2018 DI NCAA Outdoor Championships

2018 NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships Day 2 Recap

2018 NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships Day 2 Recap

Live blog from Day 2 at Hayward Field.

Jun 7, 2018 by Johanna Gretschel
2018 NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships Day 2 Recap

The NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships are here! Keep this page refreshed for updates on every event from Day 2 at Hayward Field, as the women's first day of competition goes down. 


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Day 1 Recap

Running Events

Women's 4x100m Relay semi-finals | 4:02 PM PT

Advance top 2 from each heat, plus next best 2 to final.

Heat 1: Collegiate record holders LSU up first! Can they stay in the hand-off zone and keep the baton safe? Last year was tragic when they got disqualified in the semi-final. 

DAMN the Tigers are fast! Aleia Hobbs was in her own race on that homestretch. It looks safe—the Tigers set a new Hayward Field of 42.09, the second-fastest mark in collegiate history. Their record is 42.05. 

Oh yeah, there were other people in that race... Florida State hits the other auto spot just ahead of Texas A&M, 43.33 to 43.34. LSU is beating people by more than a second in the 4x1. Unreal.

Heat 2: Twanisha "Tee Tee" Terry!!! The freshman from USC just showed the NCAA why she is one of the favorites for the 100m crown by running down reigning national champions Kentucky on the anchor leg. I wonder if the Wildcats will throw Sydney on the 4x1 on Saturday; pretty sure she was not out there just now.

Heat 3: I think all of us are wondering which Ariana Washington will show up for Oregon this weekend and the double NCAA sprint champ from 2016 looked pretty strong just now pulling off the heat win for the Ducks in 42.95 ahead of a hard-closing Auburn, 43.11.

Good to see both Oregon and LSU make the final this year after both teams were disqualified from the prelim and semi-final, respectively, in 2017. LSU is by far the better team this season, so it's not quite as exciting as last year's co-record holder showdown would have been—but still, you never know what will happen on race day.

Final Qualifiers:

1. LSU, 42.09Q
2. Oregon, 42.95Q
3. USC, 42.97Q
4. Kentucky, 42.99Q
5. Auburn, 43.11Q
6. Florida State, 43.33Q
7. Texas A&M, 43.34q
8. Alabama, 43.35q

Women's 1500m semi-finals | 4:16 PM PT

Advance top 5 from each heat plus next best 2 to final.

Heat 1: Reigning indoor mile champion Elinor Purrier of New Hampshire is here, and even in a super-unpredictable event like the 1500m, I think she still gets the overall nod as favorite this weekend.

Purrier goes straight to the front (48.0 300m/64.93 400m) with Jessica Hull of Oregon and Danae Rivers of Penn State in tow. Purrier leads the group through 800m in 2:13.93 (68.8 split) and now a lead pack is starting to separate: Purrier, Hull, Pocratsky, Harris, Barnett, Rivers and Janelle Noe of Toledo I believe is in yellow.

3:21.51 at 1200m and it's still Purrier and Hull, Noe and Pocratsky with the final spot seemingly up for grabs. Looks like it will be Grace Barnett of Clemson. Those five will maintain position over the final straightaway to advance automatically to the final; Purrier clocks 64.55 over the final 400m to win in 4:10.08—the second-fastest time in the nation this year. That is quick! Each of the top five just PRed except for Pocratsky, who is still the national leader at 4:10.03. We'll see if Heat 2 is as honest.

Heat 2: These woman are going to have to gun it if they want a chance at the time qualifier. Taryn Rawlings of Portland clocked 4:12.08 for the last spot in Heat 1.

They're a bit slower through 400m—67.4, led by Shannon Hugard of Cornell. 800m in 2:19.6, led by who I beleive is Dillon McClintock of Michigan State but it's very closely bunched. Last year's NCAA runner-up Nikki Hiltz of Arkansas is running in second.

3:26.48 at 1200m, it's McClintock and Hiltz but Stanford's Aragon and Cranny are moving up! Wow, super impressive close by Hiltz, who has actually struggled with injury this season, to take the win in 4:14 as Stanford's duo of Aragon and Cranny displays some nice team tactics to grab 2-3 spots.

