2019 DI NCAA Outdoor Championships

RECAP: Arkansas Wins Title After USC Baton Drop, Ostrander Three-Peats

RECAP: Arkansas Wins Title After USC Baton Drop, Ostrander Three-Peats

The final day of the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships is here as the women's competition concludes, and FloTrack is on site to bring you all the latest news.

Jun 8, 2019 by Jennifer Zahn
RECAP: Arkansas Wins Title After USC Baton Drop, Ostrander Three-Peats
After the Razorback and the Lady Trojans entered the final event tied with 56 points each, Arkansas cruised to the 2019 Division I NCAA Outdoor team title as disaster struck USC on Anna Cockrell's third leg, causing her to stumble and drop the baton.

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After the Razorback and the Lady Trojans entered the final event tied with 56 points each, Arkansas cruised to the 2019 Division I NCAA Outdoor team title as disaster struck USC on Anna Cockrell's third leg, causing her to stumble and drop the baton.

Check out the full recap below to see how it all went down.

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Women's 4x100m Relay Final | 5:32 p.m.

Fight on! The Lady Trojans got the edge with 10 valuable team points in this one by running the fastest time in the world this year, 42.21, with Twanisha Terry on the anchor, who managed to maintain the lead and outlast a furious charge from LSU's Sha'Carri Richardson on the final exchange. The Tigers' 42.29 ranks No. 2 globally.

6N. CAROLINA A&TN. Carolina A&T43.09
7FLORIDA STATEFlorida State43.13SB

Women's 1500m Final | 5:41 p.m.

After taking the lead in her semifinal heat against Oregon's Jessica Hull, the defending champion, on Friday, Notre Dame's Jessica Harris replicated her race strategy again in today's final, boldly striking out to crank up the pace after the first lap. She said she wanted it to be a fast final, and made good on that statement, but might have overdone it after splitting 66 and 65 in the middle laps and bearing the burden of leading. Hull overtook her with a lap to go, and Oklahoma State's Sinclaire Johnson went with her. 

Down the homestretch, Hull had the lead, but Johnson was already winding up her kick, and blew by her with less than 40 meters to go! She stopped the clock at 4:05.98—a huge PR, facility record, meet record, and the SECOND-FASTEST TIME IN NCAA HISTORY!

Johnson closed that final 400m in 1:02.68 to Hull's 1:03.16!

She sounded incredibly confident when we spoke with her in the mixed zone on Thursday as she said she can handle any race situation, and today, she backed those words up and then some. Wow.

Hull's 4:06.27 is a new PR, and the third-fastest in-season performance in collegiate history.

Johnson was one of three Cowgirls to make the final. Her teammates, Jenny Celis and Molly Sughroe, ended up in seventh and eleventh. Ohio State's Julia Rizk, this years' indoor champion, finished last. 

Harris's gutsy strategy ended up landing her on the podium in third.

1Sinclaire JOHNSONJROklahoma State4:05.98PB   FR   MR
2Jessica HULLJROregon4:06.27PB
3Jessica HARRISSRNotre Dame4:11.96SB
4Lotte BLACKSORhode Island4:13.02PB
5Dillon MCCLINTOCKJRMichigan State4:13.57
6Ella DONAGHUSOStanford4:13.62
7Jenny CELISSROklahoma State4:14.30
8Whittni ORTONJRBYU4:14.73
9Taryn RAWLINGSSRPortland4:15.03
10Jessica LAWSONSOStanford4:16.04
11Molly SUGHROUESROklahoma State4:18.06
12Julia RIZKSROhio State4:19.31

Women's Steeplechase Final | 5:54 p.m.

Today, Allie Ostrander of Boise State had the opportunity to become the only woman in NCAA history to win three back-to-back steeplechase titles, and she did just that after tearing away from the pack with two laps to go. 

She wasn't challenged at all, leaving New Mexico's Adva Cohen, the European fifth-placer purported by many (but mostly Gordon Mack) to be her primary competition, and Charlotte Prouse looking for answers as she continued to extend the gap between her and the field by a healthy 20-meter margin heading into the finish line. The 11-time All-American won in 9:37.73, a PR, to become the sixth-fastest steeplechaser in NCAA history.

Behind her, the race was a little more dramatic for second as Hannah Steelman of Wofford stumbled over the final water barrier and opened up an opportunity for Prouse to get past her and repeat as runner-up in a 9:44.50 PR. 

Steelman, despite her issues navigating the last obstacle, also turned in a PR in 9:46.08.

On her way to the mixed zone, Ostrander jubilantly waved to the crowd in a half-victory lap. 


