Clemson’s Ross Kept Getting Faster In 1995
Duane Ross had the meet of his life at the 1995 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The Clemson senior started with a great effort in the heats, lowering his seasonal best from 13.67 to PR 13.45. A day later, he won his semifinal in 13.48, matching his previous lifetime best from a year before.
Then came a memorable final where Ross ran even faster.
Ross bolted to an early lead and never let up, holding off Larry Wade of Texas A&M, as both clocked PRs in making all-time top-10 lists.
Ross zoomed all the way to No. 3 in both collegiate history and meet history with his time of 13.32. The only hurdlers faster in meet history with wind-legal times then were Greg Foster (13.22) and Renaldo Nehemiah (13.27) from a classic 1978 race.
Wade’s time of 13.41 tied him for fifth-fastest in meet history. He was just a sophomore and three years later would join the list of NCAA champions.
Ross is now the head coach at North Carolina A&T. His son, Randolph, recently joined dad as an NCAA champion, leading off the Aggies’ victorious 4×400 team at the 2021 NCAA Indoor 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.
Little Made Big 400H History
Shamier Little won three consecutive 400H titles at the NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships between 2014 & 2016. Little became the No. 2 performer in collegiate history with her 53.51 winner in 2016.
Comenentia Completed Historic Double In 2018
Denzel Comenentia became only the third man in the history of the NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships to complete the HT-SP double back in 2018.
Ellerbe Won After Film Review In 1939
Mozelle Ellerbe won back-to-back 100-yard dash titles at the NCAA Outdoor T&F Championships in 1938 & 1939. His victory in the 2nd year was confirmed by a film review.
Saunders Won Back-To-Back SP Titles, Set CR
Raven Saunders won back-to-back SP titles at the NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships in 2015 & 2016. Saunders set a CR & MR of 19.33m (63-5) in that second year.
McCullouch Ran Legendary Times At NCAAs
Earl McCullouch of Southern California won back-to-back 120H titles at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and was a member of a WR-setting quarter-mile relay team.
Hook ‘Em, Leo: Manzano Made 1500 History
Leo Manzano was the first male freshman in the history of the NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships to win the 1500/mile in 2005. Manzano added a 2nd title to his haul in 2008.
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.
Rupp Capped Sensational Senior Year In 2009
Galen Rupp completed an unprecedented year at the 2009 NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships when he swept the 5K & 10K.
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).
Lawson Completed “Jesse Owens Triple” In 2016
Jarrion Lawson won the 100, 200 and long jump at the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.