MEET RECAP: 2021 NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships – Final Site
Champions were crowned at the final site of the 2021 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon!
Hayward Field played host to the NCAA Championships for the 17th time – first since 2018 – and it was just as historic as anybody could remember.
Men took center stage on Wednesday and Friday, while the women starred on Thursday and Saturday.
2021 NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships – Final Standings
North Carolina A&T
North Carolina A&T
LSU and Southern California ran away with their gender’s respective team titles.
The Tigers did so by brute force, winning six event titles – the second-most in meet history by a men’s program – and totaling 84 points. JuVaughn Harrison starred once again, winning both the high jump and long jump for the third consecutive edition of the NCAA Championships.
The Women of Troy made expert use of their 13 entries to the final day, as they scored 68 of their 74 points in the sprints, hurdle and relay events. Anna Cockrell shined bright as could be on Saturday, completing just the second 100H-400H double in meet history (Queen Harrison, 2010).
Tyra Gittens of Texas A&M and Terrance Laird of LSU put up gaudy individual point totals. Gittens won the heptathlon, finished runner-up in the long jump and took third place in the high jump for 24 points and became the all-time leader in points scored solely in field events at a single championship. Laird captured the 100, anchored the winning 4×100 relay and finished runner-up in the 200 to give him 20.5 points – 0.5 more than teammate Harrison.
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Southern California would not be denied.
After qualifying 13 entries through to the final day of women’s competition, the Women of Troy took full advantage of the situation and scored in nine different events thanks to a trio of event titles – 4×100 relay, 100H, 400H – and multiple scorers in the 100, 200 and 400. USC also scored in the high jump, triple jump and finished runner-up in the 4×400 relay.
All told, Day 4 of the meet saw two collegiate records, three meet records (including those two collegiate records) and a slew of all-time top-10 performances.
Women’s 4×100 Relay
Southern California and LSU waged a huge battle in the last NCAA meet in 2019, and the two sprint powerhouses put on another thriller.
One big constant was Twanisha “TeeTee” Terry anchoring the Women of Troy to victory, 42.82 to 42.84.
Three of USC’s foursome returned with Angie Annelus and Lanae-Tava Thomas running the second and third legs.
Terry got the baton in second place but made up just enough ground on LSU anchor Thelma Davies to win in the final strides.
Women’s 1500 Meters
Anna Camp of BYU surged ahead of Colorado’s Sage Hurta heading into the homestretch and closed hard to take the win in 4:08.53 for the eighth-fastest performance in meet history. That is also the first 1500 title for BYU since 2000. It was the second personal best Camp set in the event after running 4:09.22 in the semifinal rounds.
Hurta held on for a runner-up finish in 4:09.42 and held off Stanford’s Ella Donaghu, who finished third in 4:09.66.
With how the semifinals went, we knew the finals were going to be even better.
It didn’t disappoint.
Staying close to the front of the pack the entire race, Mahala Norris of Air Force had an incredible kick to win in 9:31.79, edging Joyce Kimeli of Auburn by 0.05 seconds in the closest finish in meet history for the women’s steeplechase. Norris’ winning time also makes her the sixth-best performer in collegiate history. That is just the third title ever won by the Falcons at the outdoor meet.
Kimeli finished second in 9:31.84 and Katie Rainsberger of Washington moved up to the front of the pack and held on for a third place finish in 9:32.12. They now rank No. 7 and No. 8, respectively, on the all-time chart.
Women’s 100 Hurdles
Anna Cockrell continued Southern Cal’s winning ways, winning in 12.58 to follow USC’s 4×100 victory. Cockrell took control early and continually added to her lead with each hurdle to win by 0.24 seconds.
Two freshmen finished 2-3 – Rayniah Jones of Central Florida edging Baylor’s Ackera Nugent, 12.82 to 12.84.
The race unfortunately had an empty lane as LSU’s Tonea Marshall, the seasonal leader at 12.44, did not start.
Women’s 100 Meters
Sha’Carri Richardson’s 10.75 collegiate record from 2019 survived. Barely.
Cambrea Sturgis of North Carolina A&T bolted to an early lead and held off TeeTee Terry of Southern California in a pair of blazing times – 10.74 and 10.79.
Unfortunately, an aiding wind of 2.2 m/s negated any record consideration, but the times rate as the No. 1 and No. 4 fastest ever by a collegian under any conditions.
Alabama’s Tamara Clark (10.88) and Kemba Nelson of Oregon (10.90) also ran sub-11 times.
Women’s 400 Meters
Another race, another amazing performance from Athing Mu of Texas A&M.
This time it was 49.57 as Mu shaved 0.11 seconds off the collegiate record she set just two weeks ago in the West Preliminary Round. It was her third-straight lap under 50 seconds – there have only been six total by all collegians in history.
Two others ran sub-51, with Florida freshman Talitha Diggs (50.74) and Kyra Constantine of Southern California (50.87) each setting PRs.
While Mu had the race in control early, plenty of important team points were up for grabs for the Aggies and Southern Cal. USC went 3-4-7 for a total of 13, while A&M scored 14.
