800-meter title in a row and set a meet record in the process. Rogers crossed the finish line in 2:01.09 – a full second ahead of Virginia Tech’s Hannah Green – which is also another all-time top-10 mark for the junior.
Another meet record fell in the men’s 4×400 as Texas A&M (3:02.80) rallied to beat Florida (3:03.52). Fred Kerley, who ran the 3rd fastest time in collegiate history in the open 400 earlier in the day, gave the Aggies the early lead – but it was his brother Mylik who kicked past Ryan Clark to hand the home team the event crown and its first NCAA Indoor team title in program history.