Scoring Big At The NCAA DI Indoor T&F Championships
Twenty-seven men and twenty-three women have scored 20 or more points at a single meet in the history of the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.
But none of those athletes could hold a candle to what former Texas star Carlette Guidry and former Oregon star Edward Cheserek did in 1988 and 2017, respectively.
Thirty years ago, Guidry carried the Longhorn women to their first indoor national championship.
Guidry scored 30.5 of Texas’ 71 points in Oklahoma City. That gaudy total is still the all-time scoring record by an individual at a single NCAA DI indoor meet (Guidry also holds the women’s career mark at 87).
The native of Houston won three of the four events in which she competed. She earned individual titles in the 55 meters and long jump, and helped the Longhorns capture their first of nine 4×400 relay crowns – tied for the most all-time by a single program (Baylor’s men). Guidry also finished runner-up in the 200.
Cheserek isn’t a stranger to a heavy workload at NCAAs, either, which is why no one was surprised that he took on the mile-3000-5000 triple last year in College Station, Texas. Sure, no one had ever swept those races before, but if anyone could do it, it would be him.
Even though Cheserek fell short of his goal (Josh Kerr beat him in the mile), he compiled 28 points, a single-meet scoring record by a male athlete. Cheserek also set the all-time career scoring record at the meet with 91 points, topping the previous high of 78 by Suleiman Nyambui.
Guidry and Cheserek aren’t the only athletes to score 28 or more points at a single NCAA meet, though. Auburn’s Elva Goulbourne did so in 2003 when she won the long jump, triple jump and finished runner-up in the 60 meters.
Single-Meet Individual Scoring Records (Top-5)
|Edward Cheserek, Oregon||28||Carlette Guidry, Texas||30.5|
|Edward Cheserek, Oregon||22.5||Elva Goulbourne, Auburn||28|
|Galen Rupp, Oregon||22.5||Jenna Prandini, Oregon||23|
|Justin Gatlin, Tennessee||22||Carlette Guidry, Texas||22.5|
|Two tied||20.5||Dawn Sowell, LSU||22.5|
If the stars align in 2018, the only athlete who could come within a half-point of Guidry’s total is Payton Chadwick of Arkansas. Chadwick qualified in three events – the 200, 60 hurdles and the long jump – and is seeded 10th, 11th and 13th, respectively.
There are 48 athletes scheduled to compete in two individual events this weekend, including 11 members of the Pre-NCAA Indoor Watch List for The Bowerman (MEN | WOMEN): Mikiah Brisco of LSU (60/200), Maggie Ewen of Arizona State (shot put/weight throw), Kate Hall of Georgia (60/long jump), Grant Holloway of Florida (60 hurdles/long jump), Lynna Irby of Georgia (200/400), Justyn Knight of Syracuse (3000/5000), Sydney McLaughlin of Kentucky (200/400), Divine Oduduru of Texas Tech (60/200), Keturah Orji of Georgia (long jump/triple jump), Elinor Purrier of New Hampshire (mile/3000) and Karissa Schweizer of Missouri (3000/5000).
Based on the seeded marks, Brisco, Irby, Knight, McLaughlin, Purrier and Schweizer have the best shot at scoring 16 or more points from individual events alone. Schweizer is the only one of the group ranked first in both of the events in which she’ll compete and could viably notch 20.
Let’s suppose for one second that Holloway and McLaughlin are the stars of the meet. Holloway and McLaughlin win both of their individual events and help their respective 4×400 relay teams to first place as well. That would leave them both with 22.5 points, which would make Holloway just the third man in NCAA DI history to accomplish that feat and McLaughlin just the fifth woman.
The 2018 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships take place this weekend in College Station, Texas. Be sure to check back throughout the week as we bring you more preview material and coverage from Aggieland.