Florida’s Taylor Set All-Conditions TJ Best In 2011

Celebrating A Century of NCAA Track & Field Championships

Florida’s Taylor Set All-Conditions TJ Best In 2011

June 11, 2011

New school mixed with old school. 

Christian Taylor of Florida brought a throwback feel to the triple jump at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 2010 and 2011. 

Before Taylor took to the runway inside Historic Hayward Field 11 years ago, it had been 20 years since anybody won the event by more than two feet (Edrick Floréal did so in back-to-back years in 1989 and 1990). That changed, though, when Taylor bounded a wind-aided 17.09m (56-1) to capture his first NCAA outdoor title by 0.71m (2 feet, 4 inches). 

When the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships came around, it had been 26 years since anybody touched 58 feet in the event – wind-aided or not. Mike Conley of Arkansas accomplished that feat with a 17.72m (58-1¾) effort back in 1985. 

Taylor changed that in a big way inside Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. 

Locked in a duel with teammate Will Claye and sitting second to him through five rounds by just one centimeter (one-half inch) – 17.41m (57-1½) to 17.40m (57-1) – Taylor soared through the air on his way to an all-conditions meet best of 17.80m (58-4¾) in Round 6. Claye added more than eight inches to his daily best at 17.62m (57-9¾), but it wasn’t enough to beat Taylor. 

Taylor has been a force on the world stage since then, winning back-to-back Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016 and racking up four more World Championships, including each of the past three dating back to 2015.

posted: February 18, 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
Greene Came Up Clutch In 1989 Long Jump
June 2, 1989

One of Joe Greene’s best days of long jumping started off dismally. It would end with a victory in one of the most memorable competitions in the near 100-year history of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Cal’s Williams Set World Record In 1936
June 20, 1936

Archie Williams set a world record in the 400 of 46.1 in the heats of the 1936 NCAA Outdoor T&F Championships. Williams then won the NCAA title by just 0.1 seconds!

Sternberg Reached New Heights In 1963
June 15, 1963

Brian Sternberg won the pole vault title at the 1963 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He was the first athlete to clear 16 feet in meet history at 4.97m (16-3¾).

Kimobwa Ran Into Record Book In 1977
June 3, 1977

Samson Kimobwa set a MR in the 10K of 28:10.27 at the 1977 NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships. He won by 12.21 seconds in a race that saw the top-2 finishers under previous meet record.