MEET RECAP: 2019 NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships

The 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships wrapped up on Saturday at Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium in Austin, Texas and what a record breaking performance both men’s and women’s sides put on over a fun, jam-packed four days of competition!

TEAM CHAMPIONS: Arkansas Women | Texas Tech Men

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Below is an entire meet recap that includes coverage for every single race and event that took place this weekend!

Historic First Day Of #NCAATF
CLICK HERE to read about Wednesday’s action as the men put on a show that included multiple national titles to go with three new outdoor meet records.

Peters Defends National Title With Historic Performance

Anderson Peters of Mississippi State closed his collegiate season in the same way he started it (And, to be fair, the same way he treated his entire career up to this point).

He won with an absolute assault on the record book.

Peters defended his national title in the javelin with a meet record-breaking toss of 86.62m (284-2) on his third throw of the day, which bettered his standing as the third-best performer in NCAA history.

That wasn’t the only throw from Peters that landed in the record book.

Peters hit two more huge marks that gave him seven of the top-11 performances in collegiate history. All of which were turned in this outdoor season.

What made it even sweeter for Peters is the fact that Mississippi State swept the top three spots as teammate Curtis Thompson came in second (78.43m/257-3) and teammate Tyriq Horsford (75.59m/248-0) took third. It was just the second time in meet history that a men’s team went 1-2-3 in the javelin (Oregon in 1964).

Nilsen Tops Mondo, Defends National Title

Most times, when a defending national champion knocks off a talented freshman to win another title, it doesn’t create headlines across the country.

This wasn’t most years in the pole vault though.

Chris Nilsen of South Dakota out-dueled collegiate record-holder Mondo Duplantis of LSU to win his second event title in a row with another record-breaking performance on Wednesday evening.

A year after breaking a 22-year-old meet record, Nilsen one-upped himself and captured the third national title of his career as he bettered the meet record to 5.95m (19-6¼). That also stands as the third best mark in collegiate history behind Duplantis and former collegiate record holder Lawrence Johnson of Tennessee.

Duplantis took runner-up honors with a 5.80m (19-0¼) showing.

Never before in the history of the meet had multiple vaulters ever cleared 5.75m (18-10¼) until today. That’s when three did so: Nilsen, Duplantis and Clayton Fritsch of Sam Houston State.

BYU Shines in 10K; Clayton Young Wins Crown

BYU entered the final event of Day 1 with a stacked line up.

The Cougars had six men champing at the bit on the start line of the 10,000 Meters.

BYU did not disappoint as Ed Eyestone’s team put up 21 points thanks to a title-winning performance from Clayton Young and a third- and fourth-place effort from Connor McMillan and Conner Mantz, respectively. It was the most points scored by a men’s team in the event since Stanford totaled 23 in 2000.

Young was locked in a two-man race heading into the final 200 meters as he and Gilbert Kigen of Alabama were shoulder-to-shoulder. Then, Young turned on the afterburners to complete the last lap in in 55.88 and capture the first national title of his career.

It was also the program’s first title in the event since Eyestone went back to back in 1984 and 1985.

Hassan Abdi (Oklahoma State) and Tyler Day (Northern Arizona). Robert Brandt (UCLA) and Azaria Kirwa (Liberty) also earned First-Team All-America honors.

LSU’s Harrison Wins Incredible Long Jump Battle

JuVaughn Harrison of LSU picked the right time to have the best jump of his career.

In a competition that saw five men soar 8.00m (26-3) or better, Harrison came away with the crown as he flew a wind-legal 8.20m (26-11) on his second attempt of the night. That was enough to give Harrison a one-inch victory over Trumaine Jefferson of Houston, who leaped 8.18m (26-10).

Harrison was the favorite entering the meet as he held the collegiate lead.

The win gave LSU its sixth men’s long jump champion in program history.

Harrison will look to make it a perfect 2-for-2 at the meet as he battles for the national title in the high jump on Friday.

A Program First for the Owls as Haugh Wins Hammer Title

Kennesaw State senior Daniel Haugh became the first in program history – and conference history – to win a national title, as he captured the hammer throw crown on Wednesday afternoon.

In his fifth throw of the series, Haugh launched the implement 74.63m (244-10) to top the rest of the field by more than two feet.

Haugh was the first Owl thrower to advance to the NCAA finals since 2011.

Texas’s Adrian Piperi Takes Top Prize in Shot

Adrian Piperi of Texas came into the national meet as the top seed and made sure he left his home stadium with the shot put title to go with it.

Piperi posted his best mark of the day on his second throw as he recorded a personal-best of 21.11m (69-3¼). With the early lead the sophomore let it lose the rest of the night as he also recorded one other throw in bounds that measured at 20.50m (67-3¼).

The Woodlands, Texas, native took the top spot at the event by a foot and a half.

The Longhorns have now won four outdoor shot put titles in program history.

Advancing Athletes and Teams to Friday’s Finals

The following individuals and/or teams advanced to the NCAA Finals in their respective event that will be crowned on Friday.

Men’s 4×100

The men’s 4×100 got the day off to a fast start as each heat posted season-bests throughout the teams in competition. In fact 12 teams posted season-bests in the event which was equal to half of the teams in the field.

Florida took the top prize in the first heat with Texas Tech coming in right behind them in second for the automatic bid to finals. Florida State led the second heat wire-to-wire while Oregon came in second to secure its spot in the next round. LSU posted an impressive win in the third and final heat of the day with Arkansas coming in second for the automatic bid.

Purdue (out of the third heat) and North Carolina A&T captured the at-large bids. Illinois, behind a strong final-leg kick in the third heat, just missed out on an at-large bid by .01 seconds.

Men’s 1500

It was a tale of two races for the battle to make it to the finals of the 1500. Both races were very under control but each heat took a very different approach to try to move on.