Final Qualifiers:

1. Elinor Purrier, New Hampshire, 4:10.08Q
2. Jessica Hull, Oregon, 4:10.09Q
3. Rachel Pocratsky, Virginia Tech, 4:10.80Q
4. Janelle Noe, Toledo, 4:10.83Q
5. Grace Barnett, Clemson, 4:11.07Q
6. Danae Rivers, Penn State, 4:11.72q
7. Taryn Rawlings, Portland, 4:12.08q
8. Nikki Hiltz, Arkansas, 4:14.09Q
9. Christina Aragon, Stanford, 4:15.00Q
10. Elise Cranny, Stanford, 4:15.05
11. Dillon McClintock, Michigan State, 4:15.16Q
12. Martina Rodriguez, Memphis, 4:15.35Q

Women's 3K Steeplechase semi-finals | 4:32 PM PT

Advance top 5 from each heat plus next best 2 to final.

Heat 1: Krissy Gear of Furman is our early leader, with a 77.4 split for the opening 400m. The freshman had an impressive run at the prelims, clocking 9:52 to qualify for NCAAs after running just 10:49 at her conference meet. She's followed closely right now by Paige Stoner of Syracuse and Grayson Murphy of Utah.

With a mile to go, the pack has swallowed up Gear and Stoner, Murphy and Madeline Strandemo of Minnesota are leading the group. Stoner passes the 1600m mark just over 5:20.

Coming up on the bell lap, Murphy, Stoner, Cierra Simmons of Utah State and Val Constein of Colorado have created a big gap. The No. 5 spot is somewhat up for grabs, but looks like Claire Borchers of Michigan right now.

Murphy wins with a one-second PB of 9:48.57 with a slight gap over Stoner, Simmons, Constien and Borchers.

Heat 2: Reigning champ Allie Ostrander headlines the second section. She is also entered in the 5K on Saturday, so she may not try to run as fast. But then again, it's Allie O—so maybe she will.

Opening lap is 73.9, wit Ostrander running next to Katy Kunc of Kentucky with Charlotte Prouse of New Mexico hanging out in third. 2:32 for the 800m; this is definitely going to be a faster race.

Ostrander and Prouse have a nice gap now on the rest of the field; they pass through 1600m in about 5:11. They're currently on pace to sneak under 9:40; Ostrander's collegiate leader is 9:38 and Prouse's PB is 9:50, so the Lobo looks bound for a nice PB if she can keep it up.

Bell lap—Ostrander passes in 8:29 with Prouse about a second behind and the rest of the field 10+ seconds back. The Boise State sophomore runs 9:45 for the win, the fastest time ever clocked in an NCAA semi-final, while Prouse runs 9:49 to get under 9:50 for the first time. Today marks the first time it took a sub-10 minute clocking to make the NCAA women's steeple final. 

Final Qualifiers:

1. Allie Ostrander, Boise State, 9:45.96Q
2. Grayson Murphy, Utah, 9:48.57Q
3. Charlotte Prouse, New Mexico, 9:49.78Q
4. Cierra Simmons, Utha State, 9:50.35Q
5. Paige Stoner, Syracuse, 9:50.76Q
6. Val Constien, Colorado, 9:50.98Q
7. Claire Borchers, Michigan, 9:54.52Q
8. Sarah Scott, Oklahoma, 9:56.46q
9. Alsu Bogdanova, Eastern Michigan, 9:57.05Q
10. Courtney Coppinger, Kansas, 9:57.09Q
11. Devin Clark, Arkansas, 9:57.19Q
12. Katy Kunc, Kentucky, 9:57.72q

Women's 100m Hurdles semi-finals | 5:02 PM PT

Advance top 2 from each heat plus next best 2 to final.

Heat 1: Kentucky's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn ran one-hundredth of a second off the collegiate record at SECs. The time we're watching for is 12.39, wind cooperating. The junior—who represented Puerto Rico at the '16 Rio Olympics—dominates the field in 12.54, a time that would rank her NCAA No. 5 all-time if she weren't already No. 2.

Heat 2: This race was super-close and impossible to call from up here in the stands, but Pedrya Seymour of Texas manages to hold off Cortney Jones of FSU and Anna Cockrell of USC for the win. 

Heat 3: Arkansas' Janeek Brown gets out hard but it will be another Texas heat winner as Longhorn Rushelle Burton runs 12.77, the third-fastest time of the day. Cockrell of USC is going to miss making the final by less than one-hundredth of a second as both she and Tonea Marshall of LSU run 12.88.

