MEET RECAP: 2021 NCAA DIII Outdoor T&F Championships

Champions were crowned at the 2021 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Irwin Belk Track Complex in Greensboro, North Carolina.


There might have been two lengthy delays in the proceedings on Saturday – first, a stoppage for inclement weather; second, a two-hour protest on the women’s side – but when the dust settled, Loras‘ women and Wartburg‘s men stood tall atop their respective podiums as team champions.

2021 NCAA DIII Outdoor T&F Championships – Final Standings

Men’s Team
Women’s Team
UW-Eau Claire
UW-La Crosse
SUNY Geneseo
UW-La Crosse
Johns Hopkins

Keep reading below to read about the biggest moments!

Pomainville Doesn’t Wait For The Final

Emily Pomainville of SUNY Geneseo got the party started on Thursday afternoon in the prelims of the Women’s 1500 Meters.

Pomainville took Heat 2 out from the gun, pushed the pace and broke a seven-year-old division and 17-year-old meet record with her 4:13.69. The previous NCAA DIII record of 4:14.20 belonged to Christy Cazzola since 2014, while Liz Woodworth held the meet record since 2004 at 4:15.20.

Already one of the fastest performers in NCAA DIII history in the 800, Pomainville went out in 49.03 for the first 300 meters and kept it remarkably consistent the rest of the way – 68.40, 69.20 and 67.05.

Lavarnway Wins Heptathlon With Record Total

Emily Lavarnway of SUNY Geneseo had a dizzying assortment of marks entering the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

When she leaves the Tar Heel State on Saturday, it’s her effort in the heptathlon that will likely withstand the test of time – if history has anything to say about it.

Lavarnway broke a 29-year-old meet record in the multi with her 5329-point total over the two-day foray. It topped the previous mark established by Kim Oden of Nebraska Wesleyan back in 1992 and sent Lavarnway over Oden on the overall all-time chart to No. 3.

Weaver Shines With Dominant Decathlon

Marcus Weaver of UW-Eau Claire left no doubt that he was the best decathlete among the NCAA Division III ranks this season.

He also proved that no one did it better since 1987.

Weaver amassed 7510 points in the multi and soared to No. 3 on the all-time chart behind record-holder Tony Hale of Fisk (Tenn.) and No. 2 athlete Kip Janvrin of Simpson (Iowa). That total was the most by an NCAA DIII athlete since Janvrin put up 7528 points 34 years ago.

Just when you think Weaver was done, he doubled back to win the javelin with a sixth-round heave of 67.68m (222-0). He went from fifth to first with that throw and gave the Blugolds 10 more big points.

Weaver is the only man in NCAA DIII history to win both the decathlon and the javelin throw at the same NCAA meet.

Seeland Takes Down Meet Record

Esther Seeland of Messiah capped an outstanding season on Saturday.

Seeland, already the No. 2 performer in NCAA DIII history in the Women’s 800 Meters behind record-holder Emily Richards, finally took down one of Richards’ all-time marks. This one just so happened to be the four-year-old meet record of 2:03.51 that Seeland absolutely demolished with her 2:02.52 winner.

The sensational sophomore got out well at 60.69, nearly one second faster than the rest of the pack that included Emily Pomainville of SUNY Geneseo. Seeland kept it rolling over the final lap and split 61.82 for a near three-second victory over Pomainville.

Wilkinson Double Dips Into NCAA DIII History

Matthew Wilkinson ran right into the record book.

Wilkinson won the steeplechase crown on Friday in 8:47.39 for the seventh-fastest mark in NCAA DIII history. Earlier in the season, Wilkinson clocked the third-fastest all-time mark, which gives him two of the top-7 efforts.

Then on Saturday, Wilkinson doubled back to win the 5000 in 13:55.27, narrowly missing the 42-year-old meet record of 13:55.00. Wilkinson did become the fourth-fastest performer in NCAA DIII history in the process.