Meet Recap: 2022 NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships
Champions have been crowned at the 2022 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which have taken place at the reimagined Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
There have been 13 current collegiate records set over the years at the biggest meet of the year and we wouldn’t be surprised if the 2022 edition adds to that list, based off what we saw in the regular season.
National team titles will be awarded on Friday (men) and Saturday (women).
Keep reading below to find out what happened in TrackTown USA.
Saturday, June 11 – Women’s Final Day
No, you’re not seeing double.
Florida swept the team titles after the women captured their first outdoor crown in program history.
The Gators’ newest trophy will pair nicely with the indoor trophy they claimed back in March.
It was an all around team effort for Florida on the final day of the NCAA Championships. The Gators scored 74 points across sprints, hurdles, distance, jumps and combined events – 10 in the 400, 5 in the 800, 8 in the 5000, 10 in the 400H, 14 in the long jump, 13 in the triple jump and 14 in the heptathlon.
Let’s start with Jasmine Moore, who scored 20 points after sweeping the long jump and triple jump. Moore first won the long jump on Thursday with a first-round effort of 6.72m (22-¾) (+0.2). She came back on Saturday to capture the triple jump crown with a collegiate-leading mark of 14.32m (46-11¾) (+0.2) – and soared to No. 2 in meet history. When it was all said and done, Moore completed a sweep of the horizontal jumps, both indoors and outdoors.
And then there’s Anna Hall, who scored 18 points herself in the heptathlon and the 400 hurdles. Hall closed strong in the homestretch to finish second in 54.76. Roughly 24 minutes later, Hall finished the heptathlon 800 in 2:21.23 for a score of 6385 to win the NCAA crown. Only five heptathletes, including Hall, have scored 6385 or better in a heptathlon as a collegian, with Hall being the only one to do so with the 400 hurdles on the same day.
The Gators locked up the team title following the results of the 5000 meters. Parker Valby posted a big personal best of 15:20.10 for a runner-up finish to give Florida eight points, putting them out of reach in the team standings.
Texas finished second with 64 points, followed by Kentucky (50), LSU (39) and Texas A&M (39). Each of those podium teams had national champions: Julien Alfred completed an undefeated season in the 100 meters and led-off the Longhorns’ victorious 4×100 relay; Abby Steiner captured the 200 crown in a collegiate record-breaking time of 21.80 and toted the baton on the Wildcat’s winning 4×400 relay; Alia Armstrong rolled to the 100-meter hurdles title for the Tigers; Lamara Distin captured the high jump title for the Aggies.
Wayment Shatters Steeplechase Record
Courtney Wayment of BYU wouldn’t be denied a national title in the steeplechase.
And she did so in style.
Wayment won the steeplechase crown in 9:16.00 by smashing the six-year-old collegiate and meet record of 9:24.41 set by Courtney Frerichs in 2016. Both Wayment and Frerichs posted dominant victories in their collegiate record-setting runs: Frerichs won by 36.87 seconds; Wayment won by 9.08 seconds.
Wayment is the first BYU athlete to win the steeplechase since Kassi Andersen 2003. In fact, the first three event winners in the history of the steeplechase at the NCAA Championships came from BYU: Elizabeth Jackson won in 2001 and Michaela Manova captured the title in 2002 before Andersen made it three-straight years of BYU dominance in the event.
Have Yourself A Day, Abby!
Abby Steiner was a woman on a mission.
The Kentucky star bolted from the blocks in the 200 and stopped the clock at 21.80 (+1.3), shattering the former collegiate best of 21.96 set by Favour Ofili of LSU earlier this year (Ofili finished second in 22.05). Not only did Steiner clock a world leader, she is now No. 8 in U.S. history and No. 21 in world history.
That is the first 200 meter crown for Kentucky since Dezerea Bryant in 2015.
Less than an hour later, Steiner split 48.92 to send the Wildcats from fourth to first place in the 4×400 relay. That lead wouldn’t be relinquished as Kentucky went on to capture gold. Their winning time of 3:22.55 is the second-fastest in meet history. The collegiate record-holders in the event gave Kentucky its first 4×400 relay crown in program history.
That wasn’t all Steiner did at the NCAA Championships. She placed third in the 100 meters in 11.08 (+0.2) and toted the baton on Kentucky’s runner-up 4×100 relay that ran 42.55.
