Weekend Recap: Collegiate Records Fall On Consecutive Days

NOTE: We’ll update this post throughout the weekend.

What a weekend.

Let us catch our breath.

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We saw collegiate records in back-to-back days and a plethora of all-time marks turned in by athletes across all division.

Here are some moments that caught our eye.

Russell Charges Into Unchartered Territory

We’re in a Golden Age of collegiate hurdling.

Masai Russell of Kentucky extended that era into 2023.

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Russell, competing at the Red Raider Open in Lubbock, Texas, shattered the collegiate record in the Women’s 60-Meter Hurdles when she went 7.75. That topped the previous all-time best of 7.78 jointly held by Grace Stark of Florida and 2013 The Bowerman winner Brianna Rollins.

Russell headlines an all-time collegiate top-5 that features four women who clocked blistering marks in the past two years: Stark (t-No. 2, 7.78), Alia Armstrong of LSU (No. 3, 7.81) and Paula Salmon (No. 4, 7.83) are the others. All four of those incredible athletes are still active, so that means we could see the collegiate record get lowered even more in the next two months.

Alfred Lowers Her Own CR

Julien Alfred is already in postseason form.

Actually, Alfred is better than that … in January.

Alfred, competing at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico, bettered her own collegiate record in the Women’s 60 Meters to 7.02. That took 0.02 seconds off the mark that she previously set last year at the NCAA DI Indoor Championships.

Oh, before we forgot: Alfred went 7.05 in the prelims.

Rose Blossoms In Lubbock

Michaela Rose, meet Delisa Walton.

You’re now in the same company.

Rose, competing at the Texas Tech-hosted Red Raider Open on Friday, became the second-fastest performer in collegiate history in the Women’s 600 Yards with her 1:17.58 scorcher. The LSU standout nearly took down a 41-year-old collegiate record of 1:17.38 set by Walton back in 1982.

There are now three women who went sub-1:18 over 600 yards on a record-legal track in collegiate history: Walton, who starred at Tennessee, Rose and Lesley Owusu of Nebraska (No. 3, 1:17.92). Three other women crossed that threshold on oversized tracks: Suziann Reid (1:17.52), Jennifer Jordan (1:17.66) and Tanya Jarrett (1:17.89).

Cartwright Shines In Iowa

Denisha Cartwright of Minnesota State turned in another all-time performance.

Cartwright, competing at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational, matched the second-best performer in NCAA Division II history in the Women’s 60 Hurdles after clocking 8.07 in the Hawkeye Pro Prelims. The Minnesota State standout is 0.02 seconds away from the NCAA DII record of 8.05 set by Indira Spence of Adams State back in 2010.

Three Men Break Into DII Top-10

Athletes are already making an impact on the NCAA DII all-time list.

Xavier Carmichael of Pittsburg State burst onto the sprint scene with his 6.62 winner in the Men’s 60 Meters at the Rumble in the Jungle Invitational on Friday. Carmichael now sits at the top of the divisional leaderboard in the event and moved into a tie for the eighth-best performer in NCAA DII history.

Not to be outdone on Friday night, Peyton Barton of Missouri Southern extended his national lead in the Men’s Weight Throw and moved to No. 10 all-time. Barton threw the weight 21.96m (72-¾) in Round 5 to win the Central Missouri Invite.

On Saturday at the GVSU Mike Lints Alumni Meet, Eli Kosiba of Grand Valley State cleared 2.23m (7-3¾) to win the Men’s High Jump. Kosiba matched the No. 8 performer in NCAA DII history with that clearance and improved upon his national lead this year.

McBride Makes NCAA DIII History

Matt McBride ran his way into the NCAA Division III record book.

McBride, competing at the SPIRE Midwest Open, traversed 600 meters in 1:17.93 to shatter the near 11-year-old record of 1:18.60, formerly held by Ben Scheetz. The Mount Union junior broke away from the pack and won his section by nearly three seconds en route to the all-time best.

This was the second week in a row that an athlete took aim at Scheetz’s record. Reigning National Athlete of the Week Mike Jasa went 1:18.67 two weeks ago at the Battle in the Hive.

3 Wins and Seasonal Leaders for Wiley

Freshman Addy Wiley of Huntington (Ind.) put on an impressive display of talent Friday at the Warrior Invitational at Indiana Tech. In the span of about an hour, she won three races decisively – all with NAIA seasonal leading times.

First up at 5:10 p.m. was the 600 meters, in which Wiley’s 1:29.77 won the race by over four seconds with a mark that is the fastest-known time in NAIA history. At 5:40, she captured the 800 meters in 2:09.76, winning by over 20 seconds to move to No. 4 all-time NAIA indoors. Finally, at 6:00 Wiley completed her incredible triple with a 2:51.56 clocking in the 1000 meters to win by more than nine seconds with a performance that makes her No. 8 on the all-time NAIA list.

Ailes Soars to NJCAA High Jump Record

Miracle Ailes of Iowa Western CC had quite the high jump opener at the Northwest Missouri Open on Saturday. After concentrating on the 60 and long jump last week, Ailes focused on the high jump this week.

It was worth the wait. Ailes cleared an NJCAA indoor record of 1.87m (6-1½) in winning the Northwest Missouri Open on Saturday. Her mark bettered the 1.84m (6-0½) set by Jelena Rowe of South Plains (Texas) in 2018.

Ailes was locked in early, winning the competition at her entering height of 1.62m (5-3¾). She had a clean record through 1.80m (5-10¾), equaling her PR from winning last year’s NJCAA Indoor Championships. She then went straight to the record height, clearing on her third attempt, before retiring after two misses at 1.93m (6-4).