Friday Recap: Florida Repeats as Christian Coleman (100/200), KeAndre Bates (LJ/TJ) & Filip Mihaljevic (Shot/Discus) Earn Double Victories

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By LetsRun.com
June 9, 2017

EUGENE, Ore. — The 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are in the books and for the second year in a row, the Florida Gators are your national champions. Just like at NCAA indoors three months ago, the meet came down to the 4×400 relay, but this time, Florida’s lead was bigger. Indoors, Texas A&M only needed to win the race to clinch the national title and that’s exactly what they did, with anchor Mylik Kerley passing Florida’s Ryan Clark on the home stretch. This time around, no matter what the Aggies did, the Gators only needed to finish fifth in the 4×400 to earn their fourth NCAA title in the last six years.

At the final exchange in tonight’s race, however, the outcome was still in doubt as Texas A&M, the only team that could catch the Gators, was in second with Florida fifth. But, once again, Florida turned to Grant Holloway, and once again, the superstar freshman delivered, producing a 43.89 anchor leg — the best anchor of the night, .10 faster than individual champ Fred Kerley — to cross the line in fourth and secure the repeat. Holloway had a hand in 23 of the Gators’ 61.5 points, as in addition to his heroics on the 4×400, he placed second in the long jump and won the 110 hurdles.

Florida celebrates

Florida celebrates

Indoors, the Gators lost to the SEC-rival Aggies by just half a point. Holloway won the 60 hurdles at that meet and ran a leg on the runner-up 4×400, but failed to score in the long jump after entering as the #2 seed. Holloway felt partially responsible, and after the long jump, he promised Florida coach Mike Holloway that he would never let him down again. Today, he delivered on that promise.

“A man is only as good as his word, that’s what my father told me,” Grant Holloway said. “So if I made a promise to Coach Holloway, I was going to try my best to keep it.”

Coach Holloway was full of praise for his star pupil. After the meet, he was asked if he had ever coached an athlete with such a range of talent.

“No,” Holloway said with a laugh. “I’ve had some talented kids come through the program. Obviously you have [2016 Olympic champions] Christian Taylor, Kerron Clement. At the end of the day, I think that he’s a special talent.”

No school can match the Gators’ success outdoors over the past eight years. Since 2010, Florida has finished first at NCAAs four times and second three times. The one year they finished outside of the top two was 2011 — when they were third with 53 points, just two back of champion Texas A&M.

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Below, we briefly recap the sprint/field action from day 3 at NCAAs — the final day of men’s competition. Though a headwind on the homestretch and cool, damp conditions slowed the times on the track, sprint stars Christian Coleman of Tennessee (100/200) and Fred Kerley of Texas A&M (400) still delivered with titles while Florida’s KeAndre Bates (triple jump/long jump) and Virginia’s Filip Mihaljevic (shot put/discus) completed impressive doubles.

For a recap of the distance action, check out the article below.

LRC 2017 NCAA Mid-D & Distance Recap: Three Big-Time Talents Win Their First NCAA Outdoor Titles – Grant Fisher, Josh Kerr and Emmanuel Korir

Men’s 100: Coleman runs 10.04 into big headwind

Coleman turned heads by running a collegiate record of 9.82 in Wednesday’s prelim, but conditions were far different for Friday’s final as instead of a warm, sunny day and a nice tailwind, Coleman faced cool weather and a 2.1 m/s tailwind. The result, however, was the same, as he blasted the field to win his first NCAA 100 title.

10.04 obviously doesn’t sound like much compared to 9.82, but when you adjust for wind, the performances were almost identical. Coleman’s 9.82 was worth 9.88 in still conditions, while his 10.04 today was worth 9.89.

