NCAA Day 3 Men’s Track — Spectacular Races & Times

Cooper Teare finished off the individual running events with the fastest 5000 ever by an American-born collegian. (MIKE SCOTT)

Men’s 100: Laird Wins One He Wasn’t Favored In

Built on the wiry side for a sprinter and heretofore known primarily as a 200 ace and the deuce’s NCAA Indoor champion, Terrance Laird was on a mission in his first NCAA Outdoor appearance: to back up his dominant 9.80w SEC century win (with a 3.2 wind at his back), and to bank 10 points for LSU as he and his 4×1 teammates had just 50 minutes earlier.

With just one returner from ’19 advancing from the semis — Coppin State’s Joseph Amoah and he didn’t start in the final — 5 frosh sprinters took the blocks for the deciding race, including formchart fave Micah Williams of Oregon, whose delivery would be needed to keep Duck hopes of derailing the Tiger juggernaut in play. There were no seniors on the line and Laird and USC’s Davonte Burnett were the only junior finalists. Not a lot of foregone conclusions to be jumped at.

At the start, three of the yearlings — Williams, Houston’s Shaun Maswanganyi and Florida State’s Taylor Banks — jumped out to early leadership with everyone else close save another frosh, Florida’s slow-starting Joe Fahnbulleh, who was left behind early.

At 40m Williams led Masanganyi, Banks and Matthew Boling, the Georgia frosh of famed prep heroics, with Laird 6th in lane 8 behind Burnett. But the order was a-changin’ quickly as Laird drove fluidly forward — to nearly even at 70m, inches ahead at 80, and to a margin of just over a foot at the line as he thrust his arms back and leaned.

Laird, with the race’s only PR, stopped the clock at 10.05 and the lane 4-5-6 trio of Maswanganyi, Williams and list leader JoVaughn Martin of Florida State all craned strenuously also to finish in that order with 10.09, 10.11 and 10.12.

The time for Pennsylvania native Laird, who grabbed 2nd at the JUCO nationals of ’19 for Hinds CC, was an 0.01 improvement on his lifetime best. /Sieg Lindstrom/

MEN’S 100 RESULTS

(June 11; wind +0.4)

1. *Terrance Laird (LSU) 10.05 PR;

2. ***Shaun Maswanganyi’ (Hous-SA) 10.09;

3. ***Micah Williams (Or) 10.11;

4. **JoVaughn Martin (FlSt) 10.12;

5. *Davonte Burnett (USC) 10.19;

6. ***Matthew Boling (Ga) 10.19;

7. ***Joe Fahnbulleh (Fl) 10.26;

8. ***Taylor Banks (FlSt) 10.35;

… dnc—Joseph Amoah’ (Copp-Gha).

Semis (6/09)

I(0.9)–1. Williams 10.11; 2. Banks 10.18 PR; 3. Fahnbulleh 10.21 PR; 4. Amoah’ 10.21; 5. Travis Collins (Hous) 10.25; 6. **Courtney Lindsey (TxT) 10.33; 7. Zachary Jewell (CAr) 10.37; 8. ***Lance Lang (Ky) 10.51.

II(1.3)–1. Martin 10.12; 2. Burnett 10.12; 3. Boling 10.15 PR; 4. ***Javonte Harding (NCAT) 10.22; 5. ***Devon Achane (TxAM) 10.22 PR; 6. *Cole Beck (VaT) 10.25; 7. *Tinotenda Matiyenga’ (TCU-Zim) 10.40; 8. **Jacolby Shelton (TxT) 10.52.

III(0.0)–1. Maswanganyi’ 10.14; 2. Laird 10.21; 3. Bryan Henderson (SHous) 10.34; 4. ***Arian Smith (Ga) 10.39 PR; 5. **Lawrence Johnson (Wi) 10.45; 6. ***Kamden Jackson (Bay) 10.46; 7. ***Ismael Kone (NOrleans) 10.50; 8. *Kasaun James (FlSt) 11.14.


100 winner Terrance Laird succumbed to longstriding Joe Fahnbulleh in the 200’s closing meters. (MIKE SCOTT)

Men’s 200: Fahnbulleh Upsets Favored Laird

While Terrance Laird — the yearly world leader off his 19.81 from the Texas Relays, and who already had a hand in two wins on the day — came in as the favorite, powerful Joe Fahnbulleh had other designs for the 200, in which he had been a distant 2nd to Laird with a PR at the SEC, 19.82–20.05.

The Gator yearling, just 19, had led semis times, again with a 20.05, and it was Shaun Maswanganyi (lane 5) who led at halfway in around 10.6. The Houston frosh’s margin off the turn was just inches over Laird (7) and Big 12 champ Micaiah Harris — the only returner from the ’19 final, in which Harris finished 5th. Fahnbulleh ran 6th in lane 6.

Formchart No. 2 Matthew Boling (4) sprinted 4th about a foot from the lead at the half with Fahnbulleh 5th and having made up ground over the second 50. As Maswanganyi held his narrow advantage to 150, Laird’s textbook late-race form appeared to bite for another win.

Yet Fahnbulleh, lumbering-though-effective-in-style, one might say, was striding long and forward-leaning. Some 9m out, right at the mile’s startline, the Gator yearling — the New Balance Nationals winner in ’19 as a Minnesota prep — reached the lead to dash home inches ahead of Laird’s lean.

The winner’s PR 19.91, from Laird’s 19.94, advanced him to equal-No. 8 all-time among collegians. It was the equal-10th-fastest time in collegiate history. The breeze measured a negligible –0.4.