1Allie OSTRANDERJRBoise State9:37.73PB   FR
2Charlotte PROUSEJRNew Mexico9:44.50PB
3Hannah STEELMANSOWofford9:46.08PB
4Adva COHENSONew Mexico9:46.36
5Erica BIRKJRBYU9:46.47
6Val CONSTIENSRColorado9:51.22
7Devin CLARKJRArkansas9:55.22
8Rebekah TOPHAMJRWichita State9:57.80
9Gabrielle JENNINGSJRFurman9:58.83
10Brianna ILARDASRProvidence10:11.63
11Alissa NIGGEMANNSOWisconsin10:25.60
12Nell CROSBYSRNC State10:35.47

In her post-race interview, Ostrander basically said what we're all thinking about this Texas heat... though it has to be at least 100 times worse after running.

Women's 100m Hurdles Final | 6:12 p.m.

I had a feeling we were on the verge of seeing another historic performance in the hurdles this weekend, and we did as Arkansas' Janeek Brown delivered the second-fastest collegiate race ever in 12.40, narrowly missing out on the best time, 12.39 ran by Brianna Rollins (McNeal) in 2013, by one-hundredth of a second!

In second, USC's Chanel Brissett picked up eight huge points for her team, as well as a new world age-19 best of 12.52.


1Janeek BROWNSOArkansas12.40.6PB   FR
4Jeanine WILLIAMSSRGeorgia Tech12.740.6
6Cortney JONESJRFlorida State12.810.6
7Tiara MCMINNSOMiami12.970.6
8Payton CHADWICKSRArkansas13.050.6

Women's 100m Final | 6:22 p.m.


Heading into this one, we had a ton of questions: Will North Carolina A&T's Kayla White, the NCAA leader in 10.96, be able to replicate that performance? Can LSU freshman Sha'Carri Richardson continue her hot streak of running 10.99? Will Teahna Daniels be able to win a title on her home track? 


Amid the backdrop of a collective gasp that certainly extended far beyond the stands of Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas, LSU freshman Sha'Carri Richardson smashed the NCAA record in an absolutely mind-melting 10.75, finishing nearly five meters ahead of the rest of the field.

The former NCAA record, 10.78, was set 30 years ago in 1989 by another LSU Tiger, Dawn Sowell.

Richardson's closing speed was remarkable to behold as her momentum was unstoppable from 50 meters to the finish line. The next-closest finisher, North Carolina A&T's Kayla White, was a full two-tenths of a second behind when Richardson stopped the clock.

Her 10.75 also makes her the ninth-fastest performer in world history, the fastest junior ever, and the current world leader... and I have a feeling she's just getting started.

The race itself was also historic as it was the first time two competitors ever went sub-11 in a final with wind-legal readings, and the results contained the best marks ever for first through seventh place.


1Sha'Carri RICHARDSONFRLSU10.751.60.142PB   FR   MR   CB
2Kayla WHITESRN. Carolina A&T10.951.60.159PB
3Twanisha TERRYSOUSC10.981.60.149PB
4Teahna DANIELSSRTexas111.60.16
5Kiara PARKERSRArkansas11.021.60.168PB
6Kiara GRANTSONorfolk State11.041.60.172PB
7Anglerne ANNELUSJRUSC11.121.60.198
8Ka'Tia SEYMOURSOFlorida State11.651.60.129

Women's 400m Final | 6:32 p.m.

South Carolina's Wadeline Jonathas just added an NCAA Division I title to her collection. The back-to-back NCAA Division III winner in 2017 and 2018 ran a PR of 50.60—the fastest time in the NCAA this season—to do it, closing out Kentucky's Chloe Abbott with a strong finish.

1Wadeline JONATHASJRSouth Carolina50.6PB
2Chloe ABBOTTJRKentucky50.98PB
3Sharrika BARNETTSRFlorida51
4Kethlin CAMPBELLSOArkansas51.09
5Aliyah ABRAMSJRSouth Carolina51.13PB
7Syaira RICHARDSONSOTexas A&M51.98
8Hannah WALLERJROregon52.47

Women's 800m Final | 6:44 p.m.

Jazmine Fray is BACK. The Texas A&M junior held off an earnest kick from Penn's Nia Akins, who turned in a terrific 2:01.67 PR, to clinch victory in 2:01.31—the fastest Fray has run since last April.

With that performance, she earned Texas A&M its second consecutive 800m title since Sammy Watson won in 2018.