The first race started off under a very controlled pace, saving the final 60 meters or so for athletes to really make their advance. William Paulson of Arizona State made his move and held off the field to capture the victory in the first heat. He was followed by Sam Worley (Texas), Kasey Knevelbaard (Southern Utah), Justine Kuprotich (Michigan State) and Jack Anstey (Illinois State).

The second heat took a different approach and got off to a very fast start which lead to much quicker qualifying times along with both remaining at-large bids going to the No. 5 and 6 finishers of this race. Oliver Hoare of Wisconsin took the top spot and was followed by Yared Nuguse (Notre Dame), Talem Franco (BYU), Mick Stanovsek (Washington) and Casey Comber (Villanova). Cameron Griffith (Arkansas) and Eduardo Herrera (Colorado) both advanced to the finals as they held the top-two times after the automatic bids were handed out.

To compare the speed of the two races, the top-nine athletes in the second heat all posted a faster time that the winner of the opening one.

Men’s Steeple

BYU was the story of this race as the program tied the meet record with four men advancing to the finals.

Like the race just before, each heat took a much different strategy as the opening race was ran with a much quicker pace than that of the second one. In fact the top six finishers in the first race finished more than five seconds faster than the winner of the second heat.

Men’s 110H

The two heavyweights in Daniel Roberts of Kentucky and Grant Holloway of Florida each took care of business in capturing the top time of their respective heats.

In posting the top performance overall in the event, Roberts’ 13.06 was the second-best performance in NCAA DI history, along with shattering the meet record.

Read more about the historic performance right here on

Men’s 100

If Wednesday’s 100 showed us anything, it’s that Friday’s final is going to be fire as the track was set ablaze by the athletes in this event.

Divine Oduduru of Texas Tech and Hakim Sani Brown of Florida scorched the track in Heat 3 and posted the top two times in the event.

On a sad note, Demek Kemp of South Carolina State made history but not in the way that he wanted to on Wednesday evening. Kemp ran a mark of 10.03 which is the fastest non-qualifying mark in NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championship history.

To say the guys were flying out there tonight is an understatement!

And it’s only suppose to be hotter on Friday…

Men’s 400

Wednesday showcased what should be another fast one in the 100 finals on Friday.

The championship race will be highlighted by Kehmari Montgomery of Houston and Trevor Stewart of North Carolina A&T after each ran away from their heats in impressive fashion. Alejandro Zapata of Liberty also stepped up in a big way in winning the opening heat.

Those three heat winners will be joined by Wil London (Baylor), Obi Igbokwe (Houston), Jonathan Jones (Texas), Bryce Deadmon (Texas A&M) and Chantz Sawyers (Florida) in the finals.

Men’s 800

The opening heat was the one to watch in this event as both Bryce Hoppel of Kansas and Devin Dixon of Texas A&M went head-to-head in what was an exciting matchup.

Dixon took the field out fast as he tried to seperate the standouts from the rest of the field. His plan worked well as he led the race for the first 500-600 meters before Hoppel was able to use his kick to overtake Dixon at the end of the race. Dixon didn’t let off his plan and crossed the line hard as the two finished within .51 seconds of one another.

It was a new lifetime best for Hoppel (1:45.26) as he moved his win-streak to 18 meets in a row.

The rest of the first heat was helped by Dixon’s pace as teammate Carlton Orange (Texas A&M) and Vincent Crisp (Texas Tech) ran fast enough to earn the two at-large bids to the finals.

Festus Lagat of Iowa State and Jonah Koech of Texas Tech were the two other heat winners. They will be joined in the finals by Cooper Williams (Indiana) and Michael Rhoads (Air Force).

Men’s 400H

The 400H kept with the trend of fast as all but one athlete advanced to the finals of the event with a time that broke 49 seconds.

The heat winning performances went to Quincy Hall (South Carolina), Taylor McLaughlin (Michigan) and Amere Lattin (Houston). They will be joined in the finals by Robert Grant (Texas A&M), Norman Grimes (Texas Tech), Cameron Samuel (USC), James Smith (Arizona) and Martice Moore (Louisville).

Men’s 200

Divine Oduduru of Texas Tech showed why coming into this meet he was the favorite in the 200 as he won the opening heat of the semifinals with a time of 19.97 which ranks in a tie for 11th all-time in NCAA DI history.

The rest of the field was almost as fast as the No. 2-5 spots (albeit in different heats) trailed Oduduru by just .09 seconds as those four athletes were separated by .01 seconds.

Mario Burke of Houston won the third heat and Mustaqeem Williams of Tennessee took the top spot in the second one.

They will be joined in the finals by Joseph Amoah (Coppin State), Micaiah Harris (Texas), Andrew Hudson (Texas Tech), Cravon Gillespie (Oregon) and Hakim Sani Brown (Florida).

Men’s 4×400

The day started fast and ended in the same fashion as the top five qualifying teams set season-bests performances in the second-last event of the day on Wednesday night.

A DQ also changed things up as Western Kentucky went from winning their heat to on the outside looking in after a call went against their favor following a protest. This moved Baylor and South Carolina up to No. 1 and 2 of the second heat and allowed Arkansas to sneak in with the final at-large bid.

Heat winners, to go with Baylor, were Texas A&M in the opening heat (with the best time ran in DI this season) and Houston in the third heat. These teams will be joined in the finals by previously unmentioned Iowa, North Carolina A&T and Florida.


Incredible Second Day Of #NCAATF
CLICK HERE to read about Thursday’s action from Mike A. Myers Stadium as the women took center stage with a dizzying array of all-time marks and facility records.

New Mexico’s Kelati Wins 10,000 Title In Epic Fashion

What a battle for the 10,000-meter crown!

It looked like Weini Kelati of New Mexico was going to literally run away from the field as she took over the lead at the 4400-meter mark and led the pack for the vast majority of the race. Kelati opened it up to a 20-meter lead as it looked like the standout might be able to coast to a victory with five laps to go.

