Weekend Recap: Huge Marks Headline Conference Championships
EDITOR’S NOTE: We’ll continue to update this post throughout the weekend.
Conference Championships Weekend is upon us!
Well, it started earlier this month, but we’re into the heart of it now.
Athletes are about to turn in some incredible marks while chasing conference glory.
Here are some moments that have stood out to us thus far.
That Was Just The Prelims
Read this number first: 10.81.
Realize that was in the PRELIMS.
Julien Alfred did THAT at the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
THAT is moving to No. 3 in collegiate history in the Women’s 100 Meters.
What. A. Race.
The final of the Women’s 200 Meters at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships lived up the hype – and then some.
Just watch it. Seriously.
Here is how the final result read: Favour Ofili, 22.04; Abby Steiner, 22.07.
Both Ofili and Steiner added all-time top-10 marks to their ledger. Ofili now has the collegiate record and matched the third-fastest mark in collegiate history, while Steiner has the fifth- and sixth-fastest efforts.
Did You Forget About Randolph?
Randolph Ross Jr. made quick work of the 400-meter final at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships earlier this week.
How quick? Try 44.61 seconds.
That sent Ross into the collegiate lead over Jenoah Mckiver of Iowa, who topped the chart since he ran 44.74 exactly one month earlier at the Jim Click Shootout. Ross also set a conference record, meet record and facility record.
The defending NCAA champion has been progressively speeding up this outdoor season. Ross went 45.15 in mid-April at the Tom Jones Memorial, dropped his seasonal best to 44.95 in a winning effort at the Drake Relays two weeks later, and now shaved 0.34 seconds off that time.
Don’t forget that Ross won the event at the NCAA DI Indoor Championships this past March with a blistering mark of 44.62, which made him the third-fastest man in world history.
Ofili Takes Down Meet Record … In The Prelims
Favour Ofili didn’t wait long to leave her mark on the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Ofili topped an eight-year-old meet record in the 200 meters with her 22.21 (-0.1) in the prelims on Thursday night.
Wait a second. I thought you said “prelims.”
That’s becaue we did.
Chances are the meet record won’t stay around for much longer. We’ll give it two days, tops. That’s because the finals are on Saturday.
Wilson Goes Wild
One lap. Three times. One with hurdles. One with a baton.
No one has ever done this like Britton Wilson of Arkansas at the SEC Championships.
First up was the 400 hurdles. Already the national leader at 54.23, she obliterated that with a victory in 53.75, moving to No. 6 all-time among collegians.
Then the 400, which included national leader Charokee Young of Texas A&M (49.87). Wilson impressed yet again with a PR 50.05 win over Young (50.45). She’s now No. 6 all-time among collegians in that event as well.
Last up was the 4×400, in which Wilson clocked an anchor-leg split of 48.6 as the Razorbacks ran a school-record 3:22.55. The split is the fastest known by a collegiate woman.
Quick Times At The Pac-12 Championships
Charles Hicks and Abby Nichols starred at Hayward Field on Friday night.
Nichols set a meet record in the Women’s 10,000 Meters with her 32:27.25 winner. That also sent Nichols into the collegiate lead over Lauren Gregory, who previously held the seasonal best at 32:34.21.
Hicks won the Men’s 10,000 Meters in 28:11.17 for the fastest winning time in meet history since someone named Henry Rono set the meet record 44 years ago. Yes, that Henry Rono – the one who set four world records in the span of 81 days and will be enshrined into the USTFCCCA Collegiate Athlete Hall of Fame on June 6.
Dabbs Gets To The Point
Ethan Dabbs chose a great time to get a personal best.
Competing at the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the javelin, Dabbs launched the implement 82.92m (272-0) to set a conference record, meet record and facility record. Not only that, but the now three-time ACC javelin champion took over the collegiate lead in the event.
This was the second week in a row that Dabbs hit a PR. He threw the spear 80.41m (263-10) two weeks ago to win the Virginia Challenge.
Vaught Does It Again!
Top-3 in NCAA Division III history in the 200 meters? Check.
Top-3 in NCAA Division III history in the 100 meters? Check.
JP Vaught continued his stellar year at the Carius/Gregory Invitational with a blistering 10.21 (+0.6) to move up to No. 3 in the NCAA DIII annals. Only Derrick Rippy (10.18) and Chaz Clemons (10.19) covered 100 meters faster than Vaught in the past 39 years.
Eagles Soar Into NCAA DIII All-Time Top-5
Benedictine (Ill.)’s men starred at the Carius/Gregory Invitational.
The Eagles’ 4×100 relay team got the baton around in 40.17 to move up to No. 3 in NCAA Division III history behind New Jersey City (39.95) and Wesley (40.01). Koren Leonard, DJ Anderson, Marvin Agwomoh and Matt Fleming were all part of that squad for BenU.
Now, the Eagles turn their attention to the NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio. BenU will look to win its second 4×100 title in program history – first since 2017, on which Fleming served as anchor.
Mavericks Run Into All-Time List
Denisha Cartwright and Makayla Jackson of Minnesota State put on a show at the NSIC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Cartwright won the Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles in a meet record time of 13.28 (+1.5) to become the No. 16 performer in NCAA Division II history. She also has sole possession of the national lead in the event – she previously shared it with Jaylah Walker of Azusa Pacific at 13.38 seconds.
Jackson set two meet records of her own in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Her first came in the Women’s 100 Meters, scorching the track to the tune of 11.43 (-0.1) to move her to No. 19 on the NCAA DII all-time chart. Jackson later captured the 200 meter crown in 23.56 (+0.1) for her second championship record of the day.
Big Throws For Kelly, Kerner
Two shot putters left their mark on the NCAA DII record books.
Turner Kelly of Southern Connecticut State won the NEICAAA crown with a massive PR of 19.76m (64-6½) that came on his third throw of the competition. Kelly, who was previously ranked fifth this year in the shot put, is the new national leader in the event and moved to No. 11 on the NCAA DII all-time chart. His previous outdoor best in the shot put was 18.66m (61-2¾) from this year’s edition of the Raleigh Relays.
Myles Kerner, competing at the Lee University Last Chance Meet, threw the orb 19.57m (64-2½) in Round 2 to seal the victory. The sophomore from Grand Valley State is ranked No. 2 on the seasonal leaderboard and bettered his position on the NCAA DII all-time list to match the No. 14 performer at that mark. Kerner was previously ranked No. 15 on the all-time chart at 19.48m (63-11) with his effort at the Al Owens Classic on April 22.