Jesse Squire | On 01, Mar 2015
Every Friday I preview the weekend’s best matchups, and every Sunday I look back at how they turned out. Let’s go to the results.
Arkansas vs Texas A&M vs Florida: Florida
The Gators, the #1 men’s team in the NCAA, won the SEC Championship and it wasn’t close. Florida topped #3 Arkansas by 25 points.
Arkansas vs Georgia vs Florida: Arkansas
As with the men, the women’s SEC champion was the #1 team in the USTFCCCA computer rankings, but here it was Arkansas and an even bigger beat-down. #3 Florida was second by 44 points, and #2 Georgia was way back in sixth.
Texas vs Kansas State: Texas
The #4 Longhorns won the Big 12 women’s title by just 6½ points over #6 Kansas State.
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Dendy vs Lawson: Dendy
Marquis Dendy (Florida), the defending NCAA outdoor champion, would have on any of his four jumps. Jarrion Lawson (Arkansas), the defending NCAA indoor champion, had a no-good very-bad day and finished just fourth.
Orji vs Brewer: Orji
The women’s triple jump at the SEC Championships was a back-and-forth battle that eventually went to Georgia’s Keturah Orji.
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Lihrman vs Enekwechi: Lihrman
Michael Lihrman (Wisconsin) finally erased Kibwe Johnson’s collegiate record in the weight throw. He got it out to 25.58 meters (83′ 11 ¼”) on his second attempt at the Big Ten Championships and broke the record by more than a foot and a half. Chuk Enekwechi (Purdue) was more than six feet behind in second, but only nine other collegians have ever thrown further.
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Bromell vs Teeters: Givans
The biggest upset of the conference championship weekend came in the men’s 60 meters at the Big 12 Championships. Trayvon Bromell (Baylor) and John Teeters (Oklahoma State) came into the race undefeated and at the top of the college lists. They finished third and fourth in a close race won by Texas’ Senoj-Jay Givans by a margin of just 0.003 seconds.
Williams vs Kynard: Kynard
Erik Kynard said the high jump at the USATF Championships was his first meet of the year, but the IAAF world lists show a result from February 3 at Kansas State. In any case, he came out and won with ease at 2.34 meters (7′ 8″) and then took three shots at 2.41 (7′ 10¾”). The USATF broadcast of the meet did an excellent job of switching back and forth between the running events and the high jump, the first time I’ve ever seen a domestic broadcast seamlessly integrate field events into a telecast, and they deserve some recognition for it. But only some; the rest of the world figured out how to do this when people still used VCRs.
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Duffield vs Bryan: Duffield
Texas Tech high jumper Jacorian Duffield won the Big 12 high jump title and evened the score with Kansas State’s Christoff Bryan, who beat him earlier in the year. Duffield has an awesome twitter handle for a high jumper: @FLY_JD_AIRLINES
Rowbury vs doubling: Rowbury
Despite being a bit ill, Shannon Rowbury (Nike Oregon Project) pulled off a double win at the USATF Championships in the mile and 2 mile. She’s just the fifth woman to win a distance double at the national indoor championships (and only the fourth to do it while not being pumped full of the best PEDs that BALCO could find).
Hill vs Derrick: Hill
Chris Derrick (Nike/Bowerman TC) may be in great shape from cross country, but the 2 mile race at the USATF Championships set up for the kickers and that’s never been his forte. Ryan Hill (Nike/Bowerman TC) had a great kick, closing for the win in 25.77 seconds over the last 200 meters.
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Lambert vs Kruger: Kruger
The weight throw at the USATF Championships went to AG Kruger. He won his ninth national title in this event in dramatic fashion by taking the lead on his final throw.
Payne vs Pros
Demi Payne (Stephen F Austin) took advantage of a hole in her college schedule and competed in the pole vault at the USATF Championships. She topped all of the pros—but then again, all season long she’s been putting up better marks than the pros did.
Centrowitz vs Lomong: Centro
Matthew Centrowitz (Nike Oregon Project) won his first national indoor title in today’s mile. He showed the difference between indoor racing and outdoor racing; you want to make your move from the front indoors, while outdoors it usually pays off to do it from second or third. Lopez Lomong (Nike/Bowerman TC) fell out of contention over the last 400 meters.
Kitwara vs Sambu: Kitwara
Sammy Kitwara (Kenya) won the World’s Best 10k in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the fifth time. His margin of victory over John Nzau (Kenya) was just one second, and Stephen Sambu (Kenya) was four seconds back of them in third.
Montano vs Wilson: Montano
After Ajee Wilson (adidas) tripped and fell midway through the USATF Championships 600 meter final, there was no one left who could give Alysia Montano (Asics/NYAC) a real push.
Loxsom vs Spratling vs Sowinski: Loxsom
In a race of three current or former US record holders at 500 or 600 meters, Cas Loxsom (Brooks Beasts) won the USATF 600 meters and broke his own national record.
Kimmons vs Bracy vs Bailey: Bracy
Marvin Bracy (adidas) retained his US indoor title at 60 meters with 6.55 meters. Ryan Bailey (Nike/Ultimate Speed) stumbled early in the race and that cost him any chance, and Trell Kimmons (adidas) was never in contention.