Odds & Ends From 2017 NCAA DI Outdoor Championships

The 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships might have wrapped up 6 days ago, but there is still a ton of minutia for track & field fans to parse through.

You might have known four collegiate records fell at Historic Hayward Field – but probably weren’t aware the average age of those previous marks was 14 years. Tennessee junior Christian Coleman took down the youngest mark (6 years) while Florida senior Kyra Jefferson toppled the oldest (28 years).

Raising The Bar

Name Event Old Mark New Mark
Christian Coleman 100 Meters 9.89 9.82
Kyra Jefferson 200 Meters 20.04 20.02
Oregon 4×400 Relay 3:23.75 3:23.13
Maggie Ewen Hammer 72.94m (239-3) 73.32m (240-6)

And now, out of the 42 standards in the collegiate outdoor record book, 20 have been set at NCAAs with women accounting for 11 of them.

Suppose for one second that teams consisted of athletes from their home state or country (excluding the United States of America). So 800-meter champion Raevyn Rogers and 400-meter champion Fred Kerley would be on the same team because they’re from Texas, among others, while discus champion Shadae Lawrence and shot put champion Danniel Thomas would be on Jamaica’s team with their country brethren.

Athletes from the Lone Star State combined to score the most points out of any group with 111.9, while Californians amassed 105. Jamaicans collected the 3rd most with 90. After that, there was a big drop to Georgia (68.5) and Illinois (62.2). Canada (51), New York (50.5), Florida (50), Michigan (44), Ohio (43.5) and Great Britain (41) rounded out the top-10.


When it comes to how athletes from a specific hometown fared, Houston held down the top spot with a 33-point total. Atlanta finished a distant runner-up with 26 and both Kingston, Jamaica and Chesapeake, Virginia, nabbed 24 points. St. Francis, Minnesota (Maggie Ewen) and Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Filip Mihaljevic) ended up in the top-8 thanks to the heroic efforts of one athlete from each of those locations.

Coming Up Clutch (City)

Athletes who hail from Houston, Texas, combined to score 33 points at NCAAs in their individual events. Here is a look at those athletes who call Houston home.
Name Program Event Place
Raevyn Rogers Oregon 800 1st
Cameron Burrell Houston 100 2nd
Daina Harper Arkansas 400 4th
Alaysha Johnson Oregon 100H 4th
Ariel Jones Texas 400H 4th

What about U.S. media markets? We’re glad you asked.

The Atlanta market, which consists of Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina, ran away from the field. Those in the Atlanta media market scored a total of 64 points at NCAAs, which topped those athletes from Chicago (52.2) and New York (52).

A-Town Down? More Like Up

Athletes from the Atlanta media market combined to score 64 points at NCAAs in individual events. Here are how those athletes fared in Eugene, Oregon.
Name Program Event Place
Christian Coleman Tennessee 100 1st
Christian Coleman Tennessee 200 1st
Kendell Williams Georgia Heptathlon 1st
Devon Williams Georgia Decathlon 2nd
Kenny Selmon North Carolina 400H 4th
Jada Martin LSU 200 5th
Chris McBride Clemson Long Jump 5th
Elexis Guster Oregon 400 6th
Allie Buchalski Furman 5000 6th
Amber Hughes Tennessee State Triple Jump 7th
Devin Dixon Texas A&M 800 7th
Jordan Gray Kennesaw State Heptathlon 7th
Tiffany Flynn Mississippi State Triple Jump 8th