Dani Jones has only been running on land since mid-April. That proved to be enough for another NCAA title tonight in Austin.
After many disappointing performances at NCAAs, the NCAA indoor record holder finally got it all right as a senior.
Ostrander became the first woman to win three straight NCAA steeplechase crowns and she did in style, with a new PB as she remained undefeated in the event.
The #2 and #4 times in NCAA history got the mid-d and distance action underway in Austin on Saturday.
The final 30 seconds of the men's steeplechase was wild as both leaders went down.
Hoppel won his 2nd NCAA title of the year with style as he PRd (1:44.41).
The men's 1500 was decided by three one-thousandths of a second.
McDonald closed in 52.91 seconds, truly world-class stuff, to become the sixth man to win an NCAA xc, indoor and outdoor title in the same academic year.
If you add up the wining times for the 100, 200 and 110 hurdles tonight, the total is lower than what won gold for the 2016 Olympics and 2017 Worlds.
She had the best jump by a collegian (6.84m -22-5¼) since 2015.
As a senior, she got NCAA titles #1, upsetting NCAA record holder Olivia Gruver and twin sister Lexi Jacobus who had won 4 titles.
Nelson has battled health issues this spring, while Rivers ran a tactically poor race and wound up boxed in with nowhere to go in the home straight. Ostrander's 9:44 was the fastest time ever in an NCAA prelim.
“Coming in I wasn’t, ‘I have to beat Mondo.’ I was more focused on, I wanted to jump high, I wanted to jump 5.90 or higher and I completed my goal,” Nilsen says. “I didn’t think about it as coming in and wanting to beat Mondo. Competing against him is just fun.”