The Georgia women and the Florida men emerged as team champions on Saturday in the NCAA indoor track and field championships in College Station, Texas.
But the team titles nearly took a backseat to a collection scintillating individual performances on a day that delivered world record after collegiate record after world junior record after world record.
Among the highlights:
•USC sophomore Michael Norman streaked to a world record in the men’s 400 meters, clocking a blistering 44.52, breaking the 13-year-old record of Kerron Clement (44.57) and claiming his first individual NCAA title.
•Norman wasn’t finished. In the final event, USC — with Norman anchoring — lowered the world record in the 4×400 set a week earlier by Poland (3:01.77) in the world championships. USC finished in 3:00.77, followed by Texas A&M (3:01.39) and Florida (3:01.43). All three times were better than the existing WR.
Because USC’s Rai Benjamin is from Antigua, the time does can not count as a world record. Texas A&M’s quartet was all American, however, so the Aggies would be in line for the record.
•In the women’s 400, immediately following the men’s, USC senior Kendall Ellis set a collegiate record, upstaging a pair of spectacular freshman, Sydney McLaughlin of Kentucky and Lynna Irby of Georgia.
Ellis, running in the first heat with Irby, finished in 50.34, smashing Phyllis Francis’ collegiate record.
McLaughlin, who was in the second section and did not run against Ellis and Irby, finished well in front in her heat in 50.36, just .02 behind Ellis and a world under-20 record.
It would have been interesting to see McLaughlin, who made the 2016 Olympic team in the 400 hurdles as a 16-year-old, running head-to-head against Ellis.
In the 200, won by Gabrielle Douglas of Harvard in a collegiate record 22.38, Irby was third and McLaughlin fourth.
•Before the fire in the 400s, a meet record also fell in the women’s 60. Senior Aleia Hobbs of LSU hit the line in 7.07, equaling Hannah Cunliffe’s collegiate record. Hobbs led four Tigers in the final: Mikiah Brisco, second (7.11); Kortnei Johnson, seventh (7.26); and Cassondra Hall, eighth (7.32).
•Elijah Hall of Houston sprinted to titles in the men’s 60 and 200. In the 200, the senior added to the meet’s record haul with a time of 20.02, smashing collegiate and meet records.
•In the men’s 60 hurdles, Florida sophomore Grant Holloway won for the second year in a row (7.47).
•Georgia senior Keturah Orji captured her sixth NCAA title in the triple jump (indoors and out), a day after finishing second in the long jump. She tallied 18 points for the Bulldogs on their way to victory. All this comes a week after she finished fifth in the triple jump in the world indoor championship in England.
•Missouri senior Karissa Schweizer continued her spectacular indoor season by winning a distance double, the 5,000 on Friday and the 3,000 on Saturday.
•In the team competition, the Florida men finished with 40 points. USC was second (37) and Georgia third (32). On the women’s side, Georgia was clear No. 1 with 61 points. Arkansas (49) and Kentucky (34) finished second and third.