Carmela Cardama Baez of Oregon had other plans as she ran an insane final lap of 1:08.72 to put herself right back into the race. She chased down Kelati over the final curve and was stride-for-stride with the eventual national champion on the back stretch. It look like Baez had enough momentum to pass the Lady Lobo by but Kelati dug deep and not only retook the lead, but put a stride of distance between the two for the first event title in New Mexico program history.

To put into perspective the crazy finish, Baez trailed Kelati by just under five seconds with one lap to go and closed the gap to make it less than a second finish.

Kelati ended up winning the race with her time of 33:10.84 which was good for a facility record. It was the first national title for the New Mexico women’s program since Courtney Frerichs captured the top prize in the steeple during the 2016 championships.

Yanis David Wins Long Jump Title With Huge Mark

Yanis David of Florida won the long jump title in one of the final events of the day at Myers Stadium on Friday night.

The senior standout posted a best jump of  6.84m (22-5¼) to claim the second individual national title of her career.

So just how good of a mark was it?

The showing was the best by a collegiate athlete since 2015 and the third-best mark in meet history as David became the seventh-best performer in the event in NCAA DI history as well.

It is also the 10th-best performance ever recorded by a collegian.

David is Florida’s first champion in the event in program history and she wasn’t the only athlete to have a strong day.

Jasmyn Steels of Northwestern State, who won the indoor national crown, became the first athlete in school history to score in the event outdoors. Third-place finisher Deborah Acquah of Texas A&M had the best showing in the event in Aggie program history.

Six of the top-seven finishers posted new personal bests, all during the final three rounds of the competition.

ASU’s Noennig Does It Again, Sweeps Shot Put Titles

Samantha Noennig continued the strong throwing tradition of Arizona State on Friday night.

Noennig took the top prize in the shot put after she posted a personal best heave of 18.14m (59-6¼). The victory gave the sophomore the clean sweep in the shot this year as she also won the indoor title back in early March.

Her win, coupled with Maggie Ewen’s victory last year, made them the first set of teammates to go back-to-back in the event outdoors since UCLA accomplished the feat from 2001 to 2002 (UCLA also won with a different woman in 2000).

Noenning’s win also marked the fourth title for Arizona State in program history. That moves the Sun Devils into the second-most event titles in NCAA DI history, trailing UCLA’s seven.

Arkansas’s Hoggard Wins First National Title in Pole Vault

Tori Hoggard of Arkansas earned the national title in the pole vault as she cleared a best of 4.56m (14-11½) in the last event on Friday night.

The favorite entering the meet was Olivia Gruver of Washington, who is the collegiate record holder in the event.

With her first title, Hoggard joins her sister Lexi Jacobus in becoming the first sisters to win titles in the pole vault event in the sport’s history (Jacobus won back in 2016, but finished ninth overall in this one).

Gruver came in third overall, while Bonnie Draxler placed second for San Diego State.

This year’s competition had great depth with the best marks ever to finish in third, fourth, seventh and eighth were recorded as Austin once again proved it has ideal conditions for vaulters.

Georgia’s Erm Wins Battles Weather to Win Decathlon Crown

Johannes Erm of Georgia captured the event title in the decathlon with a total score of 8352 points, which made him the fourth-best performer with the fifth-best performance in meet history. It also stands as the 10th best performance in collegiate history.

Erm, like the rest of the competitors in the multi, fought adversity due to inclement weather. Many of the events were pushed back from their original start times, forcing athletes to adjust on the fly.

The Georgia sophomore became the second man in program history to win the decathlon (Maicel Uibo went back to back in 2014 and 2015). The SEC has also now claimed the past six event titles dating back to the 2014 season.

Rogers Roars In Hammer, Wins Title

Camryn Rogers of California earned the first event title on Friday evening as she won the hammer throw.

The sophomore posted a best mark of 71.50m (234-7) on her fourth throw of the night, a distance that took over the collegiate lead this outdoor season. The mark also made Rogers the seventh-best performer in the event in NCAA DI history to go with being the ninth-best showing in meet history.

Oh, and just for good measure, it was also a U23 Canadian record.

She also became the first event champion in school history and the first Cal athlete to win a track & field national crown in 11 years.

All of this just a day before her birthday.

Erin Reese of Indiana State and Alyssa Wilson of UCLA finished second and third with marks of 71.06 (233-2) and 69.75m (228-10), respectively.


Women’s 4×100

Arkansas and North Carolina State captured the first two automatic qualifying spots out of the opening heat with a 42.65 and 42.95, respectively. Alabama also earned a spot in the next round as it posted the sixth-best time overall to earn an at-large bid.

LSU posted the second-best time of the semis with a 42.56 to win the second heat. Texas took second in the race to earn the other auto spot.

The last heat was on fire as USC posted the top time overall with a 42.53. Florida State came in second at 43.23 while Oregon earned the last spot to finals with an at-large bid at 43.35.

Six of the eight advancing teams posted season-bests.

Houston, who finished in ninth, matched the fastest non-qualifying time in meet history with its time of 43.48.

Women’s 1500

The first heat featured nine athletes that hit the final bell all within strides of each other as the main pack stuck together for the majority of the race. Sinclaire Johnson of Oklahoma State took the lead at the 1100-meter mark and outkicked the field to take the victory with a 4:12.35.

The finish was wild in this one as the top-seven athletes all finished within one second of one another. Taryn Rawlings of Portland, Dillon McClintock of Michigan State, Jenny Celis of Oklahoma State and Ella Donaghu of Stanford also earned the auto bids out of the heat.

The two at-large bids also came out of this race as Jessica Lawson of Stanford and Lotte Black of Rhode Island punched their tickets to finals.

The second race was a two-woman race between Jessica Hull of Oregon and Jessica Harris of Notre Dame. Hull outkicked Harris down the back stretch and took the top spot with a 4:12.02.

Julia Rizk of Ohio State, Molly Sughroue of Oklahoma State and Whittni Orton of BYU also advanced to the finals with their top-five finish in heat No. 2.

