Weekend Recap: Collegians, Weather Heat Up
A 44-year-old collegiate record is no longer.
Other all-time marks continue to pour in.
As the weather heats up, so are collegiate track & field athletes.
Here are some moments that stood out from this past weekend.
Garland Demolishes Decathlon CR
Kyle Garland of Georgia was at his best for all 10 events in USATF Decathlon Championships.
That’s a rare occurrence for any decathlete, but Garland made this the event’s best ever collegiately. He scored 8720 points, a PR by over 500 points. He was also better than the collegiate all-time best – 8539 by Lindon Victor in 2017 – by 181 points.
His score makes him No. 8 American ever, knocking none other than 1976 Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner out of the all-time top-10.
Garland was special from the start, registering a collegiate best-ever Day 1 score of 4660, 144 more than ever posted by a collegian. Day 2 saw Garland back at his best, PRing in the 110 hurdles, pole vault and a signature 1500 en route to a decathlon to be remembered.
In all, Garland posted PRs in six events. In the other four he was very close.
Hall Wins USATF Heptathlon
Anna Hall of Florida won the USATF Heptathlon Championships with a score of 6458 – the best-ever by a collegian with the current javelin the best by any collegian since 1995.
Hall also scored better than the World Championships qualifying standard of 6420, a mark she just missed with her former best of 6412.
As she has done twice already this year, Hall finished with an effort no other American female multi-event has achieved. This time her 800 was a jaw-dropping 2:03.11, good enough for No. 8 on the NCAA DI descending-order list as of Saturday morning. She set the previous heptathlon best of 2:04.61 at the Texas Relays, just a month after she did the same in the SEC pentathlon with a 2:05.33 for the indoor standard.
Hall is in select company as USATF champion – the only other collegians to win this event were Kendell Williams of Georgia in 2017 and Jackie Joyner of UCLA in 1982.
Azamati Heats Up At LSC Championships
Benjamin Azamati of West Texas A&M is turning up the heat during championship season.
It was at the Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships that Azamati scorched the track to the tune of 9.96 (+1.7) in the prelims of the Men’s 100 Meters. Azamati also set a new meet record as he eclipsed the former best of 10.03 he established at last year’s championship meet.
Yes, that was just the prelims.
That is the second-fastest time in NCAA DII history behind his own divisional record of 9.90 (+2.0) he ran earlier this year at the Texas Relays, in which he became the fourth-best performer in collegiate history. Heading into this weekend, Azamati is the only collegiate male athlete who has gone sub-10 in the 100 multiple times this season, regardless of conditions.
Azamati only got faster in the finals, as he won the Men’s 100 Meters at the LSC Championships in a windy 9.86 (+3.0). That is the fastest all-conditions mark ever recorded in NCAA DII history and the first to go sub-9.90 in the 100.
Blaskowski Blazes WIAC Track
Sam Blaskowski put himself among the greats in NCAA Division III history.
Competing at the WIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Blaskowski won the 100 meters in 10.14 (+3.9) to notch the second-fastest all-conditions mark in division history. Only former UW-Eau Claire standout Thurgood Dennis ran faster than him at 10.12 (+4.3) back in 2015.
This has been an exception freshman campaign for Blaskowski. The UW-La Crosse phenom recorded several blistering marks along the way, including a 6.70 scorcher at the WIAC Indoor Championships that rates among the best in NCAA DIII history as well.
Rollins Shines At MIAA Championships
Louis Rollins wasn’t going to settle for being the fourth-best performer in NCAA Division II history.
Rollins, competing at the MIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, clocked 13.43 (+1.3) in the prelims of the Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles. That moves Rollins up to No. 2 all-time and closes in on the NCAA DII record of 13.37 set by Brian Amos of 1994.
Rollins first established himself as one of the best hurdlers in the division when he ran 13.56 (+0.2) at the David Noble Relays, slotting him in that aforementioned fourth position.
“You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Pit”
Timothy Nyinguan nearly jumped out of the pit during the long jump at the NJCAA Region VI Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Don’t believe us?
Nyinguan soared a very wind-aided 8.08m (26-6¼) to move up to No. 3 on the all-conditions, all-college list this season. The wind reading was a robust 4.9 m/s, well over the allowable 2.0 m/s.
(NOTE: S/o to anybody who understands the headline reference)
Flanagan Puts Another Mark On All-Time Chart
A few weeks ago at the Mt. SAC Relays, Roisin Flanagan broke the NCAA Division II record in the Women’s 5000 Meters.
Fast forward to Friday night and Flanagan left another stamp on the all-time list.
Flanagan competed in the COROS Women’s 5000 Meters at the Sound Running Track Meet on Friday night, crossing the line in 15:38.42. That is the fourth-best time on the NCAA DII all-time chart during the regular season. She also ran 15:47.57 at the Portland Twilight last year, which is now the No. 12 time registered by a NCAA DII athlete.
Hamilton Continues To Impress
Rowan Hamilton extended his collegiate lead in the hammer on Friday.
Hamilton, competing for NAIA British Columbia at the Oregon Twilight, launched the implement 75.98m (249-3). That put him more than nine feet ahead of the next closest athlete on the All-College Descending Order List. Hamilton hasn’t had a meet where he threw less than 71.00m (233-0).
It has been a triumphant return for the 2019 NAIA hammer champion after not competing collegiately in 2020 or 2021, according to TFRRS.
OAC Championships Deliver Drama
Before the gun went off at the start of the Men’s 4×400 Relay at the OAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the score read – John Carroll 213, Mount Union 213.
Track & field doesn’t get much better than that.
When the dust settled after four laps and three exchanges, the Purple Raiders place first in 3:17.34, nearly three seconds ahead of the Blue Streaks to capture the team title, 223-221. The Mount Union quartet of Dylon Campbell, Justin Knoch, Tyler Gill and Matt McBride got it done in a big way for the conference’s perennial powerhouse.
The Purple Raiders got a bulk of their points in the sprints, where they went 1-2-3-4-5 in the 400 and 4-5-6-7 in the 200. Three of the four athletes on the 4×400 relay team also scored in the open 400, led by McBride’s conference title in 47.70. Mount Union also starred in the jumps, taking the top-2 spots in both the high jump and triple jump.