1Jazmine FRAYSRTexas A&M2:01.31SB   FR
2Nia AKINSJRPenn2:01.67PB
4Susan EJORESROregon2:02.26PB
5Allie WILSONSRMonmouth2:02.56PB
6Kristie SCHOFFIELDSOBoise State2:03.86
7Ersula FARROWSRLSU2:04.80
8Anna CAMPJRBYU2:05.93

Women's 400m Hurdles Final | 6:57 p.m.

Anna Cockrell ran the only collegiate sub-56 en route to capturing the 400m hurdles title for USC, which now has a lead over the rest of the programs in the team title race, followed closely by the Razorbacks. 

I also want to talk about Colorado's Gabby Scott—I picked her for the dark horse win in this event after flying under most people's radars this season, but her rate of improvement this year has been remarkable, and she punctuated her 2019 with the runner-up finish and a shiny new 56.04 PR. 

2Gabby SCOTTSRColorado56.04PB
4Reanda RICHARDSFRRutgers56.42
5Brenna PORTERSRBYU57.26
7Darhian MILLSJRWashington57.76
8Samantha GONZALEZSRMiami58.43

Women's 200m Final | 7:07 p.m.

Another race, another broken world junior record for LSU's Sha'Carri Richardson—but this time, not another title.

USC's Anglerne Annelus successfully defended her title today with a .01 edge on the new 100m collegiate record-holder, 22.16 (a new PR and facility record) to 22.17 (WJR).

The world junior record was formerly held by Allyson Felix, who ran 22.18 in 2003.

Janeek Brown of Arkansas also continued her historic day after winning the hurdles with the second-fastest collegiate time ever by recording the best single-day double ever in the 100m hurdles and 200m.

Her 12.40 and 22.40 gave her a sum of 34.80, which landed her as the best 100m hurdles-200m performer ever, ahead of Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who previously held the mantle with 35.01.


1Anglerne ANNELUSJRUSC22.161.30.233PB   FR
2Sha'Carri RICHARDSONFRLSU22.171.30.179PB
3Cambrea STURGISFRN. Carolina A&T22.40 (22.394)1.30.16PB
4Janeek BROWNSOArkansas22.40 (22.396)1.30.151PB
5Teahna DANIELSSRTexas22.621.30.166
6Lanae-Tava THOMASFRUSC22.741.30.176PB
7Kayla WHITESRN. Carolina A&T22.811.30.168

Ka'Tia SEYMOURSOFlorida StateDNS

Women's 5000m Final | 7:25 p.m.

Amid 94-degree temperatures and only a half-lap of shade, the women's 5000m played out with a number of top contenders in Colorado's Dani Jones, the reigning cross country champion, and Thursday night's 10K champion Weini Kelati of New Mexico sticking near the front as Air Force's Jaci Smith led the pack for several laps in the 77-78-second range. Around 2400 meters, a pack of eight peeled off as the rest of the group fell off the pace. More and more women began to take advantage of the water stop at this point as the heat continued to beat down on the track. 

In that lead group of eight, Kelati assumed the lead as they cruised through 2600m in another 68-second lap, followed by Smith on her hip, Alabama's Esther Gitahi, and then Taylor Werner of Arkansas, who took fourth in the 10K, and Jones. At 3000m, Kelati took the field through in 9:37.13.

With two laps to go, the race began to heat up. Kelati still led, with Jones, Gitahi, Werner, Jessica Pascoe of Florida, Josette Norris of Georgetown, Makena Morley of Colorado, Smith, and O'Keeffe, who stumbled to the ground earlier in the race.

At the bell lap, Werner made a giant move to take the lead, but Jones was right there behind her with that trademark deadly kick. Kelati was in fourth, but was soon overcome by Gitahi, who surpassed Norris and aimed at Jones and Werner. Around the final turn, Jones unleashed her speed, and there was no beating her. Jones won in 15:50, followed by another great showing by Werner in second for 15:51.24 and big points for the Razorbacks, and then Gitahi in 15:51.85—a PR.

Also worth noting are the three badass women who completed the 3000m steeplechase/5000m double in less than two hours amid temperatures in the mid-90s: Allie Ostrander (1st/16th), Charlotte Prouse (2nd/15th), and Hannah Steelman (3rd/8th).

