NCAA Weekend Recap: Sydney McLaughlin, Sammy Watson Debut & More

Errol Anderson

Track is back! Several top NCAA athletes made their season debuts this weekend after a long offseason to shake off the cobwebs before the holiday break. Below, we recap some of the top moments.

Sydney McLaughlin Debuts With U.S. No. 2 All-Time 300m

University of Kentucky freshman Sydney McLaughlin made her collegiate debut in the 300m at the University of Indiana, clocking a swift 36.12 to shatter Candace Hill's world junior best of 36.56.

McLaughlin's time ranks No. 2 all-time in American history behind only Quanera Hayes' 35.71, set in January of this year; McLaughlin is the seventh-fastest performer in world history. She also ranks No. 3 all-time in the NCAA behind two marks by Merlene Ottey, 35.83 and 35.96, both of which were recorded at altitude in 1981. The Olympian's prior best was 36.82.

Watch McLaughlin's race below:

2017 Hoosier Open Women's 300m - Sydney McLaughlin #2 U.S. All-Time

Other standout marks from the Hoosier Open included the 5Ks. The women's race saw Indiana's Katherine Receveur win in 15:48.1 over Charlotte Imer of Eastern Kentucky, who ran 16:09. The men's race also saw a winner from Indiana, as redshirt freshman Ben Veatch ran 13:57.27 over a group of Portland Pilots, with Jeff Thies (14:00.55) taking second place and Middle Tennessee State duo Kigen Chemadi and Jacob Choge placing third and fourth in 14:01 and 14:05.

According to USATF, the 19-year-old Veatch's time broke the American indoor junior record for 5K by 11 seconds. The listed record is Louis Luchini's 14:08.37 from 2000, though fellow Stanford Cardinal Chris Derrick actually ran 13:48.26 as a 19-year-old freshman in 2009. We have reached out to USATF for clarification.

Watch the men's 5K at the Hoosier Open:

2017 Hoosier Open Men's 5k - Indiana's Ben Veatch New U.S. Junior Record!

Other noteworthy marks from Indiana include the men's 500m, where Indiana's Daniel Kuhn clocked 1:01.35, and the men's 300m, where Kentucky freshman Dwight St. Hillaire ran 32.83 to defeat Tennessee All-American Nathan Strother (33.16).

Sammy Watson Runs NCAA No. 7 All-Time 1K

Middle-distance star Sammy Watson has clearly adjusted well to training in the South, as the New York native made her Texas A&M debut with a 2:42.12 1K. The mark broke the Aggies' school record and ranks No. 7 all-time in NCAA history. According to, her splits were 30.33, 32.51 (1:02.83), 33.72 (1:36.54), 33.12 (2:09.66), and 32.46. Watson's PB of 2:40.72, which set the national high school record last March, is faster than the NCAA record of 2:40.79 set by Kaela Edwards of Oklahoma State this year.

After her 1K run, Watson split 55.41 on the Aggies' "A" 4x400m relay. 

Another nice double at Texas A&M's Reveille Invitational came from former Aggie Donavan Brazier, who became the 493rd American to break four minutes in the mile with a 3:59.3 win ahead of Leo Manzano. He also came back with a strong 4x4 split of 46.0.

Watch Brazier's first sub-four mile below:

Charlotte Taylor Leads Great Britain To Win European XC Championships

San Francisco's Charlotte Taylor, third at NCAA XC last month, helped Team Great Britain win the team title at the women's senior European XC Championships on Sunday in Slovakia. She was the top finisher for Team GB in sixth place with a time of 27:23 over the 8.23K course.

Several of Taylor's teammates also competed, but in the U23 race: Isabelle Brauer was sixth overall for Sweden in 21:09 and Weronika Pyzik was eighth for Poland in 21:18. 

Washington's Amy-Eloise Neale, the NCAA XC runner-up in Louisville, placed fourth in the U23 race to aid Great Britain to the team title.


Other NCAA athletes who compted in Slovakia include Jasmijn Lau of Portland (fourth in the U20 race), Sophie Murphy of Iona (10th in the U20 race), Emmanuel Roudolff-Levisse of Portland (fourth in the U23 race), and Sean Tobin of Ole Miss (15th in the senior race).

NCAA Weekend In Review: Josh Kerr Sets NCAA Record, TeeTee Terry Breaks Out

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Josh Kerr of New Mexico rightfully claims the throne as prince of the NCAA weekend after breaking one of the oldest records in Division I history: the 1500m. The three-time NCAA champion ran 3:35.01 at the Bryan Clay Invitational to narrowly beat out Sydney Maree's 3:35.3, which has stood as the DI standard since 1981.

Kipchoge Furthers His Case For Best Ever, Farah Sets British Record

Eliud Kipchoge’s eighth straight marathon victory on Sunday looked familiar to all his others. He managed a fast pace in the early miles, effortlessly whittled down the pack from 20 to 35K and flashed an inconspicuous smile when the race was at its most difficult. In short, Kipchoge again made the very difficult look sublime. 

Patience Pays For Vivian Cheruiyot In London Marathon

In the early stages of the women’s race at the London Marathon, the elite women broke into three distinct group. At the front, Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba were joined by four male pacer setters with the stated goal of breaking the women’s world record of 2:15:25. Behind them, were Brigid Kosgei and Gladys Cherono, their aims not as ambitious as that of Dibaba and Keitany, but aiming to run a historically fast time. 

Josh Kerr Smashes NCAA 1500m Record!

New Mexico’s Josh Kerr broke the NCAA 1500m record on Friday night, running 3:35.01 at the Bryan Clay Invitational. The mark eclipses Sydney Maree’s 3:35.30 that has stood since 1981.

Phyllis Francis Double, Spicy Men’s 4x400 On Tap At Michael Johnson Invite

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Some of the NCAA’s best sprinters will descend on Waco, Texas, looking for fast times at the Michael Johnson Invitational. Joining the top talent from Arkansas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, and Baylor will be several professional athletes—including 2017 world 400m champion Phyllis Francis. You can watch the meet live on FloTrack and find the full schedule and entries here. 

After Year-Long Layoff, Marathoner Laura Thweatt Is Back

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There's at least one top U.S. marathoner who didn't compete in Boston this week.

Dominique Scott-Efurd Joins Forces With Emma Coburn

South African national record holder and five-time NCAA champion Dominique Scott-Efurd announced on Friday that she is joining the training group that includes world championship gold medalist Emma Coburn. The group, which is coached by Coburn’s husband Joe Bosshard, is based in Boulder, Colorado, and also includes Aisha Praught-Leer and Kaela Edwards.

House Of Run: What Will Be The Legacy Of The 2018 Boston Marathon?

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On the latest episode of the House of Run podcast, Jason and Kevin discuss Desiree Linden becoming the first American woman to win Boston since 1985, Yuki Kawauchi's comeback victory, the bizarre top five in both races, the panoply of DNFs, and the horrific weather in Boston.

Mary Keitany, Tirunesh Dibaba To Chase World Record At London Marathon

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It's hard to imagine a 26.2-mile race topping the drama of Monday's Boston Marathon, but the high-profile athletes assembled in London and lofty goals vocalized for this Sunday's Virgin Money London Marathon indicate that track fans may very well get two of the best marathons ever in a span of six days. 

London Marathon Men's Preview: Eliud Kipchoge Could Break World Record

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The only athletic accomplishment that reigning Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge has left to garner is an official world record in the marathon. His 2:00:25 at the Nike Breaking2 Event in Monza last May didn't count for official record-keeping, but the race did prove he is more than capable of bettering Dennis Kimetto's 2:02:57 world record—given the conditions are cooperative.