The Weekend In Review: May 3-5, 2019 (UPDATED)
Conference Championship Season is in full swing.
Don’t believe us? Just watch this.
EVERY. POINT. COUNTS.
I am tearing up while I type this. Carly suffered a tough injury yesterday in the 400m hurdles prelims. I told her that she didn’t have to do the final today and we would rally for her. But she wanted to score for the TEAM. She took 7th and earned us 2 pts pic.twitter.com/Hciv4Q2jFU
— Ryan Waite (@CoachWaiteUD) May 4, 2019
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
|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
|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
|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|
|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|
|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|
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).
🚨World. Record. Throw.🚨
— UNI T&F/XC (@UNITrackFieldXC) May 4, 2019
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.
— Blue Dragon T&F/XC (@bluedragontrack) May 5, 2019
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.