MEET RECAP: 2022 NCAA DI Indoor T&F Championships

Champions were crowned Friday and Saturday at the 2022 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.

2022 NCAA DI Indoor T&F Championships – Final Standings

Men’s Team
Score
 
Women’s Team
Scores
Texas
47
 
Florida
68
North Carolina A&T
36
 
Texas
56
Tennessee
31
 
Kentucky
44
Northern Arizona
29
 
Arkansas
40
Two teams tied
26
 
LSU
29.5

Men’s Recap

Texas won its first men’s team title ever, scoring 47 points as North Carolina A&T was runner-up with 36 points. Tennessee (31) and Northern Arizona (29) finished the top-4 with Princeton and Texas A&M tieing for fifth place (26).

The Longhorns won one event – Friday night’s distance medley in 9:25.20 – but came back Saturday with its most points in any event, scoring 13 in the 800 meters behind the 2-4 finish of Jonathan Jones and Yusuf Bizimana.

Also scoring big for Texas was the 4×400 relay team (second) and Adrian Piperi in the shot put (second). The Longhorns’ previous highest finish in the men’s team competition in this meet was third, achieved in both 2007 and 2008.

Runner-up North Carolina A&T made the top-4 for the first time ever. The Aggies had dominating wins from Randolph Ross Jr. (400, 44.62 – No. 3 time in world history) and Javonte Harding (200, 20.46).

Third-place Tennessee got 18 points via a 1-2 finish in the long jump from Wayne Pinnock and Carey McLeod, while fourth-place Northern Arizona received 20 points from double winner Abdihamid Nur (5000 Friday night in 13:19.01 before a 3000 title Saturday in 7:59.88).

Individual standouts included Trey Cunningham of Florida State, who sizzled 7.38 in the 60-meter hurdles in becoming just the second collegian to ever run sub-7.40.

Two champions repeated from 2021 – Turner Washingon of Arizona State in the shot put (21.65m/71-0½) and Emmnauel Ihemeje of Oregon in the triple jump (16.83m/55-2¾).

Ayden Owens of Arkansas bolted to the front in the heptathlon’s final event, blistering to a time of 2:31.55 that gave him a final score of 6211, just ahead of Georgia’s Kyle Garland (6200). Owens’ time of 2:31.55 is the fastest ever in the world by an athlete scoring more than 6200 points in the heptathlon.

Women’s Recap

Florida won the team crown for the first time since 1992, scoring 68 points. Texas was runner-up with 56 points, while Kentucky (44) and Arkansas (40) filled the podium’s remaining positions.

The Gators won five events, with Jasmine Moore collecting two – a thrilling come-from-behind victory in Friday’s long jump before a CR-winning performance in Saturday’s triple jump (14.57m/47-9¾).

Also winning for Florida with record action was Grace Stark, whose 7.78 win in the 60-meter hurdles equaled the CR set by Brianna McNeal in 2013. More Gator wins came from Anna Hall in the pentathlon (4586) and Talitha Diggs in the 400 (50.98).

Runner-up Texas also joined in the record-setting activity as Julien Alfred scorched a 7.04 in Friday’s prelims of the 60 meters. She finished fifth in the final and was one of three Longhorns to score in the 200.

Kentucky’s third-place finish came with 18 points from Abby Steiner, who won the 200 in a meet-record 22.16 – second only all-time to her own CR of 22.09 – after finishing second in the 60 by an eyelash to Coastal Carolina’s Melissa Jefferson, 7.09 to 7.10.

Arkansas was fourth in the team battle, winning both the 4×400 and distance medley relays in racing eight different athletes.

Additional high-ranking individual performances came Friday from Ole Miss teammates Shey Taiwo and Jasmine Mitchell in the weight throw. Taiwo overtook Mitchell – also a former teammate in high school – in the final round with a near-CR 25.55m (83-10) to become No. 2 all-time. Mitchell had led the competition with a PR 24.94m (81-10), which makes her No. 3 ever.

In Friday’s pole vault, Rachel Baxter of Virginia Tech soared 4.62m (15-1¾) in improving her position of No. 5 all-time.