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Stan Becton | | February 2, 2023

The most exciting indoor track and field performances after one month

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The calendar has turned to February and we've already seen a crazy start to the DI men's and women's indoor track and field season. Records have fallen, world-leading marks have been set and there have been impressive performances around the country. But which performances were most exciting over the first month-ish?

Let's find out, from both women and men.

Women's performances

Arkansas' Britton Wilson sets the 600 meter collegiate record

Before this season, we last saw Arkansas' Britton Wilson winning a gold medal at the World Athletics Championships. Wilson returned to the collegiate level with an NCAA record in the 600 meters.

In Wilson's first meet of the season, she finished the 600 meters in 1:25.16, breaking a record previously held by Athing Mu. It was the 10th fastest time in world history.


Texas' Julien Alfred sets the 60 meter collegiate record

The 60 meter record has fallen... again. And Texas star Julien Alfred broke the record... again. Alfred broke her own collegiate record at New Mexico's Dr. MLK Jr. Invitational, dashing through the final.

Julien Alfred already owned the NCAA 60 meter record entering this year, but she broke it again at New Mexico's Dr. MLK Jr. Invitational in 7.02 seconds. Alfred now owns the three fastest times over 60 meters run by any woman in NCAA history.

MORE: Texas' Julien Alfred sets NCAA 60m record — again

Kentucky's Masai Russell sets the 60 meter hurdles collegiate record

A day before Alfred, Kentucky's Masai Russell set a collegiate record of her own in the 60 meter hurdles. Russell finished in 7.75 seconds to break a barrier that stood for a decade.

In what's been called a golden age of collegiate hurdling, Russell sits at the top indoors with her record-breaking performance.

MORE: Kentucky's Russell breaks NCAA 60 meter hurdles record

NC State's Katelyn Tuohy sets the mile collegiate record

I promise this article won't be all collegiate records. Yet, four different athletes setting collegiate records by February is impressive, no matter how repetitive it may seem.

Katelyn Tuohy was the latest woman to set a collegiate record when she ran 4:24.26 in the mile. Tuohy broke a 14-year-old record with her performance.

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Michigan has a comeback of the year candidate... and it was only January

During the first leg of Michigan's 4x400 meter relay, Wolverine Sophie Isom fell. By the relay's end, Michigan won the race.

You read that right.

Michigan ended up winning the race by eight seconds in 3:42.43. Check it out for yourself below.

MORE: Michigan relay team's remarkable comeback win after fall on track

Texas' Ackelia Smith and Florida's Jasmine Moore prove their leaps above the rest

We can't conclude the article without highlighting field athletes. Texas' Ackelia Smith and Florida's Jasmine Moore have earned their way onto this most exciting list. Both make this list together as horizontal-jumping savants.

Why? Because when any athlete performs at a different level than their peers, it is exciting.

By now you may have forgotten, but Smith kicked the season off at a championship level all the way back in December. She jumped 6.73 meters on her first long jump... OF THE SEASON. That equates to more than 22 feet. Smith is the only woman to surpass the 22-foot mark this season.

The horizontal-jumping brilliance continued with Jasmine Moore in January. Moore entered her 2023 season off arguably the greatest horizontal-jumping season ever and lived up to the returning hype.

On Moore's first triple jump — OF THE SEASON — she jumped 14.44 meters. That jump was the fourth-farthest indoor triple jump in NCAA history. How'd Moore follow that up? By jumping five more times over 14 meters, including the fifth, eighth and ninth-furthest distances in NCAA history.

To put Moore's opening performance in perspective, no other woman has passed 14 meters this year.

WATCHLIST: The 2023 Bowerman watch list for men's and women's NCAA track and field

Men's performances

NAU's Drew Bosley sets the 3000 meter collegiate record

Can a collegiate record fly under the radar? Northern Arizona star Drew Bosley's collegiate record just might have, depending on who you came to watch at the John Thomas Terrier Classic.

Bosley set an NCAA record in the 3000 meters with his 7:36.42 finish. In the same race, former Notre Dame star Yared Nuguse broke the American 3K record. With two records set, Bosley's race was exciting from start to finish.

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Texas' Brian Herron starts the season with an American record

The Texas Longhorns opened the season with the Commonwealth College Opener in December. Brian Herron made a statement in his first race of the season with a 59.87-second finish in the 500 meters, setting an NCAA record and American record. Herron's finish is the second-fastest in World History.

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Georgia's Kyle Garland almost sets the heptathlon collegiate record

Kyle Garland had the entire track and field world on not just collegiate record watch entering Day 2 of his heptathlon at Texas Tech Multis, but also World record watch. Garland was ahead of the world-record pace by 78 points after scoring 3,732 points on day one.

When it was all said and done, Garland finished with 6,415 points, just 84 points behind the collegiate record. While Garland didn't break the NCAA record, his six personal-best marks provided excitement across two days.

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Washington dominates the mile

Back in 2010, NBA great LeBron James said, "Not 1, Not 2, Not 3 and so on."

Fast-forward to 2023, and the Washington Huskies mile team said, "Not 7" with eight Huskies running a sub-four-minute mile. Joe Waskom led the way with a 3:51.90 second finish and the "slowest" (I used that word lightly) Husky finished in 3:59.55. 

6 Huskies ran sub-3:56.6, the most ever in the same race from the same team in NCAA history.

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Florida State's Jeremiah Davis resets the NCAA lead twice in the same meet

Florida State's Jeremiah Davis already owned the NCAA-leading long jump entering the Razorback Invitational. That didn't stop him from pushing his lead even higher.

Davis jumped 8.21 meters on his first and third jumps of the meet to add four centimeters to his NCAA lead. No one else has surpassed 8.10 meters this season, but every time Davis jumps, passing 8.10 meters is within reach.


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