Friday, June 10 – Men’s Final Day
National champs – or should we say, national chomps?
No matter how you slice it, the Florida Gators are national champions.
Florida won its fifth national title in program history – first since going back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. The Gators also topped the podium in 2012 and shared the crown with Texas A&M in 2013.
Sprinters, namely Joseph Fahnbulleh, led the way for Florida on the final day of the Championships. The Gators scored all of their 54 points in the sprints and relays – 14 in the 100 meters, 12 in the 400 meters, 10 in the 200 meters and 18 more in the relays. Florida opened the meet with a runner-up finish in the 4×100 and closed it out in style with a meet record of 2:58.88 in the 4×400.
Back to Fahnbulleh, though: he accounted for 22 of those 54 points thanks to a clean sweep of the short sprints and a stirring anchor leg on that aforementioned 4×100. Fahnbulleh won the 100 in a PR of 10.00 and then doubled back to become the second-fastest performer in meet history – and the fourth-fastest performer in collegiate history – in the 200 at 19.83.
Indoor champion Texas finished second with 38 points, followed by Tennessee (34) and Florida State (33). Each of those other podium teams had a national champion as well: Tripp Piperi won the shot put for the Longhorns; Wayne Pinnock captured the long jump for the Volunteers; Trey Cunningham completed an undefeated year against collegians with a resounding victory in the 110-meter hurdles for the Seminoles (Cunningham stopped the clock at 13.00 to match the second-fastest performer in collegiate history).
Hurdling Barriers Into The Record Book
Fans witnessed a historic steeplechase race on Friday.
The top-5 finishers – Ahmed Jaziri of Eastern Kentucky, Duncan Hamilton of Montana State, Parker Stokes of Georgetown, Ryan Smeeton of Oklahoma State and Ed Trippas of Princeton – all went under the World Championships standard of 8:22.00. Not only that, but the top-3 finishers – Jaziri, Hamilton and Stokes – all moved into the top-5 of collegiate history in the event.
Jaziri won in 8:18.70 for the fastest collegiate steeple mark since Henry Rono – yes, that Henry Rono – back in 1979. That sent Jaziri to No. 2 in collegiate history behind Rono, as Hamilton (8:18.88) and Stokes (8:18.88) moved to No. 3 and No. 4 on the all-time chart.
That Was A Long Time Coming
Very few people expected Joe Waskom to win the 1500-meter title on Friday.
But when the Washington standout went from eight to first over the final 250 meters and broke the tape in 3:45.58, 0.11 seconds faster than pre-race favorite Mario Garcia Romo of Ole Miss, that became a reality.
Waskom’s victory also broke a bit of a dry spell for Washington’s program. He was the first Husky to win the 1500-meter national title since Rufus Kiser back in 1928 at the tail end of the Roaring 20s.
Thursday, June 9 – Women’s Day 1
Records already began to fall on the first day of the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Rogers Breaks Hammer Throw Record, Again
All Camryn Rogers of California does is break records.
Rogers smashed her own collegiate and meet record in the hammer throw with a fifth-round heave of 77.67 (254-10) to open up competition for the women on Thursday afternoon. She went on to capture her third-straight NCAA hammer crown.
All Camryn Rogers does is break collegiate records.— USTFCCCA (@USTFCCCA) June 10, 2022
Rogers put together a stellar series that saw all six throws land further than 74 meters. She opened up the competition at 74.90m (245-9), 75.11m (246-5) and 74.69m (245-0) in Rounds 1, 2 and 3, respectively. Rogers then went 74.92m (245-9) in Round 4 before her record-breaking heave of 77.67m in Round 5. She closed out the meet at 75.91m (249-0) for her second-best effort of the day.
Rogers now holds the top-11 marks in collegiate history. Yes, you read that correctly – all 11 of them. She also has the top-7 throws in NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships meet history, with five of those marks coming from Wednesday’s competition.
How About That Hammer Competition?
Rogers wasn’t the only hammer thrower to turn in big efforts.
Alyssa Wilson of Texas State, who finished runner-up to Rogers, threw a PR of 74.78m (245-4) in Round 2 for the 10th best mark in meet history. Wilson is now the No. 2 performer in collegiate history, moving ahead of Maggie Ewen of Arizona State, who is the former collegiate record holder and two-time finalist for The Bowerman.
