MEET RECAP: 2019 USATF Outdoor Championships

The 2019 USATF Outdoor Championships were incredible!

Athletes competed for national glory and spots on Team USA for the upcoming IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

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From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: All-Dates Collegiate Lists

A number of those athletes were collegians who participated during the 2019 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. In fact, they won divisional titles, broke collegiate and divisional records and some are even finalists for The Bowerman, collegiate track & field’s highest honor.

READ MORE: Past Winners of The Bowerman Shine in Des Moines!

Those same collegians are eligible to put their names on the All-Dates Collegiate List, which takes into account all performances from the start of the previous indoor season to the conclusion of the ensuing outdoor season on the world stage.

Here is how those recent collegians fared in Des Moines, Iowa!

Collegians Crowned U.S. Champions In 2019

Teahna Daniels
Women’s 100 Meters
Daniel Roberts
Men’s 110 Hurdles
Ja’Mari Ward
Men’s Long Jump

U.S. Collegians Who Are Headed To Doha

Teahna Daniels
Women’s 100 Meters
Daniel Roberts
Men’s 110 Hurdles
Shelby McEwen
Men’s High Jump
Grant Holloway
Men’s 110 Hurdles
Daniel Haugh
Kennesaw State
Men’s Hammer Throw
Amere Lattin
Men’s 400 Hurdles
KC Lightfoot
Men’s Pole Vault
Wadeline Jonathas
South Carolina
Women’s 400 Meters
Laulauga Tausaga
Women’s Discus Throw
Bryce Hoppel
Men’s 800 Meters
Angie Annelus
Southern California
Women’s 200 Meters
Trumaine Jefferson
Men’s Long Jump
Zach Bradford
Men’s Pole Vault
Allie Ostrander
Boise State
Women’s Steeplechase
Rodney Rowe
North Carolina A&T
Men’s 200 Meters

How About That Tea(hna)!?

Teahna Daniels is a U.S. champion!

The former Texas star won the event title in the Women’s 100 Meters on Friday night when she crossed the finish line in 11.20. That was 0.05 seconds faster than runner-up English Gardner.

What makes this victory even more impressive for Daniels is that she was the seventh slowest athlete out of the blocks. She easy overcame that rough start with her top-notch power.

Daniels was a three-time First-Team All-America honoree during the 2019 outdoor track & field season. She finished fourth in the 100, fifth in the 200 and was a member of the eighth-place 4×100 relay team.

The Rise Of D-Rob Continues

Daniel Roberts is a U.S. champion!

The former Kentucky star won the event title in the Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles on Sunday night. He broke the tape in 13.23, 13 tenths of a second ahead of archrival and former Florida star Grant Holloway, who also punched a ticket to the IAAF World Championships.

Roberts finished second at the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in the event, matching the former collegiate record of 13.00.

He’s Only A Sophomore!

Ja’Mari Ward is a U.S. champion!

Ward, who was a sophomore at Missouri this past year and won the SEC title in the long jump, captured domestic glory in the event on Sunday.

It was on his second attempt of the afternoon when Ward soared a personal best of 8.12m (26-7¾) to win by more than two inches over Will Claye.

Unfortunately, Ward didn’t hit the world championship standard of 8.17m (26-9¾), which means he won’t represent Team USA in Doha.

Find The Silver Lining

Sinclaire Johnson of Oklahoma State ran the race of her life on Saturday.

Johnson, who won the outdoor title in the 1500 back in June, finished FOURTH in the final of the same event at the USATF Outdoor Championships. That means Johnson, who finished 0.17 seconds behind third-place runner Nikki Hiltz, doesn’t have a spot on Team USA just yet.

Not all hope is lost, though.

Johnson ran a PR of 4:03.72, which moved her up to third on the All-Dates Collegiate List behind Jenny Barringer (Simpson) and former Oregon standout Jessica Hull.

Let it be known that Johnson wasn’t the only collegian from 2019 who etched her name on that chart in that same race. Samford’s Karisa Nelson finished eighth in 4:06.14, which slots her in as the No. 9 performer.

Do Your Dance, Wadeline

Wadeline Jonathas already had an incredible resume coming into the USATF Outdoor Championships.

  • Nine-time NCAA DIII individual champion
    • Indoor – 60, 200, 400 (x2), long jump; Outdoor – 200 (x2), 400 (x2)
  • Five-time NCAA DIII record holder
    • Indoor – 60, 200, 400; Outdoor – 200, 400
  • Two-time NCAA DI champion
    • Indoor – 4×400 Relay; Outdoor – 400

Go ahead and add “Team USA member” to that list of accomplishments.

Jonathas, who transferred from NCAA DIII UMass Boston to South Carolina between her sophomore and junior years, continued her remarkable rise on Saturday.

That’s because Jonathas finished third in the final of the Women’s 400 Meters and earned a spot on Team USA for the upcoming IAAF World Championships. Jonathas used her trademark closing speed to cross the finish line in a PB of 50.44, not far behind Shakima Wimbley and Kendall Ellis.

