College Records At Conference Championship Weekend

Jenny Barringer.

Ryan Crouser.

Elva Goulbourne.

Michael Lihrman.

Leonard Myles-Mills.

Emily Sisson.

What do these six former collegiate stars have in common?

They all set current collegiate indoor records during Conference Championship Weekend.

The most recent record belongs to Crouser, who tied Ryan Whiting’s standard of 21.73m (71-3½) in the shot put during the 2016 Big 12 Indoor Championships. Crouser launched the shot that far on his final attempt during a series that saw him eclipse 21 meters four times.

Just one year earlier Lihrman took down an eight-year-old standard in the weight throw. His second throw at the Big Ten Indoor Championships sailed 25.58m (83-11¼) and smashed the former record by 50 centimeters. Lihrman also notched the 10th best throw in history during that meet.

Sisson attacked the record book that same weekend at the Big EAST Indoor Championships when she turned in an incredible solo effort in the 5000. The former Providence standout traversed 25 laps of the track at The Armory in 15:12.22 and lowered the record by nearly two seconds.

Back in 2009, Barringer turned the indoor record book into Swiss cheese en route to winning The Bowerman in its inaugural year. Barringer established two records, one of which was the mile standard of 4:25.91 run at the Big 12 Indoor Championships. Her other record in the 3000 has since fallen to Missouri’s Karissa Schweizer.

You’ll have to go back seven years for the next record. That’s when Elva Goulbourne tied the long jump mark of 6.91m (22-8) at the 2002 SEC Indoor Championships. Goulbourne is one of four SEC athletes in the all-time top-10 of the women’s long jump.

Then three years earlier, Myles-Mills blistered the 60-meter straight at the 1999 WAC Indoor Championships in 6.45. That is a mark later tied by 2017 The Bowerman winner Christian Coleman at last year’s NCAA Division I Indoor Championships.

And with that nod to the past, it’s time to dissect the present.

Which records could fall this weekend in the heart of Conference Championship Weekend?

Pay close attention to what happens in College Station, Texas at the SEC Indoor Championships. That’s where two current record holders will compete in their respective events: Grant Holloway in the 60 hurdles and Keturah Orji in the triple jump. Holloway’s progression in finals leads you to believe there is still a lot left in the tank (7.66, 7.49, 7.42), while Orji debuted in fine form back in January when she tied her outdoor record from 2016 and she previously established the standard last year at this very meet.

Don’t forget about LSU’s Mikiah Brisco, either. Brisco is ranked second all-time at 60 meters behind Hannah Cunliffe and will be pushed by her teammates who are ranked second and third on the NCAA DI Descending Order List behind her. The straightaway in Aggieland proved to be quick last year at NCAAs when Coleman tied Myles-Mills’ standard in the men’s version.

And they say competition brings the best out of someone, so keep an eye on the men’s high jump at the Big 12 Indoor Championships. That’s where Trey Culver of Texas Tech and Vernon Turner of Oklahoma will square off. Culver and Turner are currently tied for fourth on the all-time list at 2.33m (7-7¾) and have Hollis Conway’s mark of 2.37m (7-9¼) in their sights.