Breaking down the hammer competition further, all of the top-6 finishers notched personal bests: Beatrice Llano of Arizona State finished third (72.10m/236-6); Sara Killinen of Virginia Tech finished fourth (71.02m/233-0); Shelby Moran of Arizona State placed fifth (70.58m/231-7); Jalani Davis of Ole Miss finished sixth (69.53m/228-1).
Down Goes The Shot Put Record
How about another throws record?
This time it was in the shot put at the hands of Adelaide Aquilla of Ohio State.
Aquilla wasted no time cementing her spot in collegiate history in the shot, as the Buckeye star had a massive heave of 19.64m (64-5¼) on her first throw of the competition. That shattered the former collegiate record of 19.46m (63-10¼) set by Maggie Ewen in 2018. It also bettered the meet record of 19.33m (63-5) set by Raven Saunders of Ole Miss in 2016.
Another of Aquilla’s throws also landed in the top-10. Her Round 5 effort of 19.06m (62-6½) is now the fifth-best mark in meet history.
History for Louisville
Louisville is bringing home its first NCAA Outdoor crown.
Gabriela Leon had a winning clearance of 4.60m (15-1) in the pole vault to stand atop the podium in Eugene, Oregon. Leon gives the Cardinals their first NCAA Outdoor champion in program in any event. She also soared to No. 3 in meet history behind Demi Payne of Stephen F. Austin and Sandi Morris of Arkansas.
Steiner Turns In Speedy Marks
Abby Steiner of Kentucky is peaking at the right time.
In her signature event, Steiner posted the fastest qualifying time in the semifinals of 22.02 (+0.5) in the 200 meters. She tied the meet record and matched former Florida standout Kyra Jefferson as the No. 2 performer in collegiate history.
22.02 (+0.5)❗️— USTFCCCA (@USTFCCCA) June 10, 2022
In the semifinals ‼️
Abby Steiner of @KentuckyTrack tied the meet record & matched former @GatorsTF standout Kyra Jefferson as the No. 2 performer in collegiate history.pic.twitter.com/3Qe479crc1
Steiner also clocked a PR 10.90 (+1.0) in the 100 meters to be the second-fastest qualifier out of the semifinals behind Julien Alfred of Texas, who ran 10.90 (10.981) (+0.6).
Wednesday, June 8 – Men’s Day 1
Picture-perfect weather led to a fantastic first day at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Volunteers & Seminoles, Oh My!
Wayne Pinnock of Tennessee completed the indoor-outdoor sweep of the long jump titles with a dramatic victory on Wednesday afternoon.
Pinnock soared 8.00m (26-3) on the final attempt of the competition to match Jeremiah Davis of Florida State at the distance, but Pinnock earned the title by virtue of having a better second mark: 7.96m (26-1½) to 7.87m (25-10).
“Dramatic” might be putting it lightly, though since the lead changed hands five times: Carey McLeod of Tennessee topped the standings after Round 1; Pinnock leapt to the top in Round 2; McLeod answered back in Round 4; Jeremiah Davis clipped both in Round 5; Pinnock after the sixth and final round of the competition.
Both Florida State and Tennessee had multiple athletes in the top-5, which was the first time that two programs accomplished that feat in Men’s Championships meet history.
It Wasn’t The Luck Of The Irish
Dylan Jacobs of Notre Dame and Abdihamid Nur of Northern Arizona sprinted away from the field in the final 300 meters of the 10,000-meter final on Wednesday night.
Nur tried to pull away from Jacobs, but the Notre Dame standout wouldn’t let the indoor double champion stray too far, as he reeled him in and kicked home for the victory. Jacobs stopped the clock at 28:12.32, just 0.36 seconds ahead of Alex Maier of Oklahoma State, who closed like a freight train.
Jacobs is the first male athlete from Notre Dame to win the 10,000 meters since Ryan Shay in 2001.
SE-MO: Blomquist Takes Redhawks To New Heights
Logan Blomquist made sure the 2022 NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships would be historic for Southeast Missouri State.
Blomquist won the hammer title on his final throw of the competition, which sailed 73.37m (240-8). He is the first NCAA individual champion – or champion, period – in any sport from SEMO.
Combined Events Update
Expect fireworks during the decathlon and heptathlon in the Emerald City!