Said the winner, “My race plan was just to execute my own race, my own race, my own space. Me and Coach [Mike] Holloway talked about how I needed to block out everybody and just focus on my finish. You know, because that’s the strongest part of my race. So I just went out there and did what Coach Holloway said — even though my start wasn’t as good, and people make comments about how it’s not good. But hey, it’s my own race, my own space.” /Sieg Lindstrom/

MEN’S 200 RESULTS

(June 11; wind –0.4)

1. ***Joe Fahnbulleh (Fl) 19.91 PR (=8, =10 C; =7, =8 AmC; =4, =4 NCAA);

2. *Terrance Laird (LSU) 19.94 (8, 8 NCAA);

3. ***Shaun Maswanganyi’ (Hous-SA) 20.10 PR;

4. *Micaiah Harris (Tx) 20.26;

5. ***Matthew Boling (Ga) 20.48;

6. *Davonte Burnett (USC) 20.55;

7. **JoVaughn Martin (FlSt) 20.96;

8. ***Robert Gregory (TCU) 21.74;

9. ***Javonte Harding (NCAT) 25.79.

Semis (6/09)

I(1.3)–1. Fahnbulleh 20.05 =PR; 2. Gregory 20.40 PR; 3. Burnett 20.41; 4. ***Lance Lang (Ky) 20.62; 5. ***Devon Achane (TxAM) 20.73; 6. Marcus Parker (Clem) 20.79; 7. Eric Harrison’ (OhSt-Tri) 20.86; 8. **Christian Hamberlin (Hous) 20.89.

II(0.7)–1. Maswanganyi’ 20.18 PR; 2. Boling 20.28; 3. Martin 20.30; 4. *Tinotenda Matiyenga’ (TCU-Zim) 20.68; 5. **Courtney Lindsey (TxT) 20.76; 6. Travis Collins (Hous) 20.77; 7. *Kasaun James (FlSt) 20.83; 8. ***Tyler Davis (Fl) 21.28.

III(1.4)–1. Laird 20.14; 2. Harris 20.21; 3. Harding 20.28; 4. Joseph Amoah’ (Copp-Gha) 20.51; 5. **Jordan Booker (Hous) 20.71; 6. ***Lance Broome (TxAM) 20.91; 7. Samson Colebrooke’ (Pur-Bah) 21.01;… dnf—***Terrence Jones (TxT).


Men’s 400: Ross Joins The Sub-44 Club

With a homestretch surge that was unmatched by the other finalists, North Carolina A&T soph Randolph Ross pulled away from the field to capture the 1-lap crown.

The 9 finalists were treated to a cool, windless late afternoon for the highly anticipated final. Running out of lane 8, favored LSU soph Noah Williams, the Indoor champion, immediately charged into the lead and was soon challenged by Ohio State senior Tyler Johnson as they raced down the backstretch. On the final curve the lead duo were joined by both Ross and his A&T teammate Trevor Stewart as the leading foursome was essentially even.

On the homestretch Ross summoned strength that the others lacked — powering away to cross the line in a world-leading 43.85 — a clocking that slots the new champion as No. 3 on the all-time collegiate list and No. 9 among Americans.

Fast-finishing Texas A&M senior Bryce Deadmon rallied on the final straightaway to get up for 2nd with a PR 44.44 while Williams grabbed 3rd at 44.93.

“Coming into the race, I had only run 44.60 and that was at conference,” said the 20-year-old champion, who is coached at A&T by his father Duane, an ’04 Olympian in the 110H.

“I think I executed pretty well,” he continued. “I had a little stumble coming out of the blocks but I was able to refocus and run my race good. In the last 100, I just had more in the tank and it led me to that time. Going into the Trials I know what I can actually do now. 43.8 was shocking as I crossed the line. Being only 20 and running against the best in the world is a blessing.” /Dave Hunter/

MEN’S 400 RESULTS

(June 11)

1. **Randolph Ross (NCAT) 43.85 PR (WL, AL, CL) (13, x W; 9, x A; 3, 3 C; 2, 2 NCAA);

2. Bryce Deadmon (TxAM) 44.44 PR;

3. **Noah Williams (LSU) 44.93;

4. Trevor Stewart (NCAT) 44.96;

5. *Dwight St. Hillaire’ (Ky-Tri) 45.20;

6. ***Ryan Willie (Fl) 45.36;

7. Tyler Johnson (OhSt) 45.40;

8. *Michael Bluth (BYU) 45.91;

… dnf—Sean Bailey’ (UTEP-Jam).

SEMIS (6/09)

I–1. Johnson 45.33; 2. Williams 45.40; 3. Deadmon 45.48; 4. ***Johnnie Blockburger (Az) 46.40; 5. **Brian Herron (USC) 46.41; 6. *Taj Burgess (Rut) 46.64; 7. *Howard Fields (Bay) 46.70.

II–1. Ross 45.24; 2. Willie 45.73; 3. Bailey’ 45.74; 4. Bluth 45.78; 5. **Jonathan Jones’ (Tx-Bar) 46.46; 6. *Champion Allison (Al) 46.81; 7. **Ismail Turner (UCLA) 46.94; 8. **Ashton Hicks (OkSt) 47.47.

III–1. Stewart 45.36; 2. St. Hillaire’ (Ky-Tri) 45.68; 3. **Wayne Lawrence (Ia) 45.94; 4. **Elija Godwin (Ga) 46.18; 5. *Maj Williams (Az) 46.83; 6. **Christopher Bailey (Tn) 46.83; 7. Jonathon Sawyer (SEnLa) 47.18; 8. ***Auhmad Robinson (SFA) 47.98.


Randolph Ross’s 43.85 made him only the fourth collegian ever to run in the 43s in the 400. (KIM SPIR)

Men’s 800: Jewett Stuck To His Pattern

When USC’s Isaiah Jewett and A&M’s Brandon Miller — formcharted as Nos. 1 and 3 coming in — barely survived the second semi, advancing as time qualifiers, speculation was that they would abandon their frontrunning tactics in the final.

That didn’t happen.

The favored Jewett, wearing his trademark wraparound shades, tried to take the lead on the opening backstretch, but the smaller Miller wasn’t having it as he pressed to the front. In short order it was a 2-man race, Miller hitting the bell at 50.94, Jewett stalking him, the other 7 runners 10m back.