Women’s 800 Meters
It was a three-woman race heading into the final 100 meters. Laurie Barton of Clemson had a slight lead with Michaela Meyer of Virginia and Gabrielle Wilkinson of Florida right behind.
Meyer used a final kick to move ahead of Barton and take home the win in 2:00.28. Not only did her winning time make her the eighth-best performer in final site history, she solidified her spot as ninth-best performer in collegiate history.
Barton crossed the finish in 2:00.65 for runner-up honors and Wilkinson finished third in 2:01.20.
Women’s 400 Hurdles
History is made!
Anna Cockrell of Southern California successfully completed the 100H/400H double.
Already capturing the 100H crown earlier, she claimed her second title of the weekend after winning the 400H in 54.68. Cockrell became the second woman in meet history to complete the double (2010 The Bowerman winner Queen Harrison was the first).
Rounding out the top-3 finishers were Shannon Meisberger of Arizona and Andrenette Knight of Virginia. Meisberger crossed the line in second with a time of 55.70, while Knight was right behind in 55.81 for third.
Women’s 200 Meters
Cambrea Sturgis completed a stellar 100/200 double. This time the wind reading was legal, meaning the North Carolina A&T sophomore is the No. 4 collegian ever at 22.12.
Sturgis needed to run fast to overtake Alabama’s Tamara Clark, who entered the homestretch a clear leader. She held on until Sturgis passed her in the final steps. Clark, who ran 22.13 two weeks ago, finished in 22.17.
The only other race in meet history with a pair of sub-22.20 racers came in 2019, when Angie Annelus of Southern California outdueled Sha’Carri Richardson of LSU (22.16 to 22.17). Annelus, fifth today, had also won the 2018 title.
Women’s 5000 Meters
Champions run in the Henes family.
Elly Henes of NC State made her move with 200 meters left to go and didn’t look back. She used a strong finish to hold off Katie Wasserman of Notre Dame to take home the crown in 15:28.05.
The last athlete to win the 5000 for the Wolfpack at the NCAA Championships? Henes’ mother and coach, Laurie Henes, who captured the title in 1991.
Wasserman finished second in a personal best effort of 15:28.68, while Bethany Hasz crossed the line in 15:30.57 for third.
Women’s 4×400 Relay
Athing Mu once again dominated, closing out yet another collegiate record with a superb split of 48.85. Texas A&M’s final time of 3:22.34 shattered the old CR of 3:23.13 set by Oregon in 2017, with Mu’s contribution the fastest ever recorded by a collegian.
The Aggies were by the only fast foursome. Southern California (3:24.54) and UCLA (3:25.01) followed with additional all-time Top-10 collegiate performances – USC =No. 6, UCLA No. 10.
All nine finalists ran sub-3:30 for the first time in history. The meet’s previous high was seven back in 2017.
Women’s High Jump
Rachel Glenn figured to have a duel with a Texas A&M jumper. After all, the South Carolina freshman matched the Aggie’s Tyra Gittens and Tamara Distin to win the SEC meet on misses last month, as all three cleared 1.89m (6-2¼).
Distin, who finished third at that meet on misses with a then-PR, took control here as she was the only one of the three – again, the final three in the competition – to clear 1.90m (6-2¾) on a first attempt.
Glenn followed with a second-attempt clearance, while Gittens could go no higher.
With the bar set at 1.93m (6-4) – a PR for both – Glenn clinched the title with a first-attempt make. That made her just the third freshman to win this title, joining Tanya Hughes of Arizona (1991) and Destinee Hooker of Texas (2006). The winning height for Glenn tied her for No. 6 in meet history.
Women’s Triple Jump
In a battle between Ruth Usoro of Texas Tech and Jasmine Moore of Georgia, Usoro proved to be victorious.
Moore leaped to an early lead with a Round 1 effort of 13.96m (45-9¾) before fouling her next three jumps. Usoro opened up with a pair of jumps landing at 13.85m (45-5 ¼) in the first two rounds to sit in second. She took over the lead in Round 3 with an eventual winning leap of 14.19-46-6¾).
Moore didn’t go down quietly, as her competition best came in Round 6 at 14.13m (46-4¼); however, it was not enough to take back the lead she previously held for two rounds. Michelle Fokam of Rice finished in third with a personal best effort of 14.04m (46-¾) that came in Round 2.
Big throws were looked for, but it was Iowa’s Laulauga Tausaga who took a surprising lead in Round 2 at 63.53m (208-5), moving her to No. 3 in meet history.
That held up as by far the leader until Jorinde van Klinken of Arizona State came to life in Round 5. Mired in second at 60.56m (198-8), she improved to 63.41m (208-0) to threaten Tausaga, the defending champion.
In Round 6, van Klinken unleashed the winning effort of 65.01m (213-3). That added more than two feet to the meet record set by Seilala Sua in 1999.
For van Klinken, it was her farthest effort in a Sun Devil uniform and makes her No. 4 on the all-time collegiate list. Tausaga rates as No. 10.
Women’s Heptathlon (Day 2)
No matter how one counted, Tyra Gittens of Texas A&M was going to score a lot of points. As the meet’s only scorer in three individual events, her 24 points led the way among individuals.