Video of 100m:

Place Athlete AffiliationTime      
1Christian COLEMANJRTennessee10.04 -2.1    
2Cameron BURRELLJRHouston10.12 -2.1    
3Christopher BELCHERSRN. Carolina A&T10.19 -2.1    
4Kyree KINGSROregon10.20 -2.1    
5Jaylen BACONJRArkansas State10.25 -2.1    
6Nethaneel MITCHELL-BLAKESRLSU10.26 -2.1    
7Senoj-Jay GIVANSSRTexas10.29 -2.1    
8Odean SKEENJRAuburn10.97 -2.1    

Men’s 200: Coleman runs 20.25 into an even bigger headwind

Just 45 minutes after the 100, Coleman returned to the track for the 200 and though he was pushed to the line by SEC rival Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, he ran 20.25 into a 3.1 wind to become the third athlete in as many years to complete the 100-200 double, following in the footsteps of Andre De Grasse (2015) and Jarrion Lawson (2016). Considering Coleman swept both sprints at both NCAA indoors and NCAA outdoors and set the collegiate record in the 100 meters, he seems to be a lock for The Bowerman — in the process ensuring Edward Cheserek graduates without winning collegiate track & field’s highest honor.

Up next for Coleman is a showdown with another Volunteer, Justin Gatlin, at USAs (Coleman plans on running the 100 and 200 in Sacramento), and though Coleman was too modest to call himself the favorite, there’s no doubt that he enters USAs as the man to beat.

Video of 200

Place Athlete AffiliationTime      
1Christian COLEMANJRTennessee20.25 -3.1    
2Nethaneel MITCHELL-BLAKESRLSU20.29 -3.1    
3Jereem RICHARDSJRAlabama20.55 -3.1    
4Kyree KINGSROregon20.61 -3.1    
5Christopher BELCHERSRN. Carolina A&T20.66 -3.1    
6Senoj-Jay GIVANSSRTexas20.76 -3.1    
7Teray SMITHSRAuburn20.77 -3.1    
8Jaylen BACONJRArkansas State20.84 -3.1    

 

Men’s 400: Fred Kerley comes on strong to win

Kerley, who set the collegiate record of 43.70 at regionals, was with the rest of the field coming off the final turn, but he was clearly the best over the final 100 meters and pulled away to win fairly comfortably in the end in 44.10, despite blustery conditions. Kerley will face his biggest challenge yet at USAs as he takes on Olympic bronze medallist LaShawn Merritt.

Place Athlete AffiliationTime      
1Fred KERLEYSRTexas A&M44.10      
2Nathon ALLENFRAuburn44.69      
3Michael CHERRYSRLSU44.77      
4Michael NORMANFRUSC44.88      
5Akeem BLOOMFIELDFRAuburn45.13      
6Marcus CHAMBERSSROregon45.28      
7Steven GAYLESRAlabama45.59      
8Wil LONDONSOBaylor45.72
 Kerley said his goal this year is to win all his races. He’s undefeated this year at 400m.
 

Men’s 110 hurdles: True freshman Grant Holloway follows up 60 hurdles win indoors with an outdoor title

Headwinds slowed times in the sprints today, but even so Holloway came close to the 13.41 PR he set in the semifinals to win today and earn 10 big points for the Gators.

Place Athlete AffiliationTime      
1Grant HOLLOWAYFRFlorida13.49 -2.0    
2Ruebin WALTERSJRAlabama13.54 -2.0    
3David KENDZIERAJRIllinois13.59 -2.0    
4Aaron MALLETTSRIowa13.65 -2.0    
5Nick ANDERSONSRKentucky13.66 -2.0    
6Marquis MORRISJRUSC13.75 -2.0    
7Desmond PALMERSRPittsburgh14.00 -2.0    
8Isaiah MOOREJRSouth Carolina14.05 -2.0

Men’s 400 hurdles: Florida’s Eric Futch repeats

Florida was counting on a win from Futch to keep its title hopes alive, and he delivered by coming from behind to win by .01, becoming the second straight repeat champion, following in the footsteps of Kansas’ Michael Stigler (2014, 2015).