Jewett pushed to the front around the turn and held off several determined charges by the 19-year-old Aggie as both broke 1:45 for the first time (1:44.68 & 1:44.97) while behind them, in a mad rush to the finish, everyone else broke 1:47, all but one in a PR. The fast-closing Duck Charlie Hunter nipped Finley McLear of Miami of Ohio, for 3rd, 1:45.75–1:45.80.

This was not the first time the full field had been sub-1:47, as it also happened in ’05. Nor was it records-for-place in these championships, only for 8th and 9th.

But for the 24-year-old Angeleno Jewett, it was the first NCAA halfmile title in school history for the Trojans, surpassing runner-up finishes by Dennis Carr in ’67 and by Ross Bush in ’35, ’36 & ’37.

Jewett and Miller both had breakthrough springs. Jewett set a dual-meet record against UCLA, running 1:45.80, then lowered his PR to 1:45.16 in a wire-to-wire win at Pac-12. For Miller, it was his sixth PR in 2 months, finally lowering his best of 1:49.55 from his HS soph season 3 years ago. /Jack Pfeifer/

MEN’S 800 RESULTS

(June 11)

1. Isaiah Jewett (USC) 1:44.68 PR (CL; out AL) (8, 9 C; 4, 4 AmC, NCAA) (50.97/53.71);

2. ***Brandon Miller (TxAM) 1:44.97 PR (3, 3 AJ) (50.94/54.03);

3. Charlie Hunter’ (Or-Aus) 1:45.75 PR (52.12/53.63);

4. **Finley McLear’ (Mia/O-GB) 1:45.80 PR (51.75 /54.05);

5. Festus Lagat’ (IaSt-Ken) 1:46.33 (52.48/53.85);

6. Shane Streich (Lips) 1:46.70 PR (52.31/54.39) PR;

7. ***Yusuf Bizimana’ (Tx-GB) 1:46.76 (1:46.751) PR (51.88/54.88);

8. Eric Brown (Aub) 1:46.76 PR (1:46.753) (52.00/54.76);

9. ***Crayton Carrozza (Tx) 1:46.94 PR (52.23/54.71).

(best-ever mark-for-NCAA-place: 8–9)

SEMIS (6/09)

I–1. Bizimana’ 1:46.90; 2. McLear’ 1:46.92; 3. Carrozza 1:47.46 PR; 4. Kameron Jones (Clem) 1:48.14; 5. **Baylor Franklin (Ms) 1:48.28; 6. *Alexander Lomong (IaSt) 1:48.52; 7. ***Parker Raymond (In) 1:48.94; 8. ***Alex Kay (Tn) 1:53.65.

II–1. Streich 1:47.28; 2. Lagat’ 1:47.31; 3. Jewett 1:47.43; 4. Miller 1:47.50; 5. Abbas Abbkar (NCAT) 1:48.92; 6. *Jonathan Schwind (Lips) 1:49.07; 7. Devin Dixon (TxAM) 1:52.06;… dnf—**Jason Gomez (IaSt).

III–1. Hunter’ 1:47.80; 2. Brown 1:47.89 PR; 3. *Samuel Voelz (NDm) 1:47.91; 4. ***Abdullahi Hassan’ (Wi-Can) 1:48.16; 5. *John Rivera’ (Ms-PR) 1:48.45; 6. ***Luis Peralta’ (Or-PR) 1:49.79; 7. ***Evan Dorenkamp (PennSt) 1:50.39; 8. ***Adam Swanson (EnIl) 1:50.51.


Men’s 1500: Hocker Had A Blinding Finish

In a race that started at a pedestrian pace, the 1500 battle between Indoor mile/3000 champ Cole Hocker and CR holder Yared Nuguse finished historically fast, with the Duck frosh capturing the title on his home track.

Alabama yearling Eliud Kipsang grabbed the lead early only to visibly apply the brakes at 200 after gesturing for Notre Dame’s Nuguse —who had run the meet’s fastest prelim ever, 3:37.36 — to take the lead. The pair then ran side-by-side with Hocker directly behind them, passing 400 in 59.72.

Approaching 800, Hocker tangled with Kipsang’s trail leg, but the three maintained position, Nuguse with a slim lead in 2:00.92.

Waleed Suliman of Mississippi moved up to the lead group before the bell. Nuguse, the formchart favorite, started driving then with Suliman on his shoulder. Once again Hocker nearly tripped over Kipsang’s feet, recovered and started sprinting as the leaders passed 1200 in 2:56.01 after a deceptively fast 55.09 lap.

With 200 left, Hocker had come up right behind Nuguse with Suliman blocking the outer part of the lane. Suliman faded and opened the door for Hocker, who pulled even with Nuguse with 100 left. On the stretch Hocker continued to accelerate, moving closer and closer to the rail to block any chance for Nuguse to rally.

The barely-20-year-old Indiana native hit the line in 3:35.34, the No. 2 time in meet history but a frustrating fraction away from the Olympic standard. The defending champion finished a stride back in 3:35.60, with Suliman (3:37.30) and Kipsang (3:38.18) taking the next 2 spots.

Hocker, picked for 2nd before the race, generated unreal numbers with his finish: 26.0, 52.23, 1:48.87. “I’m feeling good,” the victor said. “I knew if I could stay in contention, I’d have a chance.” /Jeff Hollobaugh/

MEN’S 1500 RESULTS

(June 11)

1. ***Cole Hocker (Or) 3:35.35 PR (AmCL) (5, 5 C; 2, 2 AmC, NCAA) (52.22, 1:48.85, 2:51.26);

2. *Yared Nuguse (NDm) 3:35.60 (x, 9 C; x, 5 AmC; 3, 3 NCAA) (52.66, 1:49.27, 2:51.60);

3. *Waleed Suliman (Ms) 3:37.30 (54.21, 1:50.72, 2:53.07);

4. ***Eliud Kipsang’ (Al-Ken) 3:38.18

(55.18, 1:51.82, 2:54.24);

5. **Mario García Romo’ (Ms-Spa) 3:38.66 (55.11, 1:51.82, 2:54.27);

6. *Jack Salisbury (Gtn) 3:40.06 (56.74, 1:53.45, 2:55.86);

7. Diego Zarate (VaT) 3:40.12 (56.11, 1:53.13, 2:55.54);

8. Paul Ryan (WaSt) 3:40.50 (56.64, 1:53.53, 2:55.79);

9. Talem Franco (BYU) 3:40.61; 10. ***Sam Tanner’ (Wa-NZ) 3:41.78; 11. AJ Ernst (Prov) 3:43.14; 12. **Isaac Basten (Drake) 3:46.12.