In the heptathlon, she was also on a different level, amassing 6285 points to win by 218 over Miami’s Michelle Atherley (6067).
Gittens had just one PR in the meet – a javelin throw of 41.24m (135-4) – and strapped together a series of solid efforts to give her the meet’s No. 5 score in history.
The 7-eventer also featured a Hayward Field heptathlon javelin record of 49.92m (163-9) by Washington’s Ida Eikeng, who finished fifth with a PR 5920.
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Friday, June 11 – Day 3
Nothing stopped top-ranked LSU once it started rolling on Friday night.
The Tigers picked up six event titles – the second-most by a men’s team in meet history behind Ohio State’s seven in 1936 – and amassed 84 points to win their fifth national title in program history (first since 2002).
By the time Sean “Squirrel” Burrell won the 400H in an all-time World U20 best of 47.85, LSU had wrapped up the victory. The crazy part is that there were still five more events that had yet to be scored. The Tigers were just that dominant at Hayward Field.
Here were the other LSU champions: JuVaughn Harrison added two more individual titles to his haul, sweeping the high jump and long jump for the third consecutive meet, spanning the indoor and outdoor seasons; Terrance Laird anchored the winning 4×100 relay and won the 100; Tzuriel Pedigo was a suprise winner in the javelin, taking the crown on his final throw.
Indoor champion Oregon finished runner-up with 53 points, while North Carolina A&T earned its first podium finish in program history in third with 35 points. Florida took fourth place, just 0.5 points out of third with 34.5 points.
Men’s 5000 Meters
Fans were looking for an historic race and they got it.
Oregon’s Cooper Teare, who set a collegiate record of 3:50.39 indoors in the mile, finished off his collegiate season with a sensational meet record of 13:12.27 as the top three finishers were under the old MR of 13:18.36.
Teare patiently followed an initial fast pace that began to slow. But he couldn’t wait to take the lead with a lap and a half to go. He held off challenges from Luis Grijalva of Northern Arizona (13:13.14) and Campbell’s Athanas Kioko (13:13.47) as the top-3 ran the 2nd, 3rd and 4th best times in collegiate history.
The Ducks’ Cole Hocker, who was aiming for an historic 1500/5K double, was ninth with a lap to go but had a wonderful last lap to move for 4th place in 13:18.95.
Amazingly, the top 12 finishers all set PRs.
Men’s High Jump
What’s so tough about a high jump/long jump double?
JuVaughn Harrison of LSU has made it look ridiculously routine.
He claimed his third such here. His other two – outdoors in 2019, indoors earlier this year – were the first in respective NCAA meet history.
As usual, Harrison did it in style. Here he alone passed any height, much less two. He added drama with a rare early miss at 2.20m (7-2½), but then cleared two more bars to win the title at 2.26m (7-5).
Then there was more passing. He skipped the scheduled bar at 2.30m/7-6½ and went to 2.33m/7-7¾, which he cleared on his first attempt. That matched the 5th-best clearance in meet history.
He could go no higher, after three misses at a collegiate record 2.39m (7-10).
Men’s 1500 Meters
Cole Hocker of Oregon started off his attempt at an historic 1500/5000 double with a win in 3:35.35, the second-fastest in meet history and fourth-fastest in collegiate history. The last lap was furious. Defending champion Yared Nuguse of Notre Dame led the whole way until Hocker passed him with 200 to go.
Nuguse, who beat Hocker earlier this year on these same fabled grounds before setting the collegiate record of 3:34.68, couldn’t conjure up the same magical homestretch run he had then (and in winning in 2019 by 0.001 seconds). Hocker’s last 400 was timed in a blistering 52.23, Nuguse’s in 52.67, with the fastest part in the last half lap.
Hocker’s time was also an absolute PR, besting his 3:35.63 indoors en route to a 3:50.55 mile.
Men’s 400 Meters
Randolph Ross ran the race of his life.
The result? A national title.
Ross completed the one lap in 43.85 for a huge personal best and breaking the 44-second barrier for the first time in his career. Not only does that performance make him the third-fastest performer in collegiate history, it is also the second-best performance in final site meet history.
Bryce Deadmon of Texas A&M came off the turn into the homestretch in striking distance of a top-3 finish and made it to the line in second in a personal best of 44.44. Noah Williams closed well after a slow start to take third in 44.93, passing Trevor Stewart of North Carolina A&T, who crossed the line in fourth (44.96).
Men’s 4×400 Relay
North Carolina A&T completed a sweep of the indoor and outdoor 4×400 titles. As usual, it was great team work for the Aggies. Randolph Ross, who earlier won the open 400 with a scintillating 43.85, gave A&T the lead with a stellar second leg, and Trevor Stewart finished it off as the Aggies clocked 3:00.92.
The biggest surprise was happening behind, as Stephen F. Austin’s Auhmad Robinson had an incredible finish to bring the Lumberjacks up to second place in 3:01.52. His split of 43.45 is the second-fastest split in meet history behind only the legendary 43.3 (for 440 yards) of Maurice Peoples of Arizona State in 1973.
Men’s 800 Meters
The race for pole position turned out to be the race the entire distance.
