High Point Athletes From 2022 NCAA DII Outdoor T&F Championships
NEW ORLEANS – High Point Athletes of the Meet from the 2022 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships were announced on Friday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
There was a three-way tie on the men’s side between Awet Beraki of Adams State, Dillon Powell of Colorado School of Mines and Afewerki Zeru of UC-Colorado Springs as each netted 16 points. Marie-Jeanne Ourega of Academy of Art notched 25.5 points to be the highest-scoring woman in Allendale, Michigan.
Beraki, a sophomore from Colorado Springs, Colorado, captured two runner-up finishes in the distance events. Beraki placed second in the 10,000 meters in 28:54.61, making him the No. 4 performer on the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships all-time list. His second silver of the weekend came in the 5000, in which his time of 13:55.03 puts him at No. 3 in meet history. Adams State tied for sixth-place in the team standings with 30 points, led by Beraki’s 16.
Powell, a redshirt-sophomore from Colorado Springs, Colorado, won the 10,000 meters on Thursday night in 28:44.97 to become the third-best performer in NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships history. Powell then claimed a third-place finish in the 5000 meters, with his time of 13:55.03 moving him to No. 4 on the championships all-time chart. Colorado School of Mines finished ninth in the team standings, with Powell earning 16 of the Orediggers’ 29 points.
Zeru, a redshirt junior from Colorado Springs, Colorado, captured the event title in the 5000 meters when he was the first to cross the line in 13:52.72, which is the second-fastest time in meet history. On Thursday night, Zeru clocked 29:02.83 over 10,000 meters for a third-place finish and is now No. 6 on the meet’s all-time chart. UC-Colorado Springs placed 13th in the team standings as Zeru scored 16 of the team’s 23 points.
Ourega, a redshirt freshman from L’Haÿ-les-Roses, France, captured a national title and three other top-3 finishes to lead the Urban Knights to their first podium appearance since 2013. Ourega soared 6.37m (20-10¾) in the long jump to defend her title from a year ago, while turning in a mark of 12.90m (42-4) in the triple jump to capture runner-up honors. On the track, Ourega placed third in the 100H (13.79) and toted the baton on the Urban Knights’ third-place 4×100 relay (45.02). Academy of Art finished fourth in the team standings, with Ourega accounting for 25.5 of the team’s 44 points.