1Dani JONESJRColorado15:50.65
2Taylor WERNERSOArkansas15:51.24
3Esther GITAHIJRAlabama15:51.85PB
4Josette NORRISSRGeorgetown15:52.05
5Weini KELATISONew Mexico15:54.46
6Makena MORLEYJRColorado16:02.89
7Fiona O'KEEFFEJRStanford16:07.84
8Hannah STEELMANSOWofford16:14.58
9Jessica PASCOEJRFlorida16:17.82
10Bethany HASZSOMinnesota16:18.13
11Caroline ALCORTASRVillanova16:18.66
12Alexandra HAYSSOColumbia16:19.45
13Jaci SMITHSRAir Force16:22.42
14Abbey WHEELERJRProvidence16:23.42
15Charlotte PROUSEJRNew Mexico16:26.57
16Allie OSTRANDERJRBoise State16:28.19
17Abby NICHOLSSOOhio State16:37.45
18Angie NICKERSONSRSouthern Utah16:38.08
19Jessica DROPJRGeorgia16:40.84
20Rachel DADAMIOJRNotre Dame16:43.69
21Joyce KIMELISOAuburn17:02.91
22Julia PATERNAINFRPenn State17:13.82


Devin CLARKJRArkansasDNF

Women's 4x400m Relay | 7:51 p.m.

This one was for ALL the marbles, as USC and Arkansas were TIED at the top with 56 points each entering this final race.

A hush fell over the stadium as the women got into their blocks, and then it erupted with the gun. From the homestretch, USC's fans chanted at each leg with every pass. 

But they got quieter after Anna Cockrell, the third leg, got into a collision heading into the homestretch, stumbled, and dropped the baton. 

And just like that, no matter how Arkansas finished the relay, they clinched the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor title. 

Every team besides USC turned in a season's best time in the final.

1Texas A&M3:25.57SB
3South Carolina3:26.90SB


Women's High Jump Final | 5:00 p.m.

In a jump-off with North Carolina's Nicole Greene, Texas Tech's Zarreia Willis won the title her senior year with a 1.88m (6'2") PR on her first attempt. She entered the meet a distant fifth with a 1.85m (6'0.75") former PR.

AffiliationBest JumpFl (Pl)
1Zarriea WILLISSRTexas Tech1.88m (6-2 )1 (1)PB
2Nicole GREENEJRNorth Carolina1.87m (6-1½ )1 (1)
3Anna Peyton MALIZIASRPenn1.84m (6-½ )1 (3)PB
4Abigail KWARTENGJRAlabama1.81m (5-11¼ )1 (4)SB
5Karla TERANJRArizona1.81m (5-11¼ )1 (5)
6Ellen EKHOLMJRKentucky1.81m (5-11¼ )1 (6)
6Sanaa BARNESFRVillanova1.81m (5-11¼ )1 (6)
8Stacey DESTINSRAlabama1.81m (5-11¼ )1 (8)SB

Women's Discus Final | 5:05 p.m.

Iowa's Laulauga Tausaga earned the discus title with a lifetime-best toss of 63.26m (207'6").

She upended NCAA leader Shadae Lawrence of Colorado State, whose season's best was 65.05m (213'5") and Shanice Love from Florida State with her second throw. 

AffiliationBest MarkFl (Pl)
1Laulauga TAUSAGAJRIowa63.26m (207-6 )2 (1)PB
2Shanice LOVEJRFlorida State62.69m (205-8 )2 (2)PB
3Shadae LAWRENCESRColorado St.60.32m (197-11 )2 (3)
4Alexandra EMILIANOVSOKansas58.90m (193-3 )1 (1)SB
5Debbie AJAGBESOMiami56.92m (186-9 )1 (2)PB
6Venique HARRISSRAlbany56.89m (186-7 )2 (4)
7Alyssa WILSONSOUCLA56.70m (186-0 )2 (6)
8Gabi JACOBSSRMissouri56.68m (185-11 )2 (5)

Women's Triple Jump Final | 5:40 p.m.

Major upset: Kansas State's Shadia Lawrence dethroned heavy favorite Yanis David of Florida, who won the long jump title this week, with a gigantic PR of 13.99m (45-10¾). 

Before the final, Lawerence's best mark of the year was her winning 13.72m (45'0.25") jump from the Big 12 Championships, which also counted as her PR. 

AffiliationBest Mark
Fl (Pl)
1Shardia LAWRENCESRKansas State13.99m (45-10¾ )0.22 (1)PB
2Yanis DAVIDSRFlorida13.93m (45-8½ )-0.22 (3)
3Marie-Josee EBWEA-EXCELSRKentucky13.87m (45-6¼ )0.52 (4)SB
4Chaquinn COOKSROregon13.72m (45-¼ )0.82 (2)SB
5Kelly MCKEESRVirginia13.51m (44-4 )-0.22 (5)
6Mirieli SANTOSFRMissouri13.46m (44-2 )0.31 (1)PB
7Ciynamon STEVENSONJRTexas A&M13.36m (43-10 )-0.12 (6)PB
8Tiffany FLYNNSRMiss State13.32m (43-8½ )-0.92 (7)