Collegians Shine At Various National Championships
Collegians aren’t done making headlines in 2017 – not by a long shot.
With the start of the 2017 IAAF World Championships less than five weeks away, collegians from the 2017 track & field cycle did their part in potentially qualifying for the proceedings by finishing in the top-3 of their respective national championships.
We compiled results from five different national championship meets – U.S., Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Bahamas and Kenya – and found there to be 62 instances of collegians working their way into the global conversation.
There were 25 collegians that finished in the top-3 at the USATF Outdoor Championships this past weekend in Sacramento, California – of which seven won national titles. Florida’s Eric Futch (400 hurdles), Texas A&M’s Fred Kerley (men’s 400 meters), Georgia’s Keturah Orji (women’s triple jump), Ole Miss’ Raven Saunders (women’s shot put), Oregon’s Deajah Stevens (women’s 200 meters), Georgia’s Kendell Williams (heptathlon) and Southeastern Louisiana’s Alex Young (men’s hammer) finished atop the podium in their respective events.
Stevens is one of two collegians to double qualify out of the USATF Outdoor Championships. Former Tennessee standout Christian Coleman is the other. Both Coleman and Stevens punched tickets in the 100 and 200.
It should also be noted that while Saunders and Arizona State standout Maggie Ewen surpassed their collegiate record-setting marks in Sacramento, they won’t count towards their in-season standards. Saunders rebounded from a down outdoor season to propel the shot 19.76m (64-10), which dwarfed her old outdoor best of 19.33m (63-5). Ewen launched the hammer 74.56m (244-7) to put her previous best of 73.32m (240-7) to shame.
Down in Jamaica, 19 collegians finished in the top-3, including Florida’s Clayton Brown who double dipped in the high jump and triple jump. Brown captured the national title in the high jump and was one of seven collegians to win Jamaican crowns. Auburn’s Nathon Allen (men’s 400 meters), Florida State’s Kellion Knibb (women’s discus), Albany’s Adrian Mitchell (men’s javelin), Arkansas’ Clive Pullen (men’s triple jump), Kent State’s Danniel Thomas (women’s shot put) and Kansas State’s Kim Williamson (women’s high jump) joined the Florida soon-to-be sophomore in that regard. Arkansas hurdler Kemar Mowatt finished second in the 400 hurdles.
Seven collegians finished in the top-3 in the Bahamas, led by national champions Devynne Charlton of Purdue (women’s 100 hurdles) and Serena Brown of Texas A&M (women’s discus).
Four of the five collegians who finished in the top-3 in Trinidad & Tobago were national champions. Alabama’s Jereem Richards (men’s 200 meters), Coppin State’s Khemani Roberts (heptathlon), Alabama’s Ruebin Walters (men’s 110 hurdles) and Central Arizona’s Portious Warren (women’s shot put) nabbed top spots.
Three collegians succeeded in Kenya as the UTEP duo of Emmanuel Korir and Michael Saruni fared well in the 800 meters and Tulane’s Raymond Kibet did well over 400 meters. Kibet and Korir won their respective events, while Saruni finished third.