The Weekend In Review: May 3-5, 2019 (UPDATED)

Conference Championship Season is in full swing.

Don’t believe us? Just watch this.

If you STILL don’t believe us…

What if we told you that this past Saturday, there were 35 conference championships meets going on across the nation? That doesn’t count the five that wrapped up on Friday or the two league forays in NCAA Division II that began on Sunday.

From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: Conference Championships Central

But, with all of that said, a number of teams who already competed in their conference championships – or have yet to compete – took part in various invitationals to sharpen their skills.

Here are some of the bigger moments from the past weekend.

Taking The Lead

Every single year it seems like collegians thrive when the stakes are high.

It has been no different in 2019, especially this past weekend.

We saw eight new collegiate leaders, eight new top dogs in NCAA Division II, 13 new No. 1 marks in NCAA Division III, eight in the NAIA and seven more from the JUCO ranks. (Five of those collegiate leads came from the Payton Jordan Invitational this past Thursday)

From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: Outdoor Seasonal Bests

Collegiate Leaders

Name Program Event Mark
Trevor Stewart North Carolina A&T 400 Meters 44.38
Ryan Smeeton Oklahoma State Steeplechase 8:27.90
Tyler Day Northern Arizona 5000 Meters 13:25.06
Connor McMillan BYU 10,000 Meters 28:11.30
Kayla White North Carolina A&T 100 Meters 10.96
Kayla White North Carolina A&T 200 Meters 22.52
Jessica Hull Oregon 1500 Meters 4:12.08
Allie Ostrander Boise State Steeplechase 9:45.66

NCAA Division II Leaders

Name Program Event Mark
Z’Antyler Foster-Hooks Angelo State 200 Meters 20.66
Myles Pringle Ashland 400 Meters 45.54
Ayman Zahafi Texas A&M-Kingsville 800 Meters 1:48.54
Trevor Bassitt Ashland 400 Hurdles 51.45
Four Athletes Texas A&M-Commerce 4×100 Relay 39.87
Diana Johnson Adams State 100 Meters 11.34
CeCe Telfer Franklin Pierce 100 Hurdles 13.41
Alicja Konieczek Western Colorado Steeplechase 9:52.32

NCAA Division III Leaders

Name Program Event Mark
Patrick Mikel Loras 400 Meters 47.09
Nathan Hill Middlebury 800 Meters 1:50.56
Nick Matteucci Washington (Mo.) 1500 Meters 3:45.69
Alex Duff UW-Whitewater 110 Hurdles 14.27
Four Athletes UW-Oshkosh 4×100 Relay 41.06
Four Athletes Washington (Mo.) 4×400 Relay 3:12.37
Tom Kohn UW-Stevens Point Triple Jump 15.15m
Jayci Andrews Bridgewater State 100 Hurdles 14.02
Bella Solis Loras 400 Hurdles 1:00.38
Eka Jose Washington (Mo.) Triple Jump 12.19m
Karen Wethal UW-Stevens Point Discus Throw 49.99m
Jessica Wilson Concordia Chicago Hammer Throw 55.79m
Katy McClellan Smith Javelin Throw 45.78m

NAIA Leaders

Name Program Event Mark
Four Athletes Tennessee Wesleyan 4×100 Relay 40.29
Keith Jordan Siena Heights (Mich.) High Jump 2.15m
Anali Cisneros Judson (Ill.) 5000 RW 24:02.84
Amore Brown Aquinas (Mich.) 100 Hurdles 14.07
Victoria Faber Aquinas (Mich.) Pole Vault 3.87m
Breana Judkins Clarke (Iowa) Triple Jump 12.49m
Samantha Liermann Concordia (Neb.) Shot Put 15.40m
Kamberlyn Lamer Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) Heptathlon 5017

NJCAA Leaders

Name Program Event Mark
Emmanuel Yeboah Western Texas 100 Meters 10.16
Andrew Kibet Hutchinson (Kan.) 1500 Meters 3:47.89
Four Athletes Butler (Kan.) 4×100 Relay 39.54
Isaiah Griffith South Plains (Texas) Triple Jump 16.18m
Satanya Wright Western Texas 400 Meters 53.58
Yoveinny Mota Barton (Kan.) 100 Hurdles 13.31
Four Athletes Western Texas 4×100 Relay 45.12

#AggiePride, Indeed

Arguably, the biggest performancces of the weekend came from the MEAC Championships.

That’s where Kayla White and Trevor Stewart made sure North Carolina A&T isn’t the nation’s Best Kept Secret any longer.

White, a senior standout for the Aggies and a member of The Bowerman Watch List, snatched two collegiate leads in the final meet on her home track. She opened things up with a 10.96 in the 100, which tied her as the fifth best performer in collegiate history. Then she returned to the track in the 200 and blistered a time of 22.52 into a light headwind.

Not to be outdone, Stewart also clocked a collegiate-leading mark for the Aggies. Stewart won the 400 in 44.38, which made him the 14th fastest performer in collegiate history (Note: 2014 The Bowerman winner Deon Lendore is 13th). The North Carolina A&T junior lowered his PR from 44.54, which had him as the 22nd fastest performer before this weekend.

We’ll see both of them in a few weeks at the NCAA East Preliminary Round.

Talk About #UNIFight

Jessica Heims had a day to remember at the Wisconsin Alumni Meet.

The Northern Iowa sophomore bettered her own F64 world record in the discus with a heave of 35.52m (116-6).

That came on her first attempt of the competition and topped her old PR by more than nine feet. By the time she finished throwing, all three of her attempts went farther than her old standard.

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This Is #WhyD3

Look back at that chart again.

There were 13 – Count them: 13! – new No. 1 marks in NCAA Division III posted this weekend.

Four of those national leaders came from the WIAC Championships in Platteville, Wisconsin. Maybe that doesn’t come as a surprise since there are five WIAC teams ranked in the top-25 of the most recent Men’s National Rating Index and two teams ranked in the top-25 of the most recent Women’s National Rating Index.

Washington (Mo.) had its share of athletes rise to the occasion. The Bears, whose women are ranked seventh and whose men are ranked 14th, chipped in three national-leading marks.

Friendly Rivals = Fast Times

Andrew Kibet of Hutchinson (Kan.) CC and Nehemiah Too of Colby (Kan.) CC have been two of the strongest runners at the JUCO level indoors and outdoors.

Kibet and Too matched up this past weekend in the 1500 at the NJCAA Region VI/Jayhawk Conference Championships and dazzled. When the dust settled, Kibet was first across the finish line in 3:47.89, 0.11 seconds ahead of Too.

They don’t say "A rising tide lifts all boats" for nothing. Kibet and Too are now the ninth and 10th best performers in NJCAA history in that event.