Guthrie-Gresham Generates Greatness
You’re in good company when you’re compared to Jackie Joyner.
Diane Guthrie-Gresham of George Mason knew it in 1995 when she won the NCAA Division I heptathlon title with 6527 points, breaking the collegiate record by more than 100 points from the mark set by Joyner a decade earlier. Guthrie-Gresham scored 3728 points on Day 1 and then followed it up with 2799 points on Day 2.
“She’s the best athlete in the world,” she said afterwards of Joyner. “And I’ve broken her record. That shows me I’m somewhere.”
Truth is, Guthrie-Gresham had already achieved history the year before with her first NCAA heptathlon victory. It was then that she became the first (and still only) combined-event champion in this meet to also have won an individual title in another event, having won the 1991 long jump as a freshman.
Guthrie-Gresham made additional history in that special 1995 meet with a runner-up finish in the long jump, losing by less than an inch to becoming the first (and still only) woman to finish in the top-3 in four years of competition (She didn’t compete for George Mason during the 1993 outdoor season).
“I’m kind of glad I didn’t win,” she told David Woods in a feature for Track & Field News about the long jump. “I think maybe because I didn’t win, it made me try that much harder in the heptathlon.”
DGG, as she was known then to teammates, also tied for 4th in the high jump, contributing 23 of the Patriots’ 29½ total points that placed them fifth in the team standings, the highest-ever finish for the women’s program.
The NCAA and collegiate track & field will mark a momentous milestone in the spring of 2021 -- the 100th anniversary of the NCAA Championships and with that, the NCAA Track & Field Championships. In June 1921, the University of Chicago hosted the first track & field championships in NCAA history.
This point can’t be emphasized enough: Not only was the event the first for NCAA track & field, but the first championships for any sport under the sponsorship of the NCAA.
To celebrate, over each of the next 365 days, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) will celebrate moments, student-athletes, and coaches that have made a century’s worth of championships special. From humble beginnings to important historical milestones to the modern-day, collegiate track & field has evolved with the American society.
The 2021 edition of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships begin with preliminary round action on May 27-29 in Jacksonville, Fla., and College Station, Texas. The championships final site and culmination of the celebration is slated for June 9-12, 2021 at the newly rebuilt Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Ottey’s Audacious Quadruple In 1983
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Scott Neilson Is NCAA T&F’s Mr. Canada
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A Crowning Moment For Rogers In 2017
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Robinson Brothers Make NCAA T&F History
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UTEP’s Nyambui Goes 7-For-7 Outdoors
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Oxy’s Gutowski Vaults To Record Heights
Bob Gutowski of Occidental won the pole vault at the 1957 NCAA Outdoor Championships with a clearance of 4.82m (15-9¾), a mark that surpassed the world record but was never ratified.
Guthrie-Gresham Generates Greatness
Diane Guthrie-Gresham of George Mason broke the collegiate record in the heptathlon with 6527 points at the 1995 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Conway Raises The Bar In 1989
Hollis Conway of Southwestern Louisiana set the American record and collegiate record in the high jump at the 1989 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships!
Conley Soars; Razorbacks Complete Triple Crown
Mike Conley scored 28¾ points to lead Arkansas to its first outdoor team title, which completed the vaunted “Triple Crown,” as the program also captured the cross country and indoor titles already in the academic year.