Yesterday I gave out my men’s weekly awards to top collegiate athletes and teams. Today it’s time for the women.
Down at the bottom of the post is a list of the week’s top collegiate marks. Check it out.
Let’s get to it!
Athletes of the week
Sprints: Aurieyall Scott, Central Florida
Scott had a tremendous weekend, probably the best by any women’s athlete so far this year. At the Tyson Invitational, she ran the fastest prelim in the 60 meters (before withdrawing from the final), won the 200 meters, and ran on the winning 4×400 relay. Her 60 meter time was 7.20, fourth-best in the NCAA this year. Her 200 meter time was 22.68, the best in the world this year and ninth-best in NCAA history.
No matter how fast they are, the times are not as important as who she beat. In the 200, she bested Kimberlyn Duncan, the 2012 Bowerman Award winner. This snapped an 18-meet win streak for Duncan in this event; her last loss in a collegiate 200 was on February 4, 2011.
Distance: Betsy Saina, Iowa State
Saina, the reigning NCAA cross country champion, won the 5000 meters at the Iowa State Classic in a time of 15:21.66, the world’s best time in 2013 and fourth-best in collegiate history.
Field: Shanieka Thomas, San Diego State
Thomas won the triple jump at New Mexico’s Don Kirby Elite Meet with a distance of 46′ 2½” (14.08 meters), which puts her sixth on the all-time collegiate list. The distance surpasses fourteen of the last fifteen NCAA indoor championships winning marks–which at least in part demonstrates that doing it on the right day is what matters most.
Division II: Barbara Szabo, Western State
Szabo won the high jump at the Colorado School of Mines Twighlight Open with a height of 6′ 3½” (1.92 meters). This is the best collegiate mark in 2013, regardless of division, an impressive feat given that Szabo tops Olympic silver medalist Brigetta Barrett (for now, at least).
Division III: Christy Cazzola, Wisconsin-Oshkosh
This was a no-brainer. Running at the Iowa State Classic, Cazzola broke D-III records in both the 800 meters (2:05.76) and mile (4:43.13) in the same day. In the shorter race, she ranks ninth among all collegians, regardless of division. She beat all collegiate competitors in both races, losing only in the mile and to former Minnesota standout and current Team USA Minnesota runner, Heather Kampf.
NAIA: Jura Levy, Oklahoma Baptist
Levy was the runner-up in the 60 meters at the Tyson Invitational, beating several top D-I athletes. Her time of 7.25 seconds was the fourth best of the weekend across all divisions.
CIS: Andrea Secaffien, Guelph
Secaffien took fourth in the 3000 meters at the Spire NCAA D-1 Invitational, right behind Michigan State’s Sara Kroll, the reigning Big Ten cross country champion. Her time of 9:19.27 is the best among Canadian collegians by more than six seconds.
Teams of the Week
Central Florida and LSU
These two teams were basically equal in terms of strength of performance this week. LSU had good marks in the 60 meters, 200 meters, 60 hurdles, 4×400 relay, triple jump and weight throw. UCF put up their marks in just two events, the 60 meters and 200 meters.
Right behind these two were the Oregon Ducks, who got big marks from distance runners at the Husky Classic and long sprinters at the Tyson Invitational.
Team Player: Kelly Shaw, St. Augustine’s
At the CIAA Championships, Shaw ran four events: 400 meters (3rd, 56.72), 800 meters (2nd, 2:18.51), distance medley (first, anchor leg) and 4×400 (first, anchor leg). That last one was key, as the Lady Falcons needed to win the event to win the meet–and they did, pulling out the victory over Winston-Salem State by just three points.
Ohio All-Comers Records
The Spire NCAA D-1 Invitational in Geneva saw four marks that broke the “all-comers” records, meaning they are the fastest indoor times ever run in the state of Ohio. Ashley Spencer, the world junior champion running for Illinois, ran the 400 meters in 52.07, which broke Olympian Mary (Danner) Wineburg’s old record of 52.67 from 2003 at Kent State. Illinois also broke the all-comers 4×400 record (without Spencer), their 3:37.19 eclipsing the 3:39.85 run by Seton Hall in 2007 at Akron.