Women’s Steeple

Hannah Steelman of Wofford ran away from the field on the opening heat as she posted a personal best of 9:49.51. She took the lead on the third lap and wouldn’t look back the rest of the evening to take the victory.

Alissa Niggemann of Wisconsin, Erica Birk of BYU, Adva Cohen of New Mexico and Nell Crosby of NC State also earned automatic qualifiers, as they finished in that order.

Then, the two-time defending champion Allie Ostrander of Boise State won the second race of the night with yet another impressive performance. The Bronco standout pushed the pace the entire time and ran a time of 9:44.32 in what was the faster heat between the two. The mark set a new facility record and was the fastest semifinal time ever in meet history.

Joining her in the finals with auto bids were Gabrielle Jennings of Furman, Charlotte Prouse of New Mexico, Val Constien of Colorado and Devin Clark of Arkansas.

Rebekah Topham of Wichita State closed the second heat hard and earned an at-large bid based on time. Brianna Ilarda of Providence was the last athlete in with an at-large selection out of the opening race.

Women’s 100H

The story out of the 100H semifinals was the performance of favorite Janeek Brown of Arkansas as she posted the top time in the event at 12.53 out of the second heat.

It was .14 seconds faster than the next closest athlete and bettered her standing as the fifth-fastest performer in the event in collegiate history. It was also the second-best semifinal time in meet history and the fourth-fastest ran overall at outdoor nationals to go with setting a new facility record.

The two other heat winners also posted personal bests as Tonea Marshall of LSU won the third race with a 12.67 and Anna Cockrell captured the victory in the opener at 12.69.

Joining them in the finals will be Chanel Brissett of USC, Tiara McMinn of Miami, Cortney Jones of Florida State, Payton Chadwick of Arkansas and Jeanine Williams of Georgia Tech.

Women’s 100

The second heat was a great preview of what’s to come in the finals as Sha’Carri Richardson of LSU and Kayla White of North Carolina A&T blistered the track side by side.

Richardson overcame a slow start to get right on White’s shoulder and then found another gear over the final 20 meters as she cruised through the finish line in a wind-legal 10.99. White finished right behind her in 11.01.

Teahna Daniels of Texas won Heat 3 in 11.04 and Anglerne Annelus of USC took the win in the first race at 11.06.

Also advancing to the finals was Twanisha Terry of USC, Ka’Tia Seymour of Florida State, Kiara Parker of Arkansas and Kiara Grant of Norfolk State.

All qualifying athletes ran faster than 11.16.

USC just missed out on advancing three to the finals as Lanae-Tava Thomas ran a personal-best of 11.16, just .02 seconds off the last at-large spot.

Women’s 400

The top-three times of the semifinals all came out of the first heat as Aliyah Abrams of South Carolina, Chloe Abbott of Kentucky and Syaira Richardson of Texas A&M all finished within .09 seconds of each other. Abrams got the win while Abbott came in second and Richardson took third.

The next two-fastest marks went to the winners of the third and second heat in Sharrika Barnett of Florida and Wadeline Jonathas of South Carolina.

Kyra Constantine of USC, Kethlin Campbell of Arkansas and Hannah Waller of Oregon also advanced to the finals on Saturday.

Women’s 800

Nia Akins of Penn took the top time in the semis after she ran for a personal best of 2:02.88 to win the opening heat. Allie Wilson of Monmouth also earned an automatic qualifier with her second-place finish in the race.

Avi’Tal Wilson-Perteete of UNLV and Jazmine Fray of Texas A&M were the other winners in their respective heats. Fray posted the second-best time overall in the semis at 2:03.08.

Other auto bids were earned by Susan Ejore of Oregon and Ersula Farrow of LSU. Time qualifiers went to Kristie Schoffield of Boise State and Anna Camp of BYU.  

Women’s 400H

Anna Cockrell of USC had herself an evening as she posted the top time in the semis of the 400H after qualifying for the finals of the 100H earlier in the evening.

The junior won the second heat with a collegiate-leading 56.05. The heat advanced four athletes to the finals overall on Saturday as Jurnee Woodward of LSU came in second to take an auto bid, while Reanda Richards of Rutgers and Brenna Porter of BYU picked up the two time qualifiers.

Other heat victories went to Brittley Humphrey of LSU and Darhian Mills of Washington.

The hurdles also claimed a victim as collegiate-leader Ranae McKenzie of Kansas State clipped the barrier on her second pass over with her trail knee and was unable to finish the opening race.

Women’s 200

Six more athletes pulled off qualifying to the finals of two events during this battle as Sha’Carri Richardson of LSU, Kayla White of North Carolina A&T, Angie Annelus of South Carolina, Ka’Tia Seymour of Florida State and Teahna Daniels of Texas punched their tickets in now the 100 and 200 while Janeek Brown has advanced in both the 100H and 200 with their performances tonight.

The most impressive showing in this semi went to Annelus as she posted a personal-best and facility record of 22.35 to win Heat No. 3, just a race after Richardson went for a 22.37 in Heat No. 2.

Brown just missed the best single-day 100H/200 double in world history, falling behind Jackie Joyner-Kersee who went 35.01 combined between the two events in 1988. Brown needed 22.47 or better in the 200 to top it.

The other race winner came from Cambrea Sturgis of North Carolina A&T in the opening race after she ran a personal best of 22.51.

Women’s 4×400


CLICK HERE to read about all of the action from the final day of men’s competition


Texas A&M made sure it closed with a bang as it won the 4×400 title with the second-fastest time in collegiate history at 2:59.05.

The members of the Aggies’ relay team were Bryce Deadmon, Robert Grant, Kyree Johnson and Dennis Dixon.

The overall depth of the race was impressive as Houston, Iowa and North Carolina A&T all set new meet best marks recorded by team in their respective position.


The storybook season for Wisconsin senior Morgan McDonald closed in stellar fashion as he won the individual title in the 5000 in what was a good battle during the second-to-last race of the evening on Friday night.

