Collegians Ready For 2022 USATF Outdoor Championships

Top collegians may get rather familiar with Hayward Field.

One of the premier track & field venues in the United States will host the USATF Outdoor Championships and the World Athletics Championships, all within a one-month span.

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The USATF Outdoor Championships are first up, though, kicking off June 23 and running (and jumping and throwing) through June 26 in Eugene, Oregon. The first round of the Men’s 800 Meters and the final of the Men’s 110m Hurdles bookend the national championships.

All told, 24 collegiate champions from the 2022 outdoor season will compete this weekend. That’s counting NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division II, the NAIA and NJCAA.

Ready To Run, Jump & Throw For U.S. Titles

Here is a list of collegiate champions from the 2022 outdoor track & field season who will compete at the 2022 USATF Outdoor Championships. The meet will run from June 23-26 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Men’s Champions

Name
Program
Event
Division
JP Vaught
Centre
200 Meters
NCAA Divisoin III
Randolph Ross Jr.
North Carolina A&T
400 Meters
NCAA Division I
Trey Cunningham
Florida State
110 Hurdles
NCAA Division I
Louis Rollins
Pittsburg State
110 Hurdles
NCAA Division II
Trevor Bassitt
Ashland
400 Hurdles
NCAA Division II
Kyle Rollins
St. John Fisher
High Jump
NCAA Division III
Tripp Piperi
Texas
Shot Put
NCAA Division I
Logan Blomquist
Southeast Missouri
Hammer
NCAA Division I
Marc Minichello
Penn
Javelin
NCAA Division I

Women’s Champions

Name
Program
Event
Division
Abby Steiner
Kentucky
200 Meters
NCAA Division I
Raheema Westfall
Wayland Baptist
200 Meters
NAIA
Talitha Diggs
Florida
400 Meters
NCAA Division I
Kayla Armstrong
Concordia-Chicago
400 Meters
NCAA Division III
Kristie Schofield
Boise State
800 Meters
NCAA Division I
Esther Seeland
Messiah
800 Meters
NCAA Division III
Courtney Wayment
BYU
Steeplechase
NCAA Division I
Katelyn Tuohy
NC State
5000 Meters
NCAA Division I
Alia Armstrong
LSU
100 Hurdles
NCAA Division I
Britton Wilson
Arkansas
400 Hurdles
NCAA Division I
Simon Wilson
Concordia-Chicago
400 Hurdles
NCAA Division III
Gabriela Leon
Louisville
Pole Vault
NCAA Division I
Jasmine Moore
Florida
Long Jump
NCAA Division I
Jasmine Moore
Florida
Triple Jump
NCAA Division I
Adelaide Aquilla
Ohio State
Shot Put
NCAA Division I
Ashton Riner
BYU
Javelin
NCAA Division I

Those aren’t the only collegians track & field fans should keep an eye on over the next few days, as 26 of them rank among the top-3 seasonal performers on the U.S. chart. Eleven of those 26 athletes are the U.S. leaders: Micah Williams in the 100; Darius Carbin, Earnie Sears III and Vernon Turner in the high jump; Brandon Hicklin in the long jump; Ethan Dabbs in the javelin; Abby Steiner in the 200; Talitha Diggs in the 400; Courtney Wayment in the steeplechase; Monae’ Nichols in the long jump; and Anna Hall in the heptathlon.

Many of those athletes already hit the World Qualifying Standard, which means a top-3 finish (or top-4 finish, in some events) at the USATF Outdoor Championships would guarantee entry to the ensuing World Athletics Championships. Kyle Garland and Anna Hall secured their bids back in May with top-3 finishes at the USATF Combined Event Championships (Both Garland and Hall put up historic totals on their way to runner-up and U.S. title-worthy efforts: Garland destroyed the collegiate record; Hall became the No. 2 performer in collegiate history).

So What’s Happening At #USATFOutdoors?

Here are some moments that stood out to us from Eugene, Oregon!

#SteinerSpeed Is Something Else

Here are two numbers: 21.80 and 21.77.

The first is what Abby Steiner ran to post the fastest qualifying time in the semifinals of the Women’s 200 Meters on a hot afternoon at Hayward Field.

The second is what Steiner ran to win the U.S. title.

We should mention that all of that happened within the span of two hours.

Steiner is on another level right now.

