Weekend Recap: Records Continue To Fall

EDITOR’S NOTE: We’ll continue to update this post throughout the weekend.

The collegiate outdoor track & field season just keeps getting better!

Athletes are hitting their stride and rounding into postseason form.

From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: Meets & Results | Records & Lists

Here are the moments that stood out the most to us from the weekend!

Noble Smashes 1500 Record

It was a successful business trip to Eugene, Oregon for Christian Noble.

Noble shined at the Oregon Relays as he won the Men’s 1500 Invitational in 3:36.00 to smash the NCAA Division II record. He shaved more than a second off the previous all-time best of 3:37.35 set by David Ribich of Western Oregon in 2018. Noble is now ranked No. 11 in collegiate history and is the No. 4 performer in the world this year.

If you thought Noble’s night was done, think again. He returned to the track about an hour later and placed fifth in the Men’s 5000 McChesney section. His time of 13:35.61 is the seventh-fastest time in DII history and gives Noble his second all-time mark – he is currently the No. 2 performer at 13:24.78 that came earlier this outdoor season.

This latest NCAA DII record brings Noble’s grand total to three. He is also the NCAA DII indoor record-holder in the mile (3:56.10) and 3000m (7:50.98), which were set within 90 minutes of each other in Boston.

Vaught Sprints Into The Record Book

JP Vaught made quick work of history on Friday.

How quick? Try 20.66 seconds.

Vaught, competing at the Kentucky Invitational, demolished the NCAA Division III record in the Men’s 200 Meters. The previous record of 20.80, set by Sean Bernstein of SUNY Oneonta back in 2012, didn’t stand a chance.

It was a great opportunity for Vaught to run fast, as he was entered in a section packed with speed: 2017 The Bowerman winner Christian Coleman won in 19.92; Kentucky’s Lance Lang (2nd, 20.30), Dwight St. Hillaire (3rd, 20.38) and Kennedy Lightner (5th, 20.91) bracketed Vaught.

Steiner Leaves Her Mark Outdoors

We knew Abby Steiner could run quick over 200 meters.

Indoors? Collegiate record-holder and nearly under 22 seconds.

Outdoors? Now fourth-best all-time performer at 22.05 seconds.

Steiner stormed to victory at the Kentucky Invitational this past weekend, stopping the clock at the aforementioned time to settle behind Favour Ofili (21.96), Kyra Jefferson (22.02) and Dawn Sowell (22.04) on the all-time chart. The Kentucky standout won her section by more than one second.

We’re in for a treat at the upcoming SEC Outdoor Championships when Ofili and Steiner link up for the first of what should be many incredible postseason races featuring the duo.

Welcome To History, Derrick!

Derrick Jackson had himself a day!

Jackson broke a near 39-year-old NCAA Division III record in the 200 meters when he ripped the distance in 10.17 (+1.3) this past weekend at the Culver-Stockton Wildcat Open. That took 0.01 seconds off Derrick Rippy’s former standard of 10.18 that was set way back in 1983.

It has been quite the progression for Jackson this season. Jackson, who finished fifth in the final of the 100 meters at the 2021 NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships, opened the 2022 campaign with a 10.80 effort at the Mustang Open two weeks ago. Then, Jackson lowered that to a windy 10.48 (+3.0) in the prelims of the Culver-Stockton Wildcat Open before breaking the record.

Wilson Hammers Past 240

Alyssa Wilson is finding that the slogan “Everything is big in Texas” includes throwing.

For Wilson that includes the hammer throw, in which the post-graduate senior at Texas State unleashed a first-round effort of 73.20 (240-4) to become the the fourth collegian ever to surpass the 240-foot barrier in winning the Michael Johnson Classic in Waco, Texas.

Only Collegiate Record holder Camryn Rogers of Cal (75.73m/248-6), former CR holder Maggie Ewen of Arizona State (74.53m/244-6) and Brooke Andersen of Northern Arizona (74.20m/243-5) are ahead of her all-time collegiately.

Wilson, a UCLA graduate, has actually thrown farther – 73.75m/241-11 after last year’s collegiate season when she made the U.S. Olympic Trials final in the hammer and discus.

Baran, Miller Move Up The Charts

Ella Baran and Evie Miller were equally as historic halfway across the country from each other.

Both athletes clocked the second-fastest performances in NCAA Division III history in their respective events: Baran went 15:49.09 over 5000 meters at the Virginia Challenge to move without shouting distance of Missy Buttry (now Rock) at 15:37.48; Miller went 10:06.26 in the steeplechase at the Indiana Invitational to make Annie Rodenfels’ 9:58.83 from 2019 visible (That was also only Miller’s second attempt at the event in her career).