The Weekend In Review: May 10-12, 2019

Headlines from Sunday

Texas Tech Men and Texas Women Claim Latest Conference Titles at Big 12 Championships

The Big 12 outdoor championships run through Texas as the Texas Tech men’s program and the women from Texas won the team titles at the championship meet in Norman, Okla. on Sunday night.

Both teams did so in convincing fashion as the Raiders won by 38 points and the Longhorns ended things with a 15.5-point margin.

Texas Tech was led by Divine Ouduru (100 champion and first to go under 10 seconds in the event at the championship meet), Norman Grimes (400H champion with new national lead in event), Duke Kicinski (discus champion), Andrew Hudson (200 champion) and its 4×100 unit which topped the meet and school records with a 38.83 performance.

It is the second straight year the Texas Tech has taken the top prize during the outdoor season.

Texas didn’t retake the lead in the meet until it racked up nine points in the 5000 in the second-last event of the night and then sealed the championship with a victory in the 4×400.

Teahna Daniels was the top athlete for the Longhorns as she pulled off the double in the 100-200. The relay groups also had stellar days as the 4×100 unit also earned gold.

It is the first outdoor title for the Longhorns since 2016.

HOUSTON MEN WIN SHOWDOWN, WICHITA STATE WOMEN CRUISE AT AAC

Houston survived a showdown for the men’s title while the Wichita State women cruised to their own crown at the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships in Wichita, Kansas on Sunday evening.

Just two points separated the Houston and Wichita State men heading into the final event of the day, the 4×400. The Cougars continued to do what they do best, as its called H-Town Speed City for a reason, as they scored 29 points in the 100 and 27 points in the 200 to lead the charge back towards the title. Houston clinched the victory with a first-place finish in the 4×400.

It was the program’s fourth consecutive outdoor title and the fifth in the past six years.

The race for the women’s title was a little less dramatic as the Shockers entered the day with the lead after winning five individual event championships on Saturday and kept the strong performances going throughout to seal its first outdoor championship in program history in just its second year in the AAC.

Texas State and Arkansas State Women Top Sun Belt Conference

The men from Texas State and the women from Arkansas State topped the conference at the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships on Sunday night in Jonesboro, Ark.

Texas State won its title with 122.5 points while Arkansas State record a total of 155.

The Bobcat men held just a 2.5 point lead over Arkansas State heading into the last event of the day, the 4×400. Texas State came in fourth, two spots better than that of Arkansas State to capture its first outdoor title in program history.

On the other side it was a much easier win for the Arkansas State program as the group won by 27 points. It is the team’s first outdoor championship since 2015 and avenges a 2018 runner up finish at the same meet.

 

Iowa Men and Ohio State Women Capture Big Ten Conference Crowns

The Iowa men and the Ohio State women claimed the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in strong fashion in Iowa City on Sunday.

It was the first title for the Hawkeye men since 2011 as the team scored 116 combined points for a victory on their home track. For the Buckeyes, it was their first championship since 2012 and the third outdoor title in program history. The team also won the Big Ten Indoor Championship earlier this year.

Neither team led heading into the final day of competition as they saved the bulk of their scoring for Sunday. Iowa had individual champions in Mar’yea Harris (400m), Chris Douglas (400H) and closed the final race of the day by earning gold in the 4×400. 

Ohio State had four event titles as Anavia Battle pulled off the double in the 100 and 200, Abby Nichols won the 5000 along with a win in the 4×100.

Northern Iowa Men, Illinois State Women Repeat as MVC Outdoor Champs

The Northern Iowa men and the Illinois State women repeated as Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Champions in dominating fashion in Terre Haute, Ind. on Sunday.

Northern Iowa posted 183.25 points (a 54-point margin than the next closest team) while Illinois State scored 191 (a 58.5 margin of victory). It was the first time that the Redbird women have won back-to-back outdoor titles since the 1983-1984 seasons.

It was the second MVC outdoor championship for the Panther men in program history.

