Collegians Shine At 2022 World Athletics Championships

Long seasons be damned.

Collegians shine at the World Athletics Championships!

Let’s find out which collegians from 2022 left their mark once again at Hayward Field, but this time with world glory on the line in the Emerald City.

2022 World Athletics Championships – Collegiate Medal Count

Name
Program
Event
Medal
Champion Allison
Florida
Men’s 4×400 Relay
Gold
Trevor Bassitt
Ashland
Men’s 4×400 Relay
Gold
Elija Godwin
Georgia
Men’s 4×400 Relay
Gold
Melissa Jefferson
Coastal Carolina
Women’s 4×100 Relay
Gold
Abby Steiner
Kentucky
Women’s 4×100 Relay
Gold
Talitha Diggs
Florida
Women’s 4×400 Relay
Gold
Abby Steiner
Kentucky
Women’s 4×400 Relay
Gold
Britton Wilson
Arkansas
Women’s 4×400 Relay
Gold
Mykolas Alekna
California
Men’s Discus
Silver
Trey Cunningham
Florida State
Men’s 110m Hurdles
Silver
Jevaughn Powell
UTEP
Men’s 4×400 Relay
Silver
Kemba Nelson
Oregon
Women’s 4×100 Relay
Silver
Camryn Rogers
California
Hammer Throw
Silver
Stacey-Ann Williams
Texas
Women’s 4×400 Relay
Silver
Charokee Young
Texas A&M
Women’s 4×400 Relay
Silver
Trevor Bassitt
Ashland
Men’s 400m Hurdles
Bronze
Anna Hall
Florida
Heptathlon
Bronze
Elija Godwin
Georgia
Mixed 4×400 Relay
Bronze
Kennedy Simon
Texas
Mixed 4×400 Relay
Bronze

Go ahead and count those up on the table: eight gold, seven silver and four bronze! That’s 19 medals in total collected in Eugene, Oregon! (If you count ALL of the athletes who competed at a U.S.-affiliated institution at some point in their careers – 21.2% of them – you get 37 total medals.)

Keep reading below for more information about those medalists.

Heptathlon History For Hall

Move over, Jackie.

Anna is the Collegiate Queen of the Heptathlon.

After a sensational two-day competition, Anna Hall won the bronze medal at the 2022 World Athletics Championships and took down Jackie Joyner’s 37-year-old all-time, all-dates collegiate best in the heptathlon. Hall totaled 6755 points – trumping Joyner’s 6718 tally from 1985 – and moved up to No. 3 on the all-time U.S. list (Hall also topped Diane Guthrie’s in-season collegiate record of 6527, but won’t count as the collegiate record, as it happened after the collegiate season).

Entering the final event of the combined event – the 800-meter run – Hall was well within striking distance of a medal (and Joyner) thanks to PRs in the shot put, 200 meters and javelin. Hall, who already covered two laps this year in 2:03.11 for an American and collegiate heptathlon record, only had to finish the event in 2:09.10 to surpass Joyner’s benchmark.

There wasn’t even a question as Hall stopped the clock at 2:06.67 and pulled three of the top-5 finishers to personal bests. Hall went out strong from the start with a 60.73 opening 400 meters and fought off a challenge from Adrianna Sulek of Poland down the homestretch to earn the event win. 

Here were all of Hall’s marks in her awe-inspiring effort: 13.20, 1.86m (6-1¼), 13.67m (44-10¼), 23.08, 6.39m (20-11¾), 45.75m (150-1), 2:06.67.

Hall became the first American woman to medal in the heptathlon at the World Athletics Championships since 2001.

The Rocket Blasts Off In Eugene

Mario Garcia Romo has an apt nickname – “The Rocket.”

Garcia Romo shot to the top of the All-Time, All-Dates Collegiate Chart in the Men’s 1500 Meters with his 3:30.20 effort on Tuesday night. The Spaniard, who competed for Ole Miss during the 2022 collegiate season, finished fourth in the final of that event at the World Athletics Championships. His time bettered Bernard Lagat’s 3:30.56 marker from 1999.

If you take a deeper look at Garcia Romo’s race, you’ll see that he was seventh with 1400 meters to go. That means he made up three places in the final 100 meters, which makes sense when you see Garcia Romo had the second-fastest split of any athlete in that span at 13.70. Garcia Romo also closed the final 200 meters in 27.29, as part of a 55.02 final lap.