Isaiah Jewett of Southern California beat another fast starter, Texas A&M freshman Brandon Miller, for that spot at the break. It was a lead Jewett fought to hold onto and would never relinquish, despite Miller pushing him the whole way.
Jewett split 50.93 for the first lap, with Miller following – and challenging – as closely as possible. The two opened up a sizable gap on the rest of the field. Down the backstretch, around the final turn and into the homestretch, Jewett continued to hold off Miller.
At the finish, Jewett PRed in 1:44.68, the fourth-fastest time in final site meet history and the eighth-fastest time in collegiate history. Miller (1:44.97) led a parade of fast followers as eight of the nine finalists set lifetime bests. All nine ran sub-1:47, a first in meet history.
Jewett’s win was the first in this event for the Trojans.
Men’s 400 Hurdles
It was an historic run for Sean Burrell of LSU.
The freshman rolled to the 400H title in 47.85 and was the only athlete to break 48-seconds. Burrell equaled the fourth-fastest performer in collegiate history and set an all-time world U20 best with his winning time in the process. Burrell’s win also clinched the national championship for the Tigers in the men’s team title race.
Rounding out the top-3 was Isaiah Levingston of Oklahoma and Cameron Samuel of USC. Levingston finished second in 48.49 with Samuel in third (48.68).
Men’s 110 Hurdles
Robert Dunning of Alabama redeemed himself from the prelims.
Dunning quickly put Wednesday’s race behind him and rolled to a NCAA title in 13.25. That effort equals the eight-best performer in final site meet history and caps an undefeated for Dunning. It was also the fastest mark ever recorded into a headwind in meet history.
Jayan McConico of Iowa was the next to cross the line in 13.38 to capture a runner-up finish, with Phillip Lemonious of Arkansas right behind in 13.39 to finish third.
Men’s 100 Meters
Terrance Laird of LSU overcame the faster starts of several others, but just like he did in anchoring the 4×100 final earlier he had afterburners no one else could match. His winning time of 10.05 was a PR.
Shaun Maswanganyi, the Houston freshman coached by legends Carl Lewis and Leroy Burrell, edged Oregon freshman Micah Williams for second, 10.09 to 10.11. Florida State’s JoVaughn Martin was fourth in 10.12.
A total of five freshmen made the final, with Georgia’s Mathew Boling (10.19), Florida’s Joseph Fahnbulleh (10.26) and FSU’s Taylor Banks (10.35) giving the final five freshmen scorers.
Men’s 200 Meters
Joseph Fahnbulleh of Florida showed a wonderful burst of speed on the homestretch, outleaning LSU’s Terrance Laird for the victory in a PR 19.91. It was great redemption for Fahnbulleh, who was 6th in the 100 less than an hour earlier.
Laird (19.94) had earlier shown great finishing speed in coming from behind to win the 100 and anchoring the winning 4×100 team. Houston’s Shaun Maswanganyi, runner-up in the 100, was third in a PR 20.10.
Men’s 4×100 Relay
LSU led five teams under 39 seconds in running the fastest time of the year in 38.48. Taking the baton behind Georgia, Tiger standout Terrance Laird overtook Matthew Boling of the Bulldogs for the win and LSU’s 10th event crown. Georgia (38.54) ran its fastest of the year, as did Florida State at 38.60, just a whisker ahead of North Carolina A&T with the same time.
Make it two for Turner Washington.
After capturing the NCAA title in the shot put on Wednesday, the sophomore from Arizona State won his second crown of the weekend with a winning toss of 63.42m (208-1). His day’s best throw came in Round 1 and kept the lead for good. Washington is the first to pull off the shot put/discus double since Filip Mihaljevic of Virginia did so in 2017.
Roje Stona of Clemson moved from seventh to second place in Round 2 with a heave of 61.94m (203-2) and held steady the rest of the competition. Claudio Romero of Virginia finished third overall with a Round 5 mark of 61.36m (201-4).
Men’s Triple Jump
It took one jump for Emmanuel Ihemeje of Oregon to win the NCAA title – and give the Ducks’ their first event crown in program history. A personal best effort of 17.14m (56-2¾) in Round 1 gave Ihemeje the lead for good out of the first flight. All six of his jumps were over 52 feet.
The closest performer to Ihemeje, and the only other athlete over 17 meters, was Jah-Nhai Perinchief of Tennessee. His Round 1 jump coming in flight two was marked at 17.03m (55-10½). Even though he did not improve throughout the remainder of the competition, he maintained his position for a second-place finish. Chengetayi Mapaya of TCU finished with a competition best of 16.74m (54-11¼) in Round 2.
Kigen Chemadi of Middle Tennessee State is leaving Hayward Field a national champion after sealing the victory in 8:28.20, good for a new personal best and collegiate-leading effort. This is just the second NCAA title in program history. The only event a Blue Raider won prior to today was the 100 by Mardy Scales in 2013.
Chasing Chemadi heading into the final barrier was Alex Basten of Minnesota and Ryan Smeeton of Oklahoma State. Basten successfully cleared the barrier to finish second in 8:29.03, while just missing a fall by Smeeton after coming too close to the barrier. Smeeton recovered for a third place finish in 8:30.70.