Josh Maier of Southern Illinois also broke the conference record in the 5000, a mark that has stood since 1981.

Go ahead and celebrate. The Redbirds 4×400 unit comes together after winning the event and the MVC Outdoor Championships (Video Credit: Missouri Valley Conference Twitter @MVCSports)

The Trend is Sweeping the Nation: Charlotte Takes Both Titles in Conference USA

If you’ve been following along with us this weekend you can see a trend that has started to take place throughout the country as the latest conference sweep comes from Conference USA as Charlotte claimed both the men’s and women’s titles on Sunday afternoon.

It is the first outdoor title for the women’s program since 2006 and their seventh overall while the men won their second consecutive outdoor crown and fifth in school history.

Like has also been the trend, the men’s and women’s programs went about winning the title in two completely different ways.

The men were never really in much doubt as they led throughout the weekend and scored 155 points in total, 38 ahead of the next closest team to win the title in front of their home crowd.

The women brought it down to the wire on the other hand as it took a conference meet record 3:34.76 and victory in the last race of the day in the 4×400 to seal the victory. Coming into the last event the 49ers trailed UTEP by a 3.5-point margin, 97-93.5. Charlotte then took matters into its own hands and went out and won the race to put the pressure on UTEP to have to come up with a second-place finish for the championship. The Miners came in fourth with a season-best performance.

Sunday Funday: Seven NCAA DI Conferences Still Have Yet to Crown Champions

It may be Sunday but that doesn’t mean that the action is cooling off on the track as there are still seven NCAA Division I conferences that still have to hand out the hardware today, which includes three from the power-five ranks in the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12.

Don’t miss a thing as you can follow along in real-time with the remaining meets below.

CONFERENCE
American Athletic Conference WATCH LIVELIVE RESULTS
Big 12 Conference WATCH LIVELIVE RESULTS
Big Ten Confernce WATCH LIVELIVE RESULTS
Conference USA WATCH LIVELIVE RESULTS
Missouri Valley Conference WATCH LIVELIVE RESULTS
Pac-12 Conference WATCH LIVELIVE RESULTS
Sun Belt Conference WATCH LIVELIVE RESULTS

Keep the Brooms Out! CSU Sweeps Mountain West Championships

Colorado State kept its stellar season on the tracks as the program made it a perfect 4-for-4 in track & field conference championships this year as both the men’s and women’s squads won their respective Mountain West outdoor title on Saturday night.

The men recorded 159.50 posts while the women’s squad ran away with it after it posted 224 overall. The Rams won both titles in a truly team effort as both standouts and depth athletes alike stepped to the table to do their job for the team. CSU had four individual champions on the men’s side and six on the women’s as it received contributions throughout its roster.

“That’s what we want to do is put together a complete team, score in as many events as we can. That’s our recipe to winning championships, our model, and it’s worked in the past,” CSU head coach Brian Bedard told CSURams.com after the meet. “We knew we had a good opportunity on both sides. We thought the women have had a little more of a margin, and we though the men’s race would be really tough. We just had a special meet, so the gap widened. We got off to a fantastic start, and we have some multis who are really iron men for us; Hunter Powell and Nick Kravec, tough seniors who know how to compete.”

CSU becomes the first program since BYU in 2011 to sweep the indoor and outdoor conference titles. It was the men’s second outdoor championship in program history while the women captured their fourth.

Colorado State celebrates after the program sweeps the Men’s and Women’s Mountain West Outdoor Championships on Saturday night. (Photo Courtesy: themw.com)

Headlines from Saturday

Arkansas Women Cruise to SEC Triple Crown; LSU Wins First Outdoor Title Since 1990

The Arkansas women pulled off the trifecta in capturing the SEC cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field championships, sealing the triple crown with the remaining outdoor title on Saturday evening with 139.5 points, its eighth in school history.

