NCAA Preliminary Rounds And The Collegiate Outdoor Record Book

The collegiate outdoor record book has gone virtually unscathed since the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships employed two-site preliminary rounds in 2010.

Fred Kerley, a finalist for The Bowerman in 2017, is the only athlete to set a current collegiate record at either the NCAA East Preliminary Round or NCAA West Preliminary Round in the past eight years. Kerley broke Quincy Watts’ 25-year-old record in the 400 last year when he blistered the track inside Mike A. Myers Stadium to the tune of 43.70.

There have been 14 current all-time top-10 marks established at those same meets, however, including Kerley’s collegiate record. The Bowerman winner Christian Coleman paces the best of the rest with his time of 19.85 in the 200 last year, which stands as the second fastest mark in collegiate outdoor history.

Standing Out In The Preliminary Round

Here is a full list of marks in the all-time top-10 of the collegiate outdoor record book set at the NCAA Preliminary Rounds.
Name Event Mark Year
Christian Coleman, Tennessee 200 Meters 19.85 2017
Jereem Richards, Alabama 200 Meters 19.97 2017
Fred Kerley, Texas A&M 400 Meters 43.70* 2017
Aleec Harris, Southern California 110 Hurdles 13.18 2014
Wayne Davis II, Texas A&M 110 Hurdles 13.20 2014
Johnny Dutch, South Carolina 400 Hurdles 48.12 2010
Ryan Whiting, Arizona State Shot Put 21.83m 2010
Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU 200 Meters 22.22 2012
LSU Women 4×100 Relay 42.32 2017
Texas A&M Women 4×100 Relay 42.49 2010
Arkansas Women 4×400 Relay 3:25.48 2016
Keturah Orji, Georgia Triple Jump 14.29m 2016
Tia Brooks, Oklahoma Shot Put 18.96m 2013
Tia Brooks, Oklahoma Shot Put 18.95m 2013

The only years without an all-time top-10 mark are 2011 and 2015. The most were tallied in 2017 (four), followed by 2010 (three), while 2013, 2014 and 2016 all have two spots in the annals of history. Even though 2012 is the outlier with just one iteration, it was a big one as The Bowerman winner Kimberlyn Duncan clocked what is now the eighth fastest time over 200 meters.

Expand the search to include NCAA Regionals, which preceded the preliminary rounds, and two current collegiate outdoor records come into focus: Walter Dix’s 200-meter standard of 19.69 from 2007 that Coleman valiantly tried to chase last year and Hannes Hopley’s heave of 67.66m (221-11) from 2004 that only one man has come within eight inches of since then (Sam Mattis).

Don’t be surprised if at least one collegiate outdoor record falls this weekend.

We don’t mean to sound like a broken record, but watch out for Kentucky freshman Sydney McLaughlin in the 400 hurdles. McLaughlin keeps getting faster and faster each time she toes the line. She went 53.60 at the National Relay Championships just about one month ago, then crushed the former collegiate record set by Kori Carter by 0.46 seconds (52.75 to 53.21). Then again, McLaughlin could do just enough to punch her ticket to Historic Hayward Field and possibly go for a world record on fresh legs.

Want to know about collegiate outdoor records set at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships? You’ll have to wait until next time.