#NCAATF Notebook: Christian Coleman Leads Group Of Double Winners
EUGENE, Oregon – Double winners dotted the landscape Friday at the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
KeAndre Bates, Christian Coleman and Filip Mihaljevic all polished off impressive doubles during the final day of the men’s championship.
Bates became the 11th man in meet history to sweep the horizontal jump titles. The Florida junior matched former teammate Marquis Dendy’s feat from 2015 and provided 20 points toward his team’s eventual national team title. He won the long jump on Wednesday over Grant Holloway and edged Arkansas’ Clive Pullen for the triple jump crown two days later.
Mihaljevic is the 1st man in the past 7 years to hold both the shot put and discus titles at the same time. The Virginia senior completed his double with a victory in the discus and wasn’t assured that spot on the podium until his final throw, which sailed 63.76m (209-2) and blew Kent State senior Reginald Jagers’ mark out of the water by more than 4 feet.
Coleman was the only one to win both of his events on the same day.
The Tennessee junior first stepped on the track for the 100, the same event in which he shattered the collegiate record two days earlier. It had stood at 9.89 for six years before Coleman crossed the finish line in 9.82 during the semifinals. A strong headwind (2.1 m/s) made sure the fans wouldn’t see a quicker time on Friday, but Coleman still won in 10.04.
Coleman returned to the track and doubled the distance – and titles, for that matter. Another headwind (This one of 3.1 m/s) met the 200-meter finalists, yet Coleman fought through that and held off LSU’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake for the top prize.
Three other men who won NCAA titles during the indoor season matched their success on Friday as Fred Kerley (400), Emmanuel Korir (800) and Josh Kerr (1500) all won.
Eric Futch successfully defended his title in the 400 hurdles, while Holloway nabbed his 2nd NCAA crown of his young career (110 hurdles).
Christoff Bryan (high jump), Grant Fisher (5000) and Edwin Kibichiy (steeplechase) all won their 1st career NCAA titles.
Houston (4×100) and Texas A&M (4×400) secured relay crowns. It was the 1st since 1982 for the Cougars, while the Aggies tasted glory for the 1st time in 3 years.