Weekend Recap: Wilson’s Collegiate Record Leads The Way

NOTE: This post will be updated throughout the weekend.

You’d expect a collegiate record set by a generational talent like 2021 The Bowerman winner Athing Mu to last a while, right? Well, Britton Wilson of Arkansas turned that idea on its head on Day 1 of the Arkansas Invitational this weekend.

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Wilson, competing in the 600 meters, finished runner-up to former three-time NCAA champion Shamier Little in a scorching 1:25.16, which bettered Mu’s two-year-old collegiate best of 1:25.80 and made her the seventh-fastest American woman and tenth-fastest woman in history.

This was an excellent start to the season for Wilson, who started her 2023 campaign on the Women’s Preseason Watch List for The Bowerman.

Fast 300-Meter Times at Clemson

In the span of about 15 minutes, Talitha Diggs of Florida and Matthew Boling of Georgia moved high up the all-time collegiate list in the 300 meters at the Clemson Invitational.

Diggs was first up, winning the women’s first section in 36.12 over teammate Laila Owens (37.21). Diggs – who improved her best from 36.37 in winning this meet last year – is now tied with Kentucky’s Sydney McLaughlin for No. 3 on the all-time collegiate list. Only 2022 The Bowerman winner Abby Steiner of Kentucky (35.80) and Nebraska Hall of Famer Merlene Ottey (35.83) have run faster as collegians.

Boling followed by winning the first section of the men’s version in 32.40 over Clemson’s Cameron Rose (32.96). Boling is now No. 3 collegian all-time behind only Florida’s Jacory Patterson (31.99 in this meet last year) and Torrin Lawrence of Georgia (32.32). It was Boling’s first attempt at the distance.

Two 47-foot Triple Jumps for Moore

Jasmine Moore of Florida added to her list of 47-foot triple jump efforts, spanning 14.44m (47-4½) and 14.43m (47-4¼) in winning the Clemson Invitational as all six of her efforts were good enough for victory.

Moore – the indoor CR holder at 14.57m (47-9¾) from last year – now has five career indoor triple jumps over 47-feet. She is the only collegian with more than one such jump indoors in dominating the all-time list where No. 2 is 2018 The Bowerman winner Keturah Orji at 14.53m (47-8).

Davis Adds to Ole Miss Weight Throw History

There’s no shortage of Ole Miss names on the all-time collegiate list in the women’s weight throw. The Rebels now have four in the top-10 after Jalani Davis heaved the 20-pound implement 24.13m (79-2) at Vanderbilt’s Commodore Challenge.

Davis now rates No. 8 all-time collegian in finishing second to former Ole Miss star Janeah Stewart’s 24.48m (80-3¾). Stewart is one of three other Rebels in the all-time top-10 at No. 9 along with Shey Taiwo (No. 2) and Jasmine Mitchell (No. 3). Mitchell finished third in Friday’s competition at 23.81m (78-1½).

Quick 1000 Meters at Washingon Preview

Joe Waskom clocked 2:18.77 at the Washington Preview meet, good enough to rate No. 3 all-time collegiately considering tracks of all sizes (The Dempsey, at 300 meters, is considered oversized for record purposes). Winning the race at 2:18.48 was Sam Ellis, a Princeton grad who transfered to Washington with only outdoor eligibility remaining. The CR is 2:18.26 by Penn State’s Brannon Kidder in 2016.

Jackson Adds Another to Top-10 Mark

Makalya Jackson can now include the indoor long jump among her NCAA Division II all-time top-10 lists after winning the Bearson-Gathje Classic at 6.35m (20-10). That places the Minnesota State standout tied for No. 8 in NCAA DII history. She’s already No. 5 all-time in the indoor 60 at 7.29 and No. 9 in the outdoor long jump at 6.49m (21-3½).

Russell Enters All-Time Hurdles List

Kentucky’s Masai Russell grabbed a share of No. 10 on the all-time collegiate 60-meter hurdle list after winning the Rod McCravy Memorial in 7.88 seconds. She’s now part of a deep list of current hurdlers as three of those ahead of her have eligibility remaining this year – co-CR holder Grace Stark of Florida (7.78), LSU’s Alia Armstrong (7.81) and North Carolina A&T’s Paula Salmon (7.83).

NJCAA Record Fest at Corky Classic

South Plains (Texas) registered a share of NJCAA indoor records in two events at Texas Tech’s Corky Classic, while Calisha Taylor of New Mexico JC demolished her own best in the 600 yards.

Taylor got things going in the first track event on Friday – the women’s 600 yards. Taylor – reigning NJCAA champion in the 400-meter hurdles – took more than two seconds off her 600-yard best with a time of 1:21.65. She set the previous record of 1:23.88 on this same track last February.

Kudakwashe Chadenga competed in the final field event Friday, winning the high jump at 2.26m (7-5) to equal the NJCAA indoor record set by James White of Iowa Central CC in 2012. Chadenga – who swept the NJCAA indoor and outdoor high jump titles last year – made his record clearance on his third attempt.

Saturday, freshman teammate Mehmet Celik completed his first meet for South Plains with a new NJCAA indoor record of 1:48.23 in the 800 meters. That mark surpassed the 1:48.53 record set by Derek Holdsworth of Trinidad (Colo.) in 2018 as well as the all-conditions best of 1:48.46 that Rivaldo Marshall of Indian Hills (Iowa) CC registered last month on an oversized track.

Celik started his fast racing on Friday, winning the 1000 meters in 2:24.60 – good enough for No. 4 on the NJCAA all-time indoor list.