2021 NCAA Track and field champions sprints round up
The 2021 NCAA track and field championships have just ended. It was great to have the event back after a year layoff. The University of Oregon Unveiled their new stadium and the event commenced.
For this Blog were going to be focusing on the sprints. This years championships like most wears was dominated by southerns schools.
We'll Start with the 4x100
Terrance Liard and the LSU Tigers went crazy. They started off by winning the 4x100 meter dash. It was a very tight race/ Houston dropped the baton on the 2nd exchange and was Georgia leading the most of the way. But a strong closing 30 meters by Laird is what gave them the edge.
The 100 Meters
THE 100 Was my favorite race. It was so close that initially I could tell who won or who to watch. When it was all said and done and the checked the cameras it was terrance laird again who to home the victory. Micah Williams had a great run leading most of the race. Shawn Maswanganyi was up front as well but the closing speed of Laird that got him the gold. The winning time by Liard was 10.05.
This won was hard to call. It Featured 2 Runners from NC A&T Trevor Stewart and Randolph ross. As well as Noah Williams from LSU and Bryce Deadmon from Florida State. it was one of those races where you know anyone could take home the gold with a little push and a little PR. With 150m to go it was pretty even between Noah Williams, Randolph Ross and Trevor Stewart but in the las 80 Meters Randolph ross hit another gear to finish 1st with the remarkable time of 43.86. Bryce Deadmon had a great finish as well with a strong kick he was able to go from about 5th place to finish second and take the silver.
On to the 200
A true shocker came in the 200 Meter dash. All year we've watched the likes of Terrance Liard and Mathew Boling go head to head. While Shaun Maswanganyi dominated most of the races he ran this year but none of those guys took home the gold. An unlikely but Extremely confident freshmen from the university of Florida named Joesph Fahnbulleh was the winner. After getting ate up on the curve Fahnbulleh closed HARD in the last 100 to edge terrance laird at the line and ruin lairds triple crown hopes. Fahnbulleh has a different running style and strategy but the most interesting take away was his self confidence. in his ownwords " I did my thing, I won, Thats it"
Fahnbulleh is a freshmen so it will be interesting to watch him over the next few years
We call could have guessed who was going to win this one. The Squad from the HBCU NC A&T made up of Elijah Young, Daniel Stokes, Trevor Stewart and Randolph Ross Jr., A&T take the gold in the 4x400 just like they did at the indoor championships! The weren't leading in the 1st leg but once Randoplh Ross got the baton there was no looking back, me made hims move at the 150 mark and dominated the rest of the way! From there on A&T lead the way with Trevor Stewart bringing them home for the gold.
The real question is will NC A&T Become the next Baylor? The Next school to dominate the 400 and 4X400 the way Baylor did with Michael Johnson, Jeremy Warner and their teams did back in the 90s and 2000s.
Something very interesting happened in the race for second place. The Anchor Auhmaud Robison from Stephen F Austin university ran a leg where he took his team from 6th place to second place. the announcers clocked him at 43.45 A truly amazing relay leg
Im happy to have high level track and filed back.
Now on to the olympic trials!