(best-ever mark-for-NCAA-place: 2)

Semis (June 09)

I–1. Nuguse 3:37.36; 2. García Romo’ 3:37.59; 3. Kipsang’ 3:37.60; 4. Salisbury 3:37.84; 5. Tanner’ 3:38.37; 6. Zarate 3:38.85; 7. Ernst 3:39.00; 8. *Cathal Doyle’ (Port-Ire) 3:39.21; 9. ***Lucas Bons (BYU) 3:40.22; 10. **Adam Fogg’ (Drake-Aus) 3:40.88; 11. Brandon Tubby (NC) 3:41.33; 12. Ryan Adams (Furm) 3:44.28.

II–1. Hocker 3:38.34; 2. Suliman 3:38.92; 3. Ryan 3:39.12; 4. Basten 3:39.57; 5. Franco 3:39.67; 6. James West’ (Or-Or) 3:39.81; 7. Casey Comber (Vill) 3:40.98; 8. **Zach Stallings (WaSt) 3:44.08; 9. **Jesse Hunt (NC) 3:44.43;… dq—*Reed Brown (Or);… dnf—*Tom Dodd (Mi), *Dais Malebana (Nb).


Kigen Chemadi and Alec Basten led a rash of PRs in a fast steeplechase. (MIKE SCOTT)

Men’s Steeple: Splash, Dash & Crash

No one knew what to expect after the first semi, where Arkansas State soph Bennett Pascoe led a barrage of PRs with his 8:31.72. With only the top 5 from each heat, plus the next 2 fastest time qualifiers guaranteed for the final, 7 of the top 8 finished with PRs.

That left Oregon’s Jackson Mestler on the outside looking in after he ran a PR 8:33.52 and became the meet’s fastest non-qualifier ever. In fact, favored collegiate leader Fitsum Seyoum of Virginia was also left out of the final after finishing a place behind Mestler in 8:38.86.

In the final Washington State junior Colton Johnsen led the field through 2000m with Pascoe a step behind, followed by Stanford frosh Ky Robinson and Middle Tennessee State’s Kigen Chemadi, but the entire field was still in contention less than a second behind.

With 2 laps left, Johnsen fell back and Chemadi took over, trailed by Minnesota’s Alec Basten, Oklahoma State’s Ryan Smeeton, Kandie and Robinson.

At the bell, it was still tight as Chemadi, Basten, BYU’s Garrett Marsing and Smeeton were all within 0.5 of each other. Coming off the water jump Chemadi and Basten were battling and Marsing was fading, but Smeeton made a bold move.

The Canadian charged toward the final barrier and passed Basten when he clipped the barrier and took a tumble. He recovered, but Chemadi sped to the finish in a list-leading 8:28.20 PR, followed by Basten (8:29.03 PR), with Smeeton taking 3rd (8:30.70) as 6 out of the top 7 set PRs, with Smeeton settling for a seasonal best despite his tumble.

The confident Chemadi, a 25-year-old Kenyan, said, “I knew that I had a really good waterjump, so I knew that if someone doesn’t pass me before the water jump, I’m going to win.” /Brian Russell/

MEN’S STEEPLE RESULTS

(June 11)

1. Kigen Chemadi’ (MTn-Ken) 8:28.20 PR (CL) (61.25, 2:05.53, 3:13.28, 4:23.66);

2. *Alec Basten (Mn) 8:29.03 PR (AmCL) (61.97, 2:06.32, 3:14.06, 4:24.26);

3. *Ryan Smeeton’ (OkSt-Can) 8:30.70 (63.19, 2:07.79, 3:15.77, 4:26.22);

4. Garrett Marsing (BYU) 8:31.54 PR (64.21, 2:07.87, 3:15.96, 4:26.27);

5. **Duncan Hamilton (MtSt) 8:31.55 PR (61.77, 2:07.30, 3:16.35, 4:26.57);

6. ***Ky Robinson (Stan) 8:32.01 PR (62.92, 2:08.95, 3:17.22, 4:27.20);

7. **Derek Johnson (Va) 8:32.95 PR (62.94, 2:09.03, 3:17.44, 4:27.63);

8. ***Parker Stokes (Gtn) 8:33.44 (64.79, 2:09.73, 3:18.27, 4:28.41);

9. *Felix Kandie’ (Lib-Ken) 8:34.15; 10. *Ahmed Jaziri’ (EnKy-Tun) 8:34.85; 11. *Bennett Pascoe (ArSt) 8:42.37; 12. *Colton Johnsen (WaSt) 8:46.89.

Semis (June 09)

I–1. Pascoe 8:31.72 PR; 2. Chemadi 8:31.75 PR; 3. Smeeton 8:31.75; 4. Hamilton 8:31.99 PR; 5. Stokes 8:32.03 PR; 6. Johnsen 8:32.11 PR; 7. Kandie’ 8:32.95 PR; 8. Jackson Mestler (Or) 8:33.52 PR (fastest NCAA non-qualifier ever); 9. Fitsum Seyoum (VaT) 8:38.86; 10. *Aidan Tooker (Syr) 8:40.42; 11. David Too’ (IaSt-Ken) 8:42.70; 12. *Zach Litoff (SClara) 8:44.66.

