There wasn’t as much collegiate competition this weekend, but the small quantity still had very high quality. Let’s get to it!
Athletes of the Week
Distance athlete of the week: Chris O’Hare, Tulsa
O’Hare finished fourth in the legendary Wanamaker Mile on Saturday night, running 3:52.98. That’s the indoor collegiate record, breaking the previous record (set in last year’s Wanamaker Mile) by over a second and a half. His time at the 1500 meter mark was 3:37.25, which is also a collegiate indoor record, breaking Sydney Maree’s mark set way back in 1979.
Sprint/hurdle athlete of the week: Brycen Spratling, Pitt
At the Big East Championships on Sunday in Geneva, Ohio, Spratling won the 500 meters in 60.38, which broke his own Collegiate Record in the event. It also moved him into #3 on the all-time world list in this rarely-run event.
Field event athlete of the week: Erik Kynard, Kansas State
Jumping at the Wildcat’s own KSU Open, Kynard cleared a US- and collegiate-leading 2.33 meters (7’ 7¾”). After clearing 2.30m and 2.33m each on his first attempt, Kynard took three tries at 2.38 meters (7’ 9¾”), two of which were described as “very close”. Had he been successful, it would have been a Collegiate Record and a 2013 world leader.
Division II athletes of the week: Tabor Stevens, Jacob Rider, Matt Daniels, and Kevin Batt, Adams State
The foursome won the distance medley at Colorado Mines’ Joe Davies Collegiate Open in 10:03.22. The NCAA’s altitude conversion records it as 9:40.02, the only new D-II leader of the weekend.
Division III athlete of the week: Tom Postema, Defiance
Postema won the weight throw at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships with a distance of 20.72 meters (67’ 11¾”). This makes him the #2 weight thrower in D-III history.
NAIA athlete of the week: Willy Irwin, Concordia (OR)
Irwin won the shot put at the Warner Pacific College 50-50 with a distance of 18.62 meters (61’ 1¼”), the yearly lead in D-II and the 19th best across all collegiate divisions.
CIS athlete of the week: David McKay, York
McKay put up the only CIS leader made during this “last chance” weekend, a 5.02 meter (16’ 5½”) pole vault clearance on Friday at Toronto’s Hal Brown meet.
Team of the Week
The Connecticut Huskies won the Big East Championships, the highest-profile meet, making this a rather easy choice.
Honorable mention goes to Norfolk State, champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, who nearly doubled the score of the runner-up team.
Team Player: Daniel Kibet, Mississippi Valley State
Kibet had a busy weekend at the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championships. He won the mile, the 3000 meters, and the 5000 meters, and ran anchor leg on the third-place distance medley relay. He had a hand in scoring nearly half of his team’s points.