Northrop Doubles Down In A Unique Way

Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships

Northrop Doubles Down In A Unique Way

Phil Northrop of Michigan was an uncommon javelin thrower.

The fact that he became the event’s first two-time winner at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 1926 and 1927 – with heaves of 201-11 and 200-10, respectively – while remarkable, wasn’t the most unique facet about him during his time with the Wolverines.

The uncommon aspect is that he doubled both years in very different events: In 1925, he tied for the pole vault title at 12-5 (3.78m) and in 1926, he was second in long jump at 23-0 (7.01m). Neither double-scoring combination (javelin-pole vault or javelin-long jump) has ever otherwise been achieved in this meet.

Northrop, who was a sophomore in 1925 and a junior in 1926, entered the 1927 campaign as the presumptive favorite to win a third javelin crown. That coronation would not come to fruition as Northrop injured a tendon in his throwing elbow, “due to insufficient ‘warming up’ in the cold weather that prevailed,” prior to the first meet of the season, according to the Detroit Free Press. He later won the Penn Relays and had one effort at the Big Ten Championships, finishing third. Unfortunately Northrop never competed again on the national level.

posted: July 30, 2020
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
SMU’s Connor Bounds To Triple Jump Greatness
June 5, 1982

It’s been 38 years and still no one has broken the meet record Keith Connor of SMU set in the triple jump at the 1982 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Provo, Utah.

Wykoff Wins Stacked NCAA 100 Final
June 7, 1930

Frank Wykoff won a stacked 100-yard final at the 1930 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships that featured six current or former world record holders.