The Weekend In Review: April 26-28

It was another packed weekend of collegiate outdoor track & field as athletes competed in various historic relay carnivals, dual meets, invitationals as well as conference championship and regional championship meets.

You can see all of the meets from this weekend – including their results – in the USTFCCCA InfoZone.

From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: Meets & Results

With all of these meets, how should you know on which to put your focus?

We’ll help you out with that as we take a look back in “The Weekend In Review.”

125th Penn Relays

We saw the 125th installment of the Penn Relays get underway this past Wednesday.

The nation’s oldest relay carnival didn’t truly ramp up for collegians until Friday when nine wheels were given out to the collegiate winners of the Championship of America relay events. The hardware continued to be handed out on Saturday when six more of those vaunted prizes found their way into the victors’ hands.

Here are those programs that crossed the finish line first in a Championship of America relay.

Taking The Wheel Home From Philadelphia

Men’s Winners
Women’s Winners
Event
Program
Time
Program
Time
4×100 Relay
Houston
39.23
Houston
44.11
4×200 Relay
Houston
1:22.04
South Carolina
1:32.78
4×400 Relay
Houston
3:02.61
South Carolina
3:32.33
4×800 Relay
Georgetown
7:25.18
Indiana
8:33.47
4×1500 Relay
Villanova
17:39.26
4xMile Relay
Wisconsin
16:39.82
Sprint Medley
Georgetown
3:17.53
Penn State
3:45.25
Distance Medley
Wisconsin
9:47.19
Penn
10:59.44
Shuttle Hurdle
Navy
56.96
South Carolina
56.22

Let’s take a closer look at those results.

  • Houston‘s men swept the sprint relay titles. The Cougars won the 4×100, 4×200 and the 4×400. Houston became only the sixth program in the storied history of the Penn Relays to accomplish such a feat and were the first team to do so since 2006 (LSU).
  • After not winning a Championship of America title for 103 years, Wisconsin brought two back to Madison this weekend. The Badgers captured the DMR crown on Friday night with a team of Morgran McDonald, Corbin Ellis, Eric Brown and Oliver Hoare and then added the 4xMile wheel to their haul on Saturday thanks to the team of Olin Hacker, Zack Benning, Hoare and McDonald.
  • Speaking of long droughts, Navy won its first wheel in 73 years. The Midshipmen were first across the finish line of the SHR in 56.96.
  • South Carolina was the only women’s program to win multiple Championship of America relay titles. The Gamecocks earned victories in the 4×200, 4×400 and the SHR. Wadeline Jonathas, who transferred to South Carolina from NCAA Division III UMass Boston this past offseason, played a major role in both the 4×200 (third leg) and 4×400 (anchor).
  • Penn won the Women’s DMR on Thursday, which was the first time an Ivy League program won a women’s crown at the Penn Relays.
  • Indiana won the Women’s 4×800 and in turn, captured its first wheel in program history. The Hoosiers entered the meet with the fourth-ranked 800-meter squad in the latest #EventSquad Rankings.

CLICK HERE for full results from the 125th Penn Relays.

110th Drake Relays

Collegians got a taste of a true Midwest spring over the course of competition at the 110th Drake Relays, for better or for worse.

It was 65 and partly cloudy on Friday, followed by a windy, 38-degree day on Saturday.

Don’t worry, though: Collegians made sure to heat up the blue oval and stand out in the field.

  • UW-Eau Claire’s David Kornack won the College Men’s Shot Put crown on Friday with a PR of 19.38m (63-7). That was a historic heave for Kornack as he became only the third man in NCAA Division III history to surpass 63 feet outdoors. It is also the seventh best performance in NCAA DIII history.
  • Kentucky’s Daniel Roberts won the Men’s 110 Hurdles WS Invite on Saturday in tough conditions. Roberts clocked a wind-aided time of 13.28 to beat 2016 Olympic gold medalist and 2017 IAAF world champion Omar McLeod by .01 seconds.
  • Indian Hills (Iowa) CC’s Kenny Bednarek won the Men’s Invite 200-Meter Dash on Friday. Bednarek crossed the finish line in 20.29 and beat a number of talented professionals. That tied Bednarek as the third fastest performer with the fourth fastest performance in NJCAA history.
  • South Dakota’s Chris Nilsen won the Men’s Pole Vault over Sam Kendricks and Andrew Irwin. Nilsen cleared 5.85m (19-2ΒΌ) and since the event was moved indoors due to weather, it will be considered for the collegiate indoor record book. That clearance tied Nilsen as the third best performer with the sixth best performance in collegiate history.
  • Oklahoma State‘s women had themselves an incredible few days. The Cowgirls won event titles in the 4×800, 4×1600 and the DMR. According to the recap on OkState.com, “The women’s distance relays have been swept six times in the history of the Drake Relays and the Cowgirls take claim to three of those six sweeps.”

CLICK HERE for full results from the 110th Drake Relays.

Other Meets of Interest

Here are a few other meets that caught our attention.

Arkansas National Relay Championships

The star of the meet was Arkansas’ Janeek Brown, who turned in an otherworldly performance on Friday. Brown got things started in the 100H when she clocked a time of 12.57, which tied her as the fifth best performer with the ninth best performance in collegiate history. It is also the fastest time turned in by a collegian before the month of May. Then Brown returned to the track in the 200 and won that event title in 22.67. According to the Jon Mulkeen, the Senior Web Editor for the IAAF, that is the second best one-day 100H/200 double in world history.

Tom Jones Memorial

Grant Holloway pulled double duty for the hosts as he competed in the 110H and the 4×100 relay. Holloway didn’t have much breathing room between events, but it didn’t matter. He won the prelim in 13.34 (-0.6), helped the Gators to a time of 38.52 in the relay and returned to the track not too long after to win the 110H final in 13.25 (+1.5), which is the third fastest wind-legal time of his career.

LSU Invitational

Portious Warren of Alabama had a monstrous throw in the shot put. Warren launched the orb 18.30m (61-0ΒΎ) to become the 11th best performer in collegiate history in that event. Needless to say, she won that event title and doubled up in the discus.

Something else happened in Baton Rouge on Saturday: CLICK HERE to read about that.

Conference Championship Bonanza

There were 23 conference championship meets happening this weekend between NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and the NAIA. The majority of those belonged to NCAA Division III, as the division had 26 league champions crowned across 13 conference championships. Be sure to visit Conference Championships Central in the USTFCCCA InfoZone to find out which teams brought home bragging rights and hardware.