The Razorbacks had four individual SEC Champions (Taylor Werner/5K, Kethlin Campbell/400, Janeek Brown/100H and Devin Clark/3000S) to go with its gold-medal winning 4×400 squad. The best performance of the weekend belonged to Brown who went off and ran a 12.55 in the 100H which is the current world leader to go with the fifth-best performance ever ran in collegiate history.

It was Arkansas’s seventh conference triple crown in program history.

Not to be outdone, the LSU track & field program put on a show as pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis gave his team the lead after setting the collegiate record in the event at over six meters and the rest of the Tigers closed out in a similar strong fashion to take home its first outdoor championship since 1990.

It came down to the wire as in the last race of the evening, the Tiger’s 4×400 relay squad finished second overall to give them the victory over Florida, 105-95. LSU had individual championship title winners in Christian Miller (triple jump) JuVaughn Harrison (high jump) and Duplantis. The three title winners scored 38 of the team’s 105 total points. 

It was the 23rd outdoor conference championship in program history.

The Sweeps Continue as Liberty Wins Both ASUN Titles in First Year in Conference

Sweep seems to be the name of the game on Saturday as the brooms were brought out once again as Liberty swept the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships on Saturday.

Both teams absolutely ran away with the meet (excuse our bad and not planned pun) as the men posted 241 points and the women recorded 260.5. It was the 13th straight outdoor conference championship for the Flames and their first since joining the ASUN. The women’s unit won its fifth-straight outdoor title, also the first since joining the conference.

Liberty joins Kennesaw State (2017) as the only ASUN program to sweep all four men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor tiles during the same year.

Southern Utah Wins First Big Sky Men’s Title; Sac State Keeps Strong Momentum Going by Winning Women’s Crown

It was an interesting meet to say the least in the Big Sky Conference as Southern Utah stepped up to the plate to win its first Big Sky Championship in program history while the women’s squad from Sacramento State kept their strong momentum going with an outdoor title of their own on Saturday.

It came down to the final race of the evening but the Thunderbirds were down to the challenge as their 4×400 relay team finished in second place overall to sneak out of Missoula, Mont. with just a 1.33 margin of victory over nationally-ranked Northern Arizona.

“It’s a long time coming,” SUU head coach Eric Houle told suutbirds.com following the meet. “To be able to put it together this weekend and have everybody do the job they were called to do was awesome. They really were consistent in their performances, and those performances equaled a championship. Barely, but it’s a championship.”

While Southern Utah had numerous individual conference champions throughout its history, this was the first time the program has ever won a conference title.

On the women’s side of things, Sac State made it a sweep for the conference’s indoor and outdoor titles as the Hornets posted six individual champions to claim its eighth Big Sky title in the past 14 years with 144 points (28 points higher than the next closest program).

It was the eighth outdoor conference title in program history and the first since the 2015 season.

Akron Wins Both Men’s and Women’s MAC Titles

Who doesn’t love a little MACtion sprinkled into the day?

Akron sure does as their men’s and women’s programs swept the 2019 MAC Outdoor Championships at Ball State University on Saturday.

The men’s program won by a 19-point margin over the next closest program while the women’s snuck away with the title by just 2.5 points! 

It was the men’s third outdoor championship in the past four years while the women’s unit has now won three consecutive titles and four of the last five overall.

Don’t listen to me ramble on about the meet anymore, get the insight directly from Akron head coach Dennis Mitchell after his teams won both titles (courtesy of GoZips.com).

Villanova Makes it a Perfect 4-for-4 in Winning Big East Outdoor Titles

The Villanova track & field program made it a perfect year at the conference level as the Wildcats swept the Big East Outdoor Championships on Saturday, completing the 4-for-4 title-winning accomplishment after the program also won both indoor titles earlier in the year.

The men entered the final day of competition tied for the lead with Marquette as the two programs went back-and-forth throughout the two-day competition. A strong finish gave Villanova the slight edge, 198-191.

The women’s side of things was a different story as the Wildcats came into Sunday with a 38-point lead over

the next closest program with 145 points overall. The team would go on to cruise to a 58-point victory with 217 points scored, the highest-point total for a women’s winning-team since the Wildcats won the title in 2015 with 242.

