As we prepare for the 2024 NCAA indoor and outdoor seasons, let's take a look at a handful of impactful transfers. The video footage is provided by Track God & Prolific Sports.
Karimah Davis - New Place: South Carolina - Old Place: Kentucky
Karimah Davis is an NCAA champion and record holder. During the 2022 season she and her teammates Abby Steiner, Alexis Holmes and Dajour Miles set the collegiate 1,600-meter relay record at 3:22.55 while winning the SEC championship. The foursome went on to take the NCAA gold about three weeks later. Davis continued her success as a strong relay sprinter earning a runner-up finish at the NCAA championships in the 400-meter relay. The Wellington, Florida native should also be in the running for a top three finish in the 200 meters during SEC competition.
Charity Hufnagel - New Place: Kentucky - Old Place: Ball State
Throughout the years, Charity Hufnagel (previously known as Charity Griffith) has proven to be one of the top athletes in all of the NCAA. While at Ball State of the Mid-American Conference, she did the unthinkable (to those who didn't know her) and won the NCAA championship in the high jump last season. If you haven't been paying attention, Hufnagel isn't new to the big time. During her four-year stint at Ball State, Hufnagel competed at the NCAA indoor championships in the high jump and pentathlon in 2022. She also earned a top five finish in the high jump at the NCAA outdoor meet in 2022.
Jayden Ulrich - New Place: Louisville - Old Place: Indiana
After two years in Bloomington, Indiana, Jayden Ulrich crosses the border and will now be a Louisville Cardinal. Ulrich showed up big as a freshman in 2022, claiming a Big Ten championship in the discus throw before earning Honorable Mention All-America accolades after competing at her first NCAA championship meet in both the discus throw and shot put. As a sophomore she medaled during indoor season, scoring a bronze at the Big Ten meet on her way to earning Second Team All-America honors in the shot put. She closed her career as a Hoosier with another third-place finish, this time at the 2023 Big Ten outdoor championships as well as being named Honorable Mention All-America in the shot put.
Taylor Beard - New Place: Illinois - Old Place: Cincinnati
After the transfers of All-American sprinters Caisja Chandler and Faith Banks last season, Taylor Beard did more than her part to further the success of the Cincinnati women's track and field program. An All-American in 2021, Beard missed the 2022 season due to injury before returning to have a career year in 2023. After winning her second and third American Athletic Conference high jump championships during the indoor and outdoor seasons respectively, Beard also had a top nine NCAA indoor finish and a top eight outdoor result. She became a First Team All-American for the first time of her career.
Chandler Hayden - New Place: Alabama - Old Place: Tennessee
After falling short from 2020 to 2022, Chandler Hayden finally became an All-American last season which proved to be her final as a Lady Vol at Tennessee. She had her best showing at the SEC indoor championships, finishing fourth in the weight throw. The strong thrower from Pittsfield, Illinois, followed that by placing ninth at her first NCAA indoor championship meet as she earned second team All-America honors. Hayden finished a career best seventh at the SEC championships during outdoor season in the hammer throw as she closed her career at Tennessee as an NCAA qualifier in the hammer throw. She became an honorable-mention All-American in that event.