Top 10 Moments: Conference Championships Saturday



With conference championships happening all over the country, titles were won and records were broken from all corners of the NCAA. Here are the top 10 performances from the first few days of conference madness:

1. Dedric Dukes had one of the most mind-blowing performances of the weekend after winning the men’s 200m at the SEC Outdoor Championships in a winning time of 19.99, which is by far the fastest time run in the world this year. His performance pushed his Florida Gator squad to an SEC Conference title. 
2. Tevin Hester of Clemson had a breakout performance today at the ACC Conference Championships with a win in 9.87 (+2.1) in the 100m, which was 0.1 m/s wind from breaking the NCAA 100m record. The win gave Hester his first conference crown and stands as an all-conditions Clemson school record. 
3. Dukes returned later in the day to help the Florida Gators clinch the conference win in the 4x400m with a new NCAA leading time of 3:01.60, just milli-seconds ahead of LSU (3:01.63) who is now the second-fastest team in the NCAA. 
 
4. Texas A&M’s 400m threat Deon Lendore shut down the field today in the men’s 400m at the SEC Championships after running 44.41, which is 0.41 seconds off the collegiate record set by Quincy Watts in 1992, and currently stands as the third-fastest time run in the world this year. 
 

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5. In a dominant performance, Leah O’Connor cruised to her fourth Big 10 title in the women’s steeplechase. The Michigan State NCAA Champion did it in style with a 9:51 finishing time, 22 seconds ahead of runner-up Tori Gerlach of Penn State. O’Connor is also entered to run in the 1500m final and 5K tomorrow to help her Spartans rack up the conference team points. 
 

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6. At the Pac-12 Championships, USC’s sprint sensation Andre De Grasse put on a clinic in the preliminaries of the men’s 100m and 200m. In the 100m, De Grasse ran the fastest mark of the day with ease in 10.12 (+2.2) and followed the race with a crowd-elevating performance in the 200m. De Grasse blew the field away with a commanding win in the 200m with a time of 20.03, which currently stands as the second-fastest time in the NCAA and the second-fastest time in the world. 
 
7. In a furious come from behind effort, Colorado’s Ammar Moussa took his first Pac-12 Championship title in the final of the men’s 10K. After his teammate Morgan Pearson broke away from the lead pack with 3K to go, Moussa tucked on the inside of Stanford’s Eric Olson, and the two started to close the gap on Pearson. Coming into the bell lap, Olson and Moussa caught Pearson and together, the three runners kicked their way through the final 400m. In the end, it was Moussa to close the hardest for the win, running through the finish line in 29:34. It was Moussa’s first 10K on the track, and he was able to showcase his efforts in front of his friends and family. 
 

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8. Arkansas’ Dominique Scott dominated from every corner of the track after capturing the SEC Conference Championship win in both the 1500m and the 5K. Scott’s 1500m victory was won in 4:15 against Miss State’s Rhianwedd Price. She followed the win with another victory in the 5K, cruising through the finish line in 16:06. 
 

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9. Fifth-year senior Jessica Tonn also had a strong kick to the finish in the women’s 10K final after closing in the last 400m in 66 seconds to take the conference crown in 34:00. It was the Stanford runner’s annual tradition to run the 10K, and the NCAA 5K leader did not disappoint with her killer closing speed. 
 

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10. Julian Parker of LSU kicked his way to an SEC title against NCAA Champion Brandon McBride in a winning time of 1:46.17 at the SEC Outdoor Championships. The senior beat out a stacked field of All Americans, including Andres Arroyo, Alex Amankwah and Ryan Schnulle. The mark was a huge personal best for Parker and his first SEC Championship crown. 

Brian Herron Plans To Skip HS Outdoor Season And Run Unattached

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Brian Herron is quickly becoming one of the nation's top sprint talents, but he may soon join a very rare list of athletes with great potential who never won a state championship. 

Christian Coleman, Natoya Goule Highlight Professional Weekend

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Last Friday, Christian Coleman jump-started the professional indoor season with his 6.37 performance in the 60m. While there’s still uncertainty about whether or not the time will be ratified as an American and world record — there are different requirements for each — it signals that Coleman’s 2017 wasn’t an aberration. 

Norway's Sondre Nordstad Moen To Race Napoli Half Marathon

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Sondre Nordstad Moen will begin his 2018 racing season in the Napoli City Half Marathon (February 4th) after a sensational final few months in 2017.  In September he began with a personal best 27:55 for 10K in the Birell Prague Grand Prix and concluded with a December victory in the prestigious Fukuoka Marathon in a European Record 2:05:48.  In the interim he improved to number three on the European half marathon list with 59:48, in Valencia.

Matthew Centrowitz Moving To D.C., Still With Nike Oregon Project

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Matthew Centrowitz announced on Instagram that he is still with the Nike Oregon Project, but has relocated back to the Washington, D.C. area. The 2016 Olympic champion in the 1500m attended Broadneck High School in Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Oregon and remained in Oregon for his professional career. 

All The Best Things That Happened In The NCAA This Weekend

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Three collegiate records highlighted NCAA action this weekend, as UTEP sophomore Michael Saruni, Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp, and Georgia senior Keturah Orji set standards in their respective events.

Keturah Orji Breaks American, Collegiate Indoor Record For Triple Jump

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Georgia's Keturah Orji broke her own American and NCAA indoor records in the triple jump on Saturday with a leap of 14.53m/47-8 at the Clemson Invitational.

Katelyn Tuohy Shatters Mary Cain's National High School Record For 5K

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North Rockland High School, New York, sophomore Katelyn Tuohy ran the fastest 5K ever for a high school girl — indoors or outdoors — today with her winning time of 15:37.12 at the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Christian Coleman Crushes 60m World Record In His Season Opener

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Today, in his first meet of the year, Christian Coleman set the bar for his season incredibly high and put the world on notice. 

Vincent Crisp Runs Fastest Collegiate Time Ever For 600 Yards

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Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp posted the fastest indoor collegiate mark of all time over 600 yards on Friday. Competing at the Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, Crisp ran 1:08.16 and held off TCU’s Derrick Mokaleng, who ran 1:08.18.

Michael Saruni Runs World-Best In Indoor 600m

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On Friday night, Michael Saruni continued his hot start to 2018. The UTEP sophomore ran a world-best time of 1:14.79 in the 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque.