Saturday, July 2 2022

EUGENE, Oregon-Kentucky Jr. Abby Steiner set a college record in the 200m and the fastest time in the world this year at the NCAA track and field championships on a soggy Saturday at Hayward Field.

Steiner was focused until the finish, when she raised her arms and smiled broadly. His time of 21.80 seconds beat LSU’s sophomore Favor OfiliNCAA record of 21.96 set this year. Ofili was second behind Steiner.

“We just took what happened this whole season as a learning experience. Every race is an opportunity to learn from it and fix some parts of my 200. So I think it all came together at the right time,” said Steiner, who passed the Olympic silver medalist Christine Mboma (21.87) as the 2022 world leader.

About 45 minutes into the 200m final, Steiner ran a 48.92 gap on his 4x400m stage, jumping from fourth to first as Kentucky won the relay.

Steiner missed last year’s Olympic trials, reportedly due to an Achilles tendon injury, but is now heading to the USATF Outdoor Championships in two weeks, favored to make the team three women’s 200m for the world championships in July. Both encounters are also in Eugene.

Julian Alfred of Texas won the 100m, finishing in 11.014 seconds and narrowly holding off Oregon Kemba Nelson in 11.020. Alfred set the university record in the 60m indoors earlier this year. Steiner was third in 11.08.

Florida won the women’s tag team title with 54 points, a day after the Gators won the men’s championship. The Florida Women also won the NCAA Indoor Tag Team title.

Sophomore Gators Talitha Diggdaughter of the quadruple Olympian Joetta Clark Diggswon the 400m with a personal best 49.99.

By U.S Kristie Schoffield also clocked a personal best 2:01.09 in the 800m, raising her hands to her mouth in surprise when she saw her time. She postponed a television interview to go kiss her mother in the stands.

Ole Miss sophomore Sintayehu Vissa won the 1500m in 4:09.42. BYU senior Courtney Wayment built a big lead and won the steeplechase in 9:16 flat, a new college and meet record.

“The plan was to rely on my fitness and then all the things I did to get to this moment.” said Wayment, who shaved eight seconds off the college record. “If someone comes with me, I’ll just put my foot on the accelerator a bit more.”

USL Alia Armstrong was the first over the first hurdle and won the 100m hurdles in 12.57, fending off a late push from USC Jasmine Jones. Breton Wilson of Arkansas won the 400m hurdles in 53.86.

North Carolina State Katelyn Tuohy defended his 5000m title, winning in 15:18.39.

“My last 100 meters were so hard I was practically crawling,” Tuohy said. “But I was lucky to have a big enough gap before, so I was able to hold on.”

Texas won the 4x100m relay in 42.42.

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