The Weekend In Review: April 4-7, 2019
It was another packed weekend of collegiate track & field.
Would you believe us if we told you there were 78 meets listed in the USTFCCCA InfoZone as of this past Friday? Spring has sprung!
USTFCCCA InfoZone: Meets This Weekend
And while there weren’t many big invitationals or relay carnivals on the docket – such as the Florida Relays or Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, which both happened last weekend – collegians from each level got after it with hopes of securing a bid to their respective national meet.
Here are some of the highlights from the past weekend.
Moving Week On The National List
A number of athletes stepped up in a big way across all collegiate divisions, but none more so than those in NJCAA Division I and NCAA Division II.
That’s because athletes combined for 25 top-ranked marks in NJCAA Division I and 24 top-ranked marks in NCAA Division II, which is 11 more and 10 more than what athletes from NCAA Division III and the NAIA each combined to turn in (14 apiece).
New National Leaders As Of April 7
|Check out which athletes are now at the top of the Descending Order List|
NCAA Division II
Men’s Descending Order List
|Javan Gray||Lincoln (Mo.)||200 Meters||20.77|
|Quinton Sansing||West Texas A&M||400 Meters||46.77A|
|Elias Gedyon||Adams State||1500 Meters||3:42.50A|
|William Frobe||West Texas A&M||400 Hurdles||51.76A|
|Relay Team||Lincoln (Mo.)||4×100 Relay||40.10|
|Isaac Grimes||Chadron State||Long Jump||7.80m|
|Ryan Brown||Lincoln (Mo.)||Triple Jump||16.00m|
|Decio Andrade||Angelo State||Hammer||70.42m|
Women’s Descending Order List
|Dianna Johnson||Adams State||100 Meters||11.42A|
|Rene Medley||Lincoln (Mo.)||100 Meters||11.42|
|Dianne Johnson||Adams State||200 Meters||23.37A|
|Renea Ambersley||Lincoln (Mo.)||400 Meters||53.34|
|Eilish Flanagan||Adams State||1500 Meters||4:21.53A|
|Courtney Nelson||Pittsburg State||100 Hurdles||13.69|
|Relay Team||Lincoln (Mo.)||4×100 Relay||45.01|
|Yashira Rhymer-Stuart||Bellarmine||High Jump||1.81m|
|Ellianne Kimes||Grand Valley State||Pole Vault||4.20m|
|Fatim Affessi||West Texas A&M||Long Jump||6.16mW|
|Annie Topal||New Mexico Highlands||Triple Jump||12.98m|
|Lindsay Baker||Ashland||Shot Put||16.41m|
|Trace Mosby||Pittsburg State||Heptathlon||5270|
NJCAA Division I
Men’s Descending Order List
|Jared Scott||Hutchinson CC||100 Meters||10.18w|
|Dartez Hamlin||Barton County CC||200 Meters||20.83A|
|Tavarius Wright||Butler CC||200 Meters||20.83W|
|Phemelo Matlhabe||Iowa Central CC||400 Meters||46.57|
|Rayon Buttler||Western Texas||800 Meters||1:49.21|
|Andrew Kibet||Hutchinson CC||1500 Meters||3:55.62|
|Moitalel Mpoke||South Plains||400 Hurdles||51.11|
|Saba Khvichava||Cloud County CC||Steeplechase||9:21.14|
|Relay Team||Butler CC||4×100 Relay||39.77|
|Relay Team||Barton County CC||4×400 Relay||3:09.69A|
|Bryson Deberry||South Plains||High Jump||2.17m|
|Ryan Olguin||South Plains||Pole Vault||4.60m|
|James Brown||Coffeyville CC||Long Jump||7.81mW|
|Murphy Bavinga||Cloud County CC||Triple Jump||15.25m|
|Kevin Nedrick||Barton County CC||Shot Put||18.11m|
|Kevin Nedrick||Barton County CC||Discus||55.23m|
|Alencar Pereira||Barton County CC||Hammer||67.49m|
Women’s Descending Order List
|T’Nia Riley||Barton County CC||100 Meters||11.48A|
|Nercely Soto||ASA Miami||200 Meters||23.52|
|Joanna Archer||Monroe College||800 Meters||2:11.71|
|Janiel Moore||South Plains||400 Hurdles||1:02.60|
|Bailey Wall||Southern Idaho||Steeplechase||11:22.54|
|Relay Team||Barton County CC||4×400 Relay||3:43.73A|
|Fiona Richards||Barton County CC||Discus||52.01m|
|Monique Grant||New Mexico JC||Heptathlon||4734|
A Dashing Debut For Richard
Tyrell Richard made his outdoor debut for South Carolina State at the UNF Invitational.
Richard ran the open 400 and turned one lap in 44.81, which dipped well under the national-leading mark at the time (North Carolina A&T’s Trevor Stewart held it at 45.18).
You might know Richard from his victory at the NCAA DI Indoor Championships last month when he clocked the fourth fastest time in collegiate history over 400 meters (44.82). That effort also landed Richard on The Bowerman Watch List.
The Bulldogs will be staying close to home the next few weeks. Next up on the schedule for SC State are back-to-back meets at the University of South Carolina on April 13 and April 20.
A Multitude of Strong Multi Marks
Last weekend saw 7 of the top-10 men’s scores and 9 of the top-10 women’s scores in the decathlon and heptathlon, respectively, posted on the Descending Order List at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
Collegians that didn’t compete in Austin, Texas, were just waiting their turn.
Johannes Erm took center stage at the Georgia Bulldog Decathlon/Heptathlon. Erm, a sophomore at Georgia, surged to the top of the national leaderboard with his score of 7913. Nathan Hite of Texas A&M owned the previous national leader with 7774 points.
On the opposite side of the country, Michigan’s Jack Lint, Texas Tech’s Axel Hubert and Purdue’s Isaiah Martin put up some strong scores at the Jim Click Combined Events to move into the national top-10. Lint won with 7596 points and was followed by Hubert (7490) and Martin (7451).
A pair of Kansas State Wildcats duked it out for top female collegian honors at the Jim Click Combined Events. Lauren Taubert ended up as the top collegian with 5669 points for a national top-10 mark, while Ariel Okorie came through with 5516 points for a spot in the national top-10 as well.
Getting Automatic In NCAA Division II
Remember how we said that 24 top-ranked marks were turned in by NCAA Division II athletes this past weekend?
Well, if you extend that to automatic qualifying marks for the NCAA DII Championships, that number blossoms to 37.
Leah Hanle of Mount Olive got the party started on Thursday at the Colonial Relays when she clocked a winning time of 34:09.11 in the 10,000. That slid under the NCAA DII automatic qualifying time in that event by four seconds.
Vaulting To The Top Of The Chart
Zach Jasinski of NCAA Division III UW-Whitewater hit a massive PR at the Rex Foster Twilight on Friday.
Jasinski, who is a junior, cleared 5.21m (17-1) to take over the national lead in the pole vault by nearly nine inches. That mark also made Jasinski the 17th best performer in NCAA DIII history.
The Warhawks were 12th in the most recent National Rating Index, so that should definitely help their billing come Tuesday.