Taking Stock Of The Record Book … Again

If you like records, then you’ve loved the 2021 collegiate indoor track & field season!

From The USTFCCCA: Meets & Results | Records & Lists

Five collegiate indoor records have been smashed and 17 different additions have been made to the all-time top-10 lists. Just a few weeks ago, those numbers stood at two and nine, respectively.

That doesn’t account for the four all-time bests and 18 different additions to the all-time top-10 charts for NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and the NJCAA (Our NAIA record book is growing, but incomplete).

The past few weeks have been nothing short of remarkable:

  • Athing Mu of Texas A&M and Tripp Piperi of Texas did their own version of the Texas Two-Step at the Charlie Thomas Invitational on February 6: Mu became the fourth best performer in collegiate history in the 400 meters at 50.52; Piperi put together an amazing series in the shot put that saw him move up to No. 2 on the all-time chart with a heave of 21.74m (71-4).
  • Trevor Bassitt of Ashland had a day to remember at the American Track League Meet on Super Bowl Sunday. Bassitt set the NCAA DII 400-meter record of 45.27 and moved up to No. 2 all-time in the 60H at 7.68. That all happened within one hour.
  • Two different collegiate records fell at both the Texas Tech Shootout and the Tyson Invitational this past weekend: KC Lightfoot of Baylor (pole vault) and Turner Washington of Arizona State (shot put) starred in Lubbock, Texas; Cooper Teare of Oregon (mile) and the Texas A&M women (4×400 relay) made both collegiate history and world history in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Let’s take a closer look at those all-time efforts this season.

All-Time Top-10 Additions – Collegiate Record Book

Name
Program
Event
Mark
All-Time
Charlie Hunter
Oregon
800 Meters
1:45.59
No. 5
Cooper Teare
Oregon
Mile
3:50.39
No. 1
Cole Hocker
Oregon
Mile
3:50.55
No. 2
Charlie Hunter
Oregon
Mile
3:54.54
No. 6
Four Athletes
Oregon
Distance Medley
9:19.42
No. 1
Four Athletes
Iowa State
Distance Medley
9:27.90
No. 8
KC Lightfoot
Baylor
Pole Vault
6.00m
No. 1
Isaac Grimes
Florida State
Triple Jump
8.33m
No. 5
Turner Washington
Arizona State
Shot Put
21.85m
No. 1
Tripp Piperi
Texas
Shot Put
21.74m
No. 3
Abby Steiner
Kentucky
200 Meters
22.52
t-No. 10
Athing Mu
Texas A&M
400 Meters
50.52
No. 4
Athing Mu
Texas A&M
800 Meters
2:01.07
No. 5
Four Athletes
Texas A&M
4×400 Relay
3:26.27
No. 1
Ruth Usoro
Texas Tech
Triple Jump
14.28m
No. 2
Tyra Gittens
Texas A&M
Pentathlon
4612
No. 3
Anna Hall
Georgia
Pentathlon
4590
No. 4

All-Time Top-10 Additions – NCAA DII Record Book

Name
Program
Event
Mark
All-Time
Benjamin Azamati
West Texas A&M
60 Meters
6.59
No. 5
Trevor Bassitt
Ashland
400 Meters
45.27
No. 1
Butare Rugenerwa
West Texas A&M
800 Meters
1:48.48
No. 5
Christian Noble
Lee (Tenn.)
Mile
4:00.60
No. 4
Ryan Riddle
Missouri Southern
Mile
4:01.07
No. 6
Christian Noble
Lee (Tenn.)
3000 Meters
7:51.46
No. 1
Christian Noble
Lee (Tenn.)
5000 Meters
13:37.39
No. 1
Trevor Bassitt
Ashland
60 Hurdles
7.68
No. 2
Trpimir Siroki
Angelo State
Heptathlon
5602
No. 6
Madi Wulfekotter
Central Missouri
Pole Vault
4.17m
t-No. 8
Haven Lander
Pittsburg State
Pole Vault
4.17m
t-No. 8

All-Time Top-10 Additions – NCAA DIII Record Book

Name
Program
Event
Mark
All-Time
Taylor Rooney
Gustavus Adolphus
60 Hurdles
7.87
No. 5

All-Time Top-10 Additions – NJCAA Record Book

Name
Program
Event
Mark
All-Time
Matteo Capello
Vincennes (Ind.)
Pole Vault
5.35m
No. 2
Courtney Lawrence
Cloud County CC
Shot Put
18.92m
No. 2
Fred Moudani
Barton County CC
Shot Put
18.08m
No. 8
Four Athletes
Cloud County CC
4×400 Relay
3:44.34
No. 7
Ana Da Silva
Barton County CC
Shot Put
16.10m
No. 5
Victoria Adu
Iowa Central CC
Weight Throw
19.61m
No. 3

Don’t expect things to slow down as championship season is already underway!

There is something about competing for conference bragging rights and national glory that brings the best out of collegians each and every year.

We’ll see various conference championship sprout up over the next few weeks across all collegiate divisions (There are 16 this weekend, alone) as athletes try to punch their tickets to their respective national championships meets over the first few weeks of March.