Weekend Preview: Indoor Track & Field Season Kicks Into Gear
The indoor track & field season kicks into gear this weekend.
Teams will dust off the cobwebs across the nation after the holiday break.
Collegians already left their mark on the record book before the turn of the new year, though.
- Brian Herron of Texas broke the collegiate record in the Men’s 500 Meters and became one of the fastest men in world history over the distance with his 59.87 scorcher at the Commonwealth Season Opener in Louisville, Kentucky.
- Kennedy Simon of Texas fell just short of the collegiate record in the Women’s 500 Meters at the Commonwealth Season Opener when she ran 1:08.59. Simon had been gunning for Sage Watson’s five-year-old all-time best of 1:08.40 set inside The Armory.
- Five men added their names to the all-time top-10 in the 5000 meters at the Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener in Boston: Ky Robinson of Stanford (No. 3, 13:11.53), Alex Maier of Oklahoma State (No. 4, 13:11.80), Drew Bosley of Northern Arizona (No. 5, 13:13.26), Nico Young of Northern Arizona (No. 9, 13:15.25) and Brian Fay of Washington (No. 10, 13:16.77).
- Birgen Nelson of Gustavus Adolphus shattered the NCAA Division III record in the Women’s 60-Meter Hurdles at the Ice Breaker Open & Multi. Nelson traversed 60 meters and cleared five barriers in 8.38, which bested a near seven-year-old divisional standard.
- Rivaldo Marshall of Indian Hills (Iowa) CC ripped an all-time, all-conditions NJCAA best of 1:48.46 in the Men’s 800 Meters. Marshall turned in that time on the 300-meter oval at Iowa State. Remember that any mark on an oversized track automatically goes toward our all-dates, all-conditions list, rather than the overall collegiate record book, which is only reserved for those marks on record-legal tracks.
Those are just some of the incredible marks that we saw in early-to-mid December.
This weekend, keep your eyes focused on the Arkansas-hosted Arkansas Invitational, the Clemson-hosted Clemson Invitational, the South Carolina-hosted Gamecock Opener as well as the Washington-hosted UW Preview, among others. That’s where we could see more awe-inspiring efforts.
Be sure to check our website on Tuesday, because that’s when we’ll announce our M-F Athletic National Athletes of the Week across all five collegiate divisions.