WEEKEND IN REVIEW: January 10-12, 2019

The collegiate indoor track & field season picked up right where it left off as athletes blistered the track and hit big marks in the field during the first major weekend of the 2020s.

From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: Meets & Results | Top Marks of the Week

Here are a few of the big moments from the past weekend.

A Scarlet Knight Charges Ahead

Taj Burgess of Rutgers turned in a phenomenal effort at the TCNJ Lions Indoor Invitational.

Burgess, a junior from Jersey City, New Jersey, clocked a time of 1:00.80 over 500 meters, which made him the second fastest performer with the second fastest performance in collegiate history.

SEE MORE: All-Time Top-10 Performers In Men’s 500 Meters

His effort was 0.02 seconds faster than the previous No. 2 mark owned by Garologelwane Masheto of Illinois. Brycen Spratling of Pittsburgh owns the collegiate record of 1:00.63.

The Tide Rolled In Birmingham

Alabama junior Tamara Clark notched an all-time mark at the UAB Blazer Invitational.

Clark, a native of High Point, North Carolina, scorched the track to the tune of 36.56 over 300 meters, which made her the third fastest performer with the fifth fastest performance in collegiate history.

SEE MORE: All-Time Top-10 Performers In Women’s 300 Meters

Sitting ahead of Clark in the record book is Merlene Ottey of Nebraska and Sydney McLaughlin of Kentucky. Ottey tallied the top-3 marks in collegiate history back in the early 1980s, including the collegiate record of 35.69, while McLaughlin went 36.12 to open the 2018 season.

Top Athletes, Teams Battle In Clemson

The Orange & Purple Elite, hosted by Clemson University, featured some stout competition as several top teams from around the nation descended upon the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex for Saturday’s meet, including the No. 1 men’s squad Florida State and the No. 3 women’s squad Georgia, among others.

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With those top teams came star athletes as there were several members of The Bowerman Watch List in action as well as several highly-touted freshmen making their collegiate debuts.

Trey Cunningham of Florida State and Johannes Erm of Georgia, who appeared on the Preseason Watch List for The Bowerman, embarked on their 2020 campaigns. Cunningham won the 60 hurdles in 7.61, while Erm got in some work in that same event and competed in the pole vault later that afternoon.

Taylor Banks of Florida State and Matthew Boling of Georgia made their highly-anticipated collegiate debuts on Saturday. Banks and Boling didn’t disappoint as they went head to head in the final of the 60, which was won by Banks in 6.67 compared to 6.68 for Boling. Earlier in the day, Boling also competed in the long jump where he placed second to Florida State’s Isaac Grimes, who set a facility record of 7.91m (25-11½).

Darius Carbin of Georgia took over the national lead in the high jump with his clearance of 2.25m (7-4½). That was Carbin’s best mark in any competition since he cleared 2.26m (7-5) at the Tyson Invitational last year.

Battling Down In The Bayou

There were several national leads established at the Purple Tiger Invitational on Friday.

Defending NCAA indoor champ Rayvon Grey of LSU soared to the front of the pack in the long jump with his mark of 8.04m (26-4½). That is the second longest indoor jump of Grey’s career indoors, trailing only his 8.06m (26-5½) from the Red Raider Invitational last year.

Tonea Marshall of LSU is now ranked No. 1 in the 60 hurdles at 8.10, while teammates Lisa Gunnarsson and Abigail O’Donoghue are tops in the pole vault and high jump at 4.45m (14-7¼) and 1.84m (6-0½), respectively.

Welcome To The All-Time Top-10

Parley Hannan of Ithaca registered an all-time top-10 mark in NCAA Division III history in the Women’s 3000 Meters at the St. Thomas Aquinas Spartan Invitational on Friday.

Hannan crossed the finish line in 9:34.22, which made her the 10th fastest performer with the 11th fastest performance in NCAA DIII history.

There is less than a one-second difference between where Hannan sits now and the No. 7 mark currently held by Maryann Gong of MIT. So you better believe Hannan could move up pretty quickly when she gets back on the track next time.