Weekend Recap: Collegians Off To Fast Start In 2022
It’s only January 15!
Collegiate track & field athletes are a different breed.
There were a number of sterling efforts from this past weekend.
Allow us to point out a few that stood out from the rest.
Is There Room At The Top?
Jones, Coleman and Myles-Mills all have claim to the collegiate record in the Men’s 60 Meters after Saturday afternoon. That’s because Jones went 6.45 at the TTU Corky Classic and matched the fastest time in collegiate history.
We want to remind you that it’s still January.
Patterson Does It Again
Jacory Patterson is pretty good at that sprint-as-fast-as-you-can-for-300-meters thing.
Patterson, now at Florida, lowered his own collegiate record from 32.28 to 31.99 and clocked just the seventh sub-32 second 300m in world history.
If you don’t believe us, watch for yourselves.
Super casual, right?
Patterson will look to improve on a third-place finish in the 400 at the NCAA DI Indoor Track & Field Championships that he notched last year.
Florida’s Stark Makes Hurdling History
Remember the name.
Stark, a Florida standout, went 7.86 in the final of the Women’s 60H at the Clemson Invitational this past weekend to move into a tie for third on the all-time collegiate chart with former LSU standout Tonea Marshall.
This wasn’t Stark’s first brush with history, though.
Stark set the world U20 all-time best in the event last year at the SEC Indoor Championships with her mark of 7.91.
Boling Soars Into The Record Book
When you’re in the same sentence as current collegiate record Miguel Pate, you’ve done something pretty special.
That’s what Matthew Boling accomplished on Friday.
Competing at the Clemson Invitational, Boling soared 8.25m (27-0¾) in the long jump to put himself at No. 14 on the all-time collegiate chart. Not only that, but Boling posted the best January leap since Pate in 2002.
Pate would establish the near 20-year-old collegiate record of 8.59m (28-2½) later that season at the USATF Indoor Championships. That mark obliterated the previous collegiate record of 8.49m (27-10¼) set by the legendary Carl Lewis 21 years before that.
Seems like these long jump records last about 20 years, huh?
Diggs Adds Her Name To The List
We’ve been making a lot of changes to all-time 300-meter charts.
Talitha Diggs is the second athlete this season to be added to the women’s version.
Just over a month after Abby Steiner of Kentucky broke a near 41-year-old collegiate record in the event with her 35.80, Diggs went 36.37 at the Clemson Invitational to move up to No. 4 behind Steiner, former collegiate record holder Merlene Ottey of Nebraska and former Kentucky standout Sydney McLaughlin.