WEEKEND IN REVIEW: January 24-26, 2019
We’re about to hit the last week of January, which means February is right around the corner.
Before we know it, March will be here and with that comes the various collegiate indoor track & field championships. That means athletes are beginning to hit their stride as they look to qualify for their respective division’s biggest meets of the season.
You better believe we saw some big performances this past weekend.
Allow us to take you through some of the biggest moments.
It’s (Tyler) Day’s Night
Name the only three collegians to go sub-13:17:00 indoors in the Men’s 5000 Meters.
Here are two: Record holder Lawi Lalang at 13:08.28 and Stephen Sambu at 13:13.74.
The guy in the middle of this picture just became the third.
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Tyler Day of Northern Arizona ran his heart out last night at the John Thomas Terrier Classic as he crossed the finish line in 13:16.95, which was a near nine-second all-conditions PR for him (His previous was 13:25.06, set last May at the historically-fast Payton Jordan Invitational).
Day is now ranked third all-time in collegiate indoor history behind Lalang and Sambu, who both clocked their marks in the same race at the NYRR Millrose Games in 2012. This also happened to be the best mark turned in by a collegian in the past eight years.
Has That Landed Yet?
Gleb Dudarev finally made his debut.
It was well worth the weight.
When you know you just became the No. 5 performer in NCAA history 💪😏
— Kansas Track & Field (@KUTrack) January 24, 2020
Dudarev, a member of The Bowerman Men’s Preseason Watch List, became the fifth best performer in collegiate history in the weight throw with his effort at the Jayhawk Classic. He launched the implement 24.38m (80-0) to overtake Payton Otterdahl of North Dakota State, who previously held that spot since last year.
If Dudarev improves his best just two centimeters (or a little less than one inch), he’d overtake Chuk Enekwechi of Purdue at No. 4. Nine more centimeters (3.5 inches) gets him up to No. 3, where Conor McCullough of Southern California sits at the moment (That would also put him among the top-10 performances in collegiate history, which is an even rarer spot to reach).
The Eyes Of Texas
Julien Alfred of Texas is making a name for herself.
After a season opener where she went 7.18 in the 60 to take an early collegiate lead, Alfred returned to the track on Saturday at the Dr. Martin Luther King Collegiate Invitational with eyes fixated on regaining the collegiate lead she lost to Cambrea Sturgis of North Carolina A&T just a few weeks ago.
Alfred did that — and then some.
— Texas T&F/XC (@TexasTFXC) January 25, 2020
The sophomore from Castries, St. Lucia, scorched the track inside the Albuquerque Convention Center for a pair of all-time marks.
We’ll skip to the big one: Alfred went 7.10 in the final to become the seventh fastest performer in collegiate history. That also was the fastest time ever recorded by a collegian in the month of January.
A little bit before that, Alfred started the day with a time of 7.13 in the prelims, which — at the time — matched the 11th fastest performer in collegiate history.
Bassitt’s Strong Year Continues
Reigning NCAA Division II National Athlete of the Week Trevor Bassitt is on a tear and kept it going this weekend at the Rod McCravy Memorial.
Bassitt, a junior from Lima, Ohio, improved his PR in the 200 to 20.83 on Friday and then etched his name into the NCAA Division II record book on Saturday.
It was in the 60 Hurdles where Bassitt finished runner-up in 7.75, which matched two other men as the sixth best performer in division history.
Odds & Ends From The Weekend
Taj Burgess of Rutgers inched closer to the collegiate record in the Men’s 500 Meters. Burgess, who was named National Athlete of the Week back on January 14 after his previous best, improved his PR from 1:00.80 to 1:00.73. Brycen Spratling of Pittsburgh currently holds the all-time standard of 1:00.63 and has done so since 2012.
KC Lightfoot of Baylor became the 11th man in collegiate history to clear 5.80m (19-0.25) in the indoor pole vault. Lightfoot broke the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium facility record, the Aggie Invitational meet record and the Baylor school record in the process.
Whittni Orton of BYU became the 13th fastest performer in collegiate history in the Women’s Mile with her effort of 4:29.76 at the Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge on Saturday. Orton finished a close runner-up in the invitational section of the event to Nikki Hiltz.
There were 10 divisional leads set at the NCAA Division III level this weekend, which included an even split down the middle (five men’s marks and five women’s marks). Chances are you’ll see one – or most likely, two – of those athletes who set a division-leading mark this weekend on Tuesday as a National Athlete of the Week.