Takeaways Central: Terrence Jones, Maia Ramsden And Ky Robinson Show Out

Takeaways Central: Terrence Jones, Maia Ramsden And Ky Robinson Show Out

Three NCAA champions made huge leaps over the weekend and found themselves at the top of the NCAA leaderboard.

Feb 12, 2024 by Maxx Bradley
Takeaways Central: Terrence Jones, Maia Ramsden And Ky Robinson Show Out

This past weekend was one of the best so far this year. 

The action got off to a crazy start at yet another incredible meet at Boston University and then the 116th Millrose Games closed things off with a bang.

There were plenty of great performances and feats to choose from, but I narrowed it down to three of the top performances.

Jones Takes 60m Lead, Owns Five Of NCAA's Fastest Times

After a stretch of strong races this season, defending 60m national champion Terrence Jones asserted himself at the top of the national leaderboard after running 6.47 at the Jarvis Scott Open on his home track.

Jones cruised through the prelims in 6.54, which at the time was third-best in the NCAA. In the finals, though, things got better. Jones led teammate Don'dre Swift and Iowa's Kalen Walker to the three fastest times in the nation, as Swift and Walker followed Jones' 6.47 in 6.49 and 6.51.

After consistently fast seasons, Jones now owns five of the 10 fastest times in NCAA history. The Red Raider sits tied for the collegiate record (6.45), as well as No. 2, No. 3, No.7 and No. 10 performances. The junior is once again at the helm of the best 60m group in the country.

Ramsden, Asekol Clock Second & Fifth Fastest Miles In NCAA History

As the weeks continue to pass by, women around the NCAA continue to score historic performances in the mile. 

At the end of January, Providence's Kimberley May knocked 10 seconds off of her PB, running 4:27.85 for what was then an NCAA lead. Last weekend, Notre Dame's Olivia Markezich edged out May by less than a tenth of a second for the top spot, crossing in 4:27.76. 

It didn't last. On Friday at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University, Florida's Flomena Asekol lowered her previous PB by roughly six seconds, scoring unofficially the fifth-fastest time in NCAA history. Not even two days later, Harvard star Maia Ramsden soared to the top and stopped the clock just shy of the NCAA record, running 4:24.83, which was the 14th-fastest time in the world.

We're not even halfway through February and there are already eight women under 4:30 and 25 more under 4:35. At this point, it's not out of the cards for sub-4:30 to be the cut off for NCAAs. Regardless, this is not the last time we'll be talking about the women's mile.

Robinson, Husky Classic Field Shake-Up Men's 3K

If you thought the women's mile was intense this season, wait until you hear about the men's 3,000m. 

Since 2022, 20 of the 25 fastest times in NCAA history have been run, with the previous collegiate record held by Alistair Cragg (that stood for 18 years) being bested by eight different individuals.

The most recent man to run under the previous record was Stanford's Ky Robinson, who registered the second-fastest time in collegiate history, winning the Husky Classic in 7:36.69 -- though since it was performed on an oversized track, it won't be eligible for records. 

Robinson was closely followed by NAU's Aaron Las Heras (7:37.26), Portland's Matt Strangio (7:39.02) and Las Heras' teammate Theo Quax (7:39.85). The trio ran the No. 4, No. 11 and No. 13 fastest times at the distance. 

As of now, it will take a near-7:44 to make it into the NCAA Championships, with still plenty of time to make the cutoff time even quicker.

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