#NCAATF Notebook: Christian Coleman’s Collegiate Record Highlights Day 1
EUGENE, Oregon – 9.82 seconds.
That’s all the time it took for Christian Coleman to leave 9,917 fans speechless at Hayward Field during Day 1 of the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Coleman, running in Heat 1 of the 100-meter semifinals, left the seven other men in the race in his wake and broke a 6-year-old collegiate outdoor record in the process. The previous standard of 9.89 was set by former Florida State standout and former The Bowerman winner Ngoni Makusha in 2011.
It wasn’t the cleanest race for Coleman as he stumbled out of the blocks, but the Tennessee junior regained his footing and pulled away with each stride. Coleman appeared to ease up at the finish line, leaving many to wonder just how fast he could go if he ran through it.
Fans wanting to see more of Coleman will get a double dose on Friday as he qualified for both the 100-meter and 200-meter finals. Coleman is one of six men to accomplish that feat this year and will join Arkansas State’s Jaylen Bacon, North Carolina A&T’s Christopher Belcher, LSU’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Texas’ Senoj-Jay Givans and Oregon’s Kyree King on the starting line of each of the shorter sprint events.
While Coleman was the star of the 100-meter semifinals, Belcher and Houston’s Cameron Burrell made a name for themselves. Belcher and Burrell each crossed the finish line in 9.93 seconds – albeit in different heats – and are now tied with three other men for the 6th fastest time in collegiate history.
Team Score Update
After six scored events, Texas A&M leads the proceedings.
The Aggies, who entered the meet ranked No. 1 in the most recent National Team Computer Rankings, totaled 21.5 points on Day 1.
Virginia is 2nd with 20 with Florida close behind at 18.
When it comes to Day 2 scoring opportunities, the defending national champion Gators have 9. Florida needs the most out of those chances, though, especially after its 4×100 relay didn’t make the final.
Texas A&M has the 2nd most scoring chances with 7 and could get 30 points from 3 of those: Fred Kerley (400), Lindon Victor (decathlon) and 4×400 relay.
Both Alabama and Auburn have 6 chances to score on Day 2, while Arkansas and Virginia Tech each have 5.
Odds & Ends
Seven men eclipsed the 70-meter barrier in the hammer throw final, which set an all-time high for the NCAA Championships. The previous high was five from 2016, 2000, 1999 and 1995.
Florida teammates KeAndre Bates and Grant Holloway went 1-2 in the long jump to give their team 18 big points. That’s just the 2nd time a pair of teammates swept the top-2 spots in that event in NCAA meet history (Texas Southern in 1987).
Bates was one of six individual champions crowned on Day 1. John Kyriazis (Javelin Throw), Matthew Ludwig (Pole Vault), Filip Mihaljevic (Shot Put), Marc Scott (10,000 Meters) and Rudy Winkler (Hammer Throw) were the others.
Texas A&M’s 4×400 relay team, anchored by Fred Kerley, got the baton around in 2:59.95 which is equal to the 5th fastest time in collegiate outdoor history and the fastest qualifying time in meet history.
Speaking of the Aggies, they – and Florida – extended their streak of consecutive 4×400 final appearances to 11 years. Texas A&M last tasted relay glory in 2014, while the Gators last won the crown in 2013. Two-time defending champion LSU failed to make the final after a bad exchange between the 2nd and 3rd leg cost valuable seconds.