UCLA’s Baucham Bounded To TJ CR In 2005

Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships

UCLA’s Baucham Bounded To TJ CR In 2005

Candice Baucham of UCLA enjoyed the best day of her triple jumping career at the 2005 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Sacramento, California.

Who wouldn’t have?

Five of Baucham’s six efforts were her longest ever. Her final jump broke a 15-year-old meet record at 14.07m (46-2) – the old record by Sheila Hudson was an American record at the time.

Baucham caught almost everyone by surprise, as most figured two other jumpers were better – reigning NCAA Indoor champion Gisele de Oliveira of Clemson or Erica McLain, a Stanford freshman who beat Baucham at the recent Pacific-10 Championships.

Thanks to some nice tailwinds, big jumps came early with Baucham taking an early lead in Round 1 with a PR 13.62m (44-8¼) that was quickly matched by de Oliveira. Baucham broke the tie in Round 2 with a 13.79m (45-3) that was wind-aided but again her farthest ever.

Baucham got even better on her last three efforts, with each improving her legal-wind PR to a final-round effort of 14.07m (46-2) to take down the meet record. De Oliveira was the only other jumper over 45-feet as Baucham’s winning margin was an impressive 0.34m (13½ inches).

Breaking 46-feet was a goal of Baucham’s even though she entered the meet not having done 45-feet.

 “My second jump was a personal record, so I was satisfied with that,” Baucham told Jeff Eisenberg of the Daily Bruin. “But my coaches knew I had more in me and it just kept coming. I was glad that it came up on the last one.”

One who gave notice that something could be on the horizon was her jumps coach, Robert Johnson, the now-Oregon head coach who was himself an NCAA scorer in the event for Appalachian State (7th in 1996). “Her training the last six to eight weeks has been unbelievable,” Johnson told Eisenberg a month before the NCAA meet. “I ask her to jump the moon, and she does it.”

posted: April 14, 2021
The NCAA's First Championships

The NCAA and collegiate track & field will mark a momentous milestone in the spring of 2021 -- the 100th anniversary of the NCAA Championships and with that, the NCAA Track & Field Championships. In June 1921, the University of Chicago hosted the first track & field championships in NCAA history.

This point can’t be emphasized enough: Not only was the event the first for NCAA track & field, but the first championships for any sport under the sponsorship of the NCAA.

To celebrate, over each of the next 365 days, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) will celebrate moments, student-athletes, and coaches that have made a century’s worth of championships special. From humble beginnings to important historical milestones to the modern-day, collegiate track & field has evolved with the American society.

The 2021 edition of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships begin with preliminary round action on May 27-29 in Jacksonville, Fla., and College Station, Texas. The championships final site and culmination of the celebration is slated for June 9-12, 2021 at the newly rebuilt Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Memorable Moments
Walton Started It All In The 800

Delisa Walton won the first women’s 800 at the NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships in 1982. Walton is the mother of Ebonie Floyd, who finished 2nd in the 2007 100.

Gipson, Ugen Made Long Jump History

Whitney Gipson & Lorraine Ugen were the first teammates to win women’s long jump titles at the NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships in consecutive years (Gipson in 2012; Ugen in 2013).

Plab Reached Lofty Heights In NCAA HJ

Darrin Plab won back-to-back HJ titles at the NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships in 1991 & 1992. Plab cleared 2.34m (7-8) in 1992 & tied the 2nd best bar in meet history.

Peoples Made History One Lap At A Time

Maurice Peoples won the 440-yard dash in 1973 & then really turned up the heat. Peoples split 43.4 on the Sun Devils’ mile relay team that finished third in the final.

KU’s Lokedi Set 10K MR In 2018

Sharon Lokedi won the 10K at the 2018 NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships in a meet-record 32:09.20. Lokedi led five other women under the old final-site best, too.

Can Ereng Kick It? Yes, He Can!

Paul Ereng won back-to-back 800-meter titles at the NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships in 1988 & 1989. Ereng is still the current indoor record holder in the event.