Michigan’s Rebecca Addison broke the Ohio all-comer’s 800 meter record with a 2:04.01 clocking, breaking the old record of 2:04.68 by Jennifer Buckley in 1995 at Kent State. Rebecca’s family is no stranger to Ohio records, as her father, Ron, held the Ohio high school record in the mile from 1972 to 1980.
Another Michigan runner, Amanda Eccleston, broke the Ohio all-comers record in the mile with her 4:37.33 run. The old record was held by U-M’s Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes, a 4:38.22 at Akron in 2008.
All in the Family
Currently sitting on the bubble for NCAA Championships qualifying in the 60 hurdles is a Michigan freshman named Cindy Ofili. If that name rings a bell, it’s because her older sister, Tiffany (Ofili) Porter, was also a standout hurdler at Michigan. She switched international affiliation to Great Britain a few years back, but Tiffany’s husband Jeff runs for the USA and both were on Olympic teams last summer. All of the Ofilis/Porters live and train in the southeast Michigan area.
Chris Berman, have you thought of: “What” Ugonna Ndu, hurdler for Florida
U.S. triple jumpers on the rise?
Aside from the racewalks, probably the weakest event for Team USA in international competition is the women’s triple jump. The future looks a bit brighter all in one weekend, though, as San Diego State’s Shanekia Thomas (see above) and Kansas’ Andrea Guebelle both recorded big marks, one just over 14 meters and the other just under it. While still short of the World Championships ‘B’ standard (14.20 meters), they collectively represent one of best weekends of women’s indoor triple jumping in American history. Thomas is now #4 on the all-time US indoor list and Guebelle is #8.
Top marks list
Key to symbols:
# = track size conversion applied
@ = altitude conversion applied
60 meters Aurieyall Scott, UCF 7.20 Tyson Inv Octavious Freeman, UCF 7.20 Tyson Inv Dezerea Bryant, Clemson 7.24 Tiger Paw Jura Levy, Oklahoma Baptist 7.25 Tyson Inv Takeia Pinckney, LSU 7.28 Tyson Inv Geronne Black, Portland State 7.29 @ Kirby Elite Asia Cooper, Mississippi 7.31 @ Kirby Elite Dominique Booker, UCF 7.32 Tyson Inv 200 meters Aurieyall Scott, UCF 22.68 Tyson Inv Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU 22.72 Tyson Inv Shaunae Miller, Georgia 23.26 VT Elite Octavious Freeman, UCF 23.42 Tyson Inv Kyra Jefferson, Florida 23.43 VT Elite English Gardner, Oregon 23.50 Tyson Inv Ashley Spencer, Illinois 23.53 SPIRE Inv Kamaria Brown, Texas A&M 23.57 Texas A&M Inv 400 meters Regina George, Arkansas 51.67 Tyson Inv Ashley Spencer, Illinois 52.07 SPIRE Inv Georganne Moline, Arizona 52.38 @ Kirby Elite Danielle Dowie, Texas 52.92 Tyson Inv Ebony Eutsey, Florida 53.26 VT Elite Courtney Okolo, Texas 53.12 Tyson Inv Samantha Edwards, Virginia State 53.27 # CIAA Ch. Phyllis Francis, Oregon 53.40 Tyson Inv 800 meters Rebecca Addison, Michigan 2:04.01 SPIRE Inv Samantha Murphy, Illinois 2:04.17 SPIRE Inv Shelby Houlihan, Arizona State 2:04.94 Husky Classic Christy Cazzola, Wis.