Women’s Heptathlon (Day 1)
Tyra Gittens put together a solid first day of 3834 points to build a lead of 162 points over Ida Eikeng of Washington (3672). Gittens was best of the day in two events – the high jump at 1.84m (6-0½) and 200 meters at 23.79. She opened up with a seasonal best of 13.46 in the 100 hurdles and added her best heptathlon shot put effort this year of 13.31m (43-8).
The junior from Texas A&M was runner-up Thursday in the long jump, and will compete in the open high jump Saturday along with the heptathlon’s final three events.
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Thursday, June 10 – Day 2
The first day of the 39th edition of the Women’s Championships began with a collegiate record.
All-time marks continued to pour in during blazing fast semifinals of the steeplechase.
Top teams are setting themselves up well for a run at the podium on Saturday, especially Southern California. While the Women of Troy don’t have any points on the scoreboard right now, they could possibly amass 120 on the final day of competition with their 13 entries.
Keep reading to find out what happened on Thursday at Hayward Field.
Women’s Hammer Throw
Camryn Rogers put a pair of exclamation marks to her undefeated season, breaking and then bettering the collegiate record in becoming the sixth back-to-back winner in this event. Her explosiveness was on display early with a first-round 74.97m (245-11) that broke the CR set by Maggie Ewen in 2018 at 74.53m (244-6).
The Cal junior added two more 240-foot efforts – she’s the only one in meet history with more than one at the final site – before gathering herself for the last collegiate throw of the year. It landed at 75.52m (247-9) for her second lifetime best of the day.
Rogers wasn’t the only one enjoying a great day – runner-up Shey Taiwo of Ole Miss (71.27m/233-1) and third-placer Jillian Shippee of North Carolina (69.42m/227-9) followed in the standings with PRs. Taiwo moved to No. 9 on the all-time collegiate list.
Women’s 10,000 Meters
Carmela Cardama Baez wasn’t going to disappoint in front of the home crowd.
The senior from Oregon captured the NCAA crown in 32:16.13, which is the fourth-fastest time in final site meet history.
It came down to Cardama Baez and Mercy Chelangat of Alabama as the two started to run away from the competition in the later half of the race. Cardama Baez tucked in behind Chelangat when the gap between them and the rest of the field grew larger. Baez took the lead with two laps to go and began to pull away from Celangat on the bell lap.
Cardama Baez became the second Duck in program history to win the event at the NCAA Championships. Kathy Hayes was the first to do so in 1984.
Chelangat finished second in 32:22.11, while Maria Mettler of Air Force finished in third with a time of 32:34.05.
Women’s Shot Put
In a back-and-forth battle, Adelaide Aquilla proved to be victorious.
The junior from Ohio State won the competition on her final throw of the competition with a heave of 18.98m (62-3¼). Aquila led through the first two rounds at 17.57m (57-7¾), before Kayla Dawson of Indiana took the lead in Round 3 at 17.99m (59-¼).
Josie Schaefer of Wisconsin joined the party, moving from eighth to second in Round 5 before temporarily taking the lead in Round 6 with a throw of 18.29m (60-¼). Aquila responded on her last throw to regain the lead with her winning toss that is the fourth-best throw in final site meet history.
Finishing in third behind Aquilla and Schaefer was Akealy Moton of North Dakota State. The sophomore’s best throw of 18.11m (59-5) came in Round 6.
Women’s Long Jump
Tara Davis came from behind to give Texas its first outdoor title in this event. The collegiate record holder indoors and outdoors had the early lead at 6.52m (21-4¾) from Round 2. Jasmine Moore of Georgia, with two fouls, took the lead in Round 3 at 6.61m (21-8¼).
Moore continued to lead until Round 5, when Davis posted her winning effort of 6.70m (21-11¾). Moore also improved in Round 5 to 6.65m (21-10) and then saw another pass her in Round 6 – Tyra Gittens of Texas A&M at 6.68m (21-11).
Women’s Pole Vault
Lisa Gunnarsson of LSU entered the competition at 4.20m (13-9¼) and produced a clean sheet through her winning clearance of 4.40m (14-5¼). Gunnarsson officially picked up the win at that height after four other women could not clear the bar. After capturing the win, she passed on 4.45m (14-7¼) and went to 4.50m (14-9), but was not able to clear the height after three attempts.
It was Gunnarsson’s second career NCAA title and became the first woman in NCAA history to complete the indoor/outdoor sweep since 2010.
Marie-Therese Obst of Georgia became the fourth Bulldog to win the event thanks to a heave of 59.69m (195-10). Obst took over the lead at 58.49m (191-10) in Round 2 and didn’t look back, before solidifying her victory in Round 5 with her winning throw.
Alizee Minard of Arizona State took the early lead with an opening throw of 57.91m (190-0). Although Minard did not improve after Round 1, she held on for a runner-up finish after Obst took over the lead. Maura Fiamoncini of Bucknell finished third with her best mark of 56.48m (185-4) coming on her second throw of the competition.