An eagerly awaited decathlon did not disappoint.
Recent collegiate record-setter Kyle Garland of Georgia was set to battle fellow Pennsylvania native Ayden Owens-Delerme of Arkansas. Garland established the all-time mark of 8720 at the USATF Combined Event Championships, while Owens-Delerme sat third on the chart with his 8528-point total from the Mt. SAC Relays with what was then the wind-legal collegiate best.
When the dust settled following the tenth and final event at Hayward Field on Thursday, Owens-Delerme stood tall, just like he did during the NCAA Indoor Championships. Owens-Delerme tied – yes, tied – the meet record of 8457 originally set by 2010 The Bowerman winner Ashton Eaton that same year (Eaton also won the heptathlon, just like Owens-Delerme).
Leo Neugebauer of Texas took runner-up honors behind Owens-Delerme with an impressive 8362-point total to PR by 231 points and move up to No. 8 on the all-time collegiate chart. He actually took a slim lead following the pole vault, where he cleared 4.81m (15-9¼).
Garland put up the second-best tally of his career at 8333 points to round out the podium and take over the No. 8 spot in meet history. The Bulldog standout led the competition after the long jump, where he soared 7.51m (24-7¾), but slid to second after the shot put and then to his final finishing position (third) following the discus throw.
This was the first time in meet history that three athletes scored more than 8300 points.
Take an event-by-event look at the competition
100 meters – Owens-Delerme (10.41) had the fastest time, while Garland tied his PR at 10.63 and Neugebauer registered a lifetime best of 10.87.
Long jump – Neugebauer was the farthest at 7.60m (24-11¼), but Garland (7.51m/24-7¾) and Owens (7.29m/23-11) led the Texan’s two-event total of 1850 points at 1882 and 1879, respectively. An unfortunate casualty was Georgia’s Joannes Erm, the 2019 NCAA champion, who didn’t start the event.
Shot put – Neugebauer was again the best with a PR of 16.00m (52-6). Oregon’s Max Vollmer was next at 15.40m (50-6¼), followed by Garland at 15.35m (50-4½) and Owens-Delerme with a PR 15.09m (49-6¼). Neugebauer had the lead at 2701 over Garland (2693) and Owens-Delerme (2674).
High jump – Asani Hylton of Stephen F. Austin had the best jump of 2.10m (6-10¾) as Neugebauer (=PR 2.07m/6-9½) maintained the lead with 3569 points, just ahead of Garland (3561) with Owens-Delerme (3487) still close. Owens-Delerme cleared an outdoor PR of 2.01m (6-7), while Garland scaled 2.07m (6-9½).
400 meters – Owens-Delerme regained the lead with a PR 46.10, fastest-ever by a collegian in a decathlon. Garland was just 0.04 seconds off his PR at 48.60 while Neugebauer ran 48.91 to close out the Day 1 151 points ahead of his PR of 8131.
After Day 1, Owens-Delerme led the way with 4490 points, while Garland (4441) and Neugebauer (4435) were close behind.
110 hurdles – Garland (13.87) outdueled Owens-Delerme (13.93) with the two fastest times as the Razorback’s lead was now 42 points, 5474-5432. Neugebauer ran 14.67, close to his PR of 14.59, and remained in third at 5325.
Discus – Many throwers had difficulties, but Owens-Delerme wasn’t one of them. He raised his PR twice, ultimately to 46.25m (151-9) and continued to lead with 6267 points after seven events. Neugebauer had the best effort of 50.77m (166-7) and moved into second place with 6211 points, as Garland (42.00m/137-9) slipped to third at 6137.
Pole vault – Neugebauer moved into the lead with 7063 points as he and Garland both cleared 4.81m (15-9¼). Owens managed 4.51m (14-9½) and held second at 7030 while Garland was third at 6989.
Javelin – Owens-Delerme regained the lead with a PR of 56.07m (183-11) to raise his score to 7709. Neugebauer also PRed at 53.12m (174-3) and was just 11 points back at 7698, while Garland remained in third at 7665 after a throw of 55.88m (183-4).