Final Qualifiers:

1. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Kentucky, 12.54Q
2. Alaysha Johnson, Oregon, 12.70Q
3. Rushelle Burton, 12.77Q
4. Janeek Brown, Arkansas, 12.80Q
5. Pedrya Seymour, Texas, 12.81Q
6. Cortney Jones, Florida State, 12.86Q
7. Devynne Charlton, Purdue, 12.86q
8. Tonea Marshall, LSU, 12.88q

Women's 100m semi-finals | 5:16 PM PT

Advance top 2 from each heat plus next best 2 to final.

Heat 1: Wow, Shania Collins of Tennessee just went ham on heat 1. Wind-legal 10.98 (+1.5) for the win as Ariana Washington and Twanisha Terry both run 11.08, but the Duck (and '16 NCAA champ) is awarded the auto spot. Fingers crossed for USC frosh to make it through on time because that girl is a major talent. Collins ties for sixth-fastest woman in NCAA history.

Heat 2: Deanna Hill of USC takes the top spot in 11.17, this time slightly wind-aided. Defending NCAA champion Mikiah Brisco sneaks into the final with an 11.18, just ahead of FSU freshman Ka'Tia Seymour and LSU teammate Cassondra Hall, who may be out of luck after that quick first section.

Heat 3: Meet your NCAA favorite!!! Aleia Hobbs of LSU goes 10.91 (+0.0) with apparently no wind to speak of. She is already the second-fastest woman in NCAA history thanks to her 2017 PB of 10.85. I'm still banking on her to break fellow Tiger Dawn Sowell's collegiate record of 10.78 in the final on Saturday. 

Final Qualifiers:

1. Aleia Hobbs, LSU, 10.91Q
2. Shania Collins, Tennessee, 10.98Q
3. Ariana Washington, Oregon, 11.08Q
4. Twanisha Terry, USC, 11.08q
5. Natalliah Whyte, Auburn, 11.11Q
6. Jonielle Smith, Auburn, 11.11q
7. Deanna Hill, USC, 11.17Q
8. Mikiah Brisco, LSU, 11.18Q

Women's 400m semi-finals | 5:30 PM PT

Advance top 2 from each heat plus next best 2 to final.

Heat 1: NCAA #4 ranked Makenzie Dunmore of Oregon controls the early part of the race but can't hold off Brionna Thomas of Purdue in the homestretch, who wins in 51.22—just off her PB of 51.13.

Heat 2: NCAA indoor record holder and reigning indoor champion Kendall Ellis of USC headlines the field here. Her 49.99 PB is the second-fastest in outdoor history. She makes up the stagger almost immediately and cruises to the win in 51.38 with zero challenge from the field. Chloe Abbott of Purdue has a nice close to nab the second auto qualifier.

Heat 3: In case you were thinking Ellis winning the 400m NCAA title is a foregone conclusion, Georgia's Lynna Irby is here to remind you that it is not!!! The true freshman dominates the final section in 50.10, which ties her as fourth-fastest in NCAA history. Can't wait to watch these two battle it out on Saturday.

Final Qualifiers:

1. Lynna Irby, Georgia, 50.11Q
2. Brionna Thomas, Purdue, 51.22Q
3. Kendall Ellis, USC, 51.38Q
4. Makenzie Dunmore, Oregon, 51.55Q
5. Sharikka Barnett, Florida, 51.68Q
6. Rachel Misher, LSU, 51.87q
7. Briyahna Desrosiers, Oregon, 52.06q
8. Chloe Abbott, Purdue, 52.14Q

Women's 800m semi-finals | 5:44 PM PT

Advance top 2 from each heat plus next best 2 to final.

Heat 1: Alethia Marrero leads the group through 400m in 58.3. At 600m, they're at 1:30.9 and it's Wilson-Perteete and Sabrina Southerland, the reigning indoor champion. Oregon's Southerland cruises to the win in 2:02.96 as Abike Egbeniyi of Middle Tennessee State passes Avi'Tal Wilson-Perteete of UNLV in the final meters for the second auto qualifier. 

