May 12, 2017
Move over Quicky Watts.
Texas A&M’s Fred Kerley obliterated the field at the NCAA West Track and Field Regional in Austin, Texas to win his 400m heat in 43.70, smashing Quincy Watts’ of USC’s NCAA record of 44.00.
Video of Kerley’s record breaking run below.
Results of Kerley’s heat below.
PL ATHLETE MARK LN/POS
1 (1) Fred Kerley Texas A&M [SR] 43.70 Q
2 (6) Ricky Morgan Jr USC [JR] 45.44 Q
3 (8) George Caddick Baylor [SR] 45.45 Q
4 (10) Warren Hazel Southern Illinois [SO] 45.70 q
5 (12) Sedacy Walden Air Force [SO] 45.81 q
6 (13) Derrick Mokaleng TCU [FR] 45.96
7 (17) Asa Guevara UTEP [JR] 46.31
8 (23) Eric Janise Arkansas [SR] 46.73
Earlier this year Kerley ran 44.09 at the SEC meet letting up before the line (video of that at bottom of article). However, the next day he ran slower in the final. At regionals in Austin, Kerley did the opposite. He took it easy running 45.95 yesterday before blasting his NCAA record today.
Interestingly, Quincy Watts set his NCAA record of 44.00 in 1992 in Austin, Texas at the NCAA champs. He’d only finish 3rd at the US Olympic Trials that year, but at the Olympics he ran 43.50 to win the Olympic gold. 44.00 was the fastest in an NCAA competition and is recognized as the collegiate record.
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For information on how to watch NCAA regional click here.
— Costas Goulas (@lsabre) May 13, 2017