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World junior record and Arkansas upset highlight 2019 Women’s NCAA DI Outdoor Track and Field Championships

6/10/2019
 

AUSTIN, Texas -- The 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships made a new home of Austin, Texas at the Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium at the University of Texas at Austin. The women’s competition started Thursday, June 6 and finished Saturday, June 8. It was a weekend full of head-to-head matchups, new personal bests, national champions and meet records.

 

Sha’Carri Richardson of LSU is responsible for the race that shocked the world. The freshman pulled away from the field with 20m left in the 100m final. As she celebrated five meters before the finish line, the time of 10.75 appeared on the jumbotron. She broke the meet, facility, NCAA and 42-year old world junior record with that effort. Richardson currently has the fastest time in the world since Elaine Thompson of Jamaica ran 10.71 in 2017.


In the 1500m, returning champion Jessica Hull of Oregon was looking to repeat. However, it was Sinclair Johnson of Oklahoma State, who wasn’t in the final last year, that won the event with a strong kick on the home stretch. Johnson crossed the finish line in 4:05.98 for a new meet and facility record; she also became the No. 2 collegiate in history, behind Jenny Simpson.

 

Allie Ostrander remained undefeated and made history in the 3,000m steeplechase. She became the second woman to win three NCAA steeplechase championships behind Simpson. Ostrander set a new personal best and facility record with a time of 9:37.75. An hour later she placed just out of the top-15 in the 5,000m final.

 

Arkansas’ Janeek Brown came into the national championships as the collegiate leader in the 100mH with her performance at the SEC Outdoor Championships. In the 100mH final, Brown dominated over the field with a wind-legal 12.40. She just missed Brianna Rollins’ meet and NCAA record by one-hundredth of a second (12.39).

 

After breaking the facility record, Brown doubled in the 200m and ran 22.40 for fourth place. Brown’s 100mH/200m double broke Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s world record of 35.01 (12.71/22.30) for the event combination.

 

Kayla White of North Carolina A&T placed second in 10.95 and Twanisha Terry of USC third in 10.98. The times for first through seventh place were the best in NCAA history.

 

The LSU Tiger tried to come back to complete the double in the 200m, but she lost to defending champion, Anglerne Annelus of USC. Annelus crossed the finish line in 22.16 for a new personal best and facility record. Richardson ran 22.17 for her second world junior record of the day.

 

In the high jump, the women’s national title was decided by a jump-off. Zarriea Willis of Texas Tech and Nicole Green of UNC both cleared 1.87m (6-1.5) and failed to clear 1.90m. This is where the jump off began. Willis cleared the bar on her first attempt to secure the championship, and is the first woman to win the indoor and outdoor high jump since 2017.


Iowa’s Laulauga Tausaga won the discus with a new school record of 63.26m (206-6) in her second attempt of the competition. Tausaga became the first Iowa athlete to win a national championship in a throwing event and the first athlete to win since Nan Doak won the 10,000m in 1985.

 

The team title was a tight race between the women of Arkansas and the defending champions, USC. Both teams had their fair share of national champions over the weekend and went into the 4x400m relay tied at 50 points.

 

Heading into the fourth leg of the event, the Trojans dropped the baton taking them out of the hunt for the title. The Razorbacks finished the race in second place behind Texas A&M with a time of 3:25.89. Those 8-points gave Arkansas their second outdoor national championship in four years.


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Denise Spann

USATF Communications Intern




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