Place Athlete AffiliationTime      
1Eric FUTCHSRFlorida48.32      
2Rai BENJAMINSOUCLA48.33      
3Kemar MOWATTJRArkansas48.49      
4Kenny SELMONJRNorth Carolina48.60      
5Desmond PALMERSRPittsburgh49.63      
6TJ HOLMESSRFlorida49.98      
7David KENDZIERAJRIllinois50.78      
8Robert GRANTJRTexas A&M1:20.79

Men’s 4×100 relay: Houston wins a quick one

With 9.93 man Cameron Burrell on anchor, the University of Houston moved up from second last year to win this event for the first time in 35 years in a school-record 38.34. Houston’s head coach is Cameron’s dad, Leroy Burrell, the former world record holder in the 100, and their assistant coach is Carl Lewis.

Place Team  Time      
1HOUSTON Houston38.34      
2AUBURN Auburn38.48      
3N. CAROLINA A&T N. Carolina A&T38.57      
4TEXAS A&M Texas A&M38.72      
5TEXAS Texas38.73      
6OREGON Oregon38.81      
7ARKANSAS Arkansas38.82      
 LSU LSUDNF

Men’s 4×400 relay: Texas A&M follows up indoor win with a sub-3:00 outdoors

Though Texas Tech put up a brave fight and led through three legs, no one could stop Fred Kerley on the anchor leg as he powered the Aggies to their fourth 4×400 title in the last eight years. Florida had to finish top 5 to win the team title and thanks to Holloway’s 43.89 anchor they got 4th.

PlLn Team  TimeL1&L2(800m)L3(400m)L4(400m)
14TEXAS A&M Texas A&M2:59.981:30.88 [1:30.88]2:15.99 [45.12]2:59.98 [43.99]
22ARKANSAS Arkansas3:01.841:31.56 [1:31.56]2:17.26 [45.70]3:01.84 [44.59]
31IOWA Iowa3:01.911:31.10 [1:31.10]2:16.88 [45.79]3:01.91 [45.03]
45FLORIDA Florida3:02.161:31.93 [1:31.93]2:18.28 [46.35]3:02.16 [43.89]
58TEXAS TECH Texas Tech3:02.291:30.25 [1:30.25]2:15.87 [45.63]3:02.29 [46.42]
63ALABAMA Alabama3:03.811:32.26 [1:32.26]2:18.98 [46.72]3:03.81 [44.84]
77OHIO STATE Ohio State3:05.271:33.87 [1:33.87]2:19.30 [45.43]3:05.27 [45.97]
86AUBURN Auburn3:12.221:32.02 [1:32.02]2:24.77 [52.75]3:12.22 [47.46]

Men’s high jump: Kansas State’s Christoff Bryan wins it by clearing 2.21m

Texas Tech’s Trey Culver had won the past two NCAA indoor titles, but the outdoor title eluded him once again as he needed three attempts to clear 2.21m (7-3). Bryan, on the other hand, went over 2.21 on his second attempt, and when neither man could clear 2.24, that handed the title to Bryan.

*Full results here

PlacePos Athlete Best  6-9¾6-11¾7-1¾7-37-4¼7-5¼7-6½7-7¾7-8¾7-10
18Christoff BRYAN
Kansas State [JR]
 
2.21m
7-3
  OXOXXOXOXXX     
215Trey CULVER
Texas Tech [JR]
 
2.21m
7-3
  OOXOXXOXXX     
312Justice SUMMERSET
Arizona [FR]
 
2.18m
7-1¾
  OXOXOXXX      
420Tye WILLIAMS
South Carolina [JR]
 
2.13m
6-11¾
  OOXXX       
45Keenon LAINE
Georgia [SO]
 
2.13m
6-11¾
  OOXXX       
63Jalen FORD
Iowa State [JR]
 
2.13m
6-11¾
  XXOOXXX       
716Jerin ALLEN
Louisville [JR]
 
2.13m
6-11¾
  XOXOXXX       
723Jhonny VICTOR
Florida [SO]
 
2.13m
6-11¾
  XOXOXXX   

Men’s discus: UVA’s Filip Mihaljevic follows shot put victory with a win in the discus

Mihaljevic came up big in the clutch, going 63.76 on his final throw to win the discus and secure a 1-3 finish for Virginia. In the process, he became the first man to win the shot and discus at the same NCAAs since Arizona State’s Ryan Whiting in 2010.