What’s Better Than One? Two

There will be two male collegians representing Team USA in the pole vault.

KC Lightfoot of Baylor and Zach Bradford of Kansas placed third and fourth, respectively, in the event.

Bradford and Lightfoot might have only been freshmen in 2019, but they didn’t show it then and they definitely weren’t going to show it on Saturday.

Lightfoot, with ice in his veins, needed to clear 5.71m (18-8¾) for the world championship standard and finish in the top-3 to secure a spot on Team USA. He did both of those things with ease, topping that bar on his first attempt. That assured him a top-3 finish and sent Bradford down to fourth, yet due to eventual winner Sam Kendricks’ victory and his automatic entry to the world championships as a defending world champion, Bradford went through as well.

The Tide Will Roll To Doha

Alabama’s Shelby McEwen proved himself to be the cream of the crop in the high jump at the collegiate and domestic level.

Now he gets to show what he has on the world stage.

McEwen, who won the NCAA indoor title in the event back in March, finished runner-up on Sunday and hit a PR in the process to lock up a bid to the upcoming IAAF World Championships. He needed to clear the world championship standard of 2.30m (7-6½) and did just that on his third attempt at the height.

A Hop(pel), Skip & Jump To Qatar

Who needs an undefeated streak when you have strong race tactics?

Bryce Hoppel of Kansas entered the final of the Men’s 800 Meters with the second best season best among the qualifiers. The best of the bunch belonged to Donavan Brazier, who beat Hoppel in the semifinal to put a halt to Hoppel’s unblemished run.

Hoppel raced with conviction on Sunday. He sat second after 400 meters and then closed in 51.32 to finish third behind Brazier and Clayton Murphy to secure a spot on Team USA.

We Have Something To Discus(s)

Laulauga Tausaga of Iowa is going to Doha!

Tausaga placed third in the discus this afternoon with a heave of 62.08m (203-8) to earn a spot on Team USA.

She showed tremendous grit on her fourth attempt. Just one attempt before that, Tausaga was pushed down to fourth from third by Whitney Ashley, but the Iowa star answered with her best mark of the afternoon not long after.

Stop! It’s Hammer Time!

From NCAA champ to qualifying for the IAAF World Championships.

That sounds pretty good to Daniel Haugh of Kennesaw State.

After surprising everybody to win the NCAA title in the hammer throw back in June, Haugh came to the USATF Outdoor Championships needing to hit the world championship standard of 76.00m (249-4) and finish in the top-3 to earn a spot on Team USA.

Haugh did both with room to spare on Friday.

He put together a fantastic series on the Day 2, but no mark was more important – or better – than his second attempt of 76.44m (250-9). That gave Haugh a HUGE PR, the WCS and third place (which he wouldn’t relinquish).

A Look Back At 2017
CLICK HERE to find out more about the seven collegians who won U.S. titles in 2017 and the two who left their name high up on the All-Dates Collegiate List

Collegians have made it a habit of standing out at their respective national championship meets – not only during the collegiate season, but outside of it as well.

That especially rings true for those American collegians that compete in the USATF Outdoor Championships. More often than not, numerous national titles are won by those who proved their mettle in the six or seven months leading up to said championships.

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From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: All-Dates Collegiate Lists

Such was the case back in 2017, the last time the USATF Outdoor Championships served as a selector for the ensuing IAAF World Championships. Seven different collegians that competed in the 2017 track & field season won U.S. crowns in Sacramento, California.

Collegians Crowned U.S. Champions In 2017

Name Program
Fred Kerley Texas A&M
400 Meters
Eric Futch Florida
400 Hurdles
Alex Young Southeastern Louisiana
Hammer Throw
Deajah Stevens Oregon
200 Meters
Keturah Orji Georgia
Triple Jump
Raven Saunders Ole Miss
Shot Put
Kendell Williams Georgia

Two of those marks hold up very well on the All-Dates Collegiate List.

  • Raven Saunders won the event title in the Women’s Shot Put with a heave of 19.76m (64-10). That bettered her own all-dates best of 19.56m (64-2¼), which still stands as the collegiate indoor record (Remember: This is the ALL-DATES list). Saunders, who was a finalist for The Bowerman the prevoius year, has nearly one foot on the next closest athlete on the list (Maggie Ewen of Arizona State).
  • Kendell Williams won the event title in the Women’s Heptathlon with a score of 6564 points. That is the second best mark on the all-dates collegiate list behind Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s total of 6718 at the USOC Olympic Festival in 1985. Joyner-Kersee, Williams and Diane Guthrie remain the only three collegians to crack the 6500-point barrier at some point during or right after the collegiate season (Guthrie did so during the collegiate season in 1995 and holds the current collegiate record of 6527).

There are a number of collegians entered in the 2019 edition of the USATF Outdoor Championships, which take place beginning Thursday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. We expect to see numerous marks added to the All-Dates Collegiate List in addition to a plethora of collegians making the trek to Doha, Qatar, to compete in the 2019 IAAF World Championships.