-Oshkosh 2:05.76 Iowa St Classic Amy Weissenbach, Stanford 2:05.83 Husky Classic Ejiroghene Okoro, Iowa State 2:06.40 Iowa St Classic Megan Malasarte, Georgia 2:06.42 Husky Classic Melinda Sawnor, Kent State 2:06.50 SPIRE Inv Mile Cory McGee, Florida 4:32.10 Husky Classic Natalja Piliusina, Oklahoma State 4:32.26 Husky Classic Laura Roxberg, Missouri 4:34.59 Husky Classic Anne Kesselring, Oregon 4:35.33 Husky Classic Becca Friday, Oregon 4:35.34 Husky Classic Amanda Mergaert, Utah 4:35.35 Husky Classic Carly Hamilton, Georgia 4:36.06 Husky Classic Amanda Winslow, Florida State 4:36.35 Husky Classic 3000 meters Cally Macumber, Kentucky 8:59.98 Husky Classic Hannah Kiser, Idaho 9:04.74 Husky Classic Katrina Coogan, Georgetown 9:04.85 Husky Classic Lauren Penney, Syracuse 9:06.32 Husky Classic Chelsea Oswald, Kentucky 9:06.64 Husky Classic Madeline Chambers, Georgetown 9:09.20 Husky Classic Monika Juodeskaite, Oklahoma State 9:10.83 Husky Classic Grace Heymsfield, Arkansas 9:12.25 Tyson Inv 5000 meters Betsy Saina, Iowa State 15:21.66 Iowa St Classic Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton, Wichita State 15:25.47 Iowa St Classic Jordan Hasay, Oregon 15:46.30 Husky Classic Juliet Bottorff, Duke 15:52.38 Husky Classic Katie Conlon, Oregon 15:53.73 Husky Classic Alexi Pappas, Oregon 15:54.64 Husky Classic Jessica Tonn, Stanford 15:56.42 Husky Classic Megan Goethals, Washington 15:59.20 Husky Classic 60m Hurdles Tiffani McReynolds, Baylor 8.02 Tyson Inv Katie Grimes, Texas Tech 8.16 Tyson Inv Kierre Beckles, South Carolina 8.17 Tyson Inv Vashti Thomas, Academy of Art 8.17 @ Kirby Elite Jasmin Stowers, LSU 8.19 Tyson Inv Kori Carter, Stanford 8.19 @ Kirby Elite Cindy Ofili, Michigan 8.24 SPIRE Inv Breeana Coleman, Illinois 8.25 SPIRE Inv 4×400 Relay Texas (A) 3:30.95 Tyson Inv Arkansas (D) 3:31.78 Tyson Inv LSU (F) 3:33.91 Tyson Inv Oregon (D) 3:34.63 Tyson Inv South Carolina (H) 3:34.81 Tyson Inv Texas Tech (A) 3:35.44 Tyson Inv Arizona State (A) 3:35.50 @ Kirby Elite Texas A&M (I) 3:36.82 Texas A&M Inv Distance Medley Michigan (A) 11:09.39 SPIRE Inv Illinois (A) 11:14.65 SPIRE Inv Ohio State (B) 11:30.76 SPIRE Inv U-Mary (A) 11:37.43 Iowa St Classic Tulsa (A) 11:40.07 Tyson Inv Lipscomb (E) 11:42.47 Hoosier Hills Texas Tech (D) 11:42.61 Tyson Inv Mississippi State 11:47.22 Tyson Inv High Jump Barbara Szabo, Western State 6′ 3½” / 1.92m CSM Twilight Jeannelle Scheper, South Carolina 6′ 3¼” / 1.91m Tyson Inv Makeba Alcide, Arkansas 6′ 2″ / 1.88m Tyson Inv Taylor Burke, Florida 6′ 1¼” / 1.86m VT Elite Tynita Butts, East Carolina 6′ 1¼” / 