trackfield-outdoor-men-d1 flag | June 9, 2018

Georgia men, Southern California women win DI track titles

USC claims Women's DI 2018 Outdoor Track & Field Title

The 2018 Division I Men's and Women's Track and Field Championships concluded with a thrilling finish that came down to the final seconds of the final race. Southern California won the women's national championship by one point, joining Georgia who won the men's championship on Friday.

Georgia headed into the final event leading by one at 52 points, while Stanford trailed by one. Neither had a team in the 4x400 relay, giving third place Southern California the chance to win the national championship with a first-place finish. It got dicey, with a bobbled baton transfer, but heading into the final 200 in third place with Purdue and Oregon seemingly beyond reach, Kendall Ellis came from nowhere to win the relay for USC by .07 seconds and claim the national title by one point.

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It was a back-and-forth battle all day on the women's side. Stanford saw the early lead, as did Georgia. Due to heavy downpours and even sleet reported at moments of the day, there weren't many bests, but Georgia's freshman Lynna Irby set a meet record in the 400m, the lone record-setting run of the day. Texas-Arlington's Alexus Henry became the program's first women's individual champion in the high jump and Wisconsin's Georgia Ellenwood roughed out seven grueling events to walk away as the program's first-ever heptathlon winner. But it was the final 4x400 relay that decided the day.

Georgia wrapped up the men's championship on Friday. The Bulldogs rolled to the program's first national championship with 52 points, 10 better than Florida's 42. Denzel Comenentia led the charge, starting things off with an individual championship in the hammer throw and adding a shot put title. While the Bulldogs didn't place anymore individual champions on Friday, they chipped away earning valuable points in each race to hold on for their first title. 

The 2018 DI championship is in the books. There were plenty of meet, facility and college records set in the four days from Eugene, but it was Georgia and USC who rose above the rest as teams. 

Finals events individual winners:
Men's Hammer Denzel Comenentia, Georgia 76.41m (250-8)
Men's Pole Vault Chris Nilsen, South Dakota 5.83m (19-1.5)
Men's Javelin Anderson Peters, Mississippi State 82.82m (271-9)
Men's Long Jump Zack Bazile, Ohio State 8.37m (27-5.5)
Men's Shot Put Denzel Comenentia, Georiga 20.61m (67-7.5)
Men 10,000m Ben Flanagan, Michigan 28:34.53
Men's Decathlon Tim Duckworth, Kentucky 8,336
Women's Hammer Janeah Stewart, Ole Miss 72.92m (239-3)
Women's Pole Vault Olivia Gruver, Kentucky 4.55m (14-11)
Women's Javelin Mackenzie Little, Stanford 60.36m (198-0)
Women's Long Jump Keturah Orji, Georgia 6.67m (21-10.75)
Women's Shot Put Maggie Ewen, Arizona State 19.17m (62-10.75)
Women's 10,000m Sharon Lokedi, Kansas 32:09.20
Men's 4x100m Relay Houston 38.17
Men's 1500m Oliver Hoare, Wisconsin 3:44.77
Men's 3000m Steeplechase Obsa Ali, Minnesota 8:32.23
Men's 110m Hurdles Grant Holloway, Florida 13.42
Men's 100m Cameron Burrell, Houston 10.13
Men's 400m Michael Norman, Southern California 43.61
Men's 800m Isaiah Harris, Penn State 1:44.76
Men's 400m Hurdles Rai Benjamin, Southern California 47.02
Men's 200m Divine Oduduru, Texas Tech 20.28
Men's 5,000m Sean McGorty, Stanford 13:54.81
Men's 4x400m Relay Southern California 2:59.00
Men's High Jump Tejaswin Shankar, Kansas State 2.24m (7-4.25)
Men's Discus Luke Vaughn, Memphis 60.41m (198-2)
Men's Triple Jump Tahar Triki, Texas A&M 16.79m (55-1)
Women's 4x100 Relay LSU 42.25
Women's 1500 M Jessica Hull, Oregon 4:08.75
Women's 3000 M Steeplechase Allie Ostrander, Boise State 9:38.28
Women's 100 M Hurdles Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Kentucky 12.70
Women's 100 M Aleia Hobbs, LSU 11.01
Women's 400 M Lynna Irby, Georgia 49.80
Women's 800 M Sammy Watson, Texas A&M 2:04.21
Women's 400 M Hurdles Sydney McLaughlin, Kentucky 53.96
Women's 200 M Anglerne Annelus, Southern California 22.76
Women's 5000 M Karissa Schweizer, Missouri 15:41.58
Women's 4x400 M Relay Southern California 3:27.06
Women's Heptathlon Georgia Ellenwood, Wisconsin 6146
Women's High Jump Alexus Henry, UT-Arlington 1.82m (5-11.5)
Women's Discus Maggie Ewen, Arizona State 60.48m (198-5)
Women's Triple Jump Keturah Orji, Georgia 14.04m (46-3/4)

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