Julien Alfred Leads Texas Women To NCAA Outdoor Title As Upsets Highlight Day 4

By Citius Mag Staff

June 11, 2023

The Texas women’s track and field team took full advantage of being at their home track and won the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field team title with 83 points. Florida finished second with 51 points.

Here’s what you need to know:

– Texas’ Julien Alfred was the MVP for the Longhorns as she recorded victories in the 100 meters, 200 meters and ran on their record-setting 4x100m relay team. Aldred won in slightly wind-aided timed of 10.72s for 100m and 21.73s for 200m. Five women in the 100m final broke 11 seconds. Watch for Alfred at the World Championships this summer when she represents Saint Lucia.

Rhasidat Adeleke came away with a win in the 400m. The junior ran an NCAA championship meet record of 49.20.

– Ackleia Smith won the long jump on the first day of the competition.

– Texas finished second last year to Florida. This is the Longhorns’ first title since 2005.

Other Highlights From Day 4 of the NCAA Championships:

Harvard’s Maia Ramsden kicked to win the 1500m in 4:08.60. NC State’s Katelyn Tuohy led for the early parts of the race but faded to seventh place in the final stretch.

Notre Dame’s Olivia Markezich ran a facility record of 9:27.66 to take 11 seconds off her personal best and claim her first NCAA title.

– The 100m hurdles was one of the most anticipated races of the evening with a showdown set between three of the fastest collegians in history. Arkansas’ Ackera Nugent blasted over the first few hurdles and won in 12.25s (+3.8m/s wind) for the fastest-ever all-conditions 100m hurdles performance in NCAA history. Kentucky senior Masai Russell was second in 12.32s. Defending champion Alia Armstrong was third in 12.49s.

– Britton Wilson was attempting one of the most ambitious doubles in NCAA history by vying to win the 400m and 400m hurdles, which were just 30 minutes apart on the schedule. Wilson finished second in the 400m in 49.64. She never found her groove in the 400m hurdles and ran 55.92s (her slowest time of the year) for seventh place. Wilson’s ambition should be applauded. Through it all, it was also clear that she was dealing with some shin issues from Day 1.

Michigan’s Savannah Sutherland came away with the 400m hurdles win in a personal best of 54.45. Masai Russell finished the day with another runner-up finish in 54.66s.

LSU’s Michaela Rose said she wanted a fast 800m final and she took the victory wire-to-wire in 1:59.83 for a new facility record.

Florida’s Jasmine Moore rebounded from a loss in the long jump by dominating the triple jump and notching a new collegiate, NCAA Championship and facility record of 14.78m. The previous record was 14.62m by Georgia’s Keturah Orji set in 2018.

– Oklahoma’s Pippi Lotta Enok won the heptathlon title in a personal best score of 6165 points. On the back of her bib, she wrote: “I am gonna be a national champ. Believe-Believe-Believe. Have Fun.”

– Jordine Van Klinken claimed her third NCAA discus title and her first as an Oregon Duck with a 65.55m throw on her third attempt. She broke her own NCAA Championship record that she set in 2021 while at Arizona State.

Ball State’s Charity Griffith cleared 1.93m to win the high jump title.

– Even without Britton Wilson, the Razorback women won the 4x400m relay title in 3:24.05. Sophomore Rosey Effiong anchored with a 50.7s split.

Citius Mag Staff