McDonald and Stanford’s Grant Fisher turned it into a two-man race with 200 meters to go. McDonald was able to take the outside on the last curve and blew by the Cardinal standout for the indoor-outdoor sweep.

McDonald also won the indoor crown and is the first to sweep those titles since Oregon’s Edward Cheserek in 2016.

Also, if you count the cross country championship that he won in the fall, he’s only the third athlete to accomplish that feat, joining Cheserek (2015-16) and Oregon’s Galen Rupp (2008-09). He’s also Wisconsin’s first outdoor 5000 champ since Chris Solinsky won back-to-back crowns in 2006 and 2007.


JuVaughn Harrison of LSU etched his name into the record book as he became the first athlete in collegiate history to pull off the high-long jump double with his title in the high jump on Friday night.

Harrison is also the first Tiger to win the high jump in program history as it is just the second time in that a male Tiger athlete has even scored in the event (You would have to go back to a fifth-place finish back in 1965 for the last time in happened).

Seven of the eight athletes that earned First-Team All-American honors posted a season or personal best today.


Chengetayi Mapaya of TCU won the individual title in the triple jump on Friday.

He saved his best for last as his winning-leap of 17.13m (56-2½) was posted on his sixth and final attempt.

Mapaya is the first triple jump champion in school history for TCU. It is the fourth time the Horned Frogs have ever scored in the triple jump (All have come since 2007).

Six of the top-eight athletes all finished the evening with a personal best.


You can go ahead and put a fork into this one!

Texas Tech is your 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Champion!

It is the first men’s national championship for the program across any sport in school history!


You can just about call it for the boys from Texas Tech as Eric Kicinski just won the national title in the discus!

Kicinski scored the deciding points of the meet as his victory gave Texas Tech 60 points. At that time in the night, Florida had a maximum of 56 points Mike Holloway’s team could possibly score.

The Texas Tech senior moved into the lead from third place on his fourth throw. His win is the second in school history in the discus.

Seven athletes posted new personal bests in the event overall.


We have our first double of the meet as Divine Oduduru of Texas Tech made it a clean sweep of the 100-200 as he won his second race of Friday night.

Oduduru picked up the victory with a meet-record run of 19.73, a performance that essentially clinched the team title for his Red Raiders. The mark was the second-best recorded in collegiate history, the same ranking his 100 time earned him on the record books just a few races before. 

He joins a long list of 100-200 double winners, including the most recent, Christian Coleman of Tennessee (2017), but he recorded the best wind-legal combo of times among the bunch (9.86/19.73).

He is the first back-to-back winner of the 200 since Florida State’s Maurice Mitchell in 2011 and 2012, and he joins Coleman (2017) as also being an indoor-outdoor double winner in the event during the calendar year.


It might have taken him until the last few strides, but Quincy Hall of South Carolina is your winner in the 400H after getting over the last hurdle and turning on the jets to best the field on Friday night.

Hall might not have showed top hurdling skills, but his drive and heart allowed him to close the gap at the end and capture the first title for the Gamecocks in the event since Johnny Dutch won in 2010.  

The top-5 finishers all posted new personal bests in the event.

Norman Grimes of Texas Tech and Amere Lattin of Houston each posted the best finishes for their respective programs in school history.


Perfection is something that everyone chases and only few achieve.

That is what makes Bryce Hoppel’s year so special.

The Kansas junior pulled off an unblemished year as he remained undefeated in the 800 between the indoor and outdoor seasons with his national title in the 800 on Friday evening. It was the 19th-straight victory for Hoppel.

Hoppel is also the first athlete in Kansas history to win the event outdoors.

His winning-mark of 1:44.41 ranks him No. 5 all-time in the event in collegiate history.

Devin Dixon of Texas A&M, who was seventh last year, took second while Festus Lagat of Iowa State came in third.


You knew that it was only a matter of time before the Houston sprinters would start racking up some podium performances.

Kahmari Montgomery led that charge as he posted a collegiate-leading time of 44.23 to win the national title in the 400 on Friday evening.

With the performance, Montgomery became the first athlete in program history to win the event title.

Trevor Stewart of North Carolina A&T took second while Wil London of Baylor came in third.


We told y’all it was going to be a quick one!

Divine Oduduru of Texas Tech kept the fast times going as he posted a 9.86 to win the national title in the 100, a mark that ranks him No. 2 all-time in both meet and collegiate history.

In any other year the rest of the field might have had a shot at a title as second-place finisher Cravon Gillespie of Oregon ran a 9.93 (No. 7 all-time performer and performance in collegiate history) and third-place Hakim Sani Brown of Florida posted a 9.97 (No. 10 all-time in meet history).

It was the most athletes in championship history to run a legal-wind, sub-10.


Coming into this one you knew that Grant Holloway and Daniel Roberts were going to put on a show in the 110 Meter Hurdles and that is exactly what went down on Friday evening.

The two hit warp speed and Holloway remained composed throughout, leading it wire-to-wire. Roberts ran an incredible race as well and almost caught Holloway at the line as the two are now ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the event in collegiate history.

Holloway is the first in NCAA history to win three indoor 60 meter hurdles and three outdoor 110 meter hurdles titles and the second-ever three-time of the outdoor version (Jack Davis of Southern California accomplished the feat in 1951-52-53).

And for those keeping track at home, it is already the second NCAA record to fall this evening.

More on this historic feat can be found right here on


“As long as you finish it off, no one will remember anything but the championship.”

Those are probably the thoughts of Steven Fahy of Stanford after he won the national title in the steeple with a 8:38.46 performance.

The senior survived after a fall over the final barrier, picked himself up and sprinted to the finish before the rest of the field could catch up to become the first athlete in program history to win a national title in the event.

He was also the first Pac-12 athlete to win the event since 2008.

The race was a tough one as Fahy and Daniel Michalski of Indiana hit the final water barrier at the same time, but Michalski wasn’t able to clear it and fell back to the middle of the pack. Fahy was then able to put a good distance on the field before that stumble on the final hurdle almost cost him.

