WEEKEND IN REVIEW: January 31-February 2
Oregon’s quartet of James West, Jacob Miller, Charlie Hunter and Cooper Teare was what it was all quacked up to me.
West, Miller, Hunter and Teare teamed up to break the collegiate record in the Men’s Distance Medley Relay on Friday night at the Razorback Invitational, nearly 12 years after Texas set the former standard on the same track. The Ducks got the baton around in 9:24.52 – a full second ahead of what the Longhorns did back in 2008.
From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: Records & Lists
Oregon’s race turned out nearly identical to Texas’ nearly 12 years ago.
Both the Ducks and the Longhorns ran unopposed. The former won by 11.36 seconds on Saturday, while the latter crossed the finish line 10.66 seconds ahead of competition in 2008.
West got the train rolling with his 2:53.53 in the 1200. Miller followed suit with a 47.47 split in the 400. Then Hunter turned four laps in 1:48.08 to give Teare a chance at closing the book on the record in the final leg.
Teare stepped up in a big way as he ripped off a 3:55.45 solo leg on the 1600. It was more than two seconds faster than what Leo Manzano clocked nearly 12 years ago.
Oregon has now unified the collegiate records in the DMR. The Ducks set the women’s mark of 10:48.77 three years ago at the Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge with 2017 The Bowerman winner Raevyn Rogers on the 800-meter leg.
Season’s Best To You & You
Would you believe us if we told you that there were 24 – Yes. TWENTY-FOUR – collegiate-leading marks established this weekend?
What if we showed you?
From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: Best Marks Of The Season
That doesn’t even count the multitudes that were turned in across NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III as well as the NAIA and NJCAA.
But we can go ahead and say that business is definitely picking up.
Moore Is Always Better
Jasmine Moore of Georgia is having quite the freshman year.
Here’s the kicker: Moore has only competed in three meets so far.
Moore bounded 13.90m (45-7¼) at the Razorback Invitational to take over the collegiate lead in the Women’s Triple Jump and become the 14th best performer in collegiate history.
Not only that, but Moore is now a little more than three inches from Keturah Orji’s American junior record of 13.98m (45-10½), which is also the all-time best by a freshman.
Tuning Up For The Millrose Games
Weini Kelati and Alicia Monson are set to compete against each other – and a host of other runners – in the Women’s 3000 Meters at the NYRR Millrose Games next weekend.
But, this week, Kelati and Monson tuned up for their showdown by running the mile at the New Mexico Team Invitational and the Indiana Relays, respectively.
Kelati took the win at the Albuquerque Convention Center by nearly eight seconds. She ran a time of 4:38.73, which converts down to a 4:32.66 because of altitude.
Monson had a similar solo effort, as she won by 10 seconds. She went 4:38.14 for a PR and closed in 33.53.
Near History In The Centennial State
One and one-hundredth of a second.
The former is what time Colorado’s Joe Klecker saw when he crossed the finish line in the mile at the Colorado Indoor Invitational on Friday night.
The latter is how close Klecker was to becoming the first person to ever go sub-four minutes in the event on Colorado soil.
Nice rust buster. Onto the next one. https://t.co/souRmHT5nf
— Klecker (@JoeKleckerxc) February 1, 2020
Klecker gave it his all and didn’t leave completely empty-handed: He is now ranked No. 1 in the nation on the NCAA DI Descending Order List thanks to the generous time conversion.
The “next one” Klecker wrote about is coming up next weekend at the NYRR Millrose Games. He’ll compete in the elite section of the 3000 alongside fellow collegian Edwin Kurgat of Iowa State, to whom he finished runner-up at the NCAA Cross Country Championships this past November.
What A Finish In New York!
Mason Plant and Connor Troyer aren’t strangers to friendly competition.
After all, they are teammates at Mount Union and compete in the same races.
That often means they bring the best out of each other. Friday night was no different.
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Troyer edged Plant by 0.01 seconds to win the seeded section of the Men’s 60 Hurdles at the NYC DIII Invitational at The Armory.
You don’t have to go too far in the past to find out the last time they got the best out of each other. That would be last March at the NCAA DIII Indoor Championships, where Plant and Troyer tied for the national title when even a high-speed camera couldn’t tell the difference (Troyer later left no doubt that he was the best at the 110-meter version when he won the national title at the outdoor meet going away a few months later).
Troyer and Plant are now No. 2 and No. 3 on the NCAA DIII Descending Order List.
Closing In On History
Demisha Roswell of New Mexico JC clocked the second fastest time in NJCAA history in the Women’s 60 Meter Hurdles.
Roswell, a sophomore, went 8.19 at the New Mexico Team Invitational, just 0.04 seconds off the mark that Natasha Ruddock of Essex County (N.J.) has held since 2008.
Earlier this season, Roswell notched what is now tied for the fourth best time in NJCAA history, an 8.37 at the Texas Tech Corky Classic.
(Note: Our NJCAA record books aren’t as complete as their NCAA counterparts. If we’re missing a mark, feel free to reach out)