WEEKEND ROUNDUP: All-Time Marks Highlights Conference Championships Weekend
You better believe Conference Championships Weekend altered the collegiate record book.
From the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships to the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships and everywhere in between, athletes got after it with conference titles on the line.
Here are some of the notable performances from the past few days.
Clark & Laird Double Down
Tamara Clark of Alabama and Terrance Laird of LSU completed the 100-200 double at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in College Station, Texas.
Clark won the 100 in 10.87 (+2.7) for what is the third-fastest wind-aided mark in collegiate history and then sizzled 200 meters in 21.89 (+4.1) for the fastest wind-aided mark ever turned in by a collegian during the collegiate season.
Laird started the day by anchoring the Tigers to a victory in the 4×100 and kept winning. His effort in the 200 – which came after a 9.80 (+3.2) winner in the 100 – was truly special, as he went 19.82 (+1.7) to match the fifth-fastest mark in collegiate history (Kenny Bednarek). As it stands, Laird owns the fourth- and fifth-fastest performances in collegiate history thanks to his 19.81 PR from the Texas Relays earlier this season.
Davis Hits Another Big Jump
Tara Davis continues to write her name all over the record book.
Davis soared 6.97m (22-10½) on her first attempt in the long jump at the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which equaled the third-best mark in collegiate history – held by Davis and Carol Lewis. If you’re counting at home, which we certainly are, Davis owns four of the top-6 marks in collegiate history – No. 1, t-No. 3, t-No. 3, t-No. 3.
Mu Adds Two All-Time Marks
49.71 or bust.
That was Athing Mu’s approach to this weekend.
Mu, who aimed for Courtney Okolo’s five-year-old collegiate record in the 400 meters, fell short – but notched two all-time top-10 performances. It began in the prelims on Friday when Mu hit one lap in 50.04 and then came back on Saturday for a 49.84 winner. A quick look at the record book reveals that those are the sixth- and third-fastest marks in collegiate history, respectively.
Moore With Less (Attempts)
Jasmine Moore could have stopped after one attempt in the triple jump.
After all, the Georgia freshman didn’t really need to prove anything else.
Moore bounded a wind-legal 14.39m (47-2½) in Round 1 to become the third-best performer in collegiate history behind 2018 The Bowerman winner Keturah Orji and current Texas Tech star Ruth Usoro.
Young Impresses In Track Meet 1500
James Young rolled to another all-time effort.
Young, who competes for NCAA Division II Academy of Art, won Heat 2 of the Men’s 1500 Meters at the Sound Running Track Meet in 3:38.31. That is the third-fastest mark in NCAA DII history behind David Ribich’s record of 3:37.15 and Young’s PR of 3:37.72 that he clocked on April 16.
BYU Runs 4 Her (All-Time Top-10)
BYU athletes took their talents to the Sound Running Track Meet this past weekend stood out, especially Whittni Orton and Courtney Wayment.
Orton and Wayment, competing in the Women’s 5000 Meters, became the seventh- and ninth-fastest performers in collegiate history, respectively. Orton finished 10th in Heat 1 with a mark of 15:12.91, while Wayment took fourth place in Heat 2 at 15:17.58.
The Cougars joined Iowa State as the only two programs with multiple athletes ranked in the all-time top-10 of the event.
Pomainville Makes NCAA DIII History
Emily Pomainville continued her dream season this weekend.
Pomainville, competing at the Redhawk Captstone Meet, won the 800 in 2:04.36 to become just the fifth woman in NCAA Division III history to crack the 2:05 mark in the event.