II–1. Robinson 8:36.29 PR; 2. Johnson 8:36.91; 3. Basten 8:37.18; 4. Marsing 8:37.67; 5. Jaziri’ 8:37.83; 6. *Christian Hubaker (Mi) 8:39.09 PR; 7. Albert Kosgei’ (Louis-Ken) 8:43.04; 8. **Remi Schyns’ (Butler-Bel) 8:43.23; 9. Nathan Mylenek (Ia) 8:47.86; 10. *Alexander Korczynski (NEn) 8:54.75; 11. Clayson Shumway (BYU) 9:11.34;… dnf—*Joost Plaetinck (Mi).


Men’s 5000: American CR For Teare

Favored Cooper Teare crushed the 5000 field amid a storm of fast times as the first 12 finishers set PRs in a race that helped the Ducks solidify their hold on the team runner-up spot.

Iowa State’s Wesley Kiptoo lived up to expectations by taking the early lead, guiding the pack through the opening kilo in a swift 2:35.85. After 6 laps, Georgetown’s Robert Brandt took over. He traded the lead with Athanas Kioko of Campbell but was in front when they passed 3000 in 8:02.22 with Teare and Luis Grijalva of Northern Arizona the others in the breakaway pack.

That was when 1500 winner Cole Hocker’s chances of a double started to dim. With only 104 minutes between races, he found himself in the second pack at 3K; a gap had opened up and his chances of even scoring looked bleak.

With 800 to go, Teare passed Kioko and started applying the pressure. Grijalva fought back and the two tore into the final lap in full flight. Kioko surprisingly came back again, passing Teare on the backstretch to run on Grijalva’s shoulder as they entered the final curve.

Teare broke free and came off the turn passing Grijalva, holding his form to cross the line in a meet record 13:12.27, the fastest ever run by an American-born collegian. The previous low was an indoor 13:16.95 by Northern Arizona’s Tyler Day last year.

It was also a meet record, taking more than 6 seconds off Lawi Lalang’s ’14 standard. The Californian’s last lap took just 54.92. Grijalva (13:13.14) and Kioko (13:13.47) also dipped under the old mark.

Hocker came back from the dead with a 56.02 final lap that gave him 4th in 13:18.95. Brandt (13:19.11) and 10K winner Patrick Dever (13:19.85) also dipped under 13:20, a mark that had been previously bettered by only two men in meet history.

“I figured coming in it would be a fast race,” said the 21-year-old winner. As for his strategy, “It was about making sure no one got away.” /Jeff Hollobaugh/

MEN’S 5000 RESULTS

(June 11)

1. *Cooper Teare (Or) 13:12.27 AmCR (old AmCR 13:16.95i Tyler Day [NnAz] ’20) (CL) (3, 3 C; 1, 1 NCAA) (MR)

(30.67 [30.67], 62.29 [1:32.96], 63.39 [2:36.35], 64.13 [3:40.48], 65.96 [4:46.44], 65.54 [5:51.98], 66.56 [6:58.54], 64.26 [8:02.80], 63.28 [9:06.08], 64.28 [10:10.36], 65.08 [11:15.44], 61.92 [12:17.36], 54.91)

(54.91, 1:56.83, 3:01.91, 4:06.19);

2. *Luis Grijalva’ (NnAz-Gua) 13:13.14 NR (4, 4 C; 2, 2 NCAA) (55.54, 1:57.49, 3:02.61, 4:06.63);

3. *Athanas Kioko’ (Campb-Ken) 13:13.47 PR (5, 5 C; 3, 3 NCAA) (55.38, 1:57.92, 3:04.30, 4:08.87);

4. ***Cole Hocker (Or) 13:18.95 PR (6, x AmC; 6, 6 NCAA) (56.02, 2:00.01, 3:04.49, 4:09.50);

5. Robert Brandt (Gtn) 13:19.11 PR (7, x AmC; 7, 7 NCAA) (60.97, 2:03.82, 3:09.03, 4:13.40);

6. Patrick Dever’ (Tul-GB) 13:19.85 PR (8, 8 NCAA) (58.54, 2:02.47, 3:07.46, 4:11.89);

7. Thomas Ratcliffe (NC) 13:20.88 PR (10, 10 NCAA) (59.84, 2:04.32, 3:09.33, 4:13.75);

8. *Morgan Beadlescomb (MiSt) 13:21.40 PR (60.45, 2:04.98, 3:10.13, 4:14.55);

9. **Ian Shanklin (NCSt) 13:23.48 PR; 10. *Alex Masai’ (Hof-Ken) 13:24.68 PR; 11. **Dylan Jacobs (NDm) 13:25.65 PR; 12. Isaac Green (Wa) 13:27.26 PR; 13. **Wesley Kiptoo’ (IaSt-Ken) 13:30.87; 14. Eric Hamer (CoSt) 13:31.27 PR; 15. ***Charles Hicks’ (Stan-GB) 13:33.89 PR; 16. ***Casey Clinger (BYU) 13:34.56; 17. **James Mwaura (Gonz) 13:36.43; 18. Conor Lundy (NC) 13:39.67 PR; 19. Olin Hacker (Wi) 13:44.53; 20. Vincent Kiprop’ (Al-Ken) 13:46.42; 21. *Amon Kemboi’ (Ar-Ken) 13:46.44; 22. Euan Makepeace’ (Butler-GB) 13:56.48; 23. **Zach Facioni’ (WF-Aus) 13:58.26; 24. *Ben Veatch (In) 14:09.60.

(best-ever mark-for-NCAA-place: 1–at least 18)


Men’s 110H: A Positive Result In A Negative Wind

The contrast between this year’s version and the previous one was stark. Two years ago in Austin, the only real contenders were Grant Holloway and Daniel Roberts, who went on to run in the World Championships.

This year in Eugene, this event lacked clarity until the last hurdle of the final, when SEC champion Robert Dunning of Alabama finally opened a meter’s gap that gave him a 13.25 win into a slight wind of 0.6mps. It was the fastest negative-wind time in meet history.

The 23-year-old senior had come into his first NCAA Outdoor as the formchart favorite, but not a solid one. The picture became further muddied when he showed up to the semis with a bloody nose, nostrils stuffed with cotton stained the same color as his Crimson Tide jersey.

