Changes Abound To The Collegiate Indoor Record Book

Collegiate track & field athletes are evolving.

There is no other way to explain what happened over the past two seasons.

Since the start of the 2017 indoor campaign, 15 collegiate indoor records have been broken or tied. To put that in perspective, there are 34 championship events recognized by the NCAA. That means 44 percent of collegiate indoor records are fresh as of at least December 2017.

Rewriting The Collegiate Indoor Record Book

Records Broken Or Tied In 2018
Name Event Mark
Elijah Hall, Houston 200 Meters 20.02
Michael Norman, Southern California 400 Meters 44.52
Grant Holloway, Florida 60 Hurdles 7.42
Southern California Men 4×400 Relay 3:00.77
Aleia Hobbs, LSU 60 Meters 7.07
Gabby Thomas, Harvard 200 Meters 22.32
Kendall Ellis, Southern California 400 Meters 50.34
Karissa Schweizer, Missouri 3000 Meters 8:41.60
Keturah Orji, Georgia Triple Jump 14.53m
Records Broken Or Tied In 2017
Christian Coleman, Tennessee 60 Meters 6.45
Edward Cheserek, Oregon Mile 3:52.01
Texas A&M Men 4×400 Relay 3:02.52*
Hannah Cunliffe, Oregon 60 Meters 7.07*
Jazmine Fray, Texas A&M 800 Meters 2:00.69
Southern California Women 4×400 Relay 3:27.03
Oregon Women Distance Medley 10:48.77
Keturah Orji, Georgia Triple Jump 14.32m*
Raven Saunders, Ole Miss Shot Put 19.56m

Just this past weekend at the 2018 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, six collegiate records met their maker. One record doubles as a world record (Michael Norman‘s 44.52 in the 400), while another is an all-time world best (Southern California’s 3:00.77 in the 4×400).

READ MORE: Historic Final Day Of 2018 NCAA DI Indoor Championships

So what did all of this do to the average age of a collegiate indoor record? We’re glad you asked, because we have that answer.

When you average out the years of the 17 men’s records, it comes out to 2009. The oldest record on file is actually Charlie Simpkins’ standard of 17.50m (57-5) in the triple jump, which only one collegian has come within five inches since then (The Bowerman winner Marquis Dendy in 2015).

Only two women’s records from before the turn of the decade still stand: Jenny Barringer’s mile standard of 4:25.91 and Brittany Riley’s weight throw mark of 25.56m (83-10¼). Both were threatened in 2018, though, as New Hampshire’s Elinor Purrier fell just short in the mile at 4:26.55 and Cincinnati’s Annette Echikunwoke got the closest to Riley’s standard by any woman since 2012.That pushed the average age of a women’s record to three-years old – or 2015, whichever you prefer.

Collegiate athletes are only getting faster and stronger, so it’s going to be tougher to crack to record book in the coming years.

Or is it?