Heat 2: Texas A&M's Jazmine Fray is here with her trademark quick start, going about 28.5 for the opening 200m. 60.6 for 400m, and actually, she's holding back a lot more than usual. Hopefully that serves her well as she has a history of going out too hard and fading. At 600m, it's 1:31.6 and Olivia Baker and Sammy Watson are on Fray's tail. Watson barely gets by Baker of Stanford to claim the second spot behind her teammate. Siofra Cleirigh Buttner of Villanova, runner-up indoors, is in danger of missing the final as she finishes just fourth.

Heat 3: 61.05 opening lap/1:33 at 600m and it's a huge pack, this could be anybody's race. Ashley Taylor of NAU has the best burst at the end and nabs the win in 2:05.65, by far the slowest of the heats, while Martha Bissah of Norfolk State grabs the second spot in a blanket finish with Jasmine Staebler and Susan Aneno of Connecticut. Baylor star freshman Aaliyah Miller, who ran a solo 2:02 to win Big 12s, finishes seventh in 2:08 and will not advance. 

Final Qualifiers:

1. Jazmine Fray, Texas A&M, 2:02.55Q
2. Sammy Watson, Texas A&M, 2:02.65Q
3. Olivia Baker, Stanford, 2:02.76q
4. Sabrina Southerland, Oregon, 2:02.96Q
5. Siofra Cleirigh Buttner, Villanova, 2:03.11q
6. Abike Egbeniyi, Middle Tennessee State, 2:03.18Q
7. Ashley Taylor, NAU, 2:05.65Q
8. Martha Bissah, Norfolk State, 2:06.17Q

Women's 400m Hurdles semi-finals | 6:00 PM PT

Advance top 2 from each heat plus next best 2 to final.

Heat 1: Anna Cockrell of USC, the 2017 NCAA runner-up, controls the race and wins in 56.07. Symone Black of Purdue out-battles Ariel Jones of Texas for the last auto qualifier, 56.71 to 56.89.

Heat 2: The women's 400m hurdles have got to be one of the uneven events in the entire NCAA Championships. Kymber Payne of LSU just dominated this section the same way that Cockrell did in heat 1 with a time of 56.58, and we're about to see Sydney do the same in heat 3.

Heat 3: It's the Sydney show!!!! Let me remind you that her 52.75 collegiate record is still the fastest mark in the world this year by almost a full second. That's right, reigning Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad has still only managed to run 53.6 this year. Get this girl a contract... and she wins in 54.15, three and a half seconds clear of the field. The weather might be too cold on Saturday for us to see a record assault, unfortunately, but she likely wanted to make it through safe to the final considering that she tripped on a hurdle at Prelims.

Final Qualifiers: 

1. Sydney McLaughlin, Kentucky, 54.15Q
2. Anna Cockrell, USC, 56.07Q
3. Kymber Payne, LSU, 56.58Q
4. Symone Black, Purdue, 56.71Q
5. Ariel Jones, Texas, 56.89q
6. Ranae McKenzie, Kansas State, 57.43Q
7. Emma Spagnola, Minnesota, 57.54q
8. Nikki Stephens, Florida, 57.77Q

Women's 200m semi-finals | 6:14 PM PT

Advance top 2 from each heat plus next best 2 to final.

Heat 1: Gabby Thomas of Harvard wins a tough first section in 22.36 (+2.2). She is the presumptive favorite this weekend after winning the NCAA indoor title with a collegiate record of 22.38, but the final in this event is going to be very close. Still, she takes down big names/NCAA champions in her semi like Ariana Washington, Mikiah Brisco and Jasmine Camacho-Quinn. It's actually Anglerne Annelus of USC who gets the other auto spot in 22.52 ahead of those women.

Heat 2: Shania Collins of Tennessee wins another semi-final to go with her 100m victory today with a wind-legal 22.67 (+1.0). Kortnei Johnson of LSU ekes out second place over Edidiong Odiong and Twanisha Terry. Wow—no Ducks will make the final.

Heat 3: Time to buy stock in Lynna Irby. The Georgia freshman returns from her 50.10 400m barely 30 minutes ago to win heat 3 in 22.37 (-0.3), holding off NCAA indoor runner-up Ashley Henderson of San Diego State (22.49).

