All The Best Things That Happened In The NCAA This Weekend

Cheryl Treworgy

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.

Saruni's time of 1:14.79 in the 600m also established a new world best in the event, beating Cas Loxsom's record of 1:14.91. Crisp ran 1:08:16 to set the collegiate standard in the 600 yards. And Orji set American and NCAA records in the triple jump with a leap of 14.32m/46-11.75.

Outside of the record marks, notable performances from the weekend also include Grant Holloway running 7.49 for 60m hurdles at the Clemson Invitational, which ties for the third-fastest mark in collegiate history and sets a new NCAA lead.

Holloway later teamed with Kunle Fasai, Chantz Sawyers, and Benjamin Lobo Vedel to win the 4x400m relay in 3:03.49, the eighth-fastest mark in collegiate history and current NCAA leader. Florida now moves ahead of Arkansas on the all-time list, but the fastest seven times all belong to Texas A&M. The Aggies set the collegiate record last year in 3:02.52.

The Gator women also set an NCAA-leading time in the 4x400m relay thanks to an epic dual with Kentucky. The Wildcats' star freshman Sydney McLaughlin switched from anchor to second leg, putting U.K. in the lead with a 50.96 split, but the Gators' Sharrika Barnett did one better on the anchor as she closed a 20-meter gap for the win with a split of 50.56, which is the fastest we've heard of this season.

Aleia Hobbs took back the NCAA lead in the women's 60m from LSU teammate Mikiah Brisco with her 7.14 winning time at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational. Tigers junior Kortnei Johnson was runner-up to Hobbs in 7.19, now the No. 3 time in the NCAA behind Hobbs and Brisco. 

Watch the replay of the second day of competition at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational below. You can watch Day 1 here.

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2018 Larry Wieczorek Invitational Full Replay Day 2

Andre Ewers made a splash in his NCAA debut for Florida State, clocking 6.52 over 60m for the win and the NCAA lead at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational. He is the only collegian to break 6.60 so far this season.

Texas A&M sophomore Danyel White took over the NCAA lead in the women's 200m with a mark of 23.10. 

Ncincilili Titi of South Carolina ran the collegiate lead in the men's 200m with a mark of 20.45 at the Clemson Invitational. Divine Oduduru, a freshman from Texas Tech, clocked the second-fastest men's mark this year in 20.49 at the Red Raider Invitational.

Erin Finn ran the second-fastest 3K in the NCAA this year with 8:58.69 — a PB and University of Michigan school record.

NCAA 800m title favorites Danae Rivers and Jazmine Fray made their half-mile debuts, clocking the No. 1 and No. 2 times in the NCAA, respectively, with 2:03.13 and 2:04.97 openers at Clemson and Texas A&M. Karisa Nelson of Samford, the reigning NCAA indoor mile champion, opened her season with a 2:05.87 — the fourth-fastest time in the NCAA — win at home.

Jacob Thomson of Kentucky ran a personal best by 10 seconds to take over the NCAA lead in the 3K with a mark of 7:53.87 at Clemson. Emmanuel Rotich of Tulane defeated Vincent Kiprop of Alabama, who was seventh at NCAA XC, 8:03.17 to 8:03.91 at the Vanderbilt Invitational for the No. 5 and No. 6 fastest times of the season.

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