The unexplained malady clearly affected him: he placed third in his section, advancing only as a time qualifier. Five others finished faster, led by Arkansas frosh Philip Lemonious in 13.43. The finalists were rather tightly bunched, with everyone’s qualifying times in the 13.4–13.6 range.

In the final, there was again a lot of parity. By halfway, only three seemed out of it (including, surprisingly, LSU’s Damian Thomas, No. 10 on the all-time collegiate list). Pac-12 champ Jamar Marshall of Arizona State was leading by a toe, but it was at this point he began crashing barriers, each more violently than the one before. He wobbled heavily over the ninth and his fate was sealed — he would fade to 5th.

Meanwhile, Dunning was technical perfection, and as he cleared the final, there was no doubt. He notched a solid win over Iowa’s Big 10 winner Jaylan McConico ( 13.38), Lemonious (13.39), McConico’s teammate Jamal Britt (13.45) and Marshall (13.53). Thomas (7th in 13.76) was a rare misstep for LSU, not that it ultimately mattered.

Said Alabama coach Dan Waters, “What an incredible season for Robert Dunning. No matter the circumstances, he kept coming after it. He just was not going to be denied. Watching him run away from the field today was amazing.” /Lee Nichols/

MEN’S 110H RESULTS

(June 11; wind –0.6)

1. Robert Dunning (Al) 13.25 (=7, =9 NCAA);

2. Jaylan McConico (Ia) 13.38;

3. ***Phillip Lemonious’ (Ar-Jam) 13.39 PR;

4. *Jamal Britt (Ia) 13.45 PR;

5. ***Jamar Marshall (AzSt) 13.53;

6. *Omotade Ojora’ (USC-GB) 13.57 PR;

7. *Giano Roberts (Clem) 13.65;

8. *Damion Thomas’ (LSU-Jam) 13.76;

9. **Tai Brown (Ky) 13.89.

Semis (June 09)

I(0.2)–1. Lemonious’ 13.43 PR; 2. Britt 13.61; 3. Joseph Daniels’ (Nb-GB) 13.75; 4. *Cory Poole (NCAT) 13.75; 5. Elliott (Ar) 13.84; 6. *Lafranz Campbell’ (Clem-Jam) 13.90; 7. ***Jesse Henderson (MsSt) 13.97; 8. Kenney Broadnax (Ms) 14.24.

II(0.3)–1. McConico 13.51; 2. Roberts 13.59 PR; 3. Dunning 13.60; 4. Ojora’ 13.61; 5. *Devon Brooks (Clem) 13.96; 6. *Yves Cherubin’ (LaL-Hai) 14.02; 7. ***Darius Luff (Nb) 14.52;… dnf—***Josh Zeller (Mi).

III(0.2)–1. Thomas’ 13.47; 2. Marshall 13.57; 3. Brown 13.68; 4. Luke Siedhoff (Nb) 13.73; 5. **Eric Edwards (LSU) 13.77; 6. Sam Brixey (WaSt) 13.82; 7. **Antonio Norman (Wich) 13.88;… dnf—Dayo Akindele (Hous).


An ecstatic Sean Burrell kept his remarkable string alive: 7 meets running the 400H, 7 PRs, the last of them a World Junior Record 47.85. (KIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT)

Men’s 400H: World Junior Record For Burrell

As is it so often does, it took Sean “Squirrel” Burrell years to become an overnight sensation.

In a meet that produced so many surprises, Burrell’s was one of the biggest. He dropped his PR by a full second, clocking 47.85 to take down the World Junior Record (U20) that Danny Harris had owned for 37 years.

Burrell, 19, broke Harris’s mark of 48.02 from ’84, a year in which the Iowa Stater won Olympic silver behind Edwin Moses. The LSU frosh equaled No. 4 on the all-time collegiate list, pulling even with WR holder Kevin Young of UCLA.

Burrell said he told himself he was going to run in the 47s. “That just kept in my head,” he said. “Going into this race today, running out of lane 8, I had to get out and run hard. I knew that I could finish through with the strength that I had.”

A 47.85 looked preposterous when Burrell made his career debut in the event with a 50.83 on April 03. He subsequently ran 50.64 and 50.15 then lowered that to 49.12 in late April, finished 2nd to Texas A&M’s Moitalel Mpoke in the SEC in 48.92, then ran 48.86 in the West Regional.

Yet evidence of Burrell’s talent surfaced much earlier. The Louisiana native ran a national-age-record 400 in 46.19(A) as a 15-year-old frosh, and he was the No. 2 high schooler a year later at 45.74. And his prep high hurdles best was 14.04.

In this final Burrell started strong and finished stronger. He was even at the midpoint with USC’s Cameron Samuel, running inside of him in lane 7, and a stride ahead at the seventh hurdle. Almost all of Burrell’s 5-meter margin was built thereafter.

Oklahoma’s Isaiah Levingston, the formchart favorite, overtook Samuel to finish 2nd, 48.49–48.68.

“It’s an honor to just win my event title,” Burrell said. “I run for my city; Baton Rouge is where I grew up. So to become a national champion at this school means the most to me. I kept preaching to myself that I was gonna go sub-48, and I got out today. I knew I could finish strong and when that time popped up I was like, ‘Oh yeah!” /David Woods/

MEN’S 400H RESULTS

(June 11)

1. ***Sean Burrell (LSU) 47.85 WJR, AJR (old records 48.02 Danny Harris [IaSt] ’84) (=4, =4 C; =3, =3 AmC) (16, x A; =4, =4 C; =3, =3 AmC; =4, =4 NCAA);

2. *Isaiah Levingston (Ok) 48.49 PR;

3. Cameron Samuel (USC) 48.68 PR;

4. *Moitalel Mpoke’ (TxAM-Ken) 48.70 PR;

5. Malik Metivier’ (Aub-Can) 49.26 PR;

6. **Leonardo Ledgister’ (AMCC-Jam) 49.28;

7. Jonathan Harvey (Or) 49.64 PR;

8. *Charles Brockman (Tx) 49.92;

9. *Quivell Jordan (Hous) 50.54.