Fahy, though, used the momentum from the last 200 meters to carry him to victory.


The night continued with a stellar race and photo finish to crown the champion of the men’s 1500.

Yared Nuguse of Notre Dame started the final curve in fifth-place and charged back to win the second national title of his career as he posted a 3:41.381.

Second-place finisher Justine Kiprotich of Michigan State had the lead hitting the backstretch as he pressed on the gas as the rest of the pack closed behind him. Kiprotich put distance on everybody but Nuguse who hit another gear himself and chased down his Spartan counterpart at the finish.

Nuguse is the first athlete from Notre Dame to win the 1500 since 1926 and the first to capture an outdoor men’s title since Ryan Shay won the 10,000 in 2001.

The three-thousandths of a second margin is the closest in event history recorded with fully-automatic timing (FAT).


You couldn’t have asked for a better start to the final day of the men’s competition as Florida went absolutely nuts in posting a 37.98 to win the title in the 4×100 to kick off the action from Mike A. Myers Stadium on Friday evening.

It is the first time a collegiate team broke 38 seconds as the time slots in as a facility, meet and college record. The mark is also the current world leader in the event.

The Gators on the winning team were Raymond Ekevwo, Hakim Sani Brown, Grant Holloway and Ryan Clark. Florida has now won the event seven times since 2000, the second-most victories behind LSU’s grand total of nine on the all-time chart.

The race previewed what will be a fast track tonight as second-place Florida State’s time of 38.08 would have broke the previous collegiate-record set last year by Houston. It is the fastest mark ever posted by a runner up in meet history. Third-place Texas Tech also ran the best time in meet history of a team that finished in that position.

All seven of the teams that finished the race posted a season-best.

Stay tuned as we have a feeling this won’t be the only mark to fall tonight!


It might look like it anybody’s title for the taking at the moment on the men’s side of things, but that’s only because competition hasn’t started yet on the final day.

Mississippi State currently leads with 24 points thanks to the strong performance of its javelin throwers on Wednesday night (The Bulldogs went 1-2-3 behind the historic effort of Anderson Peters to become just the second men’s team to do so in meet history). Georgia and BYU are currently second and third with 22 and 21 points, respectively.

The top-five is rounded out by No. 4 LSU (18 points) and No. 5 Kansas (11 points). Eight programs in total have already posted double-digit marks, with the bulk of the scoring still to come.

So just how many points can some of these teams rack up as fans try to project who is walking away with the national title?

This is where it gets interesting.

Here are the remaining scoring chances (possible total points [current total + max based on entries in event]) for some of the teams with the best projected chance to win the team title:

Texas Tech: 11 athletes in finals, max of 112 points

Florida: 8, 88

BYU: 8, 88

Houston: 7, 76

Texas: 5, 60

Oregon: 5, 54

Texas A&M: 5, 51

North Carolina A&T: 4, 40

As we said, it might look like anybody could win – but realistically, it’s a four-team race between Texas Tech, Florida, BYU and Houston.


A little weather delay wasn’t going to stop Stanford senior Mackenzie Little as she won the javelin title for the second year in a row to kick off the day of events from Mike A. Myers Stadium on Friday afternoon.

The start was postponed to Friday due to a four-hour weather delay on Thursday that pushed back the men’s decathlon javelin into the time slot originally slated for this event.

The extra day of preparation certainly didn’t hurt the talented Cardinal as she posted a best toss of 59.44m (195-0) on her opening throw of the day to cruise to the victory.

Little is the sixth athlete to win back-to-back titles in event history and the first since Oklahoma’s Brittany Borman pulled off the feat in 2011 and 2012. Also, for the second-straight year, Little won the event by 10 feet.

Stanford continued its dominance in the event as it scored 15 points on Friday (Jenna Gray placed fourth). This marks the first time in meet history that a team has scored 15 or more points in back-to-back years in the women’s javelin (The Cardinal swept the proceedings last year for 24 points).


The Women Bring the Fire to End NCAAs on Saturday
CLICK HERE to read about the conclusion of the NCAA Outdoor Championships as the women stole the show on the final day of competition to close out an incredible meet.


Texas A&M was the first to cross the finish line in the 4×400 Relay, but Pat Henry’s team wasn’t the only one celebrating at the end of the race.

That’s because Arkansas finished runner-up and locked up its second outdoor title in the past four years.

It all came down to the 4×400 Relay as the team that finished better out of the Razorbacks and Southern California would capture the national crown. As you just read, that team was Arkansas.

The Aggies, however, posted a stellar time of 3:25.57. The mark set a new facility record along with being a collegiate- and world-leading time. It was also the 11th-best performance in the event in collegiate history and the first time that the Aggies have topped the podium in the event since 2011.

Seven of the eight teams running posted season bests.


The strong year from Dani Jones of Colorado continued as the standout junior was crowned champion in the 5000 after running a 15:50.65. It is the second individual title of the academic year for Jones, who also won in cross country back in November.

Jones was also the first Colorado athlete to win the event since Kara Wheeler (Kara Goucher) pulled off the feat in 2000 and just the second to do so overall in program history.

Taylor Werner of Arkansas picked up eight big points in the team battle while Esther Gitahi of Alabama placed third. Werner is Arkansas’ top finisher since Dominique Scott was the winner in 2016 and Gitahi is Alabama’s best finisher in team history, to go with being the first to score in the event since 1996.


Ashtin Zamzow of Texas was able to end her career on a high note won the heptathlon in front of her home crowd on Saturday night, becoming just the second woman in NCAA history to win on her home track (Oregon’s Brianne Theisen in 2010).

Zamzow became the first Longhorn to win the event and set a new school record of 6222 points in the process. That score ranks her as the No. 9 all-time performer in collegiate history and No. 6 in meet history.

The senior posted four personal bests over the course of two days and seven events.


Tyra Gittens of Texas A&M claimed the second spot while Michelle Arthrley of Miami took third overall.