It was the men’s eighth conference title in program history while the women captured their 12th conference crown. The women have now won four of the past six outdoor conference titles while it was the men’s first outdoor win since 2015.

The Villanova women’s track & field program won the Big East Championships with the highest women’s team score at the outdoor conference meet since 2015.

Virginia Tech Men, Florida State Women Win ACC Championships

The Virginia Tech men and the Florida State women captured the ACC conference crowns at Lannigan Field in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday in impressive performances.

The Seminoles cruised to a 41.5 point victory while the Hokies battled hard throughout the rainy afternoon where the men’s title wasn’t decided until the last race of the day as the program won by just six points. It was the highest point total scored on the women’s side of things since the conference switched to 15 teams in 2013 and the closest margin of victory on the men’s side since VT won by a single point back in 2017.

“We knew coming into the day we would need to be almost perfect to take it from Virginia,” VT head coach Dave Cianelli told the ACC Network broadcast team after winning the championship. “We were nearly perfect today.”

The two teams accomplished the win in different ways as Florida State led the meet from wire-to-wire while Virginia Tech was in a back-and-forth affair. The Hokies were able to pull off the late charge after Bashir Mosavel-Lo won the 800 and Miles Green claimed victory in the 400H in back-to-back races. Jacory Patterson followed them up with a second-place finish in the 200 finals and the 4×400 team sealed the victory in the last event of the day with a fourth-place showing.

Standouts for the Seminoles on the final day to seal the championship included Ka’Tia Seymour (facility and meet record in winning the 100 at 11.14 and 200 champion), Cortney Jones (100H champion) and Shanice Love (title-winner in the discus), among others.

It is Florida State’s third women’s outdoor title in the past six years while Virginia Tech has won three of the last four men’s titles.

The Virginia Tech men celebrate their third outdoor ACC title in the past four years on a rainy afternoon in Virginia on Saturday. (Video Courtesy: @ACCTrackField on Twitter)

Complete NCAA Conference Championship Central

Don’t miss a second of NCAA Division I Conference Championship Weekend or any of the action from the Division II and III ranks for that matter!

All 2019 NCAA DI conference championships meets this year are listed below, to go with complete coverage of the DII and DIII championship meets taking place this weekend.

SIDEBAR: NCAA Division II and Division III Conference Championship Weekend Recap
The NCAA DI athletes weren’t the only ones battling for conference glory. See what went down during the weekend’s six NCAA DII and DIII conference championships right here.

NCAA DII and DIII Conference Championship Weekend Recap

NCAA DIVISION II

CONFERENCE  MEN’S CHAMPION WOMEN’S CHAMPION
Great Northwest Athletic Conference LIVE RESULTS
Northern Sun Athletic Conference Minnesota State U-Mary
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Shippensburg Slippery Rock

The first NCAA DII conference championship to wrap up on Saturday was that of the PSAC as the men from Shippensburg captured the title on the men’s side while the women from Slippery Rock were able to pull off an upset to win the women’s crown.

Shippensburg was able to win the men’s meet by a 31.5-point margin after it scored 145.5 overall while the Slippery Rock women won by just 12 after it posted 121 scored points. The Raiders have now won a conference record 11 consecutive PSAC titles while The Rock snapped what was a 10-year run by Shippensburg on the women’s side of things. Slippery Rock entered the meet as the No. 99 ranked team in the nation and took down the No. 27 squad. It was the first championship on the women’s side for The Rock since 2009.

Next to go final was that of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference that saw Minnesota State capture its eight consecutive conference title on the men’s side while the women from U-Mary made it back-to-back at the outdoor championship meet.

The Mavericks have won ten of the last 11 men’s outdoor championships as the group scored 219 points to finish 101 points ahead of the next closest program They also set or tied two school records in the process.

