Highlights of the NCAA indoor championships day 2

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Highlights of the 2022 NCAA indoor championships day 2 Saturday, March 12.

Ross clocks the third-fastest time in history at the  NCAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham

Randolph Ross won the men’s 400 metres final in 44.62 missing the world indoor record by just 0.05. Ross beat Jenoah McKiver (45.65) and Nigeria’s Emmanuel Bamidele (45.78). 

Ross moved to third on the world indoor all-time list behind Michael Norman (44.52) and KerronClement (44.57). Ross won the NCAA outdoor title in 2021 in Eugene in 43.85 and won the 4x400 Olympic gold medal in Tokyo. His father Duane Ross won the world bronze medal in the 110m hurdles in Seville 1999.

Abby Steiner runs the second-fastest time in her career

Kentucky’s Abby Steiner won the women’s 200 metres final in 22.16 running the second fastest time in her career. Two weeks ago Steiner clocked the second-fastest time in history with 22.09 at the South Eastern Conference setting the NCAA and the North American records. OnlyMerlene Ottey ran faster than Steiner with herworld indoor record of 21.87 set in Liévin in 1993.

Three-time world under 20 medallist Favour Ofilifrom Nigeria finished second in 22.50 missing her own African indoor record by just 0.04.

Cunningham clocks the second fastest time this year in the 60 metres hurdles

Twenty-three-year-old Trey Cunningham set his fifth indoor PB of 7.38 to win the 60m hurdles moving to equal 11th place in the world indoor list. Only world indoor record holder Grant Holloway ran faster than Cunningham this year. Fresh world under 20 record holder Leonard Mustari finished second with 7.63 missing his PB by 0.08.

Stark equals the 60m hurdles record

Twenty-year-old Grace Stark won the women’s60 metres hurdles final equalling the NCAA indoor record with a PB of 7.78. The Florida Gators hurdler set the second-fastest time in the world this year behind Jamaica’s Danielle Williams, who clocked 7.75 in Clemson on 11 February.

Stark had already improved her PB to 7.83 in the heats the day before and also finished fourth in the 60 metres final in 7.13.

Jefferson wins the women’s 60 metres

Melissa Jefferson took an upset win in the 60 metres final in 7.09 beating Abby Steine (7.10) and Jadin Mays (7.11). Julien Alfred from Santa Lucia had to settle with fifth place with 7.15 after breaking the NCAA indoor record with 7.04 in the heats.

A surprising win for Burnett in the men’s 60 metres

Davonte Burnett won the 60 metres final in 6.50 beating Rikkoi Brathwaite by 0.02. Most of the sprinters did not hear the recall gun and continued to the finish line. Burnett crossed the finish line first in an unofficial 6.52 and the race had to be repeated.

Diggs wins the women’s 400 metres

Talitha Diggs won the women’s 400 metres in 50.98 beating Kennedy Simon (51.46). StaceyAnn Williams finished first in 51.49 in the second final.

Moore wins the double title in the long and triple jump

Jasmine Moore scored the double win in the long and triple jump. The 20-year-old jumper improved her own NCAA indoor record and her outright PB to 14.57m. Moore also won the long jump with 6.57m.

Washington beats Piperi in the men’s shot put

Turner Washington (the son of 1999 discus throw world champion Anthony Washington) won his second consecutive NCAA indoor title with 21.65m beating 2015 world under 18 champion Adrian Piperi (21.58m) and Jordan Geist(21.27m). Washington missed the NCAA indoor record by just 8 cm.

Piperi took the early lead with 21.19m. Washington overtook Piperi with 21.27m in the second round and improved to 21.65m in round three, setting the second best performance of his career. Piperi improved to 21.23m in the third round. Jordan Geist overtook Piperi with a throw of 21.27m. Piperi regained second place with 21.39m in the fifth round and 21.58m in the sixth round.

Women’s shot put:

Jorinde Van Klinken from the Netherlands, who won the European Under 23 title in the discus throw, won the women’s shot put by more than one meter improving her outright PB to 19.08m.

Men’s heptathlon:

Ayden Owens from Puerto Rico improved his third PB of the weekend in the final 1000m to an impressive 2:31.55 to move from fourth after six events to first in the overall standings with a score of 6211 points

Kyle Garland, who held the overnight lead after producing solid performances in the long jump(7.41m), high jump (2.18m) and in the shot put (15.38m), was leading over Germany’s Leo Neugebauer by just 33 points before the final1000 metres. Garland defended his second place with 6200 points beating Neugebauer (6148) and Andrei Iosivas (6069).

Women’s pentathlon:

Anna Hall improved her PB to 8.25 in the 60 metres hurdles before winning the high jump with 1.81m to take the overall lead. The 20-year-old US combined events specialist built up a lead of 62 points ahead of the 800 metres after throwing13.16 in the shot put and leaping to 5.84m in the long jump. She clocked 2:08.75 in the 800 metres to win the women’s pentathlon with 4586 points.

Men’s high jump:

Vernon Turner won the men’s high jump clearing 2.32m. Turner was just one cm off his PB set in 2018.

Men’s triple jump:

Oregon’s Emmanuel Ihemeje from Italy won his third consecutive NCAA title in the men’s triple jump with 16.83m in the second round to improve his seasonal best by 14 cm. Iheme, who will compete at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, scored the NCAA double title in 2021 winning the collegiate championships indoors with 17.24m and outdoors with 17.14m and finished eleventh in the Olympic final in Tokyo.

Men’s 3000 metres:

Arizona University student Abdihamid Nurcompleted the middle-distance double winning the 3000 metres in 7:59.88 one day after taking the victory in the 5000m in a championship record of 13:19.01.

Women’s 3000 metres:

Taylor Roe won the women’s 3000 metres in 8:58.95 ahead of Katelyn Tuhoy (8:59.20).

Women’s mile:

US middle-distance runner Micaela Degenero won the women’s mile in 4:33.92 ahead of Italianmiddle distance runner of Eritrean originSintayehu Vissa (4:35.40).

Team results

Florida won the women's team crown for the first time since 1992, scoring 68 points. Texas was runner-up with 56 points, while Kentucky (44) and Arkansas (40) filled the podium’s remaining positions.

Texas won its first men’s team title ever, scoring 47 points as North Carolina A&T was runner-up with 36 points. Tennessee (31) and Northern Arizona (29) finished the top-4 with Princeton and Texas A&M tieing for fifth place (26).

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