1500 meters – Owens-Delerme seemed a lock to win the title, owning the fastest PR in the field at 4:13.17. He didn’t need to run anywhere close to that and settled for a 4:29.54 to close out his meet record-tying score of 8457. Neugebauer owned a 33-point lead over Garland coming in (7698-7665). Garland would have to beat the Longhorn by nearly five seconds to overtake him, but Neugebauer didn’t let that happen as he maintained close contact. Garland ran 4:41.96 and Neugebauer 4:42.68, PRs for both, as Neugebauer (8362) finished 29 points up on Garland (8333).
Anna Hall of Florida proved to be Superwoman, winning the heptathlon with 6385 points. That included a runner-up finish in the 400-meter hurdles, some 24 minutes before the closing 800 meters.
Hall was in the lead from the second event in achieving the fourth-best score in meet history. She won by 446 points and the only doubt came from her decision to also contest the 400H, a final that was scheduled 16 minutes before the heptathlon’s 800 meters.
Somehow, Hall made it look easy in obtaining what is also the seventh-best score in collegiate history. Hall now has three all-time top-10 marks, all from this outdoor season: No. 2 (6458), No. 5 (6412) and No. 7 (6385).
Ida Eikeng of Washington took runner-up honors with a new PR of 5939, while Erin Marsh of Duke rounded out the podium in third with 5929 points.
Take an event-by-event look at the competition
100 hurdles – The third section had the three fastest as Alexus Pyles of Ohio State (13.07), Duke’s Erin Marsh (13.14) and Hall (13.15) all set PRs. Unfortunately, the fourth athlete in the race – Isabel Wakefield of Duke – didn’t finish the race and withdrew from the heptathlon.
High jump – Before a foot injury last summer, Hall had a lifetime best of 1.89m (6-2¾) in the high jump. She was tops here with her best jump since that injury at 1.81m (5-11¼). With 2093 points, she held a 100-point lead over Pyles, with Marsh another 11 points back as both cleared 1.72m (5-7¾). Hall was 72 points up on her 6458 PR score at this point.
Shot put – Kansas State’s Urte Bacianskaite and Cornell’s Beatrice Juskeviciute had the best efforts of 13.92m (45-8) and 13.61m (44-8), respectively, but Hall followed with PR of 13.54m (44-5¼) to increase her total to 2856, 176 points up Marsh, who put 12.56m (41-2½). Hall was 140 points up her PR.
200 meters – Hall sped a heptathlon CR 23.14 in her 6458 score. That was with a wind reading of 1.2 meters per second. Here she lowered her best to 23.13 with a wind reading of just 0.4 mps. That gained her one more point on her PR score. Teammate Sterling Lester was next at 23.29 as the first five all set PRs (Washington’s Ida Eikeng 23.81, Marsh 23.86 and Stanford’s Allie Jones 23.95).
With a Day 1 score of 3922, Hall had a 248-point lead over her nearest pursuer, Marsh, who was on PR pace with 3674 points. In fact, Eikeng (3640) and Lester (3580) followed in third and fourth, respectively, and were also on track to set lifetime bests.
Day 2 found rain off and on, but nothing could douse Hall.
Long jump – Hall led all competitors with a leap of 6.27m (20-7) as she increased her lead to 379 points with a total of 4856. Eikeng was next at 4477, followed by Marsh at 4445. Unfortunately, Texas’ Kristine Blazevica – the only other 6000-point scorer (6064) this year besides Hall – fouled three times.
Javelin – rain came down lightly for the first flight. Hall sailed her first attempt out to 42.87m (140-7), her best-ever in a heptathlon. Her lead shrank to 311 points as Eikeng had the farthest attempt at 46.36m (152-1) and remained in second, now with 5267 points and 62 up on her PR score of 5916.
The big question remained. How would Hall respond after running the 400 hurdle finals? That race went off at 3:58 and Hall finished second in 54.76, her second-fastest ever.
800 meters – About 24 minutes after that 400 hurdles race, Hall lined up for this closing contest. Throughout the spring she proved unbeatable with fresh legs, including a 2:03.11 mark in the USATF Championships in early May that was the best ever by a collegian and American in a heptathlon. But how much did that 400 hurdles race take out of her? Normally a sub-60 runner on her first lap, Hall went out in 65.89 as a half-dozen others scrambled ahead. Hall would have to lose to Eikeng by some 25 seconds to lose the overall title.
That potential finish never came close to happening, as Hall continued to cruise and dug in deep for the final homestretch to finish in 2:21.23 for a score of 6385, fourth-best in meet history.