1.86m SPIRE Inv J’Lynn Ledesma, Wichita State 6′ ½” / 1.84m Air Force Chall Amber Melville, Maryland 6′ 0″ / 1.83m VT Elite Michelle Kinsella, Louisville 6′ 0″ / 1.83m Hoosier Hills Pole Vault Natalia Bartnovskaya, Kansas 14′ 6¼” / 4.43m Tyson Inv Martina Schultze, Virginia Tech 14′ 4½” / 4.38m VT Elite Bethany Buell, South Dakota 14′ 2″ / 4.32m Iowa St Classic Petra Olsen, South Carolina 13′ 10½” / 4.23m Tyson Inv Merrit Van Meter, Tulane 13′ 10½” / 4.23m Tyson Inv Sandi Morris, Arkansas 13′ 10½” / 4.23m Tyson Inv Stephanie Richartz, Illinois 13′ 10″ / 4.22m SPIRE Inv Kiley Tobel, Michigan 13′ 10″ / 4.22m SPIRE Inv Kristen Brown, San Diego St. 13′ 10″ / 4.22m Kirby Elite Shaylah Simpson, Arizona State 13′ 10″ / 4.22m Kirby Elite Long Jump Christabel Nettey, Arizona State 21′ 5½” / 6.54m Kirby Elite Kylie Price, UCLA 20′ 9¼” / 6.33m Kirby Elite Chanice Porter, Georgia 20′ 9¼” / 6.33m VT Elite Francine Simpson, Kansas 20′ 7¼” / 6.28m Tyson Inv Alitta Boyd, USC 20′ 5¼” / 6.23m Tyson Inv A’Lexus Brannon, Texas 20′ 5¼” / 6.23m Tyson Inv Karynn Dunn, Stanford 20′ 5″ / 6.22m Kirby Elite Allegra Wells, Mississippi 20′ 4½” / 6.21m Kirby Elite Triple Jump Shanieka Thomas, San Diego St. 46′ 2½” / 14.08m Kirby Elite Andrea Geubelle, Kansas 45′ 7¾” / 13.91m Tyson Inv LaQue Moen-Davis, Texas A&M 43′ 7¼” / 13.29m Texas A&M Inv Ciarra Brewer, Florida 43′ 2½” / 13.17m VT Elite Lynnika Pitts, LSU 43′ 1″ / 13.13m Tyson Inv Dior Delophont, Kent State 42′ 9″ / 13.03m SPIRE Inv Alitta Boyd, USC 42′ 6″ / 12.95m Tyson Inv Karimah Shepherd, North Carolina St. 42′ 4¼” / 12.91m Tyson Inv Shot Put Tia Brooks, Oklahoma 58′ 8″ / 17.88m Tyson Inv Alyssa Hasslen, Arizona 57′ 4¼” / 17.48m Kirby Open Julie Labonte, Arizona 56′ 8½” / 17.28m Kirby Elite Felisha Johnson, Indiana State 55′ 11¾” / 17.06m Tyson Inv Brittany Smith, Illinois State 55′ 11″ / 17.04m Big Meet Danielle Frere, Iowa State 55′ 4¾” / 16.88m Iowa St Classic Hilenn James, Georgia 54′ 7½” / 16.65m VT Elite Anna Jelmini, Arizona State 54′ 6″ / 16.61m Kirby Elite Weight Throw Brittney Waller, Clemson 73′ 2″ / 22.30m VT Elite Denise Hinton, LSU 69′ 8¾” / 21.25m Tyson Inv Sam Lockhart, Grand Valley St. 69′ ¾” / 21.05m Big Meet Dani Bunch, Purdue 68′ 5″ / 20.85m SPIRE Inv Jessica Rowland, Fin
dlay 68′ 5″ / 20.85m Kane Inv Chelsea Cassulo, Arizona State 68′ 4½” / 20.84m Kirby Elite Brittany Smith, Illinois State 67′ 9½” / 20.66m Big Meet Laishema Hampton, Iowa State 67′ 3¼” / 20.50m Iowa St Classic Pentathlon Erin Busbee, Michigan 3933 SPIRE Inv Brittney Howell, Penn State 3648 SPIRE Inv Chelsea Hermes, North Texas 3638 Iowa St Classic Ashley Cope, Samford 3533 Samford Inv Rachel Jewett, Toronto 3497 SPIRE Inv Florence Peters, Toronto 3464 SPIRE Inv Kelly McCoy, Iowa State 3449 Iowa St Classic Alex Beckman, Minnesota 3390 Iowa St Classic