Movin’ On Up … To Worlds

Raise your hand if you thought Melissa Jefferson would win the U.S. title in the Women’s 100 Meters.

That’s what we thought.

We see Melissa and the Coastal Carolina contingent and nobody else.

Go ahead and watch this.

The Chanticleer star blitzed a star-studded field on Friday night and captured national glory when she stopped the clock at 10.69 (+2.9). Not only did she win a U.S. title and earn an automatic bid to the World Athletics Championships, she set an all-time, all-dates, all-conditions collegiate best in the process (Say that three times fast). No woman in collegiate history – during or after the season – has run faster than Jefferson (2019 The Bowerman winner Sha’Carri Richardson had the previous all-dates best with her in-season collegiate record of 10.75).

It’s Great To Be A Florida Gator

There’s just something about those Florida Gators.

Talitha Diggs and Champion Allison left their mark 400 meters at a time on Saturday afternoon at the 2022 USATF Outdoor Championships.

Diggs, who swept the 400-meter slate clean during the 2022 collegiate track & field cycle, won the U.S. title with a 50.22 clocking. She is the first collegiate woman to represent a program and win the U.S. title since Sanya Richards (now Richards-Ross) in 2003.

Allison finished runner-up in the men’s version to 2018 The Bowerman winner Michael Norman and did so in jaw-dropping fashion. The Florida standout stopped the clock at 43.70 to become the tenth-fastest performer in world history and move up to No. 3 on the All-Dates, All-Time Collegiate Chart.

Don’t think we’d forget about Jasmine Moore, though.

Moore, who went 8 for 8 this year as a collegian (swept the horizontal jumps at both the SEC Championships and NCAA Championships, both indoors and outdoors), jumped her way to a pair of bids to the World Athletics Championships. She finished runner-up in the long jump on Thursday and then took third in the triple jump on Saturday.

Oh, Anna Hall will be there, too. Hall, who won both the pentathlon and heptathlon during the collegiate track & field cycle, won the U.S. title in the heptathlon last month during the USATF Combined Event Championships with one of the top performances in collegiate history.

More History For Wayment

Courtney Wayment keeps making collegiate history.

Fifteen days after Wayment demolished the collegiate record in the steeplechase with her 9:16.00 winner at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships, she one-upped herself with a scorching 9:12.10 PR to finish runner-up at the USATF Outdoor Championships.

Not only did that secure Wayment a spot on Team USA for the upcoming World Athletics Championships, it set an all-time, all-dates collegiate best, as it was faster than the 9:12.45 that Jenny Barringer ran following her final collegiate year.

NCAA Champion To The World Championships

Britton Wilson doesn’t back down from the spotlight.

Wilson, who won the NCAA title in the Women’s 400m Hurdles earlier this month, finished runner-up in that same event at the USATF Outdoor Championships in a PR of 53.70. That moves Wilson up to No. 3 on the All-Dates, All-Time Collegiate Chart.

Four of the past five NCAA DI champions were in the final, including Wilson: Anna Cockrell (2021, 2019), Sydney McLaughlin (2018) and Shamier Little (2014-2016) were the others. McLaughlin won and ran her way to another world record – this time in 51.41.

Division. Doesn’t. Matter.

Trevor Bassitt is headed to the World Championships, again.

Bassitt, a two-time NCAA DII champion in the 400m Hurdles, added another feather to his cap on Sunday afternoon as he placed runner-up in that same event at the USATF Outdoor Championships. Not only that, but his time of 47.47 was a massive PR and made him the fifth-fastest performer on the All-Time, All-Dates Collegiate Chart.

Note that we said “again” in the first sentence, because Bassitt earned the silver medal in the 400m at the World Indoor Championships earlier this year.

Hook ‘Em: Piperi Heads To Worlds

Texas will be well-represented at the World Athletics Championships – at least in the Men’s Shot Put.

With Texas-ex Ryan Crouser already assured a spot in the circle when the world’s best converge on Hayward Field, three spots were up for grabs on Friday night at the USATF Outdoor Championships. Crouser had to put forth an “honest effort” to cement his spot – which he did with a resounding win – which meant Nos. 2-4 would join him, if they had the World Qualifying Standard.

Well, one of those men will be Tripp Piperi, as the 2022 NCAA Outdoor champion finished fourth with a heave of 21.43m (70-3¾). Piperi landed all six of his throws in the sector and all six went 21.16m (69-5¼) or father.

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