Powell Capped Career With 2006 Masterpiece

Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships

Powell Capped Career With 2006 Masterpiece

Virginia “Ginnie” Powell was ready to spin some records at the 2006 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Sacramento, California.

The senior from Southern California started in the semifinals, skimming over the 100-meter hurdles in a blistering 12.55 that broke the meet and collegiate record, despite running into a headwind of 0.9 meters per second.

Powell’s time shaved 0.06 seconds off the previous CR of 12.61 set in 1988 by Gail Devers and tied by Powell two weeks prior in the West Regionals.

Powell still had unfinished business – to win the final, of course, but she also wanted to beat the all-time best by a collegian of 12.53, set in the 2003 postseason when Perdita Felicien won the World Championships.

Two days later, Powell lined up for the final as a gentle tailwind prevailed. The Seattle native stormed out of the blocks in her last race as a collegian and took an immediate lead. Nobody caught her as she crossed the finish in 12.48, chopping another 0.07 seconds off the CR and eclipsing the all-dates best as well.

“I was really in a zone and did a lot of things right,” Powell told Jon Hendershott of Track & Field News. “It felt good but it can always be better.”

Powell’s record win closed one of the best collegiate hurdling careers in history. In her final two years the Trojan didn’t lose a single hurdles race to another collegian and swept the indoor and outdoor NCAA DI hurdles titles – still the only time a woman has done so in consecutive years.

posted: April 5, 2021
1921-2021
The NCAA's First 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.

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