NCAA indoor track and field championship results

NCAA Champs day 2


Day 2

Day two in Birmingham was another successful one for Britain as Cindy Ofili took a narrow victory in the 60m hurdles. After following her sister Tiffany by switching nationalities from the US last year, the Michigan senior ran a personal best time of 7.89 to defeat Sasha Wallace of Oregon. The time also puts her joint top of the British rankings alongside her sister.

Leading the way for the Brits on the mens side, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake finished second in the 200m in 20.55, another world class performance. Sam Watts of TCU was 7th in the same event.

Competing in the middle distance events, two of the New Mexico females added their names to the list of All-Americans from the weekend. Sophie Connor in the mile (5th) and Calli Thackery in the 3000m (6th) both performing admirably.

The final All-American from day two was triple jumper Ben Williams. Whilst 16.22 was slightly down on his seasons best, it was still his 3rd top 8 performance at the indoor championships.

Day 1

Britain has a new NCAA champion in the form of Washington pole vaulter Jax Thoirs. The Scotsman vaulted a seasons best of 5.50 to take the title ahead of Alabama’s Sean Collins (5.45), with the next 7 jumpers all failing to overcome 5.35. We said in our preview that Thoirs was rounding into form at the right time, and after 8th and 4th place finishes in the previous two years, the senior finally has a well deserved title to his name.

On the track, both British 200m men advanced to the final. Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake looked extremely impressive winning his heat, qualifying second fastest overall. Sam Watts will also be competing tomorrow, his 20.85 for 2nd in heat 2 qualifies him as the 5th fastest overall. Tomorrows final will be two timed races of four athletes in each.

The other British athletes to advance were Sophie Connor (mile), as heat winner, and Cindy Ofili in the 60m hurdles. Despite a dive for the line in the womens 800m, Sophie Cleirigh-Buttner missed out on a fastest loser spot by an agonising 0.10 of a second.

Competing in 5000m finals, Tulsa’s Marc Scott finished 13th on the mens side, whilst Ireland and Providence’s Sarah Collins finished 12th in the women’s event.

Full British and Irish results from both days are below and include:

- 2 NCAA champions

- 7 All-Americans

200m Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake LSU 20.64 1st heat 4 – q
200m Sam Watts TCU 20.85 2nd heat 2 – q
200m Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake LSU 20.63 2nd final
200m Sam Watts TCU 22.06 7th final
5000m Marc Scott Tulsa 14:04.86 13th final
PV Jax Thoirs Washington 5.50m 1st final
 TJ Ben Williams Louisville 16.22 7th final
800m Siofra Cleirigh Buttner Villanova 2:04.77 4th heat 1
800m Chelsea Jarvis Florida State 2:08.29 8th heat 1
Mile Sophie Connor New Mexico 4:37.67 1st heat 1 – Q
Mile Iona Lake Virginia 4:48.11 8th heat 2
Mile Sophie Connor New Mexico 4:38.83 5th final
3000m Calli Thackery New Mexico 9:09.35 6th final
3000m Bethan Knights California 9:09.79 9th final
5000m Sarah Collins Providence 16:33.96 12th final
60 hd Cindy Ofili Michigan 8.10 5th heat 2 – q
60 hd Cindy Ofili Michigan 7.89 1st final

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