Collegians Ready To Leave Their Mark At Altitude

Altitude awaits. Finally.

The Albuquerque Convention Center has waited three long years for another opportunity to host the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. Already the site of one iteration of the climactic meet back in 2014, the Land of Enchantment welcomed the 2020 edition with open arms before the meet was canceled and the world shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: Meets & Results | Records & Lists

Fast forward to 2023 and collegiate track & field athletes are champing at the bit to see what they can do in the thin air of New Mexico’s largest city. After all, two collegiate records were already set inside the Albuquerque Convention Center this year: Julien Alfred of Texas blistered 60 meters in 7.00 back in early February at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic (Alfred since lowered it to 6.97 later that month in Lubbock, Texas) and Jorinde van Klinken of Oregon launched the shot 19.57m (64-2½) one week later during an incredible series at the Don Kirby Collegiate Elite.

Yet, there have been a number of other great marks turned in over the years at meets that have been hosted above statistical altitude (1000 meters or 3280 feet), including another pair of current collegiate records: Leonard Myles-Mills in the 60 meters at 6.45 and Demi Payne of Stephen F. Austin in the pole vault at 4.75m (15-7).

Here are the best-known indoor marks by collegians at altitude.

The Thin Air Up There

NOTE: Only marks from indoor meets at 1000 meters (3280 feet) or greater are considered.
Men’s Records
Name Program Event Mark Location
Leonard Myles-Mills BYU 60 Meters 6.45 Provo, Utah
Tarsis Orogot Alabama 200 Meters 20.20 Albuquerque, N.M.
Deon Lendore Texas A&M 400 Meters 45.21 Albuquerque, N.M.
Emmanuel Korir UTEP 800 Meters 1:46.75 Albuquerque, N.M.
Patrick Casey Montana State Mile 3:59.76 Bozeman, Mont.
Conner Mantz BYU 3000 Meters 7:58.03 Provo, Utah
Edward Cheserek Oregon 5000 Meters 13:46.67 Albuquerque, N.M.
Two Athletes   60 Hurdles 7.57 Albuquerque, N.M.
Four Athletes Arkansas 4×400 Relay 3:01.09 Albuquerque, N.M.
Four Athletes New Mexico DMR 9:33.41 Albuquerque, N.M.
James Harris Florida State High Jump

2.32m (7-7¼)

Albuquerque, N.M.
Sondre Guttormsen Princeton Pole Vault

5.90m (19-4¼)

Albuquerque, N.M.
Jarrion Lawson Arkansas Long Jump 8.39m (27-6½) Albuquerque, N.M.
Felix Obi Baylor Triple Jump 16.59m (54-5¼) Albuquerque, N.M.
Jordan Geist Arizona Shot Put

21.48m (70-5¾)

Albuquerque, N.M.
Israel Oloyede Grand Canyon Weight Throw

24.45m (80-2¾)

Albuquerque, N.M.
Trey Hardee Texas Heptathlon 6208 Albuquerque, N.M.
Women’s Records
Name Program Event Mark Location
Julien Alfred Texas 60 Meters 7.00 Albuquerque, N.M.
Rhasidat Adeleke Texas 200 Meters 22.52 Albuquerque, N.M.
Rhasidat Adeleke Texas 400 Meters 50.45 Albuquerque, N.M.
Laura Roesler Oregon 800 Meters 2:03.85 Albuquerque, N.M.
Dani Jones Colorado Mile 4:36.05 Boulder, Colo.
Allie Ostrander Boise State 3000 Meters 9:11.61 Albuquerque, N.M.
Amelia Mazza-Downie New Mexico 5000 Meters 16:07.14 Albuquerque, N.M.
Two Athletes   60 Hurdles 7.93 Albuquerque, N.M.
Four Athletes Oregon 4×400 Relay 3:27.40 Albuquerque, N.M.
Four Athletes Boise State DMR 11:05.39 Albuquerque, N.M.
Lisa Ramos Stanford High Jump

1.97m (6-5½)

Flagstaff, Ariz.
Demi Payne SFA Pole Vault

4.75m (15-7)

Albuquerque, N.M.
Alysah Hickey Oregon Long Jump 6.79m (22-3½) Albuquerque, N.M.
Shanieka Thomas San Diego State Triple Jump

14.08m (46-2½)  

Albuquerque, N.M.
Jorinde van Klinken Oregon Shot Put

19.57m (64-2½)

Albuquerque, N.M.
Camryn Rogers California Weight Throw

24.04m (78-10½)

Albuquerque, N.M.
Kendell Williams Georgia Pentathlon 4635 Albuquerque, N.M.

The 2023 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships begin tomorrow and run through Saturday. Be sure to check back throughout the weekend – and follow us on social media (Twitter & Instagram) – for updates from Albuquerque.