WEEKEND IN REVIEW: February 7-9
This is quite possibly the busiest weekend of the collegiate indoor track & field season to date.
There were exciting opportunities for athletes to test their might against the best of the best across the nation from New York to New Mexico and everywhere in between.
Here is a glance at some of the most notable things from the weekend.
We’ll continue to update this post as more comes through.
Record-Setting Run For Jemaiyo
Gladys Jemaiyo ran into the record books on Friday night at the Charlie Thomas Invitational hosted by Texas A&M.
Jemaiyo, a freshman at South Plains (Texas), broke the NJCAA record in the Women’s 5000 Meters when she ran 16:51.52, four seconds better than the previous standard owned by Leanne Pompeani of Iowa Central CC since 2016.
The NJCAA record in the Women’s 5000 Meters had a habit of staying around for quite a while.
Before Pompeani set the previous mark back in 2016, it had stood since 2006 when Diane Nukuri of Butler (Kan.) CC went 17:03.92. And before Nukuri stepped up, Sylvia Chelmo of Ranger (Texas) JC held the record best since 1999.
New Division, No Problem
Will Daniels became one of the most decorated combined event athletes in NCAA Division III history when he competed for Central (Iowa). With the Dutch, Daniels notched three of the top-10 all-time heptathlon marks in NCAA DIII history – including the record of 5441 – and also became the No. 4 performer in the decathlon.
Then Daniels transferred. He stayed in-state, but made his way to Iowa City.
Now, as a member of the Iowa track & field program, Daniels is showing that division doesn’t matter if you have talent.
Daniels won the heptathlon at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational this weekend with a program-record score of 5689 points, which also put him sixth in the nation this season. That means that Daniels is in prime position to compete at the 2020 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships come March 13-14 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Speaking Of The Land Of Enchantment
Tamara Clark and Langston Jackson turned in some strong efforts this weekend at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic.
Clark, a former National Athlete of the Week this season, took over the national lead in the Women’s 200 Meters with a time of 22.81. That bettered the previous NCAA best of 22.93, established by Anavia Battle of Ohio State just last week.
Jackson a freshman at Kentucky, started things off with a PR of 20.58 in the Men’s 200 Meters on Friday night and returned to the track on Saturday to clock a time of 6.58 in the Men’s 60 Meters for another PR. The former cemented his spot as the second fastest man on the collegiate scene this season, while the latter improved his billing from No. 5 to No. 3.
Moving On Up The All-Time Chart
Wesley Banguria and Eleonora Curtabbi are rewriting the NJCAA record book.
Banguria, the Colby (Kan.) CC star, finished runner-up in the Men’s 3000 Meters at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational with a time of 7:51.59, which was a nine-second PR. Not only that, but it moved him closer to the all-time best at the NJCAA level of 7:44.77, set 27 years ago by Richard Kosgei of Barton CC.
Curtabbi, an Iowa Central CC standout, also finished runner-up, but in the Women’s 3000 Meters, and crossed the finish line in 9:42.13. That made Curtabbi the third fastest performer in NJCAA history with the sixth fastest performance.
Getting Automatic In NCAA Division II
There were 20 automatic qualifying marks hit by NCAA Division II athletes this weekend.
Of those marks, 12 were national leaders: JJ Sherman of North Greenville in the Men’s 60 Meters, Nicole Sreenan of Grand Valley State in the Women’s 400 Meters, Carson Bix of Adams State and Allie Ludge of Grand Valley State in the mile, Christian Noble of Lee (Tenn.) in the Men’s 3000 Meters, Tamia Prince of Concordia (Calif.) in the Women’s 60 Hurdles, Lincoln (Mo.) in the Women’s 4×400 Relay, American International in the Men’s Distance Medley Relay, Connor McLean of Colorado Mines and Emily Presley of Missouri Southern in the pole vault, Nikolas Curtiss of Tiffin in the Men’s Shot Put and Fatim Affessi of West Texas A&M in the Women’s Triple Jump.
Ludge became the fifth best performer in NCAA DII history on an oversized track with her mile of 4:39.34, while Noble is now the 14th best performer in NCAA DII history with his 8:05.86.