Karel Tilga of Georgia completed a sweep of indoor and outdoor titles, winning the decathlon after taking the indoor heptathlon in March. His 10-event score here of 8291 made him the No. 8 performer in meet history.
Through seven events, though, Tilga was ahead of the pace he had when he scored 8484, the wind-legal collegiate record. Alas, a sub-par pole vault brought him back to mere mortality. His 8291 remains the second-best of the sophomore’s young career.
Tilga’s win combined with Johannes Erm’s victory in 2019 to give the Bulldogs the first back-to-back champions in this event from the same school with different athletes since 1991-92 (Tennessee).
Ayden Owens of Michigan was runner-up at 8114, another sophomore with the second-best total of his career (Owens scored 8238 to win the Big Ten in May).
Tilga was on a great pace through seven events with a solid 110H (15.20, near PR) and discus (46.46m/152-5), less than two feet from what he threw in his 8484 CR score. A pole vault clearance of 4.51m (14-9½) saw him lose 133 points to the 4.92m (16-1¾) he cleared in April. A solid 63.11m (207-0) in the javelin gave him 7554 points before the final event.
Women’s 4×100 Relay
Southern California flexed its sprint prowess with the fastest semifinal time of 42.63 to turn back season leader LSU (43.03). Oregon joined the Women of Troy in sub-43 territory with a seasonal-best 42.86 in winning the first semi, while Alabama (43.31) was the other semi winner.
Women’s 1500 Meters
Sage Hurta of Colorado took heat one in 4:08.88 to become the eighth-best performer in final site meet history and recorded the fastest semifinal time in the process.
Stanford got two athletes through to the final, as Ella Donaghu won the second semifinal in 4:13.89 and Christina Aragon finished fourth in 4:14.52. It’s the fourth-straight championships where Stanford qualified at least two athletes to the 1500 final.
It’s going to be a fast final on Saturday, as 11 of 12 qualifiers set personal bests with several athletes hitting all-time top-10 marks in collegiate history in the semifinal rounds.
Courtney Wayment of BYU led all qualifiers with a winning time of 9:32.37 in the second semifinal. Wayment went right to the front and held off Aneta Konieczek of Oregon for the win. Konieczek finished second in 9:34.37 and improved her billing as the seventh-best performer all-time in collegiate history.
Three other athletes, all out of the first semifinal, made their way onto the all-time charts with their efforts. Joyce Kimelo of Auburn won in 9:35.57 to become the eighth-best performer in collegiate history. Finishing second to Kimeli was Katie Rainsberger of Washington to become the ninth-best performer with her 9:36.71.
Rounding out the newly updated top-10 is Charlotte Prouse of New Mexico, while Summer Allen of Weber State sits right outside. Prouse finished third in Heat 2 in 9:37.05 to become the No. 10 performer on the all-time charts, while Allen is No. 11 at 9:37.48 with her third place finish in Heat 1. Mahala Norris of Air Force was the final sub-9:38 effort, as her 9:37.53 moved her to No. 12.
Women’s 100 Hurdles
LSU’s Tonea Marshall nearly matched her seasonal best of 12.44, as her 12.48 to win the second semifinal just held off Anna Cockrell of Southern California. For Marshall, it tied her for No. 3 in meet final-site history, while Cockrell’s 12.54 moved her to No. 8 on the all-time collegiate list.
Other semi winners were Grace Stark of Florida (12.73 PR) and UTEP freshman Ackera Nugent (12.84). North Carolina A&T advanced two to the final in TeJyrica Robinson (12.90) and Madeleine Akobundu (12.93).
Women’s 100 Meters
All four of the year’s sub-11 runners advanced to the final with the four fastest times, as no one needed to come anywhere close to sub-11 to qualify. TeeTee Terry of Southern California led the way in 11.03 over Tamara Clark of Alabama (11.13) in Heat 1. Kemba Nelson of Oregon (11.13) held off North Carolina A&T’s Cambrea Sturgis (11.20) in Heat 3.
The other semifinal winner was Jayla Kirkland of Florida State (11.30). The final qualifier was Baylor freshman Ackera Nugent, who ran 11.39 just minutes after winning her semi in the 100 hurdles.
Women’s 400 Meters
Athing Mu of Texas A&M had no problem advancing to the final, winning her semifinal in 51.04. She’ll be joined by teammate Charokee Young, but the Aggies won’t be the only team with multiple finalists.
Leading the way is Southern California with three. USC had the two fastest in Nicole Yeargin (50.96) and Bailey Lear (51.02), PRs for both. Also qualifying for the Women of Troy was Kyra Constantine (51.93), but USC unfortunately will be missing NCAA Indoor champ Kaelin Roberts, who didn’t advance.
The final semi winner was Florida freshman Talitha Diggs (51.45). The Gators also have an additional finalist in Taylor Manson (51.04).
Women’s 800 Meters
Amber Tanner led all qualifiers with her winning time of 2:01.82 to take the first semifinal. Sarah Hendrick of Kennesaw State became the first final qualifier in a track event in program history after winning the second semifinal in 2:03.17. Rounding out the winners is Gabrielle Wilkinson of Florida with her 2:03.50 to claim the third semifinal. All nine qualifiers ran sub-2:04 to advance to the final on Saturday.
