NCAA Championships #98 — The Best In Recent Memory

Texas has hosted the NCAA 8 times, but iteration No. 4 in Mike A. Myers stadium was probably the best of them all. (KIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT)

AUSTIN, TEXAS, June 05-08—Sure, there were weather delays and when the sun came out it was hot-hot-hot (and steamy) but so were the athletes at the 98th NCAA Championships. Two long-in-the-tooth Collegiate Records were smashed and close calls rolled past in abundance. On the track Divine Oduduru missed the dash CRs each by just 0.04, Daniel Roberts trailed Grant Holloway’s new 110H mark by half that, 0.02. Texas A&M’s 2:59.05 long relay time struck 0.05 shy of the CR that USC set last year, and in the vault Chris Nilsen soared within 5cm of Mondo Duplantis’s CR set this season, upsetting the wunderkind in the process.

LSU frosh Sha’Carri Richardson, responsible for the stunning women’s 100 CR, also tore down a pair of World Junior Records. Janeek Brown of team titlist Arkansas hurdled 0.01 off the CR. Oklahoma State’s Sinclaire Johnson ran the No. 2 all-time collegiate 1500 in a thoroughly unexpected race to the event crown.

Tight, dramatic contests juiced the cheers and applause from the ample and boisterous crowd in Mike A. Myers. Two falls, one heartbreaking, the other a miraculous save, in the last 150 of the men’s steeple? Hollywood stuff, incredible and real. Weini Kelati’s 10K win watched like a game 7 World Series save over the last lap, crowd in full throat as Carmela Cardama Baez nearly stole it with a fire alarm rush before the New Mexico soph woke up. All of 0.003 separated the lead pair in the men’s 1500. There was scantly more daylight between finishers in the men’s 400, 0.02 the lap title settled at the line.

On the field? Juvaughn Harrison’s high jump/long jump double. That doesn’t happen but did this time. An unexpected Razorback won the women’s vault. Not the twin you expected even if you did expect that, and she needed an outdoor PR to tie it down. Another twin won the triple jump, though on the formchart her sister looked a more likely champion—in the discus.

This NCAA will live long in the memory banks. As a capsule of the greatness that was, check out our chart of winners, with the extra signifance of so many of the marks:

MEN WOMEN
Teams Texas Tech Arkansas Teams
100 Divine Oduduru (Texas Tech) 9.86 =WL; CL Sha’Carri Richardson (LSU) 10.75 CR, WJR 100
200 Oduduru 19.73 CL Angie Annelus (USC) 22.16 AL, CL 200
400 Kahmari Montgomery (Houston) 44.23 Wadeline Jonathas (South Carolina) 50.60 AL, CL 400
800 Bryce Hoppel (Kansas) 1:44.41 CL Jazmine Fray (Texas A&M) 2:01.31 CL 800
1500 Yared Nuguse (Notre Dame) 3:41.39 Sinclaire Johnson (Oklahoma State) 4:05.98 CL 1500
Steeple Steven Fahy (Stanford) 8:38.46 Allie Ostrander (Boise State) 9:37.73 CL Steeple
5000 Morgan McDonald (Wisconsin) 14:06.01 Dannie Jones (Colorado) 15:50.65 5000
10,000 Clayton Young (BYU) 29:16.60 Weini Kelati (New Mexico) 33:10.84 10,000
110 Hurdles Grant Holloway (Florida) 12.98 CR, WL Janeek Brown (Arkansas) 12.40 WL, CL 100 Hurdles
400 Hurdles Quincy Hall (South Carolina) 48.48 CL Anna Cockrell (USC) 55.23 CL 400 Hurdles
4 x 100 Florida 37.97 CR, WL USC 42.21 WL, AL, CL 4 x 100
4 x 400 Texas A&M 2:59.05 WL Texas A&M 3:25.57 CL 4 x 400
High Jump JuVaughn Harrison (LSU) 7-5¼ =outdoor CL Zarriea Willis (Texas Tech) 6-1½ High Jump
Pole Vault Chris Nilsen (South Dakota) 19-6¼ CL Tori Hoggard (Arkansas) 14-11½ Pole Vault
Long Jump Harrison 26-11 CL Yanis David (Florida) 22-5¼ CL Long Jump
Triple Jump Chengetayi Mapaya’ (TCU) 56-2½ Shardia Lawrence (Kansas State) 45-10¾ Triple Jump
Shot Tripp Piperi (Texas) 69-3¼ Samantha Noennig (Arizona State) 59-6¼ Shot
Discus Duke Kicinski (Texas Tech) 205-2 Laulauga Tausaga (Iowa) 207-6 Discus
Hammer Daniel Haugh (Kennesaw State) 244-10 Camryn Rogers (Cal) 234-7 Hammer
Javelin Anderson Peters (Mississippi State) 284-2 CL Mackenzie Little (Stanford) 195-0 Javelin
Decathlon Johannes Erm (Georgia) 8352 CL Ashtin Zamzow (Texas) 6222 CL Heptathlon

Men competed on June 05-06-07, women on June 06-07-08. Attendance—7742/8156/11,037/10,163: 37,098. Weather—Wednesday—high 91, intermittent light rain, significant weather delay; Thursday—high 94, intermittent heavy rain, windy, weather delay; Friday—high 95; Saturday—high 98 ◻︎

NCAA News Story Links
NCAA Men: Teams 100m 200m 400m 800m 1500m Steeple 5000m 10,000m 110H 400H 4×100 4×400
HJ PV LJ TJ SP DT HT JT Dec
NCAA Women: Teams 100m 200m 400m 800m 1500m Steeple 5000m 10,000m 100H 400H 4×100 4×400
HJ PV LJ TJ SP DT HT JT Hept

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