2021 NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships – Final Site | Day 3 Coverage
The final day of men’s competition gets underway at 7:30 pm ET!
Southern California has the most number of entries with nine, followed by host Oregon (8), Florida State (7), LSU (7), Florida (6) and Texas (6). Five other teams are tied with five each.
However, if you go by possible points that those teams can score, the Tigers jump to the top of the list with 104, followed by the Trojans (88), Ducks (77), Seminoles (77), Longhorns (75) and Gators (70). While this is not an actual or official prediction, it gives an excellent idea of the quality of entries.
Keep scrolling below to find out what transpired on Day 3!
Men’s 5000 Meters
Fans were looking for an historic race and they got it.
Oregon’s Cooper Teare, who set a collegiate record of 3:50.39 indoors in the mile, finished off his collegiate season with a sensational meet record of 13:12.27 as the top three finishers were under the old MR of 13:18.36.
Teare patiently followed an initial fast pace that began to slow. But he couldn’t wait to take the lead with a lap and a half to go. He held off challenges from Luis Grijalva of Northern Arizona (13:13.14) and Campbell’s Athanas Kioko (13:13.47) as the top-3 ran the 2nd, 3rd and 4th best times in collegiate history.
The Ducks’ Cole Hocker, who was aiming for an historic 1500/5K double, was ninth with a lap to go but had a wonderful last lap to move for 4th place in 13:18.95.
Amazingly, the top 12 finishers all set PRs.
Men’s High Jump
What’s so tough about a high jump/long jump double?
JuVaughn Harrison of LSU has made it look ridiculously routine.
He claimed his third such here. His other two – outdoors in 2019, indoors earlier this year – were the first in respective NCAA meet history.
As usual, Harrison did it in style. Here he alone passed any height, much less two. He added drama with a rare early miss at 2.20m (7-2½), but then cleared two more bars to win the title at 2.26m (7-5).
Then there was more passing. He skipped the scheduled bar at 2.30m/7-6½ and went to 2.33m/7-7¾, which he cleared on his first attempt. That matched the 5th-best clearance in meet history.
He could go no higher, after three misses at a collegiate record 2.39m (7-10).
Men’s 1500 Meters
Cole Hocker of Oregon started off his attempt at an historic 1500/5000 double with a win in 3:35.35, the second-fastest in meet history and fourth-fastest in collegiate history. The last lap was furious. Defending champion Yared Nuguse of Notre Dame led the whole way until Hocker passed him with 200 to go.
Nuguse, who beat Hocker earlier this year on these same fabled grounds before setting the collegiate record of 3:34.68, couldn’t conjure up the same magical homestretch run he had then (and in winning in 2019 by 0.001 seconds). Hocker’s last 400 was timed in a blistering 52.23, Nuguse’s in 52.67, with the fastest part in the last half lap.
Hocker’s time was also an absolute PR, besting his 3:35.63 indoors en route to a 3:50.55 mile.
Men’s 400 Meters
Randolph Ross ran the race of his life.
The result? A national title.
Ross completed the one lap in 43.85 for a huge personal best and breaking the 44-second barrier for the first time in his career. Not only does that performance make him the third-fastest performer in collegiate history, it is also the second-best performance in final site meet history.
Bryce Deadmon of Texas A&M came off the turn into the homestretch in striking distance of a top-3 finish and made it to the line in second in a personal best of 44.44. Noah Williams closed well after a slow start to take third in 44.93, passing Trevor Stewart of North Carolina A&T, who crossed the line in fourth (44.96).
Men’s 4×400 Relay
North Carolina A&T completed a sweep of the indoor and outdoor 4×400 titles. As usual, it was great team work for the Aggies. Randolph Ross, who earlier won the open 400 with a scintillating 43.85, gave A&T the lead with a stellar second leg, and Trevor Stewart finished it off as the Aggies clocked 3:00.92.
The biggest surprise was happening behind, as Stephen F. Austin’s Auhmad Robinson had an incredible finish to bring the Lumberjacks up to second place in 3:01.52. His split of 43.45 is the second-fastest split in meet history behind only the legendary 43.3 (for 440 yards) of Maurice Peoples of Arizona State in 1973.
Men’s 800 Meters
The race for pole position turned out to be the race the entire distance.
Isaiah Jewett of Southern California beat another fast starter, Texas A&M freshman Brandon Miller, for that spot at the break. It was a lead Jewett fought to hold onto and would never relinquish, despite Miller pushing him the whole way.
Jewett split 50.93 for the first lap, with Miller following – and challenging – as closely as possible. The two opened up a sizable gap on the rest of the field. Down the backstretch, around the final turn and into the homestretch, Jewett continued to hold off Miller.
At the finish, Jewett PRed in 1:44.68, the fourth-fastest time in final site meet history and the eighth-fastest time in collegiate history. Miller (1:44.97) led a parade of fast followers as eight of the nine finalists set lifetime bests. All nine ran sub-1:47, a first in meet history.
Jewett’s win was the first in this event for the Trojans.
