Weekend Preview: Could The 600-Meter Collegiate Record Fall Again!?

Could the same collegiate record fall in consecutive weeks?

That’s the question being asked as Kennedy Simon of Texas prepares to race the 600 meters this weekend at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Collegiate Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Simon is already No. 2 in collegiate history over 500 meters with her 1:08.59 from the season-opening Commonwealth College Opener. The native Texan barely missed the near six-year-old collegiate record of 1:08.40, set by former Arizona standout Sage Watson back in 2017.

Exactly one week ago, Britton Wilson of Arkansas smashed the 600-meter collegiate record set by 2021 The Bowerman winner Athing Mu. Wilson traversed the distance in 1:25.16, which was 0.64 seconds faster than Mu did two years ago during her sensational freshman campaign.

Fans could also see fireworks at the same meet in the Men’s 400 Meters as well. Matthew Boling of Georgia, the third-fastest man in collegiate history over 300 meters at 32.40, steps up in distance to face Jonathan Jones of Texas, the fourth-fastest man in collegiate history over 600 meters at 1:15.12. Boling will be joined by teammate Elija Godwin as well. Several other standouts are entered, too.

But who said NCAA Division I can have all of the fun? Two of the fastest men this season in NCAA Division III are set to compete in the 55 meters at the Illinois College-hosted Snow Bird Invite: teammates Carson Rantanen (No. 2, 6.74) and CJ Anderson (t-No. 3, 6.76).

Here are some other meets that caught our eye: the Texas Tech-hosted Red Raider Open; the Virginia Tech-hosted Hokie Invitational; as well as the NAIA/JUCO Invitational in Kansas.

Speaking of Wilson, she is one of ten athletes who appeared on the Women’s Preseason Watch List for The Bowerman. Five other athletes on the Watch List are scheduled to compete this weekend: Julien Alfred of Texas, Alia Armstrong of LSU, Lamara Distin of Texas A&M, Favour Ofili of LSU and Adelaide Aquilla of Ohio State are the others.

Here are some other meets that caught our eye: the Texas Tech-hosted Red Raider Open; the Boston University-hosted Battle in Beantown; and the Virginia Tech-hosted Hokie Invitational.