Women’s 400 Hurdles
In the first semifinal, Masai Russell of Kentucky came off the final hurdle and surged ahead of Milan Young of LSU to win in 57.06, with Young finishing in second in 57.45. Anna Cockrell, the defending champion, cruised to a second semifinal win in 56.12 to lead all qualifiers into Saturday’s final. Taking the third semifinal was Brittley Humphrey of LSU after beating Shannon Meisberger of Arizona, 56.56 to 56.63.
Women’s 200 Meters
Ohio State’s Anavia Battle led the qualifiers at 22.50. Other semifinal winners were Cambrea Sturgis of North Carolina A&T (22.55) and seasonal leader Tamara Clark of Alabama (22.56).
Southern California advanced two to final – two-time defending champion Angie Annelus (22.70) and TeeTee Terry (22.76). Terry earlier led all of the 100 qualifiers.
Women’s 4×400 Relay
Four squads ran sub-3:30, topped by Texas A&M at 3:26.74, the second-fastest non-final time recorded in meet history. The Aggies were anchored by Athing Mu in 50.91, but faster splits were turned in by Florida’s Talitha Diggs (50.46) and Shae Anderson of UCLA (60.63).
The Gators also won an earlier semifinal in 3:27.47 – at the time the second-fastest non-final in meet history. UCLA (3:27.57) and Southern California (3:28.08) were the other sub-3:30 teams. South Carolina won the first of three semifinals in 3:30.09.
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Wednesday, June 9 – Day 1
If Wednesday is a sign of things to come, we’re in store for an absolutely historic meet.
The highlight of Day 1 was the Men’s 10,000 Meters, where 10 men went under the former meet record of 28:01.30, set by Suleiman Nyambui of UTEP 42 years ago. To the victor goes the meet record, though, as Patrick Dever of Tulsa is the new record holder at 27:41.87.
As far as the team races goes, top-ranked LSU is comfortably ahead with 24 points after a pair of event crowns: JuVaughn Harrison in the long jump and Tzuriel Pedigo in the javelin. Harrison might have been expected, but Pedigo surged from seventh to first on his sixth and final throw of the evening to give the Tigers 10 unexpected points. LSU is also tied for the most qualifiers through to Friday’s finals with six (Southern California joined the Tigers in that regard).
Keep reading to find out what transpired from Day 1.
Men’s 10,000 Meters
An incredible year of collegiate long-distance racing had a 10K for the ages. Not only was the meet record set in 1979 broken, it was bettered by 10 runners – all running sub-28 as all but one set PRs.
The winner was Patrick Dever of Tulsa in 27:41.87, the first to break the 28:01.30 MR that UTEP’s Suleiman Nyambui set in 1979. He was followed by a succession of current collegiate greats as the 9th-place runner broke the old MR by more than 10 seconds and didn’t even score.
Wesley Kiptoo of Iowa State set the record pace and finished 11th (28:03.65) as an unfathomable 19 of the field’s 24 starters broke 29 minutes (all but 3 setting PRs).
Men’s Long Jump
JuVaughn Harrison of LSU defended his title surprisingly easily. The 2019 winner who also won the high jump crown – a double he’s attempting this year as well – posted an early lead in Round 1 at 8.19m (26-10½). He improved to 8.27m (27-1¾) in Round 2 that gave him a 1-foot lead that lasted until the final round.
Florida State’s Isaac Grimes improved to 8.05m (26-5) to close the gap. Harrison looks to complete his LJ/HJ double on Friday. He’s the only one in history to do it once (he’s also the only to do it indoors).
Men’s Javelin Throw
As they say – last throw, best throw.
That was the story for Tzuriel Pedigo of LSU, as the freshman captured his first NCAA crown in the javelin. On his final attempt of the competition, he unleashed a heave of 76.98m (252-7) to jump from seventh place to first. His throw gave him the lead over Mississippi State’s DJ Jonsson, who held the lead since Round 2. Jonsson finished second with his best throw of 76.73m (251-9) coming in Round 5.
Pedigo is just the second Tiger in program history, and first since 1967, to win the javelin at the NCAA Championships.
Men’s Shot Put
Turner Washington took the early lead and never looked back.
The sophomore from Arizona State captured the title with a heave of 21.10m (69-2 ¾) that came in Round 3. Washington’s title is the first in the shot put since Jordan Clarke won back-to-back years from 2011-2012.
It was a strong series for Washington, as all six of his throws went over 66 feet. He opened the competition at 20.39m (66-10 ¾) and improved to 20.42m (67-0) in Round 2 before his event winner came on his third attempt of the day.
Tripp Piperi of Texas, the 2019 champion in the event, had a season best heave of 20.71m (67-11 ½) on his fifth attempt of the day to move from third to second, but it wasn’t enough to catch Washington.
Men’s Pole Vault
Branson Ellis of Stephen F. Austin became the first male athlete to win a national title in any event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Ellis entered the competition at 5.45m (17-10½) and went on to clear the bar at 5.70m (18-8¼), which would stand to be his winning effort. That clearance puts him in a tie for the No. 6 performer in final site history. Even after sealing the victory, he continued to raise the bar and gave three attempts at 5.82m (19-1), but was unsuccessful.
