Record Watch: Collegiate Outdoor Standards On Alert

The collegiate outdoor record book is slowly, but surely, getting a facelift.

Eight records fell last year, including six that were established at least one decade ago. The oldest record of the bunch reduced to dust was Dawn Sowell’s 200-meter mark from 1989 that Kyra Jefferson lowered, followed by Suzy Favor’s 800-meter standard from 1990 that Raevyn Rogers – future The Bowerman winner – took down.


While the average age of a women’s record is now nine-years old, the men’s record book is downright draconic comparatively. The average age of a men’s record is 21-years old with 12 remaining from before the turn of the millennium.

Let’s take a look at five “ancient” records that could fall in 2018. By ancient, we mean records that are at least 10-years old (or older, if it’s a men’s record).

Men’s 1500 Meters

Record: Sydney Maree, 3:35.30
Date Set: June 6, 1981

Just last year, Josh Kerr waged an all-out war against Maree’s record at the Bryan Clay Invitational.

READ MORE: Chasing Maree

Kerr ripped aorund the track in 3:35.99, which left him with the sixth fastest time in collegiate history. Only Kyle Merber had come closer to Maree’s record in the previous five years (3:35.59).

This spring we could see Kerr, fresh off a mile PR of 3:54.72 this past indoor season, in some great races. Kerr’s Lobos are scheduled to take part in both the Bryan Clay Invitational again as well as the Payton Jordan Invitational – both of which foster great times in distance events.

Men’s 4×100 Relay

Record: TCU, 38.23A
Date Set: June 2, 1989

Look for another team from the Lone Star State to challenge this record: Houston.

Last year the Cougars won the 4×100 crown at NCAAs in 38.34. That left the Cougars as the sixth fastest program in collegiate history with the eighth fastest performance.

Houston’s quartet was John Lewis III, Mario Burke, Jacarias Martin and Cameron Burrell. Each of those four men is quicker than the sound of a clap, but what happens when Elijah Hall – the American record holder in the indoor 200 – joins the group?

We see a record in their near future.

Women’s 100 Meters

Record: Dawn Sowell, 10.78A
Date Set: June 3, 1989

Only two women in NCAA history have gone sub-10.90 with a legal wind at their backs during the collegiate season: Dawn Sowell and Aleia Hobbs (10.85). The former is no longer in the NCAA system – and hasn’t been for quite some time – while the latter enters the outdoor season fresh off an indoor campaign where she tied the 60-meter collegiate record.

Hobbs won’t be the only athlete from LSU chasing this record as Mikiah Brisco has eyes on it as well. Brisco became the fifth fastest performer in collegiate history at this distance last year with the sixth fastest performance (10.96).

We should also mention that during the indoor season, the Bayou Bengals had four women in the final of the 60, which spells potential disaster for the year-old record in the 4×100.

Men’s Javelin

Record: Patrik Boden, 89.10m (292-4)
Date Set: March 24, 1990

Texas A&M’s John Kyriazis has been chasing this record ever since he joined the NCAA ranks.

Kyriazis, now a senior, finally cracked the all-time top-10 last year when he launched the javelin 88.01m (288-9) at the Texas Relays for the second best mark in collegiate history. That heave came on his first attempt in Austin, Texas and he chose not to take his final five attempts.

We won’t see Kyriazis this weekend at the Texas Relays, but he should unleash a huge throw when he makes his debut if last season was any indication.

Men’s 4×400 Relay

Record: LSU, 2:59.59
Date Set: June 11, 2005

It’s been nearly 13 years since LSU broke UCLA’s record in this event. The Tigers got the baton around in 2:59.59, which went under the Bruins’ best of 2:59.91 from 1988.

Since then, Texas A&M got the closest in 2014 when it fell .01 short (2:59.60). Deon Lendore, who’d go on to win The Bowerman that year, anchored the Aggies to NCAA glory.

There are three teams that could do what Texas A&M couldn’t: Florida, Southern California and the 2018 version of Texas A&M.

All three of those teams went under the former world record indoors. The Trojans crossed the finish line first in 3:00.77, followed by the Aggies (3:01.39) and Gators (3:01.43).

If we have to wait until those three teams likely duke it out for the 2018 outdoor title, we will – but we think the record is going to fall before then.