(best-ever mark-for-NCAA-place: 6–7)

Semis (June 09)

I–1. Brockman 49.59; 2. Levingston 49.83; 3. Harvey 50.16; 4. Eric Fogltanz (IaSt) 50.48; 5. ***William Spencer (SC) 50.57; 6. ***Caleb Cavanaugh (Ga) 50.59 PR; 7. *Kenroy Williams’ (Ky-Jam) 50.62; 8. *Jaylyn Scott (FlAM) 51.73.

II–1. Samuel 49.37; 2. Metivier’ 49.79; 3. Jordan 50.17; 4. Joshua Smith (SHous) 50.21; 5. Denzel Villaman’ (Fl-DR) 50.63; 6. *Jamal Britt (Ia) 51.25; 7. **Cass Elliott (Wa) 51.86; 8. *Duncan Agyemang (SFl) 52.56.

III–1. Mpoke’ 48.85; 2. Burrell 49.06; 3. Ledgister’ 49.82; 4. **Caleb Dean (Md) 50.45; 5. *Colten Yardley (BYU) 50.68; 6. Collin Harden (Youngs) 51.06; 7. David Adams (NEn) 51.23; 8. Akeem Lindo (NCAT) 52.36.


Men’s 4 x 100: LSU Starts With A Win

LSU won the day’s first running event in 38.48 to get its team title aspirations off to a flying start. Anchored by 200 favorite Terrance Laird, the Baton Rouge squad was solid throughout, their time being the fastest collegiate mark of the year.

LSU entered the meet as the No. 4 rated team, with North Carolina A&T accorded favorite’s status. The Tigers upset that projection by running the fastest time in the prelims at 38.66 and drew lane 6 for the final. One challenge that never came to pass was the weather, as the 5:02 starting time coincided with the likelihood for the start of evening-long rain, a fear which never materialized.

LSU leadoff Dylan Peebles was out in good shape, running even with Houston and Texas A&M in the outer lanes, 8 & 9, with Georgia in 3. A crisp pass from Peebles to 400 fave Noah Williams had LSU moving well, and Williams pulled away to a lead. The first exchange spelled doom for Houston however, as an errant pass eliminated the list-leading Cougars from the race. Georgia’s Elija Godwin and A&M’s Devon Achane kept their teams in close contention on the backstretch. North Carolina A&T had also moved into contention with a strong 2nd leg from Randolph Ross.

On the third leg, Akanni Hislop ran the curve for LSU and maintained the lead against everyone. But a quick pickup by Georgia anchor Matthew Boling actually had the Bulldogs in the lead with 100m remaining, with LSU, A&T and A&M less than a meter behind and Florida State coming into contention on a strong carry by Don’drea Swint.

With 90m to go Boling had a 1m lead over Laird, who had left the other contenders to fight amongst themselves. But it was not until 20 to go that Laird drew even with Boling, with Florida State’s JoVaughn Martin closing fastest of all.

At the finish, LSU’s 38.48 won by a half meter over Georgia’s 38.54, with FSU and A&T both running 38.60 in 3rd and 4th. /Dave Johnson/

MEN’S 4 x 100 RESULTS

(June 11)

1. LSU 38.48 (CL)

(Dylan Peebles, Noah Williams, Akanni Hislop’, Terrance Laird);

2. Georgia 38.54

(Arian Smith, Elija Godwin, Delano Dunkley’, Matthew Boling);

3. Florida State 38.60

(Taylor Banks, Kasaun James, Don’drea Swint, JoVaughn Martin);

4. North Carolina A&T 38.60

(Akeem Sirleaf’, Randolph Ross, Daniel Stokes, Javonte Harding);

5. Clemson 38.96

(Giano Roberts, Marcus Parker, Alex Sands, Terryon Conwell);

6. Texas 39.13

(O’Brien Wasome’, Steffin McCarter, Caleb Hublin, Micaiah Harris);

7. Texas A&M 39.13

(Emmanuel Yeboah’, Devon Achane, Lance Broome, Bryce Deadmon);

8. Houston 42.87

(Jordan Booker, Travis Collins, Christian Hamberlin, Shaun Maswanganyi’);

… dnf—Texas Tech.

Semis (June 09)

I–1. LSU 38.66 (Peebles, Williams, Hislop’, Laird); 2. Houston 38.84; 3. Georgia 38.95; 4. USC 39.23 (Burnett, Stewart, Christon, Allen); 5. Arkansas 39.47 (Oglesby, Hari, Turner, Brown); 6. Coppin State 39.51 (Manu, Amoah’, John, Opuni); 7. Purdue 39.68 (Greene, Colebrooke, Becker, Moore); 8. Norfolk State 40.18 (Cole, Brown, Madison-Ahouman, Barnes).

II–1. North Carolina A&T 39.00; 2. Texas A&M 39.23 (Yeboah’, Achane, Broome, Comick); 3. TCU 39.24 (Brock, Matiyenga’, Maguranyanga’, Gregory); 4. Ohio State 39.32 (Ramsey, Harrison, Curry, Johnson); 5. Iowa 39.48 (McConico, Woodard, Reed, Kresley); 6. Kentucky 39.56 (Heath, St Hillaire, Smith, Lightner); 7. Sam Houston 40.26 (Callaway, Henderson, McRae, Downing).

III–1. Florida State 38.75; 2. Clemson 38.94; 3. Texas 39.09 (Garland, McCarter, Hulbin, Harris); 4. Texas Tech 39.14 (Lindsey, Shelton, O’Conner, Jones); 5. Mississippi State 39.51 (Rose, Edwards, Moore, Crump); 6. Oregon 39.53 (Williams, Bouchereau, Daniel, McNamara); 7. NC State 39.88 (Young, Douglas, Dowdy, Alvarez);… dq—BYU (Stuart, Bluth, Maxfield, Draper).