Men’s 400 Hurdles
It was an historic run for Sean Burrell of LSU.
The freshman rolled to the 400H title in 47.85 and was the only athlete to break 48-seconds. Burrell equaled the fourth-fastest performer in collegiate history and set an all-time world U20 best with his winning time in the process. Burrell’s win also clinched the national championship for the Tigers in the men’s team title race.
Rounding out the top-3 was Isaiah Levingston of Oklahoma and Cameron Samuel of USC. Levingston finished second in 48.49 with Samuel in third (48.68).
Men’s 110 Hurdles
Robert Dunning of Alabama redeemed himself from the prelims.
Dunning quickly put Wednesday’s race behind him and rolled to a NCAA title in 13.25. That effort equals the eight-best performer in final site meet history and caps an undefeated for Dunning. It was also the fastest mark ever recorded into a headwind in meet history.
Jayan McConico of Iowa was the next to cross the line in 13.38 to capture a runner-up finish, with Phillip Lemonious of Arkansas right behind in 13.39 to finish third.
Men’s 100 Meters
Terrance Laird of LSU overcame the faster starts of several others, but just like he did in anchoring the 4×100 final earlier he had afterburners no one else could match. His winning time of 10.05 was a PR.
Shaun Maswanganyi, the Houston freshman coached by legends Carl Lewis and Leroy Burrell, edged Oregon freshman Micah Williams for second, 10.09 to 10.11. Florida State’s JoVaughn Martin was fourth in 10.12.
A total of five freshmen made the final, with Georgia’s Mathew Boling (10.19), Florida’s Joseph Fahnbulleh (10.26) and FSU’s Taylor Banks (10.35) giving the final five freshmen scorers.
Men’s 200 Meters
Joseph Fahnbulleh of Florida showed a wonderful burst of speed on the homestretch, outleaning LSU’s Terrance Laird for the victory in a PR 19.91. It was great redemption for Fahnbulleh, who was 6th in the 100 less than an hour earlier.
Laird (19.94) had earlier shown great finishing speed in coming from behind to win the 100 and anchoring the winning 4×100 team. Houston’s Shaun Maswanganyi, runner-up in the 100, was third in a PR 20.10.
Men’s 4×100 Relay
LSU led five teams under 39 seconds in running the fastest time of the year in 38.48. Taking the baton behind Georgia, Tiger standout Terrance Laird overtook Matthew Boling of the Bulldogs for the win and LSU’s 10th event crown. Georgia (38.54) ran its fastest of the year, as did Florida State at 38.60, just a whisker ahead of North Carolina A&T with the same time.
Make it two for Turner Washington.
After capturing the NCAA title in the shot put on Wednesday, the sophomore from Arizona State won his second crown of the weekend with a winning toss of 63.42m (208-1). His day’s best throw came in Round 1 and kept the lead for good. Washington is the first to pull off the shot put/discus double since Filip Mihaljevic of Virginia did so in 2017.
Roje Stona of Clemson moved from seventh to second place in Round 2 with a heave of 61.94m (203-2) and held steady the rest of the competition. Claudio Romero of Virginia finished third overall with a Round 5 mark of 61.36m (201-4).
Men’s Triple Jump
It took one jump for Emmanuel Ihemeje of Oregon to win the NCAA title – and give the Ducks’ their first event crown in program history. A personal best effort of 17.14m (56-2¾) in Round 1 gave Ihemeje the lead for good out of the first flight. All six of his jumps were over 52 feet.
The closest performer to Ihemeje, and the only other athlete over 17 meters, was Jah-Nhai Perinchief of Tennessee. His Round 1 jump coming in flight two was marked at 17.03m (55-10½). Even though he did not improve throughout the remainder of the competition, he maintained his position for a second-place finish. Chengetayi Mapaya of TCU finished with a competition best of 16.74m (54-11¼) in Round 2.
Kigen Chemadi of Middle Tennessee State is leaving Hayward Field a national champion after sealing the victory in 8:28.20, good for a new personal best and collegiate-leading effort. This is just the second NCAA title in program history. The only event a Blue Raider won prior to today was the 100 by Mardy Scales in 2013.
Chasing Chemadi heading into the final barrier was Alex Basten of Minnesota and Ryan Smeeton of Oklahoma State. Basten successfully cleared the barrier to finish second in 8:29.03, while just missing a fall by Smeeton after coming too close to the barrier. Smeeton recovered for a third place finish in 8:30.70.
Women’s Heptathlon (Day 1)
Tyra Gittens put together a solid first day of 3834 points to build a lead of 162 points over Ida Eikeng of Washington (3672). Gittens was best of the day in two events – the high jump at 1.84m (6-0½) and 200 meters at 23.79. She opened up with a seasonal best of 13.46 in the 100 hurdles and added her best heptathlon shot put effort this year of 13.31m (43-8).
The junior from Texas A&M was runner-up Thursday in the long jump, and will compete in the open high jump Saturday along with the heptathlon’s final three events.