Henderson Set 400-Meter Records In 2005

Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships

Henderson Set 400-Meter Records In 2005

June 12, 2005

It didn’t matter how much pressure Monique Henderson of UCLA felt at the 2005 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Sacramento.

“She puts more self-imposed pressure on herself than anybody,” said her coach, Jeanette Bolden.

Henderson was more than qualified for any amount of attention, arriving undefeated and owning a share of the fastest 400 split in meet history with her 49.6 anchor leg in 2004 that sealed the Bruins’ first women’s team crown since 1983.

In her final chance for an individual NCAA title Henderson left nothing in doubt, blistering through 200 in 23.5. Though her pace slowed, she crossed the finish in 50.10, a new collegiate record.

“On the backstretch I felt a really bad twinge in my hamstring,” Henderson revealed to Bret Bloomquist for Track & Field News. “I just sucked it up.”

“I feel like I really capped off my career the way I wanted to, the way other people thought I should,” Henderson said. “It felt like a race where I put it all together.”

posted: February 23, 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.

Memorable Moments
Greene Came Up Clutch In 1989 Long Jump
June 2, 1989

One of Joe Greene’s best days of long jumping started off dismally. It would end with a victory in one of the most memorable competitions in the near 100-year history of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Cal’s Williams Set World Record In 1936
June 20, 1936

Archie Williams set a world record in the 400 of 46.1 in the heats of the 1936 NCAA Outdoor T&F Championships. Williams then won the NCAA title by just 0.1 seconds!

Sternberg Reached New Heights In 1963
June 15, 1963

Brian Sternberg won the pole vault title at the 1963 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He was the first athlete to clear 16 feet in meet history at 4.97m (16-3¾).

Kimobwa Ran Into Record Book In 1977
June 3, 1977

Samson Kimobwa set a MR in the 10K of 28:10.27 at the 1977 NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships. He won by 12.21 seconds in a race that saw the top-2 finishers under previous meet record.