Men’s 4 x 400: A&T Scares 3:00 Barrier

North Carolina A&T ran a gritty race to win in 3:00.92, highlighted by a second-leg 43.8 from individual winner Randolph Ross which brought the team from a far-back 7th to a lead they never relinquished. A&T had entered the meet as the clear favorite off the list-leading 2:59.21 they ran at Regionals, and anticipation of this race foresaw the possibility of breaking USC’s 2:59.00 CR.

First Leg: Florida front-loaded with Ryan Willie, who led early and ran fastest with a 45.5. But for much of the opening leg it was A&T’s 100/200 man Daniel Stokes who had gone out hardest, too hard as it turned out. Ahead by several meters entering the homestretch, Stokes began a long, slow fade to 47.1 as the field closed in. Behind Willie was Arizona’s Maj Williams, who handed off in 2nd after a 45.9.

Second Leg: A&T seemed in trouble, as they were 7th to touch off and Ross took a very safe pass after waiting for his fading teammate. With most of the field well underway, Ross took off around the first bend but was still 7th as the field broke for the pole at the top of the backstretch.

At this point Ross was nearly 10m behind USC’s Brian Herron, with 5 more teams to catch. It took Ross some 25m to meet his first target, but by the end of the straight only Herron and Florida’s Chantz Sawyers remained to be caught. Ross passed Sawyers at the steeplechase pit, and passed Herron with 30m remaining on the turn. From there Ross only lengthened his lead, his 43.8 turning a 12-meter deficit into a 4-meter lead.

Third Leg: Akeem Sirleaf took the baton from Ross, and maintained most of his advantage to the end, his 45.89 carry leading USC’s Cameron Samuel to the hand-off by 3m, with Florida and Texas A&M close behind.

Anchor: A&T closer Trevor Stewart was in control all the way with his 44.17. Bryce Deadmon anchored A&M to a 3rd-place 3:01.64 with his 44.12, but it was Stephen F. Austin’s Auhmad Robinson who stunned the field with the fastest split of the meet, a 43.44 which brought his team top 2nd in 3:01.52. Only Maurice Peoples’ legendary 43.1 from ’73 is faster in meet history.

Of the first seven teams, only A&T did not record a season-best performance, successfully holding off all comers despite not being at their best. /Dave Johnson/

MEN’S 4 x 400 RESULTS

(June 11)

1. North Carolina A&T 3:00.92

(Daniel Stokes 47.1, Randolph Ross 43.8, Akeem Sirleaf’ 45.89, Trevor Stewart 44.16);

2. Stephen F. Austin 3:01.52

(Muzuri Mattar 46.5, Paul Martin 45.7, Jeremiah Curry 45.89, Auhmad Robinson 43.44 [2, 2 NCAA split]);

3. Texas A&M 3:01.64

(Moitalel Mpoke’ 46.3, Devin Dixon 45.5, Omajuwa Etiwe 45.70, Bryce Deadmon 44.12);

4. USC 3:02.49

(Nicholas Ramey 46.3, Brian Herron 45.0, Cameron Samuel 45.85, Isaiah Jewett 45.28);

5. Iowa 3:02.54

(Austin Lietz 46.4, Antonio Woodard 46.6, Julien Gillum 44.91, Wayne Lawrence 44.68);

6. Arizona 3:03.58

(Maj Williams 45.9, Calvin Wilson 46.4, Isaac Davis 46.17, Johnnie Blockburger 45.10);

7. Florida 3:03.60

(Ryan Willie 45.5, Chantz Sawyers’ 46.0, Jacob Miley 45.86, Kunle Fasasi’ 46.29);

8. Kentucky 3:03.63

(Kenroy Williams’ 47.8, Lance Lang 45.5, Dwight St. Hillaire’ 44.92, Kennedy Lightner 45.40);

9. Baylor 3:05.14

(Matthew Moorer 47.7, Dillon Bedell 46.3, Ryan Croson 45.38, Howard Fields 45.80).

Semis (June 09):

I–1. North Carolina A&T 3:03.23 (Stokes, Ross, Sirleaf’, Stewart); 2. Iowa 3:04.49 (Lietz, Woodard, Gillum, Lawrence); 3. Texas 3:05.89 (Nortje’, Jones’, Maas, Wright); 4. Oklahoma 3:07.47 (Epps, Smith, Allen, Levingston); 5. Southeastern Louisiana 3:08.90 (Ruffin, Sawyer, Storr, Benson); 6. Clemson 3:09.23 (Morrison, Jones, Parker, Conwell); 7. Pittsburgh 3:09.97 (Jones-Roundtree, Feagin, Wilson, Wiggins); 8. Virginia Tech 3:11.41 (Forrest, Rose, Sapp, Beck).

II–1. USC 3:04.00 (Ramey, Herron, Samuel, Jewett); 2. Kentucky 3:04.42 (Williams’, Lang, St. Hillaire’, Lightner); 3. Stephen F. Austin 3:04.65 (Mattar, Martin, Curry, Robinson); 4. Florida 3:04.74 (Willie, Sawyer’s, Miley, Fasasi’); 5. Baylor 3:04.95 (Barr, Bedell, Croson, Fields); 6. Arkansas 3:08.15 (Brown, Schwartz, Farr’, Milholen); 7. Alabama 3:12.55 (Serrano, St. Clair, Martin, Weaver);… dnf—UTEP (Hill’, Powell’, Hewitt, Bailey’).

III–1. Texas A&M 3:04.53 (Mpoke’, Dixon, Etiwe, Deadmon); 2. Arizona 3:07.02 (Williams, Wilson, Davis, Blockburger); 3. BYU 3:07.57 (Yardley, Maxfield, Ruiz, Bluth); 4. Tennessee 3:07.95 (Griffith’, Bailey, Bynum, Helmlinger); 5. LSU 3:08.15 (Camel, Burrell, Lewis, Terry); 6. Florida State 3:17.41 (Collier, Cogdell, Martin, Butler);… dq—TCU (Seete’, Mokaleng’, Bender, Gregory);… dnf—Michigan (Amarteifio, Amene, Lin, Hartman). ◻︎

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