The Road To Austin Continues After Preliminary Rounds

We’re about to take our final exit on the Road to Austin.

That’s Exit 235B, if you’re coming up I-35 North.

Athletes fought for berths to the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Florida, and at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Sacramento, California.

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Competition was fierce and at the end of the day on Saturday, we knew who’d be on their way to Mike A. Myers Stadium and Soccer Field in the capital city of the Lone Star State.

Here are some of the highlights from the weekend.

Mama…There Go Those Men, Again

Grant Holloway of Florida and Daniel Roberts of Kentucky aren’t slowing down – not by a long shot.

The dynamic duo turned in two more blistering times in the 110 Meter Hurdles during the quarterfinals of the NCAA East Preliminary Round.

Holloway got the party started in Heat 1 when he scorched a wind-legal 13.10. That broke a five-year-old NCAA Championships record in the event formerly held by Devon Allen at 13.16 and gave him the fourth fastest mark in collegiate history (He also owns four other marks in the top-10: t-No. 2, No. 5, No. 7 and No. 8).

Roberts answered the bell in Heat 3 and registered a wind-legal 13.13. That was the second time that Roberts has gone sub-13.14 this season and put him sixth on the all-time list (He also is tied with Holloway for the second fastest mark at 13.07).

With those two times added to the record book, the cut-off to get into the all-time top-10 is now 13.16, compared to 13.18 before the weekend.

Get To The Top Of The Chart

There were five collegiate-leading marks turned in this past weekend.

And it seemed like four out of five was the magic number as four of the five marks were registered by women and four of the five marks were posted at the NCAA West Preliminary Round.

Say “Hello” To These New Collegiate Leaders

Name Program Event Mark
Quincy Hall South Carolina 400 Hurdles 48.54
Anglerne Annelus Southern California 200 Meters 22.36
Jazmine Fray Texas A&M 800 Meters 2:02.27
Sinclaire Johnson Oklahoma State 1500 Meters 4:09.50
Allie Ostrander Boise State Steeplechase 9:40.05

Two other athletes thought they’d be on this list – Jessica Hull of Oregon and Erica Birk of BYU – but Johnson and Ostrander had other ideas.

Just one heat after Hull bettered her own collegiate lead in the 1500 by nearly three seconds to 4:09.90, Johnson topped her by just 0.40 seconds. The Oklahoma State junior was the clear victor of Heat 2 as she won it by more than four seconds.

And – what do you know – one heat after Birk took the collegiate lead from Ostrander in the steeplechase with her 9:42.54, the Boise State junior snatched it right back at 9:40.05. Ostrander won her heat by nearly eight seconds over Devin Clark of Arkansas.

BYU & U & U & U & U & U

Rory Linkletter didn’t have to wait too long to find his teammates after crossing the finish line first in the 10,000 Meters at the NCAA West Preliminary Round.

That’s because Connor McMillan, Conner Mantz, Clayton Young, Dallin Farnsworth and Connor Weaver all finished within three seconds of each other and McMillan ended his run just about one second after Linkletter.

Thanks to its blanket finish, that BYU sextet is headed to Austin in two weeks.

That’s right: The Cougars will have six entries in the final of the Men’s 10,000 Meters.

If you think that sounds historic, you’re right. No program had more than five entries into a single final in NCAA history. The previous standard was set by – who else? – but BYU back in 1975 when it had five in the decathlon.

The Cougars will try to atone for their struggles in the event last year at the NCAA meet when their four athletes finished 12th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th in a 24-athlete final.

Longhorns & Tigers & History, Oh My!

Sha’Carri Richardson and Teahna Daniels did something on Friday that only two other women had done in NCAA history until that point: Go sub-11 wind legal in the 100 in the same day.

Richardson, a freshman at LSU, blazed the track first at the NCAA East Preliminary Round.

She clocked a 10.99 to win her heat.

Then Daniels, a senior at Texas, matched her at the NCAA West Preliminary Round later that night.

Who did they match? None other than Shania Collins and Aleia Hobbs from last year.

Oh. Collins and Hobbs did that TWICE: Once at the SEC Championships and then again at the NCAA Championships.