Men’s Hammer Throw
Thomas Mardal of Florida put together a splendid series of throws to become the first Gator man to win this event. Three of his efforts could have won, but his best of 76.74m (251-9) in Round 2 was tops. That made him No. 6 all-time in meet final site history and No. 11 all-time among DI collegians. All six of Mardal’s throws were over 240 feet.
Men’s Decathlon – Day 1
Karel Tilga of Georgia showed he was ready to attempt the best collegiate score of all time. His 8484 from April is the best under wind-legal conditions, but there is still the wind-aided 8539 by Lindon Victor in 2017 ahead of him among all-time collegiate performances.
Tilga attacked everything full-tilt. He started with a PR 10.94 in the 100 meters despite a -0.6 meters/second headwind. He followed with a long jump best of 7.51m (24-7¾) that was slightly wind-aided at +2.2mps but also represented the second-best ever for him outdoors.
In the shot put, Tilga launched an outdoor PR 15.49m (50-10) – his only longer effort is an indoor 16.04m (52-7½) effort. Tilga matched his all-time best of 2.10m (6-10¾) in the high jump, then closed the day with a PR 49.10 in the 400. His Day 1 total of 4384 is 29 points ahead of the pace he had when he scored 8484.
The rest of the top-5 scorers from Day 1 are also doing well: Michigan’s Ayden Owens (4260), Oregon’s Max Vollmer (4140), Iowa’s Will Daniels (4129) and Leo Neugebauer of Texas (4105).
Men’s 4×100 Relay
Five teams broke 39 seconds to advance to Friday’s final with LSU leading the way in 38.66.
Men’s 1500 Meters
The 1500 semis were predictably fast. Defending champion Yared Nuguse led all qualifiers at 3:37.36 in the first semifinal, while Cole Hocker of Oregon took the second in 3:38.34. A total of 11 ran faster than the previous fastest final-site meet preliminary best of 3:39.32, including non-qualifying Cathal Doyle of Portland.
Bennett Pascoe of Arkansas State led all qualifiers in the steeplechase, taking the first semifinal in 8:31.72. Ky Robinson of Stanford claimed the second semifinal in 8:36.29.
Men’s 110 Hurdles
Phillip Lemonious paced the field with his first-semifinal winner of 13.43, with Damion Thomas of LSU taking top honors in the third semifinal for the second-best time (13.47) and Jaylan McConico of Iowa claiming the second semifinal (13.51).
It was a good day for the Hawkeyes in the high hurdles as they advanced two to Friday’s final for the first time since 1955. Jamal Britt will join McConico in the finals as the eighth fastest qualifier at 13.61 after a second place finish in the first semifinal.
Men’s 100 Meters
Homegrown freshman Micah Williams of Oregon led the qualifiers in the rain in 10.11 seconds. Shaun Maswanganyi of Houston also won a semifinal (10.14) as the Cougars will now have a finalist for the fifth-straight championship. Florida State advanced two (JoVaughn Martin, another semi winner, and Taylor Banks) to the final – that makes eight times in the last 10 championships that at least one Seminole will be in this event’s final.
Men’s 400 Meters
North Carolina A&T had two advancers in the 400 in Randolph Ross and Trevor Stewart. Ross led all qualifiers at 45.24 that came after winning semifinal two, with Stewart finishing in 45.36 to take the third semifinal. This is the first time the Aggie men have qualified two for the final in any event.
Tyler Johnson of Ohio State was the second-fastest qualifier with his first-semifinal winner of 45.33. Johnson became the first Buckeye finalist since Thomas Mardaugh in 2009.
Two other athletes made history for their respective programs. UTEP’s Sean Bailey is their first 400 finalist since Bert Cameron won the 1983 event crown. For BYU, Michael Bluth became the Cougars first event finalist since Bob Tobler in 1964.
Men’s 400 Hurdles
Moitalel Mpoke of Texas A&M led all qualifiers with his 48.85 winner in Heat 3, making it the sixth-straight championship that the Aggies had a finalist in the 400H. Sean Burrell of LSU finished second to Mpoke in 49.06 for the second-fastest time in the semifinals. Southern California’s Cameron Samuel, the lone returning finalist from 2019, is the third-fastest qualifier after winning Heat 1 in 49.37.
Men’s 200 Meters
Florida’s Joseph Fahnbulleh tied his PR to win the first semifinal in 20.05, fastest of the day. Also winning were Terrence Laird of LSU (20.14) and Houston’s Shaun Maswanganyi (20.18). That trio will be joined by three more who also made the 100 final – Matthew Boling of Georgia, Jo’Vaughn Martin of Florida State and Davonte Burnett of Southern California.
Men’s 4×400 Relay
Seasonal leader North Carolina A&T led all qualifiers at 3:03.23. The Aggies’ best this year of 2:59.21 is the third-best ever recorded by a collegiate foursome.
Two of the finalists are virtual regulars – both Texas A&M and Florida qualified for a 14th-straight final in this event.