NCAA DI Outdoor Championships: Historically Dominant Teams

There have been no shortage of incredible individual performances at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. After all, 15 current collegiate records have been set at the final meet of the collegiate season.

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But what teams have stood out historically in each of the 21 events contested at the annual meet?

We’ve got that answer for you right here.

Historically Top-Scoring Teams – By Event

Event Men’s Points Women’s Points
100 Meters Southern California 298 LSU 279
200 Meters Southern California 237 LSU 238
400 Meters Southern California 382 Texas 154
800 Meters Illinois 178 Oregon 133
1500 Meters Oregon 285 Wisconsin 123
5000 Meters Oregon 224 Stanford 137
10,000 Meters Arkansas 164 BYU 65
100/110 Hurdles Southern California 323 LSU 194
400 Hurdles Southern California 112 UCLA 155
3000 SC UTEP 173 Colorado 92
4×100 Relay LSU 178 LSU 229
4×400 Relay Baylor 239 Texas 191
High Jump Southern California 286 Arizona 159
Pole Vault Southern California 438 Arkansas 92.2
Long Jump Southern California 255 Georgia 66
Triple Jump Arkansas 192 LSU 91
Shot Put UCLA 219 UCLA 149
Discus Throw Stanford 239 UCLA 191
Hammer Throw UTEP 181 Southern Illinois 74
Javelin Throw Oregon 202 Oregon 124
Combined Tennessee 157 Georgia

There is no question about the dominance of Southern California on the men’s side. The Trojans have won 26 national titles since the inception of the meet back in 1921 with nine in a row from 1935 to 1943 and another seven in a row from 1949 to 1955.

Southern California has scored the most all-time points in eight of the 21 events contested at the NCAA Championships, including each of the sprints (short and long), both hurdling races, as well as the high jump, pole vault and long jump. The Trojans have posted a staggering 438 points in the pole vault over the years thanks to 72 scorers, which include 17 individual champions and 13 more runner-ups.

LSU, with its 14 national titles, has been nearly as dominant on the women’s side.

The Tigers have scored the most all-time points in the 100, 200, 100 hurdles, 4×100 relay and the triple jump. That’s five events in which LSU is the best of all-time and it’s no doubt that the 100 is one of those since the program holds eight of the top-10 marks in collegiate history, including Dawn Sowell’s golden standard of 10.78 (Current LSU standout Aleia Hobbs sits second all-time).

Three programs unified all-time highs in a particular event: LSU in the 4×100 relay, UCLA in the shot put and Oregon in the javelin throw.

And while some event leaders are no-doubters, like Oregon in the men’s 1500 and men’s 5000 with 38 scorers and 44 scorers, respectively, Arkansas in the women’s pole vault with 22 scorers and Texas in the women’s 4×400 with its 10 national titles, others are a bit more surprising, like Illinois in the men’s 800 with 22 points more than runner-up Michigan and Southern Illinois in the women’s hammer with five more points than runner-up Southern California.

We’ll see how many of these programs can improve their scoring marks this week when the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships get underway June 6 at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.