Russell Dominated The 100H At NCAAs
Gillian Russell won a world championship two years before she even stepped foot on the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables, Florida.
And three months after she finished seventh in her first 100-meter hurdle final at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 1992, Russell became the first – and still, only – woman to defend a world U20 crown in that same discipline.
So, it was just a matter of time until Russell, who celebrates her 47th birthday today, topped the NCAA podium in her signature event (Russell did win her first NCAA title earlier that year during the indoor season in the 55H).
Less than one full year later – 364 days, to be exact – Russell gave the Hurricanes the program’s first NCAA outdoor individual title. As one of four women to return from the previous year’s final, she ran like a champion from the start and crossed the finish line in 13.02 seconds, just ahead of Ime Akpan of Arizona State, who also finished behind Russell in 1992.
Seeing Russell on top of the NCAA 100H podium was a familiar sight over the next few years as she became the first woman in meet history to string together three consecutive victories (Only Michigan’s Tiffany Ofili has matched her in that regard all these years later).
In 1994, Russell absolutely demolished the field in Boise, Idaho. Her 0.40-second triumph over Kim Carson of LSU remains the largest margin of victory in meet history 26 years later and was only equaled by Brianna Rollins during her Bowerman year in 2013.
Then in 1995, Russell completed the trifecta with a 12.99 clocking, the second time that she went sub-13 at the NCAA meet. She also became just the second woman in meet history to make four consecutive 100H finals, joining Cinnamon Sheffield of LSU from 1989 to 1992.
The native of Kingston, Jamaica, represented her homeland at two Olympic Games (1992 and 1996) as well as at two World Championships (1993 and 1995). Russell earned an Olympic bronze medal as part of Jamaica’s 4×100 relay pool in 1996 and set a national record in the 100H the year before during the semifinals of the World Championships.
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.
Peters At Head Of Jav U’s Class
Anderson Peters won back-to-back javelin titles at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships and broke and bettered the meet record twice.
Fitzgerald Hurdled Into The Record Books
Benita Fitzgerald won back-to-back 100H titles at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 1982 & 1983, setting a collegiate record and meet record with her time of 12.84 in 1983.
Coburn Picked Up Where She Left Off
Emma Coburn won two steeplechase titles at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, once in 2011 and then again in 2013.
Joe Dial Vaulted To NCAA History
Joe Dial of Oklahoma State was eagerly looking forward to the 1985 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
An Illustrious Career For Charlie Craig
Charlie Craig won the triple jump at the 1964 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Then, after a long coaching career, he was inducted into the USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame!
Two Long Jump Titles For Carol Lewis
Carol Lewis was the first woman to win two long jump titles at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Harris Set Discus World Record In 1941
Archie Harris set a world record in the discus throw at the 1941 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Two Laps To Glory For Everett
Mark Everett set a meet record of 1:44.70 in the 800 Meters at the 1990 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Brooks Made NCAA Shot Put History
Tia Brooks won back-to-back shot put titles at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships and broke the collegiate indoor record in the event in 2013.
Scott One-Upped Himself In 1978
Steve Scott of UC Irvine won the 1500-meter title at the 1978 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, one year after finishing runner-up at the same meet as an NCAA Division II athlete.