Gittens’ runner-up is the best finish for Texas A&M in the heptathlon in school history.

In total, nine women posted new personal best scores (which included all athletes in the top-eight), all of whom finished 11th or better in the final standings.


It isn’t very often that a jump-off decides a national title.

But that is exactly what went down on Saturday night in Austin!

Zarriea Willis of Texas Tech won the overtime duel and became the first woman to sweep the indoor-outdoor high jump crowns since Madi Fagan accomplished the feat for Georgia in 2017.

Willis and Nicole Greene of North Carolina both cleared 1.87m (6-1½) but failed to clear 1.90m. The bar was then set at 1.90 again for a jump-off and they each failed one more time. The bar then moved to 1.88m (6-2) for another jump-off round and Willis won on her first attempt at that height.

Green became the third Tar Heel to finish runner up in the event in program history. Anna Peyton Malizia of Penn earned the bronze as she came in third.

Five jumpers had personal bests in the event tonight, including champion Willis and Malizia.


Laulauga Tausaga of Iowa was crowned champion in the discus on Saturday evening after she launched a new school record of 63.26m (206-6) to top the field on Saturday night.

The junior hit her best mark on her second throw of the event and it held as the standard through the rest of the competition.

Tausaga becomes the first Hawkeye athlete to win a national title since Nan Doak took the top prize in the 10,000 meters back in 1985 and the first to do so in program history for a throwing event.

Shanice Love of Florida State came in second, while Shadae Lawrence of Colorado State finished third.


Angie Annelus of Southern California won her second consecutive 200 title on Saturday night.

The race did not disappoint as Annelus and LSU’s Sha’Carri Richardson were stride-for-stride the entire race. Annelus was able to get ahead out of the blocks and used that momentum to carry here to the victory, as Richardson gave it one final push at the end of this one. It came down to the lean and Annelus crossed the line first in a photo finish that was separated by just .01 seconds.

Annelus is the first to win consecutive titles since LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan won three straight from 2011 to 2013. She also finished seventh earlier in the evening in the 100.

Richardson, winner of the 100 and anchor of runner-up 4×100 earlier on Saturday scored 20 points for LSU as a freshman and compiles a double-set of World U20 and U.S.-national U20 records with her time of 22.17. It is LSU’s best finish in the event since Duncan’s three-peat.

Cambrea Sturgis is the first athlete from North Carolina A&T to score in the event in program history.

KSU’s Shardia Lawrence Wins TJ Title on Last Jump of the Evening

While the track was heating up, the field events were just as good all evening at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Saturday.

It was a back-and-forth affair between multiple athletes with Shardia Lawrence of Kansas State rising to the challenge and winning the national title on the last jump of the competition.

Leading after Round 4 at 13.81m, Lawrence was bumped down to third in Round 5 with two jumpers posting 13.87m (45-6.25). Yanis David of Florida jumped 13.87m (45-6.25) in Round 5 and then posted 13.93m (45-8.5) in Round 6 to extend the lead over Lawrence before Lawrence bounded 13.99m (45-10.75) on the last attempt of the competition.

She is the first Kansas State athlete to win the event title in program history.

David ended up coming in second, while Marie-Josee Ebwea-Excel of Kentucky placed third.

Five of the eight First-Team All-American athletes posted either season or personal bests.

Runner Up No More: USC’s Cockrell Crowned 400H Champion

Anna Cockrell of Southern California entered Saturday’s 400H final with a title on her mind after finishing second in each of the last two years.

She turned her dream into reality as she posted a collegiate-leading time of 44.23 to win the crown.

It is the first title in the event for the USC program since 2000. Cockrell also finished fifth overall in the 100H finals earlier in the event.

Both Gabby Scott of Colorado and Brittley Humphrey of LSU posted personal bests in placing second and third, respectively. Scott is the first athlete to score in the event in Colorado history. It was also the best finish for a LSU athlete since 2012.


What a way to end the career, eh?

A season-best and facility record to go with a national title isn’t too shabby is it?

That’s what Jazmine Fray of Texas A&M was able to pull off as she won the 800 with a 2:01.31. She is the second athlete to win the event in a row for the Aggies, as now-pro Sammy Watson captured the crown in 2018.

The top-five athletes in the event all posted either a season or personal best as Nia Akins of Penn came in second and Avi’Tal Wilson-Perteete of UNLV came in third.


Wadeline Jonathas of South Carolina etched her name into the record books with her victory in the 400 on Saturday evening.

Her time of 50.60 was a new personal best for the junior along with being the best posted in the collegiate ranks this outdoor season. She picked up the victory after she hit the gas down the back stretch to pull away from the rest of the field.

Jonathas, who won back-to-back NCAA DIII titles at UMass Boston in 2017 and 2018, wins South Carolina’s third title in event history and the first since Natasha Hastings achieved the feat in 2007.

Chloe Abbott gave Jonathas quite the battle as the Kentucky athlete came in second with a personal best of 50.98. It was the best finish in the event in Wildcat program history. Sharrika Barnett of Florida took third at 51-even.


We just asked for more fast times right?

And man was that wish answered!

Sha’Carri Richardson of LSU just put on a show as she set the collegiate record with a 10.75 to win the 100 title!

Just how good was the performance?

The time is the ninth-best posted in world history to go with being a World U-20, meet and facility record.


She will be looking to complete the 100-200 double later this evening.

And it’s not like the rest of the field didn’t bring their best.

Kayla White of North Carolina A&T came in second with a personal best 10.95 while Twanisha Terry came in third at 10.98.

Five of the eight First-Team All-American athletes ran personal best times this evening. It was the first time in meet history that there were two wind-legal sub-11 times along with the best marks ever posted for the 1st. 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th, 6th and 7th place athletes.


Keep those fast times coming!

Because the beginning of the night has been incredible so far.

Janeek Brown of Arkansas kept the trend going as she became the No. 2 ranked collegiate of all-time with his 12.40 victory in the 100H.