The Marauders also ran away with the competition as they took the women’s top spot with 202.5 points, a 102.5-point margin over the second place team. Danielle Kohlwey was the meet’s standout as she totaled 21 points to tie for the lead at the meet as an individual. She set the meet record in the 100H, won the 200 and was part of the third place 4×400 relay squad.

DII action closed for the night as the GNAC Championships ended with the Western Washington men and Seattle Pacific women capturing outdoor titles with scores of 173 and 166, respectively.

It was the first title for the Western Washington men since 2015 (seventh overall) and the Seattle Pacific women’s second consecutive outdoor conference victory and 10th overall in program history.

NCAA DIVISION III

CONFERENCE MEN’S CHAMPION WOMEN’S CHAMPION
American Rivers Conference LIVE RESULTS
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference LIVE RESULTS
Midwest Conference LIVE RESULTS

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2019 NCAA Division I Championships

CONFERENCE MEN’S CHAMPION WOMEN’S CHAMPION
America East Conference Albany Albany
American Athletic Conference LIVE RESULTS (FINISHES SUNDAY)
Atlantic 10 Conference George Mason George Mason
Atlantic Coast Conference Virginia Tech Florida State
Atlantic Sun Conference Liberty Liberty
Big 12 Conference WATCH LIVELIVE RESULTS (FINISHES SUNDAY)
BIG EAST Conference Villanova Villanova
Big Sky Conference Southern Utah Sacramento State
Big South Conference Hampton Hampton
Big Ten Confernce WATCH LIVELIVE RESULTS (FINISHES SUNDAY)
Big West Conference Long Beach State
Colonial Athletic Association Northeastern Delaware
Conference USA WATCH LIVELIVE RESULTS (FINISHES SUNDAY)
Horizon League Youngstown State Youngstown State
Ivy League Princeton Penn
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Monmouth Monmouth
Mid-American Conference Akron Akron
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference North Carolina A&T North Carolina A&T
Missouri Valley Conference WATCH LIVELIVE RESULTS (FINISHES SUNDAY)
Mountain West Conference WATCH LIVELIVE RESULTS
Northeast Conference Saint Francis (Pa.) Central Connecticut State
Ohio Valley Conference Eastern Illinois Murray State
Pac-12 Conference WATCH LIVELIVE RESULTS (FINISHES SUNDAY)
Patriot League Navy Navy
Southeastern Conference LSU Arkansas
Southern Conference Western Carolina Samford
Southland Conference Sam Houston State Stephen F. Austin
Southwestern Athletic Conference Alabama State Alabama State
Sun Belt Conference WATCH LIVELIVE RESULTS (FINISHES SUNDAY)
The Summit League North Dakota State North Dakota State
Western Athletic Conference Grand Canyon Utah Valley

Headlines from Friday

Records Fall as North Dakota Sweeps Summit League Championships

The Bison continued their winning ways after getting record-setting performances by both their men’s and women’s teams to sweep the 2019 Summit League Outdoor Championships.

North Dakota has now won 12 consecutive outdoor women’s titles and 10 straight men’s championships, respectively, as the women’s program posted 255 points while the men’s team recorded 272 points.

Payton Otterdahl and Akealy Moton were named the meet’s Field Championship MVPs after Moton extended her school record and captured a gold medal in the women’s shot (17.33m, 56-10½) to go with a second-place finish in the javelin (49.19m/161-5) while Otterdahl won the title in the men’s shot put (20.08m, 65-10½) and discus (58.89, 193-02) to go along with a sixth-place showing in the hammer. Not to be overshadowed, Zach Anderson also set the new school and championships meet record after clearing 2.24m (7-4¼) to defend his title in the men’s high jump.

A Bowerman watch list athlete also made his presence felt in a big way as South Dakota’s Chris Nilsen captured the men’s most outstanding performer of the championships award after winning his third straight league pole vault title with a new championship meet record of 5.81m (19-0¼). It made it the seventh year in a row that a Coyote has won the league’s pole vault title on the men’s side and it was the fourth jump of 19 feet (5.79m) or better that Nilsen has posted during outdoors.

