Conference championships have wrapped and NCAA preliminary meets are up next. Here's my ranking of the top-10 performances in men's track and field so far.
1. All the collegiate records
No, I will not make you read a story listing all of the five collegiate records set so far this season. That's what this article is for.
That said, let's look at the other non-record-breaking performances that impressed.
2. Auburn's Keyshawn Strachan climbs the collegiate record books at first meet
Keyshawn Strachan is only a freshman. On his second attempt of his career and first legal throw, he launched the javelin 84.27 meters. The throw made him the fourth man in NCAA history to reach that mark. That's impressive for anyone, let alone a freshman at his first meet.
🗣️ KEYSHAWN STRACHAN— Auburn Track & Field (@AuburnTFXC) April 1, 2023
➡️ 2023 Texas Relays Javelin Champion
➡️ NCAA Leader
➡️ World Leader
➡️ Bahamas National Record
➡️ School Record
➡️ Freshman Record
➡️ No.4 in NCAA History#WarEagle pic.twitter.com/YZ8UiKxL9n
3. Arkansas' Ayden Owens-Delerme wins the SEC championship... in the 400 hurdles
Ayden Owens-Delerme made his name in track and field as a decathlete, setting records and winning championships. However, he took a new leap this spring, taking on the challenge that is the 400-meter hurdles. He ran his third 400 hurdles race of his career at SEC championships, winning the conference title with a nation-leading 48.26-second finish. Not bad for a "decathlete".
Comments from Ayden Owens-Delerme— Arkansas Track & Field (@RazorbackTF) May 14, 2023
His 48.26 400m hurdle victory set SEC meet record, breaking 48.29 by Florida's Kerron Clement in 2005
Breaks Arkansas school record of 48.49 by Kemar Mowatt in 2017 pic.twitter.com/9p1qGh9HPY
4. Arkansas' Roje Stona climbs the discus ladder at SECs
Roje Stona became the second-best all-time discus thrower at SEC championships with a 68.64 meter toss. While he still trails all-time to currently active collegiate record holder Mykolas Alekna, Stona showed that he has the potential to challenge at the top of the sport.
2023 SEC Outdoor— Arkansas Track & Field (@RazorbackTF) May 13, 2023
Men's Discus | 21 points
1) 225-2 (68.64) Rojé Stona [PR, UA, meet record]
First Razorback to win SEC discus
2) 203-5 (62.00) Ralford Mullings
6) 182-1 (55.51) Jordan West [No. 6 UA]
Previous meet record 213-9 (65.15) by Kentucky's Mike Buncic in 1985 pic.twitter.com/ZPiJ6aggNT
5. Georgia's Kyle Garland has another impressive decathlon
Kyle Garland already holds the decathlon collegiate record but he turned out a No. 2 all-time performance at the SEC championships, accumulating 8,589 points. Garland continues to dominate across the 10-event slate.
🚨MEET RECORD🚨— Georgia Track&Field (@UGATrack) May 12, 2023
Did not take long for the 🚂 to wake up Friday‼️
Garland collects his second MEET RECORD of the competition with a 13.66 to win the 110mH. He now leads the field by 406 pts thru 6️⃣ of 🔟 events.
Up next: Discus 12:45pmET#GoDawgs | #SECTF pic.twitter.com/me29Hc80Gg
6. Washington's Brian Fay's distance double clinches Washington's Pac-12 title
Brian Fay pulled off the distance double at Pac-12 championships, winning the 5000 meters in 14:08.03 and the 10,000 meter in 28:24.90. Both wins scored 20 combined points, leading Washington to its first-ever Pac-12 men's outdoor team title.
Won the 10k ✅— Washington Track & Field (@UWTrack) May 14, 2023
Won the 5k ✅
Clinched the first Pac-12 Team Championship in UW history ✅
Nobody but Brian we'd want to get us over the finish line.#GoHuskies // #Pac12TF // @NCAATrackField pic.twitter.com/RCwM2UJ5TF
7. Texas Tech's Courtney Lindsey powers the Red Raiders to the Big 12 title
Courtney Lindsey's performances at the Big 12 championships led to 30 team points and a Big 12 title. Lindsey ran a leg of 38.24-second 4x100 meter relay — the third-fastest in the nation — while also winning the 100-meter and 200-meter titles in 10.08 seconds and 20.12 seconds, respectively. That's four total titles for Lindsey, with the biggest being the team title.
Men's 200 (1.1w)— Texas Tech Track & Field (@TexasTechTF) May 14, 2023
Courtney Lindsey is your CHAMPION!!! He's helped the Red Raiders score 30 points today 🔥🔥🔥
🥇 4x100 (38.24)
🥇 100 (10.08)
🥇 200 (20.12) pic.twitter.com/tf4iEuaHm3
8. Houston's Shaun Maswanganyi wins three events at AAC championships
First, Shaun Maswanganyi anchored Houston's 4x100 meter relay team to a 39.45-second win at the American Athletic Conference championships. 70 minutes later Maswanganyi ran a 9.96 (+2.9) to win the 100 meters. Then, he ran a 19.99-second (+2.4) 200 meters to win his third title 45 minutes later. If you're keeping track that's two top-five all-conditions times in the country this year to win two conference titles. It was a busy, but successful day for the South African star.
9. Texas Tech's Terrence Jones runs 9.91-second 100 meters
The fastest 100-meter time in the country this year came from Texas Tech's Terrence Jones when he finished in 9.91 seconds at the Tom Jones Memorial meet. Jones is the only athlete with a wind-legal sub-10 time this year.
100M SCARY TERRY!!!!!!— Texas Tech Track & Field (@TexasTechTF) April 15, 2023
9.91 (1.0) ‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/mkgVSZnd9P
10. Florida's Ryan Willie comes back to win the SEC title
Ryan Willie used an elite final 100 meters to win the SEC 400-meter title. He trailed exciting the final curve but ended up winning the race in 44.27 seconds, a national lead. It was one of the best races of the entire SEC championship meet, thanks to a spectacular performance from Willie. He later led the Gators to a 4x4 collegiate record.