Mihaljevic is coached by convicted doper Martin Maric, who, as we pointed out last year, was rehired by UVA last summer after being forced to leave the program in 2015 after it was found that he was coaching UVA while serving a doping ban — a violation of WADA rules. Why would Virginia rehire a convicted doper? Well, it’s because he brought in a stud like Mihaljevic, who, like Maric, is Croatian.

Mihaljevic said that it was a distraction not having Maric around last year, but he’s not concerned about what people think.

“You can talk whatever you want, but we’re the best throws group right now,” Mihaljevic said.

*Full results here

Place ▾ AthleteOrderBest   Rnd 1Rnd 2Rnd 3Rnd 4Rnd 5Rnd 6
1Filip MIHALJEVIC
Virginia [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-0863.76m
209-2
   59.72
195-11
59.80
196-2
61.20
200-9
61.74
202-7
61.86
202-11
63.76
209-2
2Reginald JAGERS
Kent State [SR]
Flight: 2
F2-0162.51m
205-1
   X62.51
205-1
XX59.72
195-11
61.06
200-4
3Jordan YOUNG
Virginia [SR]
Flight: 2
F2-0761.94m
203-2
   60.15
197-4
61.94
203-2
XX60.96
200-0
60.97
200-0
4Brian WILLIAMS
Ole Miss [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-1259.95m
196-8
   X59.00
193-7
X58.05
190-5
59.95
196-8
X
5Reno TUUFULI
Iowa [SO]
Flight: 2
F2-0459.81m
196-2
   58.28
191-2
58.41
191-7
59.81
196-2
57.78
189-7
XX
6Mitchell COOPER
Kansas [SR]
Flight: 2
F2-0259.12m
193-11
   55.44
181-11
59.12
193-11
XX57.80
189-7
X
7Marek BARTA
Virginia Tech [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-0658.99m
193-6
   X58.49
191-10
56.67
185-11
58.99
193-6
XX
8Kyle LONG
Arizona State [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-0658.09m
190-7
   56.39
185-0
55.19
181-1
58.08
190-7
57.43
188-5
58.09
190-7
X

Men’s triple jump: KeAndre Bates completes the horizontal jumps sweep

Florida is inarguably the best school in the country for the men’s horizontal jumps, and KeAndre Bates showed why that is the case this weekend as he won the long jump and triple jump — the third time a Florida athlete has achieved the feat in the last four years (Marquis Dendy also turned the trick in 2014 and 2015).

*Full results here

Place Athlete AffiliationBest Mark  Flight (Pl)  
1KeAndre BATESJRFlorida16.76m (55-0 ) +2.42 (1)  
2Clive PULLENSRArkansas16.60m (54-5½ ) +1.72 (2)  
3Scott CARTERSRWyoming16.24m (53-3½ ) +1.41 (1)  
4Hayden MCCLAINSROklahoma16.17m (53-¾ ) +1.82 (3)  
5Barden ADAMSJRKansas16.08m (52-9¼ ) +1.42 (4)  
6Montel NEVERSSOFlorida State16.05m (52-8 ) +2.71 (2)  
7Craig STEVENS JRSOKent State16.00m (52-6 ) +1.31 (3)  
8Samuel TRIGGSRNew Mexico15.97m (52-4¾ ) +2.22 (5)

Team scores

Place MenScore
1Florida61.5
2Texas A&M59.5
3Virginia36
4Arkansas33
5Auburn24
6Georgia22.5
7LSU20
7Tennessee20
9Oregon19.5
10Alabama19

*Full results here


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