Owens-Delerme Sizzles Decathlon 400

If you thought Ayden Owens-Delerme couldn’t get faster in the 400 meters, you were in for a rude awakening on Saturday night at the 2022 World Athletics Championships. Remember: this came after four other events in the decathlon.

Owens-Delerme PR’d in 45.06, taking more than one second off his previous PR of 46.10 that he set in a winning effort at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships. That also set a Puerto Rican national record, would have placed Owens-Delerme sixth in the final of the open 400 and propelled him into the lead of the decathlon after Day 1.

This One’s For Jud

Trevor Bassitt had a simple race plan on Tuesday night in the final of the Men’s 400m Hurdles at the 2022 World Athletics Championships.

“Run scared,” Bassitt told the media.

It worked out: Bassitt earned the bronze medal with a PR effort of 47.39. He stormed down the homestretch and edged France’s Wilfried Happio at the finish line for his second global medal of the year (Bassitt also took silver in the open 400 at the World Indoor Championships in March).

Bassitt moved up to No. 4 on the All-Time, All-Dates Collegiate Chart behind Rai Benjamin (47.02), Samuel Matete (47.10) and Kerron Clement (47.24). He also cracked the U.S. all-time top-10 at No. 10. And not to be overlooked, Bassitt is the only collegian with two sub-47.50 efforts during the same year.

Alekna Blazes His Own Trail

Mykolas Alekna made history on Tuesday night.

Alekna became the youngest athlete to win a discus medal in the history of the World Athletics Championships. The Lithuanian standout, who competed for Cal during the 2022 collegiate season, launched the platter 69.27m (227-3) in Round 4 to cement his silver medal at Hayward Field.

The son of Olympic champion Virgilijus Alekna had a remarkable series in Eugene, Oregon: Mykolas went 66.64m (218-7) in Round 1, 67.87m (222-8) in Round 2, 67.28m (220-8) in Round 3 and then 69.27 (227-3) in Round 4. All four of those marks reside in the top-10 of the All-Time, All-Dates Collegiate Chart.

Cunningham Takes Hurdling Silver

Trey Cunningham put a bow on a sensational year with a runner-up finish in the Men’s 110m Hurdles at the 2022 World Athletics Championships on Sunday night.

Cunningham, who swept the NCAA hurdling crowns in 2022 and is a finalist for The Bowerman, stopped the clock at 13.08 – 0.05 seconds behind 2019 The Bowerman winner and back-to-back world champion Grant Holloway.

If you combined the collegiate season with the USATF Outdoor Championships as well as the World Athletics Championships – which our All-Dates, All-Time Collegiate Chart does – Cunningham ripped off seven marks of 13.10 or faster this year. No former collegian has more than five in their career.

Hayward Field Is Bear Territory

Camyrn Rogers loves throwing at Hayward Field.

Rogers, a 2022 finalist for The Bowerman and three-time NCAA hammer champion, usually competes outside the stadium. Well, that doesn’t happen for the World Athletics Championships, as they were front and center on Friday’s Day 1 (qualification) and Sunday’s Day 3 (final).

Five weeks after winning her third consecutive NCAA hammer crown, Rogers captured the silver medal in that same event on Sunday. Rogers hit a best mark of 75.52m (247-9) in Round 3 to cement her spot on the podium. That throw actually put Rogers in the lead until eventual champion and former Northern Arizona standout Brooke Andersen took over that billing.

All told, Rogers had three marks of 75.08m (246-4) or better during the final, which now reside among top-10 of the All-Dates, All-Time Collegiate Chart: 75.52m (247-9) is tied for fifth and also matched her old collegiate record from 2021; 75.18m (246-8) is No. 7; and 75.08m (246-4) is No. 9.

Collegians Haul In Relay Medals

Collegians from 2022 left their mark on relay events at the 2022 World Athletics Championships. That might be an understatement, though.

Those athletes who competed at U.S. institutions in 2022 collected 12 medals between the 4×100 and 4×400 relays. Among those were gold medalists Melissa Jefferson and Abby Steiner (Women’s 4×100 Relay), Champion Allison, Trevor Bassitt and Elija Godwin (Men’s 4×400 Relay) and the trio of Talitha Diggs, Abby Steiner and Britton Wilson (Women’s 4×400 Relay).