MEET RECAP: 2022 NCAA DII Indoor T&F Championships

Champions were crowned at the 2022 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas.

2022 NCAA DII Indoor T&F Championships – Final Standings
Men’s Team Score   Women’s Team Scores
Grand Valley State66   Minnesota State58
Ashland49   Grand Valley State51
Pittsburg State 47   Azusa Pacific40
West Texas A&M40   West Texas A&M40
Central Missouri29   Two teams tied31
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Keep reading below to find out what happened in the meet!

Men’s Recap

Grand Valley State is on a hot streak.

After winning the 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships last May and romping to the team title at the 2021 NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country title in November, the Lakers get to add another trophy to their collection. This time it’s an indoor title – and the first in program history – as they scored 66 points.

Brandon Miller topped the podium in the 200 to win the Lakers’ lone event title of the weekend. Miller entered the meet as the sixth-seed and went on to finish first in 21.01.

Grand Valley State’s distance crew scored 29 points between the mile, 3000 and 5000. Isaac Harding paced the Lakers with his 14 points after placing second in the 3000 and third in the 5000. Tanner Chada was another distance athlete to double-up, placing third in the 3000 and sixth in the 5000. Caleb Futter added a third-place finish in the mile.

In the field events, Eli Kosiba earned runner-up honors in the high jump with his clearance of 2.14m (7-0¼).

Ashland finished second with 49 points behind Trevor Bassitt’s three national titles in the 60H, 400 and as part of the 4×400 relay. Rounding out the podium are Pittsburg State in third (47 points) and West Texas A&M in fourth (40 points).

Women’s Recap

Minnesota State stood on top of the podium for the first time in program history as the Mavericks scored 58 points, relying on their speed and power events to get the job done.

Makayla Jackson won two national titles to lead Minnesota State. She first won the long jump in a collegiate best 6.20m (20-4 ¼) on Friday night. Her second title of the weekend came in the 60 when she was the first to cross the line in 7.34. A third event title came from Denisha Cartwright’s winning effort of 8.39 in the 60H.

Int he field events, the Mavericks had a trio of of women socre in the weight throw. Brea Perron led the trio with her second place finish, followed by Katie Taylor in third and Kaylee Jensen in fifth. Perron and Taylor also placed fifth and seventh, respectively, in the shot put.

Grand Valley State finished second with 51 points, followed by a tie for third between Azusa Pacific and West Texas A&M with 40 points each.

NCAA DII Records Fall On Day 2

Two NCAA DII records fell in Pittsburg, Kansas on the final day of competition.

Cheyenne Williamson of Saginaw Valley State shattered the DII record in the pentathlon with her score of 4929 points. That bettered the previous record of 4193 points set by Lindsay Lettow of Central Missouri in 2012.

Williamson opened up the competition with two wins, going 8.45 in the 60H and soaring 1.79m (5-10½) in the high jump. She settled for third in the shot put with a heave of 11.90m before bouncing back to finish second in the final two events. Williamson leaped 5.84m (19-2) in the long jump before completing the 800 in 2:18.60.

The second DII record of the day to fall came at the hands of Zada Swoopes. The West Texas A&M senior threw 17.68m (58-0¼) in Round 5, which topped the previous record of 17.62m (57-9¾) set in 2017 by McKenzie Warren of Concordia (Ore.). Swoopes nearly matched the DII standard on her fourth attempt the competition with a throw of 17.61m (57-9½). That is now the third best throw on the DII all-time chart.

Rewind To Day 1

Day 1 of the 2022 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Robert W. Plaster Center in Pittsburg, Kansas did not disappoint.

Here are a few of the biggest moment from the first day of competition!

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Brent Fairbanks of Ashland won the Men’s Weight Throw with a personal best 22.73m (74-7) that came in Round 3. That throw makes him the third-best performer in NCAA Division II history. The only two athlets that sit ahead of Fairbanks on the DII all-time list are Kibwe Johnson and Ryan Loughney – both former Ashland greats. Johnson holds the DII record at 25.08 (82-3½) and Loughney is second with his throw of 22.99m (75-5¼).

Jud Logan’s legacy endures at Ashland in the throwing events. After yesterday’s results, Ashland has the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 performers on the all-time NCAA DII chart in the men’s weight throw. Alex Hill, who is No. 5 on the all-time list at 22.49m (73-9½) in the weight throw, is currently an assistant coach wit the Eagles, overseeing their throwers. Logan has also coached numerous over athletes that rank in the top-15 on the all-time list.

Titus Winders of Southern Indiana won the Men’s 5000 in a gutsy race over Dillon Powell of Colorado School of Mines, who was the favorite to win the event after breaking the NCAA DII record in the event earlier this year. Powell either led the race or was in the lead pack for the majority of the race until Winders made his move with 300 meters. Winders took the lead and secured his win in a new championships record of 13:38.92, with Powell finishing in second in 13:42.58. That winning time by Winders is also the fastest all-conditions mark on the DII chart and the fifth-fastest time recored in divisional history, regardless of track size.

Brianna Robles of Adams State clocked the second-fastest time in the Women’s 5000, regardless of track size. Her winning effort of 16:00.98 broke the NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field Championships record of 16:03.98 that Lauren Bailey of UIndy set at last year’s NCAA meet in Birmingham, Alabama. Robles led from 2300 meters and didn’t look back, later dropping the hammer with 300 meters left in the race.

The Men’s Distance Medley Relay was nothing short of incredible. Lee (Tenn.) won the event crown in a championships record of 9:34.51 for the fastest time ever recorded in NCAA DII history, regardless of track size. The Flames was one of five teams to go under the previous meet record of 9:40.15 set by Western Oregon in 2017. Simon Fraser earned runner-up honors in 9:36.05, which is the second-fastest all-conditions mark behind Lee (Tenn.), followed by third-place Adams State (9:37.07), fourth-place American International (9:39.26) and fifth-place Pittsburg State (9:39.61).