The time is a current world leader along with being a new facility record. It was the best time Brown has ran in the event so far in her career. She will be looking for the double as she is back on the track later this evening in the 200.

Chanel Brissett of USC came in second while Tonea Marshall of LSU took third. Both ran new personal best times.

Allie O Makes it Three-In-A-Row with Steeple Championship

Allie Ostrander of Boise State made it a perfect 3-for-3 in the finals of the steeplechase with her quick victory on Saturday evening.

The junior ran a personal best of 9:37.73 which is also a facility record to go with being the current collegiate leader in the event. It is the first time in championship history that an athlete has made it a three-peat in the event.

The mark also ranked Ostrander as the No. 6 performer in both meet and collegiate history.

Ostraner is scheduled to run in the final of the 5000 tonight, which is set for a little more than 75 minutes or so away as of posting this update.

Charlotte Prouse of New Mexico came in second while Hannah Steelman of Wofford came in third. Both athletes ran personal bests in the race as well.

Oklahoma State’s Johnson Wins Battle for 1500 Crown

It may be 98 degrees currently in Austin, but the track seems to be even hotter as Sinclaire Johnson of Oklahoma State won the title with another record book mark in the 1500.

Johnson and Jessica Hull of Oregon, the defending national champion, had quite the battle for the crown as Hull made a strong move going into the final curve with Johnson on her outside shoulder. As the two hit the backstretch, Johnson hit another gear with 50 meters to go and cruised to the line for the victory.

Johnson is the second Oklahoma State athlete to win the event in school history. Her time of 4:05.98 set a new meet record and ranked Johnson as the second-best performer in the event in collegiate history.

Hull became the No. 4 collegiate performer of all-time with her mark of 4:06.27.

Jessica Harris of Notre Dame set a new program best in the event with her third-place finish.

The top-four athletes all posted either a personal or season best.

USC Starts the Night With Blazing 4×100 Victory

Southern California started the night out with a bang it captured the 4×100 title on the opening race of the evening at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Saturday evening.

The squad of Chanel Brissett, Angie Annelus, Lanae-Taya Thomas and Twanisha Terry posted a 42.21 to win one of the fastest races in the event in meet history. The time was the sixth-best recorded in collegiate history to go with being a facility and school record, a current collegiate lead and the top time in the world right now.

It is the first title in the event for USC since 2000. It was also the program’s first points of the championship in what is going to be an exciting team battle.

The talented LSU squad came in second while Arkansas finished in a program-best third.

It is the first time in meet history that all teams in the race ran sub-44. It was also the best time ever recorded for slots 1-2-6-7-8.


Individual & Relay Champions From #NCAATF

Here is a list of athletes/relay teams who won titles at the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas!
Men’s Champion
Women’s Champion
100 Meters
Divine Oduduru, Texas Tech
Sha’Carri Richardson, LSU
200 Meters
Divine Oduduru, Texas Tech
Angie Annelus, USC
400 Meters
Kahmari Montgomery, Houston
Wadeline Jonathas, South Carolina
800 Meters
Bryce Hoppel, Kansas
Jazmine Fray, Texas A&M
1500 Meters
Yared Nuguse, Notre Dame
Sinclaire Johnson, Oklahoma State
5000 Meters
Morgan McDonald, Wisconsin
Dani Jones, Colorado
10,000 Meters
Clayton Young, BYU
Weini Kelati, New Mexico
100/110 Hurdles
Grant Holloway, Florida
Janeek Brown, Arkansas
400 Hurdles
Quincy Hall, South Carolina
Anna Cockrell, USC
Steven Fahy, Stanford
Allie Ostrander, Boise State
4×100 Relay
4×400 Relay
Texas A&M
Texas A&M
High Jump
JuVaughn Harrison, LSU
Zarriea Willis, Texas Tech
Pole Vault
Chris Nilsen, South Dakota
Tori Hoggard, Arkansas
Long Jump
JuVaughn Harrison, LSU
Yanis David, Florida
Triple Jump
Chengetayi Mapaya, TCU
Shardia Lawrence, Kansas State
Shot Put
Adrian Piperi, Texas
Samantha Noennig, Arizona State
Discus Throw
Eric Kicinski, Texas Tech
Laulauga Tausaga, Iowa
Hammer Throw
Daniel Haugh, Kennesaw State
Camryn Rogers, California
Javelin Throw
Anderson Peters, Mississippi State
Mackenzie Little, Stanford
Combined Events
Johannes Erm, Georgia
Ashtin Zamzow, Texas
Pre-Meet Coverage
How many times has outdoor nationals been hosted by Austin and the Lone Star State? Will weather impact the weekend? All that and more in the Pre-Meet notes here.


The first couple days in Austin could be spent battling Mother Nature as showers and thunderstorms are projected to roll through the area on Wednesday and Thursday.

Here is the weather forecast for the rest of the week in Austin (via Accuweather)

Wednesday looks to bring a mostly cloudy forecast with a few showers and heavy thunderstorms expected to impact the area to go with a high of 84 degrees. It will be the coolest day at the meet by far, but predicted inclement weather has already changed the schedule events for the day, with more changes possibly on the way.

More sun will make its way through on Thursday with a high projected for 92 degrees to go with a 55 percent chance of rain.

Like the day prior, Thursday could also bring some powerful storms through the area. Expect weather delays or start times getting moved around based on what factors the weather is causing at Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium.

The rain clouds move away for the final two days of the meet which will bring nothing but sun for Friday and Saturday, with high temperatures ranging between 93-98 degrees.

It will be hot and humid all four days of competition.


The NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships make their seventh appearance on the University of Texas campus this year as the university also hosted the event in 2004, 1992, 1985, 1980, 1974 and 1957.

It is just the second time, though, that NCAAs will take place at Mike A. Myers Stadium (2004).

Previous editions of NCAAs at Texas were hosted in Memorial Stadium before it switched to a football-only facility with the removal of the track in 1999.