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
Name Program Event Mark
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
Josh Boateng A&M-Commerce Discus 59.37m
Decio Andrade Angelo State Hammer 70.42m
Valentin Charles A&M-Kingsville Decathlon 7375
Women’s Descending Order List
Name Program Event Mark
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
Sunflower Greene Millersville Hammer 61.05m
Trace Mosby Pittsburg State Heptathlon 5270

NJCAA Division I

Men’s Descending Order List
Name Program Event Mark
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
Name Program Event Mark
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.