We're about halfway through the women's outdoor track and field season and freshmen are coming into their own. Here are seven who've made an impact already in 2023.
- Alida Van Daalen (Florida) — Van Daalen is the only freshman with two top-10 marks in the country: fourth in shot put at 18.14 meters and seventh in discus at 58.70 meters.
- Anthaya Charlton (Kentucky) — Charlton went sub-11 in the 100 and jumped the fourth-best long jump at 6.61 meters (both wind-aided). She also ran the second leg on the third-fastest 4x1 relay.
- Kenna Stimmel (Virginia Tech) — Stimmel reached 4.45 meters in the pole vault at two meets this season. That is the third-highest mark nationally.
- Autumn Wilson (Georgia) — Wilson ran 22.56 in the 200, 11.04 in the 100 and ran the second leg on the nation's fifth-fastest 4x1 relay team.
- Juliette Whittaker (Stanford) — Whittaker sits fifth in the 800 meters and 14th in the 1500 meters.
- Sanaa Hebron (Miami) — Hebron ran the country's seventh-fastest time in the 400 meter hurdles at 56.28 seconds.
- Kaila Jackson (Georgia) — Jackson ran 11.04 in the 100 and 22.78 in the 200, forming the best freshman duo in the sport with Autumn Wilson.
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