The North Dakota State women’s track & field program won its 12th-straight Summit League Outdoor Title on Friday. Combined with indoors, it is the unit’s 24th consecutive conference championships won overall. (Photo Courtesy: GoBison.com)

Wisconsin’s Morgan McDonald Debuts at 10K and Wins Big Ten Title

For the first time in his career, Wisconsin standout Morgan McDonald took to the track for a 10K race and the results couldn’t have went any better for him or his teammates as the senior won his career debut 10,000 in a time of 29:26.06 on Friday night.

McDonald showed great patience in sticking with the pack for the majority of the race before he made his move and outkicked the field over the last kilometer for the victory.

A three-time NCAA champion this year, McDonald has now won eight Big Ten individual titles (six on the track and two in cross country) while also leading the Badgers to a pair of conference team titles in cross.

With just four events scored on the men’s side, Wisconsin finds itself in third place overall with 21 points, just seven points behind the leader (Penn State).

Hampton Sweeps Big South for First Outdoor Titles in School History

It was a night of firsts for the Hampton track & field program as both the men’s and women’s teams won their first-ever Big South Outdoor Championship in school history.

Each squad did it in a different way as the Lady Pirates held a commanding 41.5 point lead heading into the final two events of the day while the men’s side charged back from a 35-point deficit entering the last day of competition on Friday to take the conference crown. The men recorded 188.5 points while the women registered 206.5 in total.

It has been a storybook season for the Pirates program as they made it a perfect 4-for-4 at the conference championship level after each team won the Big South indoor team title as well.

The Hampton men celebrating their program’s first Big South Outdoor title. The Pirates made it a perfect 4-for-4 at both the indoor and outdoor conference championships on the men’s and women’s side. (Photo Courtesy: Big South Conference)

We Got a Run-Off in the SEC!

It isn’t very often that track & field gets to resort to an old-fashioned duel but that is exactly what we will get on Saturday at the SEC Championships!

Celera Barnes of Kentucky and Kortnei Johnson of LSU each tied for the last qualifying position in the 100 prelims with a 11.590 performance, measured out to the thousands place.

By rule (according to rule 5-10.4 on page 15 of the NCAA manual), the two will have to have a run-off for the last spot in the finals at 2:30 p.m. CT, with the winner moving onto the finals that will be run later in the day.

Houston Doing H-Town Speed City Things

The numbers certainly didn’t lie for the Houston track & field program after it had 13 athletes advance to the finals across five different events on the opening evening of the American Athletic Conference Championships.

If that wasn’t enough, the performance was highlighted on the men’s side by a record-setting showing by Amere Lattin who became the first American Conference athlete to crack 50 seconds with a 49.79 in the prelims of the 400H. The time clocked in as the fourth-fastest recorded at the DI level this outdoor season.

The most possible points that could from one event from the men’s team on Saturday will be from the 200 in which the Cougars advanced six of the event’s eight athletes to the finals.

Headlines from Thursday

Kelati Runs Best 10,000 Mark Outside of Stanford in Collegiate History

We know Cobb Track & Angell Field is a haven for 10,000-meter runners.

After all, the top-16 performances in collegiate history have all come on Stanford’s home turf track.

What about Veterans Memorial Stadium?

If Weini Kelati had her druthers, she might return to the campus of Buchanan High School in Clovis every year and let everybody else have their fun 175 miles northwest.

Last night at the Mountain West Championships, Kelati became the 16th best performer in collegiate history with the 17th best performance when she ran 32:09.10 and won the individual title by more than two minutes.

What might be even more impressive is that Kelati is now collegiate history’s fastest woman over 10,000 meters in a race contested anywhere else but Cobb Track & Angell Field, a distinction formerly held by Sharon Lokedi of Kansas (Lokedi ran 32:09.10 at the NCAA Championships last year).

Kelati finished just three seconds shy of the conference record of 32:06.71, which was set by Boise State’s Allie Ostrander back on March 29 at, where else, but the Stanford Invitational.

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