Final Qualifiers:

1. Gabrielle Thomas, Harvard, 22.36Q
2. Lynna Irby, Georgia, 22.37Q
3. Ashley Henderson, San Diego State, 22.49Q
4. Anglerne Annelus, USC, 22.52Q
5. Shania Collins, Tennessee, 22.67Q
6. Kortnei Johnson, LSU, 22.71Q
7. Ka'Tia Seymour, Florida State, 22.74q
8. Deanna Hill, USC, 22.78q

Women's 10K Final | 6:38 PM PT

Hell yeah! This race will be fire. Karissa Schweizer is attempting to become the fifth woman in NCAA history to sweep both the 5K and 10K at one championships. She already owns five NCAA titles, including the past two 5K titles on the track.

400m - 1:16, Alice Wright, Schweizer, Charlotte Taylor, Sharon Lokedi

800m - 2:33, Wright, Schweizer, Lokedi, Taylor, Anna Rohrer

1200m - 3:49, Wright, Schweizer, Taylor, Rohrer, Lokedi, Makena Morley

1600m - 5:06, Wright, Schweizer, Taylor, Rohrer, Lokedi, Morley, Erin Clark, Alli Cash

2K - 6:23

3K - 9:37.6 (3:14 kilometer split). Right now, the women are on pace to shatter the 30-year-old NCAA meet record of 32:28.57, set in 1988 by Sylvia Mosqueda of Cal State Los Angeles.

5K - 16:08.91 (3:16 kilometer split), Wright, Schweizer, Taylor, Rohrer, Lokedi, Clark, Cash, Wasike. A little over halfway through, we have some change up front as reigning NCAA 10K champion Charlotte Taylor of San Francisco takes the lead. The pack up front is made up of the eight aforementioned women but that may change soon as it appears Taylor is picking up the pace.

If Wright can hold on for All-American honors (and we bet she will), she will be the first woman in NCAA history to earn All-American distinction for four years in both the 10K and cross country.

Cash has fallen off the pack with 11 laps to go. Seven women still in contention, though Clark looks in danger of falling off as well.

6K - 19:20, Clark has fallen off the pack. Up front, it's Taylor, Schweizer, Rohrer (who for some reason has raced the entire way in lane 2), Lokedi, Wright and Wasike. A lap later, they've clocked 80.3

With just under two miles to go, Schweizer takes the lead for the first time. Taylor, Lokedi, Rohrer, Wright and Wasike still follow... a lap later, it's Rohrer up front for the first time. It's good to see the Notre Dame redshirt sophomore back up in contention for an NCAA title, as her race at Hayward Field last year saw her finish an uncharacteristic 16th overall, and she told media after the race that she was competing with a herniated disc in her back.

With three laps to go, Schweizer takes the lead again and Taylor and Lokedi are right behind her, starting to put some track between themselves and the next pack of three: Wasike, Wright and Rohrer.

Two laps to go, Lokedi passes Taylor and now it looks like a two-woman race. 74.8 on that last lap—the fastest of this race so far. There's a gap back to Wasike and Taylor, then Wright, then Rohrer.

Coming up on the bell lap, Lokedi passes Schweizer and puts some ground on her immediately! Wasike is now passing Schwezier, too! Schweizer is still going for it, and could pass Wasike, but Lokedi has this thing in the bag! The Big 12 champion will win her first NCAA title in 32:09 with a 68.66 final quarter. Wasike of Louisville captures second in 32:11, Schweizer hangs on for third.

Honestly, it's not the result that Schweizer wanted but good on her for giving herself a challenge and going for it! Her presence definitely made the women's 10K more exciting tonight. For the past two years, Lokedi has developed into one of the most consistent women in the NCAA, so it's nice to see her take down some big scalps for her first title. Oh yeah, and her winning time took 19 seconds off the NCAA meet record and set a PB by 13 seconds.

Final Results:

1. Sharon Lokedi, Kansas, 32:09.20
2. Dorcas Wasike, Louisville, 32:11.81
3. Karissa Schweizer, Missouri, 32:14.94
4. Alice Wright, New Mexico, 32:17.92
5. Charlotte Taylor, San Francisco, 32:17.95
6. Anna Rohrer, Notre Dame, 32:26.24
7. Kaitlyn Benner, Colorado, 33:13.38
8. Jaci Smith, Air Force, 33:14.00

Women's 4x400m Relay semi-finals | 7:18 PM PT

Advance top 2 from each heat plus next best 2 to final.

Heat 1:  False start to get things going... reigning NCAA indoor champions and 2017 outdoor runners-up USC will be the favorites here. Rachel Misher of LSU is the first to hand-off with a split of 53.4; she hands off to Kymber Payne but Baylor's Taylor Bennett has a huge leg to beat LSU and USC to the second exchange. Baylor's Aaliyah Miller controls the third leg, but just meters from the exchange, USC's Deanna Hill blasts by the LSU girl on the inside to make it there first. Kendall Ellis owns the field on the last leg—Ohio State's Karrington Winters challenges her very briefly at the 200m mark—to win in 3:29.44, while Baylor's Kiana Horton gets by LSU for the final auto qualifier.

Heat 2: Top seed Purdue hands off first (52.9 split for Chloe Abbott), but Florida's Sharrika Barnett quickly assumes the lead on leg 2. Brionna Thomas of Purdue takes back the lead in the final stretch (51.1 split) and gives Symone Black a couple meters to work with in front of the Gators. By the way—no one is anywhere close to Purdue and Florida, so it's very clear who is going to make the final in this heat. 52.6 split for Black. 3:29.52 winning time for Purdue, as Florida clocks 3:30.64. Stanford is four seconds back and will not advance on time.

Heat 3: Everyone is holding their breath to see if Sydney McLaughlin will run and if so, what she will split tonight... Oregon hands off first, Briyahna Desrosier splits 52.3. On the second leg, Oregon, Texas A&M and Kentucky have separated themselves. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn pulls nearly even with the Ducks' Hannah Waller at the exchange. McLaughlin vs. Oregon's Shae Anderson now! McLaughlin pulls away halfway through and is eating up the track on the homestretch. 50.13 for McLaughlin! Anderson splits a very respectable 52.00 for the Ducks, but it's hard to compete with Syd the Kid. Oregon's Makenzie Dunmore passes Kentucky's anchor on the homestretch, taking the heat win in 3:28.01 and splitting 51.63. The Wildcats may have no choice but to put McLaughlin on the anchor leg in the final on Saturday...

Final Qualifiers:

1. Oregon, 3:28.01Q
2. Kentucky, 3:29.24Q
3. USC, 3:29.44Q
4. Purdue, 3:29.54Q
5. Baylor, 3:30.03Q
6. LSU, 3:30.55q
7. Florida, 3:30.64Q
8. Ohio State, 3:31.02q

Field Events

Women's Hammer Throw Final | 1:30 PM PT

Analysis: It's pretty bizarre that 2018 has seen the two best collegiate hammer throwers of all-time in Maggie Ewen and Brooke Andersen, but neither will take home the NCAA title. 2017 Bowerman finalist Ewen did not advance from the prelims, while Anderson misses the title by less than a meter as Janeah Stewart of Ole Miss has the competition of her life to throw over 69 meters for the first time and capture the 'W.'

Final Results:

1. Janeah Stewart, Ole Miss, 72.92m
2. Brooke Andersen, NAU, 72.87m
3. Stamatia Scarvelis, Tennessee, 69.10m
4. Alyssa Wilson, UCLA, 66.99m
5. Maddy Nilles, North Dakota State, 66.49m
6. Pavla Kuklova, Virginia Tech, 66.18m
7. Helene Ingvaldsen, Kansas State, 64.77m
8. Valarie Allman, Stanford, 63.52m

Women's Pole Vault Final | 4:30 PM PT

Analysis: The women's pole vault competition became a contest between the two most recent champions: reigning champ Olivia Gruver of Kentucky, who was reportedly injured for much of the outdoor season after placing second at NCAA indoors, and 2016 NCAA outdoor gold medalist Alexis Jacobus (neé Weeks), the reigning NCAA indoor champion who was runner-up to Gruver last year. Whew, that was a mouthful.

Jacobus actually looked better poised for the title, as she was perfect through 4.50m, then faltered on her first attempt at 4.55m, which Gruver successfully cleared. Gruver, who by the way, had come back from nearly no heighting after two failed attempts at her opening height of 4.15m.

Jacobus and Gruver both went up to 4.60m, and as neither woman could clear the bar, Gruver was awarded the title.

Final Results:

1. Olivia Gruver, Kentucky, 4.55m
2. Alexis Jacobus, Arkansas, 4.50m
3. Lisa Gunnarsson, Virginia Tech, 4.40m
4. Rachel Baxter, Virginia Tech, 4.30m
4. Bridget Guy, Virginia, 4.30m
6. Lucy Bryan, Akron, 4.30m
7. Taylor Amann, Wisconsin, 4.30m
8. Maddie Gardner, West Virginia, 4.30m

Women's Javelin Final | 5:15 PM PT

Analysis: NCAA leader Mackenzie Little won her first national title by dominating the field on her very first throw, a personal best of 60.36m/198-0 that would stand as her best on the day. Her prior best mark was 58.63m. She was fourth at NCAAs last year and seventh in 2016.

Final Results:

1. Mackenzie Little, Stanford, 60.36m
2. Jenna Gray, Stanford, 57.29m
3. Laura Paredes, Florida State, 55.17m
4. Kelechi Nwanaga, UMBC, 55.02m
5. Alyssa Olin, North Dakota State, 55.02m
6. Avione Allgood, Florida, 53.93m
7. Ashley Pryke, Memphis, 53.85m
8. Kristen Clark, Texas A&M, 52.83m

Women's Long Jump Final | 5:30 PM PT

Analysis: Keturah Orji of Georgia has established her sterling reputation on her triple jump prowess—she's won the past seven NCAA titles and finished fourth at the Olympics—but today, the senior won her first NCAA title in the long jump. 

She will join an elite club on Saturday if she can defend her triple jump title—and bearing some small tragedy, she will—as only four women in NCAA history have won eight or more national titles, and no one has ever done so solely in field events.

It's also worth noting that only two women in NCAA history have swept the long and triple jumps outdoors, and no one has done so in nearly 10 years. Kim Williams accomplished the feat in 2009, while Sheila Hudson did so in 1990.

Final Results:

1. Keturah Orji, Georgia, 6.67m
2. Darrielle McQueen, Florida, 6.61m
3. Jahisha Thomas, Iowa, 6.53m
4. Yanis David, Florida, 6.51m
5. Tara Davis, Georgia, 6.48m
6. Savannah Carson, Purdue, 6.43m
7. Rougui Sow, South Carolina, 6.42m
8. Madisen Richards, USC, 6.42m

Women's Shot Put Final | 6:10 PM PT

Analysis: Two-event collegiate record holder Maggie Ewen of Arizona State hasn't let the disappointment of not qualifying for the NCAA Championships in her prime event—the hammer throw—deter her too much, as the senior easily captured the national title in the shot put today in 19.17m/62-10.75. Ewen holds NCAA records in both the hammer and the shot put, but only advanced to NCAAs in the shot put and discus. Even still, she is a favorite for the shot and discus titles and if she were to win both events this weekend, Ewen would become the sixth woman to do so in NCAA history.

Ewen won the competition on her second throw and is now the first woman since Raven Saunders in 2015 to capture indoor and outdoor titles in the shot put.

Final Results:

1. Maggie Ewen, Arizona State, 19.17m
2. Jessica Woodard, Oklahoma, 18.68m
3. Lena Giger, Stanford, 17.59m
4. Laulauga Tausaga, Iowa, 17.34m
5. Janeah Stewart, Ole Miss, 17.34m
6. Alyssa Wilson, UCLA, 17.21m
7. Samantha Noennig, Arizona State, 17.12m
8. Lloydricia Cameron, Florida, 17.07m

Men's Decathlon | 10:00 AM PT

Analysis: Day 1 leader Tim Duckworth of Kentucky continued his dominance by capturing his second NCAA title on Day 2. He is the second man in NCAA history to win the indoor heptathlon and outdoor decathlon in the same year; the only other man to complete the task is world record holder Ashton Eaton.

Duckworth's final score of 8,336 points is the fifth-best in meet history.

Final Results:

1. Tim Duckworth, Kentucky, 8336 points
2. Karl Saluri, Georgia, 8137 points
3. Johannes Erm, Georgia, 8046 points
4. Joe Delgado, Louisville, 7852 points
5. Scott Filip, Rice, 7803 points
6. Tim Ehrhardt, Michigan